The short answer to the question, “What is regenerative agriculture?” is that it is a concept that is used by agri-tech and regenerative agriculture companies to describe their core practices.
Techno-innovations such as hybrid seeds, mixed crop rotations, low tillage, seeding based on nitrogen fixation, and the use of cover crops are some of the latest developments in regenerative agriculture. These technologies allow the farming of crops that use natural resources, and manure as well as non-natural resources. In fact, these are crops that are used as the major component of organic farming.
Organic crops are now available that are biotech crop varieties. These crops are naturalized so that the farmers need not have to apply pesticides and fertilizers.
As this technology is applied in various agro-ecological food systems, farmers can work with them with ease. They don’t need to know much about the science but just learn how to implement the management practices.
Regenerative Agriculture has to be interpreted carefully to know that there are many components that go into making a successful crop rotational system. One of the key components of regenerative agriculture is compost.
Composting is a natural process that has been ongoing for a long time. It is also highly relevant in a regenerative farming system. It is an excellent source of nutrients for healthy plants.
The reason why composting is so useful is because it helps the plant to make its own nitrogen that helps the soil to build a healthier quality. This is a useful ingredient in the case of biogas or bioreactors that have to make use of manure to produce energy.
Composting also allows the plant to get the nutrients from the fertilizers and compost. This is very important because the plant needs the nutrients that are supplied by the fertilizer to grow.
Another way that composting is useful is that it also makes the plant more resistant to different types of pests. With compost, pests are kept at bay because they don’t have enough nutrients to survive.
The other benefits of the composting system are that it uses water and can help farmers to conserve water. It also maintains the natural pH of the soil.
There are other components that have to be included in the composting system to make it a powerful and efficient system. For example, bedfellow planting, worm castings, and compost chits.
All these components help the plant to grow healthy and that is what we are trying to achieve in a regenerative agriculture system. We can produce a healthy crop for our farms that are friendly to the environment.