Improving Soil to Improve Taste

Harry Klee, a researcher at the University of Florida published insights into improving tomato flavor in a 2012 article in Current Biology. Klee believes good tomato flavor is a complex panorama of sugars, acids, and mysterious gassy chemicals that we experience as smell. Klee and his colleagues are still identifying those “aroma volatiles.”  Reviewing 152 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, the researchers found more than 3,000 volatile chemicals that impact taste. He recommends planting seedlings in rich soil with lots of organic matter, or compost. The interaction between the microbes can impact flavor significantly.  NPR has an article, How to Grow … Continue reading Improving Soil to Improve Taste

Scientific American, Citing FAO Study, Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

Since you are here, reading about SymSoil™ you probably already know that life as we know it is dependent upon the top six inches of the planet. The key message was alarming: Unless new approaches are adopted, the global amount of arable and productive land per person in 2050 will be only a quarter of the level in 1960, the FAO reported, due to growing populations and soil degradation. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/only-60-years-of-farming-left-if-soil-degradation-continues/ Continue reading Scientific American, Citing FAO Study, Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

Data and AgTech

  Outsiders are becoming aware of the role of technology in farming. As rural and bucolic as our image of farming is, for decades, farmers have been on the cutting edge of multiple types of technology. The next big thing is going to be biologically active soil.  The soil microfauna, which had been killed off with pesticides, can be restored with SymSoil™.  This will increase organic farmer’s yields by 15%       Continue reading Data and AgTech

Fertilizers and Smog

A study by UC Davis’ department of land, air and water resources, found that agricultural soils contribute 25 to 41 percent of nitrogen oxide emissions in California. The primary source is fertilized cropland. Two links that are worth your time.  A video from the Sacramento Bee and an article from the Fresno Bee can be found here: Fertilizer on farm fields is a major source of California smog, researchers say While carbon dioxide is the major greenhouse gas, nitrogen oxide plays a central role in global warming and is a major factor in smog formation. “Emissions of NOx from agricultural areas … Continue reading Fertilizers and Smog

Careers in Farming

Are you considering farming as a career? You are not alone.  Millennials turning to a farming career are changing the demographics of American Farmers, pushing down the average farmer’s age, along with the rate of farms shutting down. This is helping small and family farms remain in existence. People under 40 have taken the lead in organic goods all their lives, but more recently, people in that age group have also taken the lead in the Locavore movement.  Millennials entering farming often focus on crops for the local community and alter their land easily to meet consumer demand and changing … Continue reading Careers in Farming