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Could farm subsidies actually harm people and the planet?

Could farm subsidies actually harm people and the planet? In an article written this month by Damian Carrington, environment editor for The Guardian, he cites a report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), that says “almost 90% of the $540bn in global subsidies given to farmers every year are “harmful.”” Read full article here. Continue Reading →

Is the Fall Armyworm on the Rise?

Is the Fall Armyworm on the Rise? According to two recent articles by Genevieve Croft, International Affairs Fellow, Office of the Chief Scientist in Research and Science, and Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications, the Fall Armyworm is on the rise and according to Croft “posing a threat to global food security.” In Crofts recent article, she says that the “Fall Armyworm (Spdoptera frugiperda) is a destructive pest that can feed on 80 different crop species, including corn.” Read the full article here. In Russell’s article on July [...] Continue Reading →

Robotic Weeders Have Gone From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Robotic Weeders Have Gone From Science Fiction to Science Fact Weeds can be one of the most trourblesome problems, especially for organic farmers. But now there's a solution that looks like something out of the pages of science fiction--robotic weeders! This recent article in The Guardian provides a quick overview of various robotic farming methods being used in field and greenhouse, as well as the reasons robots may be a solution for farmers dealing with high costs, labor shortages, and the need to decrease chemical inputs.  Continue Reading →

Rodale Says Regenerative Agriculture is a Win-Win-Win Climate Solution

If you're familiar with the Rodale Institute, then you know about their deep commitment to soil health. At Soil Tech, we share this commitment and consider organizations like the Rodale Institute to be incredible resources. We invite you to view one of their recent white papers here--it'a all about how regenerative agriculture offers a win-win-win solution to the climate crisis. Continue Reading →

Should You Mulch Your Garden or Farm?

Should You Mulch Your Garden or Farm? Mulching is a farming or gardening technique that involves covering the ground and planting into that soil cover or “mulch.” In a mulched garden or farm, you will rarely see any bare soil, and weeding and cultivating are kept to a minimum. Mulching serves many purposes. It is especially good at suppressing weeds. Without access to sunlight, a weed may sprout, but it will not grow. It needs light to fuel its photosynthesis processes. Another important advantage of mulching is [...] Continue Reading →

Permatrol is Now OMRI Listed!

Permatrol is Now OMRI Listed! We are excited to let you know that Soil Tech's Permatrol is now officially listed with OMRI, the Organic Materials Review Institute. Permatrol is a spray for Powdery mildew that is labeled for all crops, including grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, flowers and ornamentals. The label includes open field, greenhouse, and shadehouse grown plants as well as nursery stock. Permatrol is composed of natural compounds originating from botanical sources.  Now that Permatrol is OMRI listed, it can be used in organic [...] Continue Reading →

How Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria Work

How Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria Work Nitrogen fixing bacteria can literally make nitrogen out of thin air! If you have these soil-based powerhouses in your soil, they will fertilize your plants for free. If you want to know more about the details of this process and how to make it work for you, read on. There are several common soil bacteria that are capable of taking atmospheric nitrogen from the air and soil. Upon absorbing nitrogen as a gas, nitrogen-fixing-bacteria change it into nitrate or ammonia. [...] Continue Reading →

Microp is OMRI listed!

Microp is OMRI listed! We are excited to let you know that Soil Tech's Microp is now officially listed with OMRI, the Organic Materials Review Institute. That means Microp can be used in organic production according to the USDA National Organic Program Rule. Soil Tech products have always been formulated with purity and the environment in mind, and this listing is a reflection of that commitment.  Microp harnesses the power of cyanobacteria to improve soil quality without taking the land out of production. Used [...] Continue Reading →

Q&A: Microp

Q&A: Microp Q: Will I Be Able to See the Microp Cyanobacteria as it Grows? A: Keep in mind that Microp is a microscopic based microbial technology. Even after some weeks of population growth the colonies of microbes are still most commonly microscopic in nature. The cyanobacteria in the formulation do form chains of cells and will sometimes appear in small colonies or clumps. Cyanobacteria most commonly occupy the lower or bottom of a flooded environment, such as a rice field. (They [...] Continue Reading →

Avoiding Algae Blooms from Fertilizer Runoff

Avoiding Algae Blooms from Fertilizer Runoff It’s an all-too-common occurrence--irrigation or rain water causing fertilizer to run off into nearby ponds and lakes. The turf is no greener, the plants no more lush, and fertilizer (and money) is wasted. And to top it all off, nearby ponds are polluted, leading to unsightly algae blooms. This pollution process has a long name: eutrophication. A Closer Look at the Problem of Eutrophication Eutrophication happens whenever a body of water becomes overfilled with nutrients thanks to runoff from the [...] Continue Reading →