Cultivating Drought-Resistant Soil And Crops
In the U.S., we are amidst the worst drought since the 1950s. The area covered by severe or extreme drought conditions increased by 5% in the first week of July. Although there are no overnight fixes for drought, preparing fields effectively before a drought strikes is the best plan of action. Farmers everywhere can rebuild, restore and renew soil with Bio S.I. Technology’s all-natural Agriculture Formula to cultivate healthy, productive fields that are better able to survive water and nutrient-stressed conditions.
“The key to cultivating plants that are better equipped to survive drought is to rebuild the soil by increasing the “humus” content,” explains Wayne Tucker, Owner of Bio S.I. Technology. “Rebuilding the soil’s “humus” content restores the ability of the soil to hold nutrients and water in the rhizosphere (root zone). This helps growers reduce the amount of water used during the growing season and also, depending on the crop being grown, can help control input cost.”
Bio S.I.’s Agriculture Formula rebuilds soil using naturally occurring microbes that convert organic matter into humus, break down plant debris, aerate the soil by decomposing chemical residues, and increase nutrient and water retention in the soil. The extremely high levels of nutrients given to plants on fertilizer-only regiments build dependency on high levels of water and nutrients; therefore, these plants are unable to obtain nutrients and water when they are not available in abundance. Rebuilding the humus content of soil with Agriculture Formula improves its ability to hold nutrients in the root zone during drought conditions. Most importantly, the formula increases water holding capacity to improve the soil’s ability to support plant life amidst varying growing conditions.
“We are building the humus layer in the soil, which is very important, as that is where the nutrients, water, and biology are held,” says John Witzke of Modesto, CA, a farmer with over 30 years in the industry. “As we build the humus layer we will use less water and fertilizer.”