How to improve soil health
Prevention is better than cure, but what do you do if your soil health is not in optimal condition? Taking small steps today can move you one step closer to improving your soil health and overall crop output. Here are two practical solutions you can implement to begin to improve your soil situation:
Once you are aware of what your soil is lacking, you can take corrective measures and put proactive measures in place to ensure the health of your soil. Setup an irrigation application that is applicable for your soil condition. Often having an irrigation application that spans across a larger farm area over a longer period of time helps plants osmosis to occur as salt is flushed to levels far below the root system.
Ensure your irrigation application is crop specific. Plant life have different water needs based on their species, growth stage and root structure. Soil composition and land formation also need to be taken into consideration here. Use this information to set an irrigation schedule but be aware of over or underwatering your crops (look at your plant type, soil moisture, weather data before setting a schedule).
By understanding your soil, you’ll understand what nutrients and minerals your crop is not getting and can then use the right kind of fertiliser to ensure optimal plant growth. Using a general one-size-fits all fertiliser across many crops will not work and cause imbalance across your soil, which can result in low crop yields and even death of crops.