24 Feb '16, 4pm

We Must Dig Deeper to Improve Coffee's Soil Health

Contrast this with how many farmers in the U.S. and other prosperous nations usually work. They take multiple soil samples from their farms on an annual basis and have them tested in qualified labs. The labs then send farmers detailed reports on the invisible conditions of their soil, including soil chemical properties (pH, soil organic matter, status of macro- and micro-nutrients, cation exchange capacity, etc.), and information on the soil texture (clay, silt, sand), which is critical to understanding how well a soil will retain both nutrients and water. In other words, these farmers are using a knowledge-based rather than input-based approach to managing their soil.

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