Improving the health of your soil is essential to increasing your output, but how can you tell if you are making progress? Research shows that microbial biomass (fungi and bacteria) is the leading indicator of soil health. Living soil fixes nutrients, improves plant immunity, stores water more efficiently and builds soil structure, therefore, a healthy level of microbes increases productivity while reducing inputs.
microBIOMETER® is a low cost, 20-minute on-site soil test for microbial biomass and fungal to bacterial ratio that allows you to quickly determine the health of your soil. Frequent retesting will provide you with the data necessary to identify if your soil management practices are working.
Regardless of your soil testing knowledge, you will find the microBIOMETER® soil test extremely easy to perform. All you need is a microBIOMETER® Starter Kit and a smartphone and you are ready to test the microbes in your soil. Download the app (iPhone or Android), run the 20-minute test and see your results! It is that simple.
Featured here is our step-by-step video tutorial. There are also photo instructions along with built in timers in the app and you can download and print instructions here – Soil and Compost Testing and Compost Tea and Extract Testing. The microBIOMETER® app stores all of your soil testing data by GPS location for future reference and analysis.
Sending your soil out for lab testing is costly and can take weeks to get results. Furthermore, microbial populations alter once removed from the soil. Therefore, real time testing on field moist soil provides the most accurate results. microBIOMETER® allows you to test your living soil on-site with results available in 20 minutes for a cost of $13.50 a test or less. microBIOMETER® is faster, less expensive and provides a higher level of accuracy than lab microscopy.
Amendments are a great way to improve your soil and crop yield, however, they can be expensive and time consuming. Use microBIOMETER® to quickly assess how your inputs are impacting your soil's microbial biomass to determine if they are effective. An increase in microbes tells you that you have increased their food, therefore, increased the food for your plant.
One way regenerative agriculture improves your soil is by increasing the soil microbes. Increasing your soil microbes increases the carbon stored in the soil. For instance, switching to an optimal cover crop and no-till can increase stored microbial carbon by a ton an acre or more. microBIOMETER® can help you determine if your regenerative practices are increasing the carbon in your soil, therefore, building healthier soil while doing your part to fight climate change.