On the surface, the organic farming industry can easily seem like a very intimidating one. After all, it is not easy to make use of all-natural methods of farming and cultivation, with little to no assistance from chemical pesticides and fertilizers. It seems like a very complicated industry, which is why many farmers are hesitant to get into the industry.
However, the main thing to remember about organics is the fact that it relies heavily on manual farm management, which is less scary than it sounds. To help you learn more about this, here is a basic rundown on some of the most basic organic farming management practices.
One of the most common methods that you will see on an organic farm is crop rotation. Simply put, this is the rotation of the types of crops that are planted on the land to maximize soil health and produce quality crops without the help of chemical assistance. Crop rotation is the foundation for a lot of other organic methods of farming.
Because organic farms cannot use chemical fertilizers, they have to find out how to make their own. One interesting way that they can accomplish this is through the use of cover crops and green manures. These are crops that are grown, not with the intention of selling, but to provide assistance to the rest of the farm.
The crops can be composted into organic fertilizer while protecting the soil from erosion and promoting soil health. Of course, other more common organic methods are used, such as composting and mulching to maximize soil fertility and crop yield.
Many organic farms rely on the natural balance of the crops and their environment to produce the best results. Intercropping refers to the planting of mutually beneficial crops next to each other. The crops can produce a variety of results for the farm, from maximizing crop yield to pest management. A lot of the success of an organic farm relies on careful planning and respecting the balance of nature.
Natural pest control
Pests are always a huge cause for concern on any farm. Organic farms deal with pests with manual forms of pest control. Whether it’s the planting of certain crops that drive away or hinder certain types of pests, or through the release of certain insects or other species that minimize the spread of the pest on the farm.
Organic farming is all about balance
In the world of organic farming, the most important thing that you need to keep in mind is that, as an organic farmer, you have to promote biological diversity. When you learn to respect the balance of nature, you will find that the soil and the earth will reward you.