PRLog - Feb. 25, 2014 - FRESNO, Calif. -- Farmers uneasy in the face of the latest news, “California Farmers Won’t Get Federal Water" and "California Farmers Brace For Little To No Water As Drought Rages On…” and “Most Central Valley Growers To Get No Water From Central Valley Project” now have access to a new farming model that is independent of above-ground water access and supply.
L: corn roots in tilled soil, R: in imprinted soil
The second green revolution is here in the form of a simple solution to drought called soil imprinting, which delivers:
30% lower input requirements
30% reduction in expenses
30% healthier crops
30% higher crop yields
30% soil improvement
Soil imprinting is a proven cropping system for all types of soil and all kinds of plants, from quick-growing crops like lettuce and squash to slow-growing crops like grapes and nuts.
Field tests show that soil imprinting produces measurable increases in yield in the first planting season. Its actions are cumulative, showing steady improvements in soil structure, fertility, root complexity and plant health with repeated use. Yields increase as a result of the larger and heavier fruit that the improved soil produces. Also, farmers who use soil imprinting are eligible for CCP benefits, while those who use methods like dammer diking are not.
Soil imprinting raises farm profits by ensuring yield predictability while also fulfilling rigorous sustainability standards. This technology, in the form of a 5-inch wide, 18-inch diameter poly-resin wheel, can open up vast tracts of lands that are marginally arable or were abandoned for lack of water.
The latest innovation in soil imprinting, a dozen years in the making, is described by the world’s foremost authority on imprint technology, Stephen Carr, CEO of International Soil and Water Renewables:
“Imprinting simulates the effects of human hands scooping out thousands of handfuls of soil per acre to create thousands of mini-ecosystems, which function as ideal growing environments. Each imprint collects and sequesters ambient hydration (rain, snow, dew) to cause seed germination and plant growth to occur despite adverse above-ground conditions. Our test fields in the Horn of Africa had a bumper crop of corn in 2011 during one of their worst drought periods. Another test field in Mexico had the best bean yield of all time during a summer in which there was no rain for seven weeks. There is hope for California farmers.”
The waffled pattern of imprinted soil also augments the uptake action of fertilizer. After-harvest soil tests in imprinted fields show zero remaining nitrates; the same tests in non-imprinted fields show 13-30% residual nitrates. In the words of internationally respected soil chemist Dr. Larry Stephen of Arise Research and Discovery Labs, soil imprinting is a “world-changing improvement”
Soil imprinting helps farmers grow crops where there is too little water to grow them with conventional methods. It does this by sequestering water that would otherwise be lost to evaporation, which averages 186,000 gallons of water per acre per year. It also works where there is too much water by containing hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per acre that would be lost to run-off and thousands of tons of topsoil per acre that would be lost to erosion.
The research of Dr. Eusobios Ventura of the University of Queretero School of Engineering in Mexico confirms the actions of soil imprinting as:
1. Reduction of water run-off and soil erosion
2. Increase of rainwater infiltration and soil moisture content
3. Soil consolidation to reduce soil surface sealing and crusting
4. Better soil-seed contact for faster germination and emergence
5. Reduction in production costs that make farming more profitable
6. Healthier crops by overcoming drought conditions
7. More efficient uptake of soil nutrients
8. Higher yields under water limiting conditions
In a massive study of the Chesapeake Bay, the National Resources Inventory (NRI) data indicate losses of cropland topsoil loss averaging 13.1 tons per acre per year and hillside water run-off averaging 548 million gallons per year. Both conditions could be substantially mitigated with the simple practice of soil imprinting.
There is enough evidence to show that if farmers imprinted their fields soon, they could save the nation’s fruit, nut and vegetable crops now at risk after the decision by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to withhold water.
Farmers are invited to visit www.sw2systems.com for more information on saving their crops.
J. E. Holloway
J. E. Holloway