The industrialized agricultural system has had a devastating effect on soil health. The use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers has degraded the foundation of agriculture, leaving our soil depleted of key nutrients and life. The soil is an incredibly resilient, living entity. It's composed of clay, sand and silt particles, and contains the living roots of plants, threads of mycelium, animals like worms and nematodes, and tons of micro-organisms. Fertilizer use also has created significant environmental damage, e.g. through its negative effect on nitrogen emissions.
The video below clearly explains this and explains why we must reduce the environmental damage.
Regenerative agriculture offers a sustainable solution. It's a system of producing food and biomass that focuses on rebuilding soil health and biodiversity, while reducing our reliance on synthetic inputs like herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The end result is a foundation of resilient soil that produces consistent, high-quality yields and a healthier environment.
Principles of Regenerative Agriculture
Reduce reliance on synthetic fertilizer
Cover crops &
Minimal soil disturbance and tilling
Organic nutrition to build natural resilience
Rotational grazing and integrated livestock
Plant Health & Plant Sap Analysis
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Just like a blood test can reveal a person's health status, a plant sap analysis can provide an in-depth look into a plant's nutrition and health. This analysis reveals important information about the plant's nutrient uptake, mineral deficiencies or excesses, nutrient imbalances in the soil, and plant reserves. Furthermore, it can tell you what nutrients the plant is able to use for its growth at that moment, and can even reflect its health and vitality, as well as the quality of its fruits.
For farmers, getting a plant sap analysis can be the key to improve the overall health of their plants and ensure the highest quality fruits. It can also help to identify and eliminate any potential problems before they arise, leading to improved plant vitality, reduced costs and greater profits. In the FAQ you can find answers on most asked questions to us.
Do you want to know more? The video below explains plant sap analysis for improving crop nutrition, using Crimson Beefsteak Tomatoes as an example. It covers important aspects of plant nutrition like nutrients, biochemical sequence, and photosynthesis. You can also read more in the sources shared below.
Our blog about reducing fertilizer and boosting yields with Plant Sap Analysis
Advanced Eco Ag - The Plant Health Pyramid
John Kempf: all he has written about plant sap
Research on Plant Sap Test as Guide for Foliar N, K, Mn, and Lime on Cotton and Soybean
Aptus Plant Tech - Nutrient Interactions & Antagonism
New Age laboratories - Plant Sap Analysis
NovaCropControl - Plant sap- and water analyses
Contact us if you have any question!
Soil is the foundation of life
In the Netherlands, we work closely with our agronomist partner, CO2L Farming.
Their experienced agronomist consultants visit different farms to provide expert advice and suggestions tailored to their unique situations. Rather than simply fighting the symptoms, it's about identifying and addressing the root cause of the issue.
CO2L Farming provides farmers with the knowledge and tools to analyze their soil, crop, and farming processes so that any adjustments made will have a lasting, positive effect. Together with the farmer, they observe and analyze the farm, then hypothesize and take action, before adjusting as needed.
This approach follows nature's own cycle of starting and continuously improving, and it has been proven to be successful in the farming business. Their consultants and farmers work together to reinforce each other, resulting in a stronger, more prosperous future for the farm.
The SoilBeat app helps CO2LFarming with powerful data analysis, and the dashboards help to explain and underpin recommendations, that appear as a practical action list on the farmer's personal page.
An example of a regenerative farmer:
Peter Appelman from Stompetoren, North Holland, stands amid his land where he grows broccoli and cabbage and proudly shows off his soil. The video is short, so read much more about him here.
See more frontrunner farmers & agronomists at CO2L Farming