Much of the environmental degradation we are seeing across the world is not due to intentional or malicious behaviour by people. It’s often with the best intentions that producers adopt new technology or quick fixes that carry hidden unintended consequences. These impacts may extend well beyond the farm gate....Read More: Nicole’s blog … How can we address many of the complex and ‘wicked’ issues facing society and the planet today?
The challenge for the 21st century is not our ability to produce more food but to be resilient and adaptable in the face of changing climate. Plant diversity is a valuable tool for producers interested in increasing the resilience of their operation; and is one cornerstone for regenerative agriculture. Cover crops are...Read More: Diversity, Diversity, Diversity
What tools are left once your management is optimal? Management is just one of the 5 legs Regenerative Agriculture stands on; with Microbes, Minerals, OM and Mindset holding the rest of the table steady. Identifying which of these legs is not working so well creates whole new opportunities for...Read More: Working in Sync with Nature
If you cut your nitrogen by 80% tomorrow, would you expect your production to drop? Of course it would… if you did nothing else. Optimising nitrogen use is one of the holy grails in a drive to produce food for a booming world population, all whilst looking after the...Read More: Get more bang from your nitrogen buck.
Setting up a foliar trial to assess which products lift the brix the highest. By being able to do this we can more accurately choose our next course of action. We mixed 150mls water with a measured amount of nine different bio stimulants (plus one control with just water)....Read More: Setting up foliar trials
Increasingly I’m seeing properties in New Zealand with broken water cycles, something you’d normally expect to see in sandy, low carbon, semi-arid soils in the US and Australia. Recently we measured the infiltration on a property that took over 36 mins for 5mm of water to enter. These soils are...Read More: Terrified terrain – Infiltration | Soils | Hydrophobic
The money may already be in the bank, just waiting to be cashed out. “Often, we’re sitting on a great big bank account we have no idea is there,” says Nicole. This article gives great detail on the biological soil bank account and how this is beneficial for farmers,...Read More: Feature Article in Forage Oct 2015 – Can the soil save us
“Opening our eyes to the possibilities that lie beneath the surface…” In September 2015 I visited Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales where I got to work with 27 ranchers from all over the United States in a three day seminar on soil management. “The valuable insights gained during this process will help...Read More: Stemple Creek Ranch – USA coverage
“If you want something done, ask a busy person” or in this case, a busy worm. Worms have been tirelessly toiling away, building soil in the same manner as their ancestors 600 million years ago. The work that they do may be one of the most important and undervalued...Read More: The benefits of worms and vermicast