Plants use molybdenum for one purpose, but that purpose is of tremendous importance—producing enzymes to enable the plant to use nitrogen.
Manganese is an important micronutrient. It helps to activate some of the key enzyme systems in plants. But it has many other roles, too.
Copper is of particular importance to cereal crops because of its role in reproductive growth and grain production.
In recent years, it has come to light that cobalt is indeed an essential micronutrient for at least some plant species, particularly legumes.
The primary goal of organic no-till is essentially the same as that of conventional no-till—to protect soil from erosion.
Lumpy strawberry, characteristic of boron deficiency To say that boron is important to plants would be the height of understatement. To put it more plainly, plants simply would not exist without boron. The reason boron is so crucial to plant health is that it is involved in ion exchange and the movement of other nutrients…… Continue reading Boron in Plants
Aluminum toxicity in corn; note how the two center rows appear pale and stunted relative to the row on the right. Photo courtesy of USDA ARS. Most people probably don’t think of aluminum as a key nutrient for field, garden, or orchard crops, and indeed scientists don’t consider it essential for plant growth. Nevertheless, it…… Continue reading Aluminum in Plants
Biochar is basically charcoal produced with little or no oxygen and a temperature above 660 degrees Fahrenheit.
Acquire the knowledge necessary to choose and purchase draft animals, and then learn to work them in the field, woodlot, or market garden.
Take comfort in the fact that not everything in the food supply is automatically bioengineered.