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The 4 Most Important Elements in Sustainable Agricultural Practices

Sustainable agriculture helps both farmers and the consumers while also helping with the development of the country. However, due to the unsustainable practices done by farmers all around the world, the environment is suffering from damage.

If this keeps up, having sustainable agriculture can become even more difficult to achieve or potentially become impossible.

The good news is, there are several innovative ways popping up and many places have already come up with several practices to make this possible. But what are the elements of sustainable agriculture.

Here are the four main elements that compose sustainable agriculture.

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Soil Management

SoilManagementPosts 300x200 - The 4 Most Important Elements in Sustainable Agricultural PracticesThe soil is an important part of farming. But that’s not the only thing you need to know about soil. The ways you’re managing your soil also affect water availability.

Many unsustainable practices can degrade your soil, but if your soil management is on point, you can drastically increase water availability for crops.

While you may not see the results of your good soil management, it would become apparent eventually. Good practices include spreading manure, applying composts, planting cover crops, and reducing tillage.

Crop Management

CropManagementPost 300x225 - The 4 Most Important Elements in Sustainable Agricultural PracticesHaving good crop management can improve the development, growth, and most importantly, the yield of your crops. Crop management depends of many factors such as the types of crops, weather conditions, the age of plants, and the timing.

Crop management practices include pinching, chopping, hilling, and suckering. Other more well-known practices include crop irrigation and chemical methods.

However, if you truly want to implement sustainable agricultural practices, steer away from chemicals. It’s important that you go organic as much as possible.

Water Management

WaterManagement 300x225 - The 4 Most Important Elements in Sustainable Agricultural PracticesManaging your water availability is also another crucial part of implementing sustainable agricultural practices. Since groundwater reserves are getting carried away through the dry season, it’s best to have a reservoir.

One way to have water availability despite the dry season is pumping groundwater. But there are many other ways to increase your water availability. Some of the best water management practices include the following:

Drip Irrigation
Capturing and Storing Water
Irrigation Scheduling
Dry Farming
Cover Crops
Rotational Grazing

Of course, you should not forget about going organic. Since chemicals can only cause damage to the environment, especially to the soil, organic methods are your best shot at not only increasing water availability, but to sustainability.

Pest Management

PestManagementPost 300x180 - The 4 Most Important Elements in Sustainable Agricultural PracticesInsects and weeds can potentially cause permanent damage to your crops and even livestock.

Although soil, crops, and water are the most essential part of agriculture, being able to prevent pests from damaging your crops are also equally important.

The most used method of removing these pests is with the use of pesticides. However, if you’re not fond of using chemicals, you can reduce the application of these pesticides.

Conclusion

Trying to achieve your goal of having a sustainable farm can be daunting, but with these elements in mind, it would be easier for you to implement innovative ways to improve your agricultural methods and practices.

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Revealing the 5 Big Secrets to Farming Success

In agriculture, there are many factors that affect sustainability, and therefore, there are many things to think of.

There are the economic standards (if your farm will be profitable), your relationships with other farmers and your workers, and of course, the environment.

With all that, it’s only natural that you’ll stress yourself out. However, if you’re knowledgeable about these factors, you can build sustainable farm lands with little thought and effort.

So this blog post aims to teach you the secrets of how you can build a sustainable farm and make it a success both economically, socially, and environmentally.

Rotating Crops

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Having a variety of crops planted in your land offers a lot of perks and benefits. It may improve the health of your soil and even prevent certain pests from dwelling on your farm.

Cover Crops

Cover crops are known to have a positive impact on the soil. After withering away, these plants contribute to the health of the soil and prevent erosion, restore the lost nutrients from the soil, and prevent weeds from growing.

With that said, it’s not only going to help your crops, it will also help you financially, because the use of herbicides will be reduced.

Reduce Tillage

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The traditional methods of plowing are beneficial for planting and prevention of weeds, but it may also cause problems to the soil, such as soil erosion. That’s why a modern method is introduced, reducing tillage.

It involves inserting seeds in the soil and in contrast to plowing, it can actually reduce soil erosion.

Integrated Pest Management

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Integrated pest management or IPM involves using biological methods and chemical products to prevent pests from overwhelming your crops.

Since the use of pesticides can be harmful to crops, it’s important to keep it in check. With IPM, it will be easier to monitor the use of pesticides while still keeping pest problems under control.

Variety of Livestock

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It’s already a traditional practice to keep plants and animal production separate because it’s known to make it easier for farmers if animals are living far away from crops and crops are growing far away from animals.

However, this might not be the best method there is. If animals and crops are integrated, it would bring much more benefits.

Animals don’t have to wait for their feed, because they can eat the crops on the spot. As a result, they can also provide manure to the soil, making it healthier and easier for plants to grow in the future.

Conclusion

Having sustainable agricultural lands does not mean using chemicals. It often refers to the use of natural methods because sustainability also relies on its impact on the environment. With the implementation of these natural methods, the environment won’t sustain damage, and resources can be utilized more efficiently.

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Introducing the Future of Farming: What You Need to Know

FAO have predicted that by 2050, the planet will be inhabited by 9.6 billion people. With that said, the agricultural industry is surely to face enormous challenges to feed all of the world’s population.

So what does this say about the future of agriculture? Without any innovative ideas for the industry, it’s likely that there will be a lot of problems.

Fortunately, there’s one way this issue can be resolved – smart farming. But what is smart farming?

Introduction to Smart Farming

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Smart farming is a concept of managing agricultural lands using modern technology. Its main goal is to increase the quantity, while also improving the quality of the products.

In fact, some farmers already have access to technologies such as GPS, data management systems, soil scanning, and of course, the internet.

Although traditional ways have been around for so long, smart farming can further improve the effectiveness of pesticides and fertilizers.

That means instead of using too much chemicals, since pesticides and fertilizers are more effective, farmers are able to use less and less chemical products.

However, smart farming can’t be achieved on the spot. There are certain requirements.

The Requirements for Smart Farming

As is usual with innovations, having knowledge and the capital is essential to make them possible. For smart farming to be implemented, you should be well-versed with agricultural practices.

But it’s not only knowledge you’ll need. Capital is always involved. That’s because you can’t implement smart farming alone.

You’ll have to hire data analysts, accountants, and other experts in various fields. That is, if you really want smart farming to be implemented in your lands.

A Natural Alternative to the Future of Farming

Sometimes, advanced technology can also come with high risks. Additionally, with smart farming, recycling, reusing, and reducing waste products do not exist, unfortunately so for people who want to go green.

So as an alternative to smart farming, agroecology was introduced.

Agroecology is an integrated approach that can also increase quality and quantity of agricultural products.

But this time, in contrast to smart farming, this approach applies the concept of ecology in farming while keeping the environmental balance in mind.

Final Thoughts

Regardless, both of these can help the agricultural industry feed the 9.6 billion people predicted to inhabit the planet by 2050. It’s all up to the farmers whether they would stick to natural methods such as agroecology, or move with the times and use modern technology for their agricultural lands.