Biostimulants Boost Plant Growth in Brackish Water

Brackish Water is Toxic To Most Crop Plants About 97% of the fresh water on the earth is considered too brackish (too salty) for either agricultural use.  Desalination, or purification, is of course possible.  Mechanical desalination processes are widely known. But making desalination cost effective and environmentally friendly can be challenging. The National Acadamies tell us that desalination research is ...

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When do you Need a Biostimulant?

Healthy Soils Require Amendments It is unrealistic to believe you can keep farming or gardening, and keep taking nutrients out of the soil without putting something back now and then. In the late 20th century, this was done with chemical fertilizers.  No doubt, chemical fertilizers are still used today.  When properly applied,  qualified experts will argue that chemical fertilizers offer ...

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Easy Container Gardens for Growing Food or Testing Innovations

Today’s informed consumers are growing food at home to ensure that what they are consuming is both free of pesticides and rich in nutrients. These growers are quick to learn there are a lot of confusing so-called best practices for gardening, pest management, and soil amendments. No doubt, some of this confusion centers around over-anxious sales people promoting their products. ...

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Trace Minerals Keep Cut Flowers Looking Fresh

Photo of fresh cut flowers

  The cut flowers shown in this infographic were grown in New Mexico at Calhoun Flower Farms (http://www.calhounflowerfarms.com).  Tune into Episode 25 of our Microbes, Minerals, and Mindsets Podcast, coming in September, 2019.  Hear why the gals at the Calhoun Flower Farms are helping New Mexican’s Sniff the Tradition.

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17 Essential Plant Nutrients are Easy to Remember with this Mnemonic

CHOPKiNS CaFe, Mg was once a popular mnemonic for introducing students to the list of macronutrients plants need.   Read as C. Hopkin’s café (is) Mighty Good, the statement includes symbols for 9 macronutrients plants need. The mnemonic was never perfect.  For example, iron (represented by the ‘Fe’ in CaFe) is really a micronutrient.  Plants only need a little bit of it.  Furthermore, ...

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Local Farms are Key to Health and Wellness

Photo of fruit tree on farm

The dangers of glyphosate and other pesticides prevalent in modern food systems have been discussed in previous posts, including our 2016 report on glyphosate in food webs, and our 2018 interview with investigative journalist, Carey Gillam.  Like Alex Vasquez’ 2014 YouTube video that pronounced glyphosate as the toxic chemical of the year, Gillam’s book, Whitewash, represented a well thought out ...

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Food Security Begins with a Mindset

Few of us stop to think about food security (access to enough safe, nutritious food to live a healthy life) as the driving force behind a thriving economy.  Yet leaders throughout history have recognized that food shortages spell disaster for any nation.  In today’s rapidly expanding global population, food security is key to prosperity.  This is why nations invest in ...

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Healthy Plants Keep Pests at Bay

If you are wondering how to keep pests off your tomato plants this summer, it is worth knowing that plants have numerous built in defense systems that keep insects and disease organisms in check.  In fact, when insects are nibbling on your garden vegetables, it is likely that improper irrigation, poor soil quality, or missing nutrients have compromised the plant’s ...

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Spring Gardening In New Mexico

First time gardeners may be tempted to focus on the plants they want to buy, but if you are growing a garden to feed your family, soil health and nutrition comes first.   In Episode 15 of Microbes, Minerals, and Mindsets, horticulture specialist Libby Hamilton shares tips to help New Mexico gardeners succeed growing vegetables at home. Listen to learn about ...

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