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:
Improve Soil Structure
As organic matter decays to humus, the humus molecules bring together (or bind) the particles of sand, silt, clay and organic matter into aggregates that will not break down in water. This effect of weaving and binding the roots and fungal strands in the decomposing organic matter with the soil makes these aggregates stable in water.
The stable aggregates have larger spaces between them, allowing air and water to circulate more readily through the soil.
Improve Moisture Retention
The aggregates are also more efficient and effective in holding moisture for use by plants. Humus molecules also absorb and hold large quantities of water ready for use by the plant's roots.
Improve Access to Nutrients
Organic matter is an important source of nitrogen, phosphorous and sulphur. These nutrients become 'available' as the organic matter is decomposed by microorganisms, and this source provides nutrient in a slow release form. If crops continue to be removed from the soil, there remains no organic matter for microbes to feed on and break down into nutrients – with the result that fewer nutrients are available to the next crop
Improve Cation Exchange Capacity
Humus molecules are colloids (a two-phase system in which one material in an extremely divided state is dispersed through a second system, i.e. clay in water). They are negatively charged structures with an enormous surface area and this means they can attract and hold huge quantities of positively charge nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and potassium – storing them until the plant needs to access them. This cation exchange capacity expresses the number of exchangeable cations per dry weight of soil is capable of holding a given pH value, and available for exchange with the water solution. In general, the higher the exchange capacity, the higher the fertility of the soil.
RLF has undertaken highly sophisticated research, development and evaluation programs as we have built our products over the past 25-years. We have focused our efforts and endeavour on bringing about positive change for the health and sustainability of the soil, whilst at the same time driving up yield potential and profitability for our customers.
Spearheading our comprehensive range are the world-leading technologies of BSN Seed Priming and Ultra Foliar. Together, these two product ranges are changing the face of modern-day farming.
These products form the new generation fertiliser practice of IFM (Integrated Fertiliser Management). It is changing the way in which farmers and growers view their crops, profitability and production potential for the future. It is helping our customers address the imperative of sustainable farming and finding solutions for sensible crop and soil protection choices.
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