Soil Health Tip
In the 1960s and 70s, greater than one third of the world’s potential annual food harvest was destroyed by pests, which equates to the value of the entire world’s grain and potato crop for the same period.
“Weed” is a word that elicits distain from farmers and gardeners alike. A great deal of time, money and energy is spent to control weeds in agriculture. Much of the weed presence in cropland fields is a result of soil management of those fields. A wise farmer once told Kate, “If you don’t plant weeds, they won’t grow.” This statement exemplifies what no-till farmers have seen many times as weed pressure declines each year as the soil is left virtually undisturbed. The seed bank of weed seed in any cropland soil is phenomenal. Farmers who have “clean” fields, or fields without significant weed issues, have determined how to effectively manage the weed seed bank in their fields, not eliminate weed seeds present in their soil.