Doctors swear to "do no harm," but that could also be an oath for those doing organic farming. This is because they work very hard to keep any harmful substances from the soil, water and plants that they grow.
For instance, you will never hear about a true organic farmer using chemicals to get rid of weeds, pests, or anything else. Nor will you hear of them using chemical fertilizers to improve the outcome of their natural farming.
No, instead of the "traditional" methods used by today's modern farmers, those adhering to the principles of this type of farming will use only what nature provides to get the job done.
For instance, you could probably get an organic farmer to talk to you for days on end about their crop rotation tactics.
What is that? It is a method of using a plant's natural behaviors to maximize results on a year-to-year basis. Here's how it works: a farmer knows that any of the "legumes" (which are the beans and peas of the plant world) leave behind the nitrogen that they "fix" in their roots during the growing season. So, they plot out their fields in order to get the most out of this natural fertilizer.
For instance, they might plant an entire field of legumes one season and then choose something that takes up a lot of nitrogen and fertilizer for the next season. This is why it is so common to see a field of soybeans followed by a field of squash or corn. This is also something that is based on very ancient farming tactics. Consider that Native Americans relied on the same principles when they used the "trinity" method.
They planted corn in the center of a mound and they then followed this with a planting of beans. The beans would use the stalks of the corn as natural trellises and would also feed the corn the nitrogen it needed. They would also plant squashes at the base of the mounds because their large leaves would shelter the soil from the sun and keep everything moist and healthy.
Organic farming is not far from the ancient methods. The farmer uses only their hands and the gentlest natural substances to eliminate truly problematic issues or pests. They consider the way plants might nurture one another and they encourage the soil to be healthy through crop rotation and seasonal care. No wonder their food tastes so much better!
Organic farming has been in news since many decades. Modern day farmers are using most up-to-date technologies to do extremely well in farming.
They are now paying more attention on Alternative ways of farming which comprises the innovative, beneficial and eco friendly aspects. All these will help them to become less dependent on artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides and antibiotics; trim down the expenses; increase advantages and lower the hazardous ecological effects of agricultural production.
This evolution in agriculture marked its presence since Second World War after the federal policy came into existence. All across the world the farmers have accepted these methods for best results in farming. This has even been confirmed by several experts of the farming industry.
Organic farming is also a means to minimize the pollution, tile drainage and nitrate losses in agriculture and put back the traditional means of cropping and farming. This type of farming is on a rise particularly in areas like southwest Minnesota.
The conventional means did not make use of the most recent farming practices; for example organic products and practices which includes rotation of a range of crops comprising rye, corn, buckwheat, soybean, alfalfa and oat. The nutrient resources for them are legumes and manure sources which might be fresh or composted.
The researchers have also found that this way of farming helps in lessening the quantity of water lost during tile drainage by at least 41 percent in comparison to the traditional corn- soybean rotation. The alternative crop growing practices also decreases the loss of nitrate nitrogen to a great extent in very short period of time.
The other benefits from Alternative farming are less harm to wildlife as well as the human life and less operational expenses. The external costs become reduced remarkably; for this reason all the farm production becomes a reasonably priced affair financially than that in conventional means, thus it can help in making farming a very money-making business.
Currently the non direct expenses such as off-site damage to soil corrosion; outer surface and ground water pollution are being borne by the society but if these expenses were put into the farming costs, then the total productivity and advantages to society of alternative agriculture methods would possibly be much greater.
Thus, this way of farming has mainly three qualities which make it a boon; the first is that it is a healthy way of farming, most up to date and at the same time profit making. All this makes it a lucrative option.
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