What is BioAgriculture?
You are playing Weekend at Bernie's with your soil! If you are applying fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, etc., it is because your soil is dead and you have to mimic what it can do on its own if it were alive.
A living soil ecosystem cycles all nutrients necessary for plant growth, fights disease and pests, retains water, improves crop quality, holds structure, balances pH, and even prevents weeds!
With minimum quantifiable biological standards set by Dr. Elaine Ingham, "living soil" isn't just an immeasurable term. In contrast to conventional agricultural soil consisting only of bacteria and sand silt or clay, Utah BioAgriculture works to establish a functional and healthy ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, protists and beneficial nematodes - all in specific proportions, quantity, and diversity.
Compare the two images below at the same magnification. The soil on the left is dead and is representative of any conventional agricultural soil. The image on the right is living soil, full of microorganisms that are responsible for vital soil functions.
What do the microorganisms do?
Nutrients are mined from sand, silt, and clay particles, and organic matter by saprophytic bacteria and fungi. Predators, such as protozoa and nematodes, then consume bacteria and fungi and release nutrients in a plant available form for the roots to absorb.