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South African Honey: How to Spot a Fake Honey Company

Justin PlattBlog, Sustainable Farming

In this article: Why are bees under threat? Why should we care about bee populations? Reducing the risk to pollinators and South African honey What about ‘fake honey’ in South Africa? What is adulterated honey? What is irradiated honey? The trouble with honey testing The problem with honey adulteration How to spot fake honey How to avoid buying adulterated honey …

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What Does That Have to Do With the Price of Corn?

Justin PlattBlog, Corn Production

Corn is a highly productive and flexible staple crop. When grown sustainably, good-quality corn has the potential to help nourish a growing world population.  Corn yields have increased significantly over the last few decades. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, yields of around 20-30 bushels of corn per acre remained fairly constant until the mid-1900s (one bushed = …

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Regenerative Agriculture for the Livestock Farmer

Justin PlattBlog, Regenerative Farming

For many people, the term ‘regenerative farming’ conjures up thoughts of soil health practices and different ways of working the land for a better and more sustainable yield. However, regenerative agriculture for livestock may also provide opportunities for animals and livestock farmers to benefit from the same strategies that improve soil fertility and productivity.  The benefits of regenerative farming for …

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At the Root of it All

Justin PlattBlog, Root Structure

We all know that plants depend on the soil to grow and thrive, but did you know that they can modify the soil too? When you think about what a plant’s root structure looks like, you’ll get an idea why … The soil does not, in fact, provide everything a plant needs freely, and it isn’t necessarily a welcoming environment …

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Humour Me: What Exactly is Humus?

Justin PlattBlog, Humus

humus /ˈhjuːməs/ noun The dictionary definition of humus seems to be fairly straightforward. But, in an article in Eco Farming Daily, German-Norwegian explorer of soil life, Herwig Pommeresche, argues that there is more to humus than carbon counting.  Carbon is the basic building block of organic material. Thus, total soil humus content is often expressed in terms of carbon content …

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Organic vs. Conventional Agriculture

Justin PlattBlog, Organic vs Conventional

Is organic or conventional agriculture better for biodiversity? We know that biodiversity is a key component of a healthy soil, and thus of the overall ecology too. Although biodiversity is of vital importance to the health and resilience of ecosystems, it is declining globally. Intensive agriculture has been shown to be one of the main drivers of negative trends in …

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Effects of Pesticide Poisoning on Humans, Animals & the Environment

Justin PlattBlog, Pesticide Poisoning

Chemical pesticides are commonly used in agriculture to prevent crops from being eaten and damaged by insects, birds, weeds and other natural pests that have the potential to reduce a farmer’s yields. So yes, pesticides are helpful to farmers, but if they’re able to kill and deter living organisms, what impact can pesticide exposure have on human health, wildlife, and …

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Regenerative Agriculture “Isn’t Rocket Science”

Justin PlattBlog, Regenerative Agriculture

“I tell a lot of producers that it’s a good thing we don’t understand chemistry or biology, because we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing.” – Shane New  In an interview with Acres U.S.A, Shane New discusses the need for farmers to take a more biological approach to farming to promote regenerative agriculture. Shane is a stockman, entrepreneur, and partner …