As the weather warms and spring planting nears, agribusiness must take measures to improve soils and crops’ natural ability to retain water and extract nutrients from the rhizosphere to ensure successful planting, the company Bio S.I. Technology claims. And severe drought in many regions has left agribusiness scrambling for solutions. 

In California, the State Water Project recently announced that it, “will not be allotting any water to the 25 million people and 1 million acres of farmland it usually services.” While it is impossible to control unpredictable weather events such as drought, taking steps to improve water holding capacity is critical to successful crop production, especially during prolonged drought. Specializing in all-natural, soil-borne microbial inoculants, Bio S.I. Technology, http://www.biositechnology.com/, contends it has formulas to rebuild microbial populations and improve soil’s ability to hold water and uptake nutrients.

Bio S.I. Technology’s Agriculture and Agriculture “Select” formulas can be integrated into any conventional or organic soil preparation strategy to rebuild life and renew vitality to damaged soils, the company announced in promoting its products. 

According to researchers at the Rodale Institute for organic farming methods, “the very structure and health of your land is directly influenced by the complex set of biological and chemical interactions which decompose, retain and recycle nutrients within the soil.”  When soil is healthy, there is an abundance of microbial life throughout the rhizosphere. This naturally occurring, microscopic community is responsible for breaking down carbon-based waste and nutrient build-ups and converting them to forms that can be absorbed by the root-zone. 

Conventional farming techniques have saturated soils with certain fertilizers that damage organic life and result in compaction and crusting, Bio S.I. claims. Compacted soils do not absorb water and cause runoff, which is especially undesirable in times of drought when scarce water resources are in high demand. Drought conditions also impact root systems’ ability to absorb nutrients in the soil which may lead to costly and hazardous fertilizer build-up that will persist into the next growing season.

According to Bio S.I., its agricultural formulas penetrate damaged soils to repopulate microbial life and convert wastes to usable forms of humus or carbon that can be absorbed in the rhizosphere. Reducing hardpan and compaction can have an effect on crop stand and production as root systems expand and strengthen. The symbiotic relationship that these microbes form with root systems aid in growth and help stave off pathogens and disease. Bio S.I.’s microbial formulas improve crops ability to retain water and utilize nutrients already available in the soil.  As a result, an increase in the effectiveness of chemical and organic fertilizers at lower doses reduces overall input costs and limits agriculture’s harmful impacts on the environment.

The Agriculture “Select” formula contains the added benefit of Mycorrhizal fungi that establish a direct symbiotic relationship that expands the surface area of the root-zone. The company’s contention is that the mycorrhizae attach to roots and feed off of the carbon-based plant debris that is already dead or dying. In turn, the myccorhizae provide crops with nutrients that would otherwise be locked out of reach and unobtainable.

The company is pushing for growers to abandon conventional farming methods in favor of what is calls more sustainable whole systems approaches, and it says the importance of vital soils and active microbial communities will become apparent.

More information about Bio S.I. Technology is available at www.biositechnology.com.