Does adding acid to soil affect microbes?

Photo: NRCS Question: I farm out in central Colorado, and a fertilizer company suggested using sulfuric acid to lower the pH of my soil. What effects would this have both short- and long-term on soil microbes, soil health? Also, is there any cost effective ways to reduce high levels of manganese and magnesium in your … Continue reading Does adding acid to soil affect microbes?

Does plastic affect the microbes in soil?

Q: I have questions on the breakdown of plastic in the soil, and its effect on soil microbe life and function. I've read that plastic is non-biodegradable, lasts forever unless broken down by sunlight, and that it inhibits microbial life. Many county landfills are giving away mulch made of chopped yard waste. This mulch also … Continue reading Does plastic affect the microbes in soil?

Where has all the soil gone? Long time passing

Q: What does it mean to say we are losing soil? Where does it go? An example of wind erosion of soil. Photo courtesy of Albion College Education Blogs, http://teach.albion.edu/jjn10/erosion/ A: You may hear the phrase: “We are losing our soil.” Sounds serious...but how do we lose soil? Where does it go? Soil erosion is … Continue reading Where has all the soil gone? Long time passing