The Importance of Soil Microbes
The soil is alive! Below our feet, billions of tiny microbes are constantly changing organic material into usable forms of nutrients. The more biologically active a soil becomes, the more nutrients are made available to the crop. A healthy, biologically active field should contain more than 10,000,000 bacteria per gram of soil.
Problem: Conventional fertilizers such as anhydrous ammonia, MAP, DAP, and potash are all widely used to enhance crop growth. These fertilizers deplete soil microbes due to high salt contents and harsh chemical makeups. Without beneficial soil microbes the nutrients in these fertilizers are not made available to the crop.
Solution: Concept Ag Soil & Plant Nutrition Program uses a combination of conventional fertilizers, Concept Ag fertilizers, and Concept Ag biological and microbial products to increase soil microbial activity allowing for more efficient fertilizer uptake as well as increased nutrient mineralization in the soil.
Healthy soil leads to improved tilth, water retention, water percolation, soil oxygen, and reduced runoff. Healthy soils increase a crop’s resistance to disease, drought, excessive rainfall, and insect pests, while maximizing the potential for growth and yield.
Microbes are immeasurably important and essential to both soils and plants.