Real interesting article that you found for us, Bill.
Of course it was put out by the USDA, which means that they are talking
about petrochemical fertilizers, but no matter, still interesting.
"The overall effect of tillage is a soil environment that stimulates
aerobic microbial activity, eventually leading to increased
decomposition rates of plant residue-C and accelerated cycling of soil-N
compared with no-till and native prairie soils."
"Normally, when plant residues with C:N ratios greater than
approximately 20 parts C to one part N are added to the soil available N
is immobilized during the first few weeks of decomposition (Sinha et
al., 1977; Doran and Smith, 1991; Somda et al., 1991; Green and
Blackmer, 1995). Green et al. (1995) observed that incorporation of corn
stover into soil resulted in rapid immobilization of all available
inorganic N during the rapid decomposition period. This occurred because
the microbial population decomposing the plant residue had increased
exponentially in response to the C source and tillage, essentially
needing the N much like cattle require protein in a balanced feed
ration. If N immobilization occurs when a crop needs N for growth and
development, the growth and yield may be reduced."
Tilling causes boom and bust cycles for microbes in garden soil as well
as for agribusinesses' great swaths of cropland. Introducing organic
One thing that is sometimes missed is the understanding of things not
studied in a formal way. Understanding gained via wisdom versus
knowledge is about close but you we I have to learn in our own way.
Weird sentence given. I consider usenet a pointer for doing.
The PDF does provide useful questions and Billy has addressed some of
them as per usual thoughfully . I'd add right on but I'd caveat that
oil and timing and microbial health is currently economically driven as
our health and well being is not in the non wholistic equation.
Watch the rabbit video. My wife wants to take it to school for those
times when the class is done but the time or bell rules. Bill who killed
15 flying squirrels in his attic last year. Love them outside btw.
Bill Garden in shade zone 5 S Jersey USA
Then there is the coincidence of,
However, with N fertilizer prices nearly doubling within the
past year, there is now adequate economic pressure to minimize N
fertilizer costs and make efforts to make oneΉs crop production program
as efficient as possible.
With seed prices creeping up each year, no doubt because of the
back-to-the-garden movement and the ensuing demand for seed,
Uh huh, fertilizer prices going up, and seed prices going up, and "no
doubt because of the back-to-the-garden movement".
So we are getting reamed, and it is our fault, yeah, sure, right.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company F1Q10
In fact, we saw some important trends develop in the quarter that
reinforced our confidence in the strategies we have shared with you in
the past. The improvement in the United States follows a consistent
pattern led by strong consumer demand. Consumer purchases of our
products in the US, as measured by the POS data that we see from our
retail partners increased 14% in the first quarter. We saw improvements
in 49 states with only North Dakota being the outlier. And we saw
double-digit gains in 38 states.
The main driver in the quarter was lawn fertilizer, up 32%. . .
(Must be more golf courses for the obscenely rich.- Billy)
. . . I want to stress that we still have very limited distribution in
this space, and we are confident there is plenty of room for growth, if
we remain focused on innovation and marketing. For the record, let me
touch upon the other United States categories. Consumer purchases of
Roundup improved by 10% in the quarter, growing media increased by 7%
and plant food by 4%.
There doesn't appear to be a financial problems with chemferts.
And what about seeds?
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