AGRICULTURE NEWS - With no-till farming, you need to try to gradually increase the organic content of the soil.
As mentioned in previous articles, this helps increase the fertility, taste and nutrient content of your produce, conserves water and makes farming easier and less hazardous.
All micro-organisms in the soil are eating to stay alive, and are, thus, releasing carbon dioxide into the air.
The higher the organic content, the more soil organisms present, and the greater the loss of C through the release of carbon dioxide.
In order to maintain the soil organic content at a higher level, you have to provide more ‘carbon-containing’ food for the organisms. This is similar to maintaining livestock: the more animals you have, the more feed you need to provide.
There are other advantages to increasing the soil’s organic matter, but there are limits as to how high you can maintain the content.