New York, NY (PRWEB) October 07, 2013
Advancing Eco-Aagriculture, a commercial agricultural company that offers a complete line of products and consultative services based on the scientific principles that healthy plants with a functional immune system can be resistant to disease and insect pests, affirms soil building benefits that stem from organic farming practices.
According to a September 10, 2013 article published by AgriNews, titled, “Study Shows Soil Building Benefits of Organic Farming,” Iowa State University’s Neely-Kinyon Research Farm conducted a study finding that farmers switching to sustainable farming practices can yield the same or higher returns while also improving soil quality.
Cynthia Cambardella, with the USDA-ARS National Lab for Ag and the Environment in Ames, IA elaborates on the importance of utilizing different soil amendments to keep soil healthy. “Organic soils are showing enhanced soil function, greater nutrient use efficiency, more labile nitrogen and higher carbon sequestration. Organic soils are more efficient at supplying nitrogen to growing crops than conventional soils that have conventional fertilizers applied.”
Researchers of the study examined four different conventional and organic crop rotations. The rotation treated conventionally received synthetic nitrogen, herbicides and insecticides, and the organically treated rotation received chicken manure. While both rotations did yield the same returns, the minerals in the conventional soil were completely depleted.
John Kempf, CEO of advancing eco agriculture, agrees that sustainable farming practices have a positive effect on the environment. “Many commercial fertilizers are known to have a long term negative impact on soil microbial communities,” he says. “Standard agronomic practices tend to deplete soils of plant available nutrients, resulting in ever declining levels of soil fertility, and increasing disease and insect pressure. We have developed regenerative agriculture models which can reverse this trend, and drive greater yields and productivity without higher levels of fertilizer application.”
Advancing Eco-Agriculture (AEA), believes that healthy plants can be resistant to disease and insects. Our technologies and services afford farmers the ability to grow healthier crops, regenerate soil health and improve farm economics. Our mission is to help farmers produce healthy, pest resistant and extra high yielding crops by using fertility systems based on providing complete plant nutrition.