In the past decades, there has been a dramatic change in how agriculture soil scientists are expanding their scientific disciplinary approach, especially in regards to soil fertility for the growth of crops. While the details of their research are constantly changing, the key points are clearly set up. In this blog post, soil fertility will be discussed.
A fertile soil is a combination of well-balanced minerals, microbial life, organic matter, water and good aeration. The soil is at its healthiest when it gets sufficient water and oxygen, and the nutrients are balanced and present in adequate quantities. It is crucial to maintain organic matter content in the soil for it to remain productive and healthy.
Now, let’s look into the components of soil to maintain soil fertility.
Components of Good Quality Soil
Fitochem believes that developing a more comprehensive approach towards soil fertility consists of four main aspects, which includes soil structure, organic mater (humic substances mainly fulvic acids as the unique part of the humus totally soluble in all pH kind media), nutrient availability, and chemistry. These are all the essential components that generate quality soil. With the rise of intensive farming and many other crops, the effective management of these four components has become vital for sustained production and consistent yields. So, now let’s understand these components:
Soil structure is an arrangement of soil parts named soil aggregates. An aggregate consists of solid parts such as sand particles, clay, and silt. Due to the availability of various types of soil structure, soil textures also vary, which further affects performance conditions like resistance to erosion, aeration, water infiltration, and retention.
The key practices to protect soil structure includes minimized handling, avoiding the use of sodium salts, and eliminating soil screening.
The organic matter is produced from the plant and animal materials at different stages of decomposition. Soil organics create a mineral and nutrient-rich ecosystem with microorganisms that breath back life into the soil. The components of soil organics are beneficial for bacterias, algae, fungi, actinomycetes, arthropods, and nematodes, among others.
Soil Nutrient Availability
Soil nutrient availability is a blend of soil fertility in regards to micro and macronutrient levels, and also the ability of soil to retain those nutrients. It is crucial to note that the availability of some of the plant nutrients is largely affected by soil pH ranges and variations. The fulvic acids participate in a similar way than clays as places of ionic exchange of cations and anions, resulting in the advantage of formation of organic-mineral compounds with greater availability.
Soil chemistry deals with the chemical characteristics of soil. It is affected by certain environmental factors, mineral composition, and organic matter. The other parameters like nutrient content, acidity, and texture of the soil affect what kind of crop can grow in it.
It is important to keep in mind that the nutrient content of soil often doesn’t keep up with the need for high yield and productivity inflicted by modern agriculture. Hence, chemical or natural fertilizers are usually added to boost fertility and production.
Use Fulvic Acid with Fertilizers for the Growth and Development of Plants
Fitochem presents you with the best fulvic acid, at 75% concentration, supported by scientific studies and known for more than a decade in the field. It is the key to enhanced nutrition and is 100% soluble under all kinds of pH media ranges. Due to its synergistic effect, you can combine it with fertilizers that you are already using.
Fitochem’s fulvic acid helps you to build your soil structure, enhance soil nutrients availability, stabilize soil chemistry, and boost soil organics.