Good Soil Is the Key To Good Agriculture
August 19th, 2015
The world’s farmlands have been depleted by poor farming practices and decades of chemical inputs.
“To Feed Billions, Farms Are About Data as Much as Dirt” (Business & Tech., Aug. 10) correctly addresses the challenges ahead for America’s farmers and how technology is helping them feed a growing world population. But no amount of software will provide the much-needed fix that our agricultural soils so desperately need. The world’s farmlands have been depleted by poor farming practices and decades of chemical inputs. A May 2015 report from scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, cited poor soils as the greatest threat to global food security during the next century.
We in agriculture bioscience are collaborating with plant scientists and private industry to develop sustainable microbial nutrients—combinations of yeasts, fungi and bacteria—that replenish soils and help farmers increase yields with fewer chemical inputs. Soybean farmers in Iowa and Illinois are among the first large-scale farmers to experiment with these “plant probiotics.” If America’s farmers are to feed 9.5 billion by 2050, creating healthy soils has to be high on their to-do list.
Donald R. Marvin
President & CEO
Inocucor Technologies Inc.