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SOIL HEALTH
Reduce soil compaction. Soil density and aggregation
play a role in determining water retention and water
infiltration. Dense soil reduces aeration and microbial
activity and can cause stunted plants and roots. Less dense
soils allow roots to take up more water and soil, creating
greater tree growth, yield, and water productivity.
Defend trees during drought or flood
Growers need to know the soil type, profile, drainage,
season timing and tree physiological stage to support
their orchards. But they don't have to settle for the soil
profile and drainage they already have and can make
improvements. From Houston Black clay to Heidel sandy
loam, soil microbes fed a well-balanced meal can improve
your soil structure and texture to mitigate flood and
drought damage.
If nutrient management and soil moisture are tightly
bound to one another, soil microbes are a third strand to
braid the three together.
Abundant, diverse and active microbes improve
nutrient availability, nutrient uptake and nutrient
transport. The support from soil microbes can give
orchards a leg up on drought conditions, and unexpected
flooding - but only if they're awake.
While we can't control the rain, we don't always need
to curse it either. Instead, spend time supporting soil
microbes to improve water holding capacity to mitigate
drought and flood damage.
It's important for growers to learn about soil type
and soil profile, as well as the total number, diversity
and activity of soil microbes by working with a trusted
advisor. Then, prepare for droughts or high water by
incorporating a soil microbial food into the current
application practice.
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JANUARY 6-9, 2022
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