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The Right Environment is crucial to success

Consider the following analogy made by Glen Rabenberg of Soil Works LLC:

In the business world, we recruit the best employees with the best skill sets, the brightest most efficient and resilient personalities, and then we provide education, training and support, and encourage health and wellness. While building communication and tech support with top notch equipment and technology, we continue to motivate, stimulate and encourage. We take pride in our newly created team and can't wait to see the success they create. On their first day of work, we put them on a boat and head for the North Atlantic and throw them all overboard and expect them to work at peak performance. Pretty ridiculous, right??!!

Soil Biology is no different.

As producers begin to farm with biology, they research and source the "right" strains of microbes, feed with super foods, aerate to the "proper" levels and protect from sunlight, heat, cold and all other harmful effects. On the first day of work, we put them in saline soil, compacted soil, soil with low carbon content and low oxygen, soils laden with herbicides, fungicides or soil with salt based soil inputs/fertilizers and wonder why the production is minimized.

The first step of soil health is establishing a soil environment that promotes, protects and enhances soil microbes.

Right Environment

Characteristics of Healthy Soil

Healthy soil does not just occur by accident. When farming practices cause imbalance and destruction to soil biology and chemistry, the natural ability for the soil to heal and produce healthy plants is greatly decreased. The end result is soil that no longer can produce quality food without the use of expensive fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides. Particular attention needs to be used to reduce the damage caused by current farming practices.

  1. Healthy soil drains well and warms up quickly in the spring
  2. Healthy soil does not crust after planting.
  3. Healthy soil soaks up heavy rains with little run off.
  4. Healthy soil stores moisture for dry spells. (Southern Sask - this one's for you!)
  5. Healthy soil resists erosion and nutrient loss.
  6. Healthy soil does not require ever increasing amounts of fertilizer to maintain good yields.
  7. Healthy soil produces healthy, high quality crops.

Healthy Soil

Ever wonder what it is we do at Back To Your Roots???

Experience-Based Agriculture. And Yes! It is backed by science; chemistry, biology and physics! We have Conference DVD’s available with excellent speakers that talk about soil health, what we do and how it all works. If you are interested in the health of your soil and the future in farming, we can help you learn how to properly assess your soil, help you with problem solving and growing nutrient dense crops.

Here is a picture of an organic wheat crop near Rose Valley, Sask. showing low weed pressures. This quarter has been on the Back To Your Roots spring program for 2 years. "A grain buyer that came out commented on how our soil is so nice and flocculated and how clean the fields are becoming." This producer is so excited to see what more can happen in the future with their land!