Organic farmers use cover crops and organic fertilizers, compost and other amendments to add nutrients to their soil. But are they getting the best bang for their buck?
A new online tool from the Oregon State University Extension Service does the math so that small-scale organic farmers can figure that out more precisely. Nick Andrews, an instructor with the OSU Extension Service’s small farms program, helped develop the free, spreadsheet-based tool, which you can find at Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator.
“The calculator lets you estimate how much nitrogen and other nutrients your cover crops and fertilizers will provide for your next cash crop,” Andrews said. “That could help you cut back on fertilizer use and benefit from your soil building practices.”Read the full article and discuss it »