– Don’t view soil correction and crop nutrition as a cost that must be minimized. This line of thinking avoids the reality that your crop’s success depends on your soil. Investing in your soil is probably the best investment that any grower can make.
– Don’t use chemical pesticides, fungicides, and nematicides – if it is deemed necessary, opt for natural products and solutions, there are surprisingly many available.
– Don’t use herbicides such as Glyphosate and other chelating agents as they can bind with trace elements making them unavailable to plants. They also disrupt soil ecosystems by killing off the food chain like algae.
– Don’t overapply fertilizer, rather opt for smaller more frequent applications. A consultant will be able to advise you accordingly.
– Don’t use excessive amounts of animal manures. Although they have their merits and are relatively inexpensive, they are do not supply balanced, high nutrient levels. You might have to apply 3 times more than Talborne Organics VITA fertilizer, and because manures nutrient content is variable, soil imbalances such as Phosphate toxicity can result. Manures should not be sourced from Factory farming or feedlots due to potential for contamination of heavy metals, antibiotics and growth stimulants which kill off soil microbes. High levels of salts (sodium) in feed rations of factory-farmed animals, add to sodium (Na) build up in soils.
– Don’t use compost or manures that are not correctly and thoroughly composted. Often growers will use compost which is not fully broken down and the incorrect C:N ratio can mean the microbes consume more Nitrogen than they release, essentially robbing the plant of Nitrogen for a period. Also ensure composting is done aerobically (aerated system), and to the correct temperature to prevent pathogens like E. coli contamination in the soil.
– Don’t blindly accept advice from salespeople that claim to have your best interests in mind, rather do your research and ask questions. Unfortunately, there are too many product pushers in the agricultural industry, offering a “magic” solution.
– Support the people and input products that have legal compliance, product safety standards, proven products and an established reputation over many years.