Middlefield, OH (PRWEB) October 17, 2013
Advancing Eco Agriculture, the leading provider of regenerative agriculture systems, discusses a new study that found elevated acidification in India’s farmland soils.
According to an October 9, 2013 article published by The Hindu, titled “High soil acidity impairing crop productivity,” a multi-institutional study on soil fertility has found that soil acidification has affected a serious majority of farmlands in India, impairing crop productivity. The study, conducted by the Kerala State Planning Board, uncovered high levels of acidity in 91% of the 200,000 soil samples that were collected for analysis.
The study found that the primary cause for the elevated levels of soil acidification are a combination of the use of chemical fertilizer, the intensification of agriculture through high-yielding crop varieties, and the neglect of the traditional practice of applying lime to neutralize acidity. These elevated acidity levels provide a “stressed environment” for plant growth. Plants are unable to absorb nutrients and the “microbial process responsible for nitrogen fixation and decomposition of organic matter in the soil” is inhibited.
The article states that the study recommends alternative soil amendments to combat soil acidity and enrich the overall soil health.
John Kempf, Founder and CEO of Advancing Eco Agriculture, the leading provider of regenerative biological agriculture systems commented, “Today, the importance of soil health is often overlooked, or considered less of a priority than crop yields. Soil is the plant’s digestive system. Healthy soil that provides balanced mineral nutrition to sustain healthy microbial populations is vital to plant health and crop production.
Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), has created models for understanding the soil plant system and how this system’s performance can be optimized with plant nutrition supplied at Critical Points of Influence (CPI’s). Our product technologies and consulting services help farmers around the world to grow healthier crops, regenerate soil health and improve farm economics. AEA’s mission is to help farmers produce quality, high yielding and disease and insect resistant crops through a systems-based approach to complete plant nutrition.