July: Soils are Alive

Can you believe we’re officially half way through the International Year of Soils? Feels like just yesterday we were planning our content calendar with all these exciting soil posts and now we’re more than half way through..Crazy!

Anyway, how ironic is it that July’s theme is “Soils are Alive?” I mean it’s been non-stop activity around here making us all feel ALIVE. Whatever your favorite summer activity is, chances are it takes place on the soil, and did you know soils support more life beneath their surface than exists above?

Soil is a living, dynamic resource at the surface of the earth. It is a complex habitat of mineral and organic particles; living organisms including plant roots, microbes, and larger animals; and pores filled with air or water. So it may come as no surprise that one gram of soil contains 100 million to 1 billion bacteria, several thousand protozoa (up to several hundred thousand in forest soils), and 10 to several hundred nematodes.

It has been said that a handful of soil can have more living organisms than there are people on this planet. Some organisms in the soil are large and easily seen with the unaided eye, while others have to be magnified by 1,000 times.

We strongly believe in the life underneath the ground. For it’s there that lies the success of any farm operation. If you don’t have healthy, biologically alive soil, then how can you produce a quality crop?

And with that enjoy this video of active, healthy soil, submitted by one of our agronomists (excuse the wind in the background, apparently that was pretty active that day too).

How about the size of those earthworms!? Believe it or not, but this field hasn’t always been this alive. It wasn’t until the farmer installed some drainage tiles and worked with us on a fertility program that the soil began to change. The microbes and biology you see now are a result of a successful tiling job and fertility program.

Join the discussion this month as we proclaim how #soilsarealive!

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