Tuesday, November 8
As California moves into its fifth year of drought concern builds as the largest agricultural producer and exporter in the US is suffering from the worst drought in 1,200 years with no relief in sight.
Water efficiency is the cornerstone that determines the fate of California farms and crops, at least in the foreseeable future. Consequently, here is a gross oversimplification of our quagmire in five steps.
- Crops must have nutrients and water
- Healthy soil holds water
- The soils’ water efficiency is contingent upon the health of the microbial community in the soil
- Basic soil science tells us that fertilizers, although necessary for abundant crop production, are also detrimental to long-term crop production
- Synthetic fertilizers damage the soil’s microbial population and leave behind salts that wick away the moisture from thirsty crops, thus decreasing the inherent water holding capacity.
Because we understand that soil health is the building block of any successful crop, we developed a consortium of agriculture microbials to repopulate the soil with beneficial microorganisms that inherently increase soil fertility and water efficiency.
Are you interested in learning more? Click here to see what happens in studies conducted using our microbial technology of SumaGrow and reduced fertilizer.