Tag: fertile soil

Soil fertility refers to the ability of a soil to sustain plant growth, i.e. to provide plant habitat and result in lasting constant yields of high quality.[1]
A fertile soil has the following properties:
It is rich in nutrients necessary for basic plant nutrition, including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium
It contains sufficient minerals (trace elements) for plant nutrition, including boron, chlorine, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, sulphur, and zinc.
It contains soil organic matter that improves soil structure and soil moisture retention.
Soil pH is in the range 6.0 to 6.8 for most plants but some prefer acid or alkaline conditions.
Good soil structure, creating well drained soil, but some soils are wetter (as for producing rice) or drier (as for producing plants susceptible to fungi or rot, such as agave).
A range of microorganisms that support plant growth.
It often contains large amounts of topsoil.

Why We Do It

Why We Do It

Do you ever have trouble explaining to people what it is you do on the job, or why it’s important? You probably know about World Soil Day—it’s December 5, in case you didn’t—which is an effort to increase awareness of the importance of soils and the need for conservation efforts

Water Flows “Up Hills, Over Hills, and Toward Money”

Water Flows “Up Hills, Over Hills, and Toward Money”

The word drought conjures up desperate images of brown fields and dry, cracked riverbeds; sagging, wilted crops; and farm families staring hopeless at a relentless scorching sun in a cloudless sky, praying for rain. Perhaps it is ironic that these graphic scenes, depicted by Hollywood in films like The Rainmaker

Rainwater Capture, Water Pollution, and Agricultural Growth

Rainwater Capture, Water Pollution, and Agricultural Growth

I remember what it was like being a kid on a moderately rainy day, walking around the neighborhood sidewalks in rubber boots, swinging my umbrella and feeling that wondrous feeling that must be unique to human beings: being in the natural world but my comfort not determined by nature’s whims.

NPG to Release New Forum Paper

NPG to Release New Forum Paper

Alexandria, VA (October 28, 2014) In response to a disturbing essay recently published in  The Wall Street Journal , Negative Population Growth (NPG) will release a new Forum paper on November 4 th .  Highlighting ongoing global population growth, the new paper flatly rejects the cornucopian position that the world can

NPG to Release New Forum Paper

NPG to Release New Forum Paper

Alexandria, VA (October 28, 2014) — In response to a disturbing essay  recently published in The Wall Street Journal ,  Negative Population Growth (NPG) will release a new Forum paper on November 4 th .  Highlighting ongoing global population growth, the new paper flatly rejects the cornucopian position that the

Sprouting BMPs

Sprouting BMPs

Vegetation is often the BMP best suited for curbing erosion; however, not every site contains the best soil, which is crucial for quick seed germination and plant growth. Choosing the right seed can often solve such problems. Plants that tolerate salt are perfect for marshes that take ocean backflows, and

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