Why is Organic Fertilizer Better for Crops and Soil Improvement?

What is Organic Fertilizer?

Any fertilizer that originates from an organic source, we consider it organic. Some examples include fish extracts, manure, and compost. (www.gardenmyths.com)

According to homeguides.sfgate.com, Organic fertilizers undergo little processing and include ingredients such as compost and manure.

Advantages of Organic Fertilizer
  1. Organic fertilizers, besides releasing nutrients for plant’s growth also improves soil structure. The continuous application of organic fertilizers will improve water and nutrients retention of the soil and improve activities or beneficial soil organisms.
  2. They release nutrients slowly and so it is difficult to over fertilize and harm your plants.
  3. You avoid the condition of the toxic build up of chemicals and salts. These chemicals and salts are not good for plants. Moreso, they can wash into nearby waters and underground waters, making them unhealthy for consumption by man or animals.
  4. Organic fertilizers are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Also, they are renewable and biodegradable.
  5. Organic fertilizers can be made from household biodegradable waste such as kitchen waste, plant leaves and other plant residues. .

Disadvantages of Organic Fertilizers
  1. Organic fertilizer takes some time to break down and so releases nutrients slowly. This does not help in the quick recovery of crops.
  2. It is bulky. Nutrient levels in organic fertilizers are relatively low and so requires relatively large quantities to reach plants requirements.
  3. Microorganisms require warm and moist conditions to break down release nutrients. During the dry and cold seasons, the activity of microorganisms is substantially reduced and so the effectiveness of fertilizer is limited.

08032019-2230. The Biodynamic System of Rice and Root Intensification (BioSRRI).

08032019-2230. The Biodynamic System of Rice and Root Intensification (BioSRRI).

This photo was taken on August 2, 3 days after transplanting on the Fruit day of August 29, 2019 ( it seems nothing is growing – the transplanted field indicator of SRI). It’s a full BioSRRI with BD 500 (from Biodynamic Agriculture Association India, BDAI) soil spray b4 transplanting. The living diverse weeds biomass on the left serve as forage for 3 cattles (2 still coming) and a refuge of beneficial insects.

Prior to harvest of this BioSRRI, the forage area will be prepared for the next planting- it’s harvesting manure and urine of cattle and the live biomass (roots and leaves) as principal source for Soil Organic Matter (SOM) to effectively regenerate soil health and carbon sequestration. After harvest, the field serves as the forage area of cattles. The area rotation cycle continuous with a cropping intensity of 2 times per year. In this way, application of solid bacterial fertilizer is an option but not necessary- the manure and plant/weed biomass sufficient to internally renegenerate soil health and/or fertility.

This is a 9,000 m2 or 0.9 hectare of 1.44 hectare alluvial ricescape dedicated to at least 3 Locally Adapted Varieties (LAVs) of black, white and red. The remaining 5,000 m2 or 0.5 hectare is for the built-in functional ecointensification microstructures to co-create climate-resilient family farm entrepreneurial school, eg. perimeter NFTs to buffer flooding and contamination from chemical pesticide drift, process protein and nitrogen source for livestock/poultry and soil health regeneration, respectively,

renewable energy from 4 CM biogas and 158 watts solar panel, combined piggery of cement floor and biomass bed for manure biogas feed cum low carbon and moderate carbon sources, respectively, for Bacterial and Fungal Biofertilizer production, harvested rain water and VAJ Transformative Education Hall (TEH) among others of the self finance Biodynamic Rice-based Ecointensification Agriecotour Diversified Learning Investment in Family Farm Entrepreneurial School (BREAD LIFE Family Farm Entrepreneurial School) of SAFEGCC INC ( Sustainable Agriculture Family-centrred Entrepreneurial Group of Co-Creators, Inc.