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[Ambassador report] Soil Health with Earthworms

by Lohita Swaminathan | 14-01-2019 02:58 Comments 6 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Soil is a profoundly complex and interconnected living ecosystem. Resting beneath our feet are billions of microorganisms working in symbiosis. Within this underground universe, all creatures and microbes have a role, but one has a particularly critical job. These creatures decompose the discarded and incorporate the leftover residue of nature, all the while tunneling and boring to aerate and loosen soil structure. Some call them shredders, nightcrawlers, or ecosystem engineers; but to you, they are likely known by another name: earthworms.

 

While many may consider them inconsequential, earthworms play a vital role not only in prairies and forests, but also in gardens, lawns, and farmland throughout the globe. These invertebrates work hard to contribute to their environment, often providing an indication of good soil health. Earthworms are important because they help restore soil nutrients, improve soil structure, allow water and air to enter the soil more freely, conserve energy, and boost biodiversity.

 

Earthworms are one of the key contributors to the soil ecosystem. Billions of organisms work together to form both the literal and figurative foundation of this planet. Every single life form on Earth is deeply intertwined with and dependent on the soil. As modern agriculture continues to progress—conserving and protecting this limited and precious natural resource is essential.

 

After harvest and before planting the next crop, growers are increasingly foregoing and reducing soil tillage. By allowing leftover plant residues to naturally decompose, earthworms and beneficial bacteria can for example, recycle cornhusks, chaff from grains and other plant matter by reincorporating nutrients back into the soil. This process of decomposition and recycling maintains topsoil—the precious, nutrient-dense layer critical to productive farming.

 

During the off-season, many farmers plant crops like legumes, ryegrass and radishes creating a protective layer for the soil. This practice of “cover cropping” allows a richer diet for earthworms, insects, and microorganisms, providing them the necessary habitat to reproduce and protect the existing soil ecosystem.

 

Modern agriculture strives to help complement the rhythms of Mother Nature. The leading minds of this industry are finding the best solutions are not limited to laboratories or modern technology. When it comes to using fewer natural resources, we begin with a deep respect and knowledge of the land, water, and sky. The more we know about our planet, the more those working in modern agriculture have the opportunity to protect it.

Source: modernag.org

6 Comments

Gyeongrin mentor

  • Gyeongrin mentor says :
    Hello Lohita
    'The leading minds of this industry are finding the best solutions are not limited to laboratories or modern technology. When it comes to using fewer natural resources, we begin with a deep respect and knowledge of the land, water, and sky. '
    Knowledge outside laboratories pragmatically influences the society by improving nature conditions by using its technology!
    The soil is a valuable natural asset for us and I wish the leading minds of modern agriculture would keep improving to protect our nature :)
    Thanks for the report!
    Posted 17-01-2019 00:12

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Worms help to increase the amount of air and water that gets into the soil. They break down organic matter, like leaves and grass into things that plants can use. When they eat, they leave behind castings that are a very valuable type of fertilizer. Earthworms are like free farm help.

    Thank you Lohita for your report about the importance of earthworm to soil.

    Nowdays, vermicomposting is geeting alot of popularity. Vermicomposting the use of earthworms to convert organic waste into fertilizer.

    Keep writing great reports :) :) :)
    Posted 15-01-2019 21:50

Joon Ho Mentor

  • Joon Ho Mentor says :
    Hello Lohita, importance and value of soil are bigger than what we do expect and see when we harvest crop or walk upon it.
    By brainstorming and lining up the list of effect or result that soil brings us, we get closer to know its importance a bit more!
    Thanks for your report :)
    Posted 15-01-2019 17:24

Neha Swaminathan

Nikolay Dagaev

  • Nikolay Dagaev says :
    Hi, Lohita! You so romantically and tasty described value of the soil that I wanted to appear in a kitchen garden of my parents and to be engaged in agriculture )
    Unfortunately, many people have no idea what value the soil has. But we will not knowingly call the earth Mother. And in the Russian language, too, there is such an expression 'Mother Earth'. In Russian folk tales, the heroes had to lie on the ground or at least touch it in order to make up for the lost strength.
    Thank you for such an important report!
    Posted 15-01-2019 03:22

Deepak  Subedi

  • Deepak Subedi says :
    Hello Lohita Swaminathan,
    Namaste
    I hope you are fine and happy there

    Earthworms are very important creature for soil and are consider as friends of farmers,
    vermicompost is one of the best manure you can fine,
    Thank you for your beautiful report about earthworm
    Keep writing



    Posted 14-01-2019 21:23

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