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drainage, moisture retention, soil
temperatures and nutrient availability.
Soil microbes should be abundant,
diverse, active and well-fed for you to
reap these benefits.
By understanding the chemical,
physical, and biological makeup of your
soil, you can support your orchard's
overall health and well-being.
ANOTHER PIECE TO THE SOIL
PUZZLE: WHAT ARE SOIL
MICROBES?
Soil microbes are microorganisms
(bacteria and fungi) in your soil. One
tablespoon can have up to a billion
bacteria and a million fungi! They
improve soil structure and texture
and plant nutrient availability, but
only if they're active. As a survival
mechanism, soil microbes will go
dormant due to starvation or lack
of water. Roughly 75% of farm soil
microbes are dormant.
To wake them up and receive the
benefits of active soil microbes on
your potato farm, they must be fed
Graph: Heliae Development
a carbon-rich microbial food. Some
types of soil microbial food include
microalgae, molasses and compost.
Potato growers should look for a soil
microbial food that's easy to add to
their current applications.
Once active, soil microbes help
mitigate abiotic stress. Both bacteria
and fungi soil microbes support overall
soil health and can increase your soil's
water holding capacity. From water
management to stress management,
supporting your soil microbes is crucial
in supporting your potato crop.
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