830 Roth Street, Sikeston, MO 63801

Carbon Smart

Know your farm

We work directly with our growers and always start with soil samples. Mineral balance is imperative when addressing biological activity and soil fertility. Managing Ca:Mg is a safe starting point as this dictates root penetration and the availability of essential nutrients needed throughout the growing season. What we put in the soil is completely dictated by what is already there.

Traditional management practices create an environment which is biologically imbalanced. Our soils are uniformly bacterial driven due to current residue management practices which tie nutrients up in biological suspension. Understanding and implementing concepts provided by the soil food web allow us to factor in fertility recommendations that would have other wise been unavailable. Balancing the physical, chemical and biological properties of our growers farms take farm productivity to a new level.

Cover Crops

AgDynamic encourages the adoption of this necessary tool when building soil fertility. Cover crops scavenge nutrients and increases the soils ability to cycle nutrients. They address the concerning issues of breaking up compaction layers and improving the soils water holding capacity. As cover crops start to decompose, soil organic carbon levels increase. This correlates to a more efficient fertility program and increased germination rate the following year.  We know not every farming system is the same. The same cover crop mix on Joes farm wont work on Bobs. This is a key part of Full Spectrums customized fertility program.

Tillage Practices

When advising our growers, we depend on tillage practices that manage the residue left from the crop before. Excessive tillage can create a biological imbalance and create unnecessary compaction layers to negatively impact the physical properties of valuable farm land. Reduced tillage practices can be used as application tools to build soil fertility that build biological diversity.

The physical, chemical & biological interaction

Today we know that healthy soil starts with balanced soil chemistry. We also understand that the traditional NPK approach to soil fertility leaves holes in our bucket that results in decreased yield at the end of the growing season. Balancing the major minerals not only contributes to having the correct physical structure, but also sets the stage for biological activity to thrive.

Balancing soil chemistry contributes to establishing biological diversity in your soil. When you have a functioning soil food web, nutrients are drawn into the soil system that are then stabilized and made more plant available. This guarantees more efficient nutrient uptake which results in nutrients being trans located throughout the plant easier and less being lost to leaching or volatilization.

Soil biology in the forms of bacteria, fungi and algae are consumed by soil life higher in the soil food web like nematodes and micro-arthropods which keep nutrient cycling going through a process called mineralization. This process prevents nutrients from entering waterways and becoming pollutants. Certain bacteria sequester nitrogen and other nutrients that might otherwise enter water systems, they fix nitrogen from the atmosphere in turn making it available to plants. Conservation tillage practices and cover crop diversity are tools to manage and maintain biological diversity. Many organisms enhance soil aggregation and porosity, thus increasing infiltration and reducing runoff. This kind of environment allows for better root penetration and water retention, allowing farmers to withstand environmental stresses.