Regenerative farming practices
Rotational grazing involves moving livestock through a series of pastures during grazing. This allows pastures to rest when they are not being grazed upon which improves plant and soil health by allowing plants to recover and deepen their root systems.
No-till/reduced till farming
By implementing no-till farming into farming operations, farmers can increase the nutrient density and fertility of their soil at the same time. It also helps to retain organic matter, has a higher water holding capacity and a higher biological activity in the soil compared to tilled soil. This means that the soil is able to produce higher quality crops.
Compost and manure
These applications have a host of benefits for soil health, like feeding soil organisms, improving soil structure and adding carbon to soil, which help with storing nutrients and water in the soil. Using natural compost and manure in your soil operations can help you reduce the reliance on unnatural fertilisers, and help improve the growth of your plant life.
Not just soil benefits
While the benefits of regenerative farming are evident in the health of soil and the long-term environmental impact, there are a few not so visible benefits worth mentioning: input costs and end markets. Regenerative farming result in cost-savings. This is due to the reduced need of using fertilizers, pesticides, and chemicals on the farm because the health of the soil has been optimised and the organic nature of it now promotes insect and other organism to thrive.
As more farming operations are becoming transparent in their transactions, driven by consumer-demand, the end market is starting to support regenerative farming wholeheartedly. In today’s drive towards being more eco-conscious and environmentally friendly, consumers want to not only know where their food is coming from, but how it is grown. Taking steps to improve the quality and health of soil will reap benefits for your farm for generations to come environmentally and economically.