Why Soil Matters

Our Focus on Agriculture

Soil sustains life. And, healthy soil is the foundation of the world’s food system.

Healthy soils produce healthy crops and pastures, that in turn provide nutrition and daily sustenance for people everywhere.

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Maintaining healthy soils however demands understanding, knowledge, care and effort from farmers and growers everywhere, because farming and agriculture, of itself, is neither an exact nor benign practice. Our soils are not endlessly accommodating, benevolent, generous, good-natured and giving – they are a living, dynamic ecosystem that requires understanding and management if they are to survive and keep
performing well.

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Why Soil Matters
Our Focus on Agriculture
Organic matter is the lifeblood of fertile, productive soil. Put simply, without it, food, animal feed, fibre and fuel production is not sustainable...Read More
Science, Education, and Sustainability
Facing the World’s Soil Challenges
Only with adequate investment in soil science will the world have the necessary tools and resources to educate and train the next generation of interdisciplinary...Read More
Technology and Innovation to Meet the Challenges Ahead
For the Sake of Our Soil
Commentators and recognised agricultural experts agree that the trends in the global agricultural industry for the coming two or three decades are quite clear...Read More
Zinc Deficiency Zones
A World-wide problem for our Soils
How RLF Rapid Zinc can Help

The Global Perspective

The following world map shows the zinc deficiency zones, in two measures (high and medium), across the globe...Read More

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Why RLF Products Help the Soil

RLF's proven products of Integrated Fertiliser Management, (through seed priming and foliar fertilising as integrated steps into an adjusted local practice routine) are known to :
  • increase early vigour
  • promote stronger plant growth with early tillers that are more viable
  • give tolerance to drought and water logging
  • improve the performance of granular fertiliser
  • generate greater phosphorous activation and improved uptake from the soil
  • improve nitrogen efficiency in the plant
  • promote better resistance to disease
  • provide the plant with greater tolerance to environmental impact or extremes
  • augment the plant's stress handling abilities
  • buffer pesticides and fungicides
  • improve plant metabolism

RLF PRODUCTS THAT HELP THE SOIL

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BENEFITS

Implementing strategies that develop a strong healthy soil structure is one of the very best decisions that you can make. By nurturing your soil, and returning goodness to it at every opportunity, through the building of greater organic mass will bring many benefits.

Some of these benefits are:
  1. Improved Soil Structure
  2. Improved Drainage
  3. Improved Moisture Retention
  4. Improved Access to Nutrients
  5. Improved Cation Exchange Capacity

TRIVIA

Did you know that there are more living individual organisms in a tablespoon of soil than there are people on the earth ?
Did you know that almost all of the antibiotics we take to help us fight infections and disease were obtain from soil microorganisms ?
Did you know that agriculture is the only essential industry on earth ?
Did you know that the total length of roots and fine root hairs of a single rye plant is almost 11,000km long and that they grow at almost 2km each day in search of microorganisms ?
Did you know that soil is a non-renewable natural resource ?
Did you know that damage to the soil can disturb nature's balance and prove a threat to life ?
Did you know that 9 tonnes of topsoil spread evenly over 1ha of land would only be as thick as a 10c AU coin ?
Did you know that fine china bowls and dishes are made from the soil ?
Did you know that about 70% of the weight of a text book or glossy magazine is soil ?
Did you know that putting clay on your face in the form of a 'mud mask' cleanses the pores of your skin ?
Soil in Pictures