Category Archives: Soil Health With Carbon

VIDEO: Succession in regenerating pastures from bare earth to native perennials

Craig Carter tells of observations on his farm when pastures are left to regenerate in succession from bare earth to native perennial grasses. When Mother Nature is allowed to do her work! 

VIDEO: What role do weeds play in improving soil health?

What do you know about wild lettuce? Would you let it grow on your farm? Craig Carter nearly broke our spade trying to dig it up for us to see its root structure. It plays a great role in the … Continue reading

VIDEO: A simple tool to measure soil health

This video describes how to make a simple penetrometer to easily assess soil compaction.

VIDEO: We eat soils so make soils healthy!

Dr Maarten Stapper presented at the Sustainable Cities Round Table on the topic of  “Sustainable Food Systems” in May 2008. He was challenged to present his topic “We Eat Soil, Make Soils Healthy” in three minutes! This video is an … Continue reading

The Simple Answer is SOIL

In the Australian Organic Producer, Summer 2008, Jaime Newborn writes about Dr. Maarten Stapper at a field day at wheat biological trials at Nyngam, West Dubbo NSW.

VIDEO: Improved Healthy Soil – Can you see the difference?

Biological Farming Current Farming

Soils part of Ecosystems

Agricultural systems have become addicted to the soluble acidic-based NPK fertilisers and this addiction, supported with the then required pesticides and herbicides, leads to soil degradation: loss of structure, compaction, poor infiltration, wind and water erosion, acidity and salinity. Production … Continue reading

Managing improvement of degraded soils

Agricultural systems have become addicted to the soluble acidic-based NPK fertilisers and this addiction, supported with the then required pesticides and herbicides, leads to soil degradation: loss of structure, compaction, poor infiltration, wind and water erosion, acidity and salinity. Production … Continue reading

Soil Health outcomes

Farms that have achieved healthy soils look and smell good, with dung beetles present in pastures and no slugs or snails in crops. Plants growing on such farms have less disease and insect damage, less frost damage (high sugar content … Continue reading

On-farm trials and monitoring

It is good to do trials on your own property to find out how things work. It is best to leave test strips on the paddocks, including a nil strip to see what would have happened if you hadn’t done … Continue reading