There have been many years of study of kenaf and soil in many places in the world. Even more time has been spent researching soil and other crops.
Today we are seeing millions of dollars going into research with the intended outcome of proving an hypothesis that something(s) affects human, animal and environmental health. Many of these we see taking place in isolated labs disconnected to the environment where things are not the same.
Grants dictated by vested interests whose only intention is to sell more of their products, whether it is good for humans or anything else in our environment, is a biased approach, dictating science rather than discovering the science that will be beneficial to all life on our planet and having a better and better future.
Today we are just beginning to understand some things about soil and the affects certain things have on our crops, health and environment. Kenaf too has a similar outcome in relation to research time and understanding the relationships of kenaf and soil.
Nature is the largest and oldest laboratory on earth. In the past it was healthy and successful. Successful in terms of adaptation and improvement. Healthy in terms of it's resilience and regenerative history. There is much to be learned from nature and much more can be accomplished if we were to tap into nature's successful actions.
"Nature and our environment works as a whole instead of individually."
In stead of taking a look at a new or single aspect of soil or kenaf let's take what we as humans have discovered so far that:
There is so much we have yet to discover about kenaf and soil and by taking the following soil factors and testing them in the field we can take what we know so far and be one step closer to conclusions that we can use with more predictability than we have today.
Doing the following 6 actions consistently until a pattern or high percentage of predictability is seen in multiple and different locations and collecting the results for compilation and evaluation will make any discoveries valid. It will also give us a starting point to improve things even better.
Diversified cover/cash crops utilizing kenaf as a rotational choice in cover/cash crop farming with corn, soy, wheat and cotton. These are the 7 recommended practices in our journey towards regenerative farming practices.
The 6 Recommended Practices
Standard Recommended Practices applied by Corn Soy,
Cotton Farmers once we have sufficient seed supplies to meet demands.
Research on kenaf and soil by the USDA where kenaf was grown in nearly every US state, resulted in: The 3-yr study determined that a kenaf/soybean rotation was successful and did not adversely affect kenaf or soybean yields, but did reduce stunt nematode populations.
Kenaf as a rotational cash crop needs to be tested in the field similar to what is being done here with cash cover crops: Diversified Cover Cash Crops Video
What is expected to happen:
Previous years records of yields, input costs, profits.
Proper soil sampling and testing before starting these additional practices and adding kenaf. Also comparisons of these results with local farmers not using one or more of these 6 practices. Independent variable before and during these additional practices.
If you know someone who is or someone who would like to, ask them to share their results here or get in contact with Bob@kenafpartnersusa.com
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