“Here in southern Brazil the past 5 years we’ve been working with biological agriculture and changing the way we see and manage our farm; more and more like an agricultural organism. Taking care of microorganisms, plants, animals and humans and focusing on producing high quality grains.
Fungal and bacterial ratio is fundamental to know how our soil is related to what crop we grow. And now, after starting to brew compost tea and using compost extract, microBIOMETER® is helping us measure and understand the right recipe of carbon and nitrogen related to the amount of fungi that we want to build in our composts before adding to the soil. We see that good microbial biomass along with organic matter is excellent for our soils.
In practical terms, we see biological flowering in crop fields and this is the proof that we are doing a great job with nature. Our soil is our bioreactor, and we need to feed it with the right nutrients. The Brazilian biome is rich on biodiversity and as farmers and soil guardians we have a responsibility to bring life back to our farm again in a sustainable way of producing food.”
microBIOMETER® helping increase soil health in Brazil.
Marcelo Chiappetta of Chiappetta Agricultural Company in Brazil shared with us how microBIOMETER® is assisting them with their soil management efforts. Their main agricultural crops are soybeans and corn. Between those crops, as they have a temperate climate during the winter months in southern Brazil, is the possibility of growing a cover crop mixture of radish, vetch, rye, and oats and feeding the soil with different roots.
Their microBIOMETER® results pictured here from top to bottom are:
“microBIOMETER® is a great tool for us to manage our soil health. As parameters to compare and create our own soil measurements and to increase our soil quality, we use degraded soils to get the lowest readings and forest soil analysis for the highest. Farming is more fun with microBIOMETER®”, said Marcelo.
Sítio Escola Portão Grande hosted students from the Mentoring and Language Acquisition Program (MLAB) for a full day immersion at the farm in Brazil which featured soil testing with microBIOMETER®. MLAB is a mentoring and language acquisition program for Harvard students and Brazilian high school students, with low income and high performance. In addition to mentoring, the program brings foreign students to an immersion in Brazil, exploring themes that motivate them.
The students were delighted to observe the use of microBIOMETER® to assess fertility based on the measurement of soil microbial biomass. It was explained to the students that microBIOMETER® is used monthly to assess the evolution of fertility due to the different inputs applied to the soil, the crops and harvests carried out, as well as throughout the seasons. Therefore, providing a database of great importance to make future decisions. In addition, due to its ease of use, microBIOMETER® also proved to be an good tool to assess the quality of the inputs we produce on the farm, such as bokashi and compost tea, allowing the tuning of the culture media we use for them.
A big thank you to Antonio Feres Neto for sharing this story with us! We love hearing how our customers are using microBIOMETER®.