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Nutrient management for specialty crops

How to correct problems caused by using too much compost and manure - While adding compost to your soil can increase soil organic matter and improve soil health and fertility, too much compost can cause problems for the health of your plants and the environment.

Interpreting soil tests for fruit and vegetable crops - After you receive a soil test report, you need to interpret it and determine what, if any, amendments to add. You may need to add nutrients, organic matter, or change the soil pH, depending on the results and on the crop being planted.

Reducing tillage intensity in vegetable crops - Reducing tillage provides long-term benefits to soil health. Soils that experience reduced tillage tend to have more stability, resistance to compaction, improved water holding capacity, less erosion, and enhanced biological activity.


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