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every five years, and this crop has only gotten more
expensive to grow, " Putt said. " But there hasn't been
significantly more output, and that's what I kept scratching
my head about. How can we improve? "
When Putt started on the farm, the cation exchange
capacity (CEC) was 4.6. The farm average is now close to
11, with some fields as high as 18.
One practice is the use of ash from a biomass energy
plant, which is high in phosphorus, potassium, iron,
calcium, and significant sources of sulfur and magnesium,
and delivers a boost to the pH.
It gives the microbes in the soil a trade, if viewing the
symbiotic relationship of plants and microbes as an economy.
" Think of it as currency, " said Putt. " If you think of all
the exudates that are made during photosynthesis that the
plant sends down in the form of carbon sugars as money,
then the bacteria and the fungi in the soil have something
to exchange, so the soil gets very rich. "
Chicken litter is also applied to the orchard. Though it's
priced based on nitrogen content, that amount of nitrogen
isn't necessarily being used by the plant. It does, however,
These regenerative practices are used
on 1,500 productive acres and will be
applied to another 2,500 acres that are
currently being converted from pine to
pecan. The family operates a nursery,
a cleaning plant and a retail business
under Schermer Pecans.
" Regenerative farming - it was
something that was very incremental, "
Putt said. " It was an interesting journey
that didn't have any logical path to it. "
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