The Importance of Fertilizer in Your Organic Farm

To meet the need of growing populations and increased food production the use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and chemical pesticides are becoming more prevalent in the large industrial farms. Meanwhile, many consumers, concerned with the increased use of GMOs and pesticides are forming a counter-protest and there are many consumers who want good, clean, and unmodified fruits and vegetables and are looking to farmers to meet that need. Fortunately, the increased demand of organic produce has made it easier and more cost-effective for farmers to switch farming methods and change their farms from the conventional to the organic.

This is a great shift for the environment as organic farming has proven to be more environmentally sustainable and ecologically sound, and with the increase in biodiversity amongst organic farms using companion planting and the popularity of heirloom plants, agricultural lands are becoming more stable, less likely to erode, and with greater soil stability.

While organic farming provides many benefits for the soil adding additional nutrients is still required, and while most organic farmers are also taking advantage of composting, for strong plants, a productive and healthy soil needs more nutrients than compost alone can provide, making fertilizer use a necessary component of farming to maintain the soil’s nutrient content, stability, and to avoid soil fatigue. Finding a good organic fertilizer for farming is important to the health, crop yields, and the continued, stable, production of an organic farm.

The reason an organic fertilizer is necessary is that it keeps a farm’s soil healthy and a healthy soil means healthy plants. Organic fertilizers add a rich mixture of organic matter to the soil which increases the vitamin and mineral content and creating a more nutrient-rich medium with which to grow strong and healthy plants that are more resistant to environmental stresses, disease, and insect damage. A good fertilizer will help prevent soil fatigue and encourage beneficial insects to a farm.

Ideally, a good organic fertilizer will have a strong balance of the necessary macro minerals (N-P-K) and will also include trace minerals to enhance the soil. Finding an organic fertilizer with a time-release formula is also important, as with a controlled release of nutrients, young plants won’t be overwhelmed, and older plants won’t be burnt, particularly on hot sunny days. A good organic fertilizer will also not be manure based but instead will contain rich organic proteins and materials that will enrich the soil thoroughly, without increasing the risk of foodborne illness.

The key to a successful and profitable organic farm is finding a good organic fertilizer. The right organic fertilizer will make all the difference in the strength the plants. By properly applying fertilizer, an organic farm will see increased plant yields and increased profits and by keeping a farm’s soil rich and nutrient dense, regular organic fertilizer applications ensures the long-term sustainability of an organic farm and will increase the biodiversity within farms without increasing the use of GMO’s.