Humus Management for Healthy Soils & Soil Life

High financial investments are made in climate protection, flood protection, erosion control and costly water treatment. But hardly any attention is paid to the fact that healthy soils are needed!

To secure the future and especially in view of climate change, increasing the humus content of soils and supporting soil life is hardly needed. We have to regenerate the reduced water absorption, storage and filtering capacity and the increased susceptibility to erosion – i.e. the disturbed soil functions – of our soils used for agriculture and forestry.

Wise humus management thus supports the ecosystem services of soils, such as water absorption, water storage and flood prevention.

The production of own manure and fodder via the N-fixation of legumes as well as the reduction of fuel demand during soil cultivation through root loosening with catch crop mixtures and mixed crops reduces energy demand and is climate-friendly.

Together with the use of compost, these measures significantly improve the humus content. Research shows that organically managed soils can sequester two times more carbon than conventionally managed soils (FAO 2007). This promotes soil life and the development of a good soil structure.

Agroforestry systems also contribute to the build-up of humus down to deep soil layers.

Offer: Humus build-up – measures & potentials – lecture or seminar

*Offer: Organic fertilisers & soil conditioners, which ones are good? – Lecture or seminar

*Offer: Regenerative agriculture – better at building up humus? – Lecture or seminar

*Offer: Potentials of permaculture & agroforestry systems – lecture or seminar

Selection of publications relating to the topic:

Beste, A. (2019): Comparing Organic, Agroecological and Regenerative Farming.

Beste, A. (2018): SoilMatters …. On humus, soil structures & the limits of no-till. On ARC2020

Beste, A.(2015): Down to Earth – The soil we live off. Study on the state of soil in Europeans agriculture.

More publications on humus can be found here.