The Power of Activating Your Soil Microbes

Do you struggle to find the right mix of microbes to add to your soil? Instead of relying on traditional methods of adding a select few microbial strains to the soil, experts advocate for activating the natural balance of hundreds of existing microbes. This approach yields benefits in nutrient availability, crop health, and environmental sustainability.

“Some microbes specialize in nitrogen fixation, others in phosphorus solubilization, while collectively contributing to making essential micronutrients readily available to plants,” explains Nick Becker, Director of Field Sales for Sound Agriculture. “This multifaceted approach fosters a balanced ecosystem within the soil, optimizing nutrient uptake by crops.”

He added that while initially perceived as a cost-effective solution, an over-reliance on synthetic nitrogen disrupts the soil’s equilibrium. This can lead to the tie-up of crucial nutrients. This not only limits the effectiveness of expensive inputs but also starts soil degradation over time.

By activating native microbes, farmers can reduce waste, enhance their return on investment, and uphold soil integrity. 

“Our product, ‘Source,’ is a unique formula that stimulates indigenous soil microbes responsible for nitrogen fixation, phosphorus solubilization, and micronutrient enhancement,” says Becker. “Its low application rate, merely one to two and a half ounces per acre, helps growers to maximize in-season nutrient availability efficiently.”

The impact of activating soil microbes extends beyond economic gains; it plays a key role in water quality management. Becker says their studies indicate a reduction in nitrogen leaching, contributing to enhanced water quality. 

Becker adds, “Source is an innovative chemistry that’s not reliant on live microbes. It ensures ease of use and compatibility with common agricultural products like herbicides and fungicides. Its mode of action aligns with familiar products, offering a hassle-free integration into existing farming practices.”