Many are now considering organic farming due to the many advantages that it offers. This kind of farming approach is designed to work in harmony with nature unlike other types of farming methods that are known to harm the environment. Such kind of farming approach uses effective techniques to produce good crops minus the damaging effects of pesticides.
Organic farmers use recycled and composted animal manures as well as crop wastes to maintain good soil structure. They also use crop rotation and proper soil cultivation to keep the integrity of the soil without harming it. Meanwhile to control the growth of weeds, pests and diseases, farmers practice good cultivation methods, use natural pesticides, do careful planning, use resistant crops, increase genetic diversity and make proper crop choice. Organic farming approach also involves the careful use of water resources.
Doing such kind of farming approach does not mean you have to go back to the traditional method of farming. The truth is, organic farming combines old farming approaches with modern scientific knowledge allowing organic farmers to enjoy better crop yields. To simply put, organic farmers use their knowledge, skills and expertise to work in sync with the environment thereby creating a healthy balance between farming and nature.
Farmers using this unique and effective farming approach make use of a wide range of organic methodologies simultaneously to allow them to enjoy better yields. By doing so, they are able to get the maximum benefits of farming organically. For instance, careful cultivation and using green manures together can help farmers control the growth of weeds better than if these techniques are used individually.
So, why you should consider farming organically? Organic farming offers long-term benefits not only to the farmers but also to the environment. Essentially, this kind of farming approach aims to do the following:
Boost soil fertility
Improve the soilâ€™s water holding capacity
Effectively control pests and weeds without causing harm to nature
Use the available resources to reduce farming cost
Produce nutritious, pest-free and high-quality crops that will be sold at a reasonable price
Eliminate the dependency to artificial fertilizers, which causes harm to the environment especially when used for prolonged periods of time
To be able to produce better crops, it is imperative for organic farmers to manage the soil properly. This means that they have to consider the soil structure, the soil nutrients as well as the soil life. Keep in mind that artificial fertilizers can only provide temporary nutrient supply to your crops. While it is true that they can encourage crop growth more quickly, the problem is that the crop produced often has a soft growth and thus would not be able to withstand pest, disease and drought. In essence, artificial fertilizers are not capable of adding organic matter to the soil which means they do not actually help enhance the soils water holding capacity or drainage and they are not able to build better soil structure. That is why, organic farmers prefer to use natural fertilizers in the form of animal manures and compost. Feeding the soil with organic compost and fertilizers will encourage better crop growth. Man-made fertilizers are able to provide the sufficient amount of nutrients as well as organic matter needed to grow healthy plants and crops.