Let It Breathe: The Importance of Soil Respiration

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Healthy soils have a high rate of respiration. Soil respiration refers to the production of carbon dioxide by soil organisms. This includes respiration of plant roots, the rhizosphere, microbes and fauna. The concentrations of both O2 and CO2 are largely dependent on microbial activity, which in turn depends on the availability of organic carbon compounds

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Good Microbes vs. Bad: Antibiotics for the Soil

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In my last newsletter, I talked about how the introduction (inoculation) of new microbes can benefit poor soils and struggling crops. On the other side of the coin, devastating fungi, bacteria and other microbial parasites can contribute to a host of crop diseases. In the 1960s, millions of elm trees in Britain, France and the

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Accelerating Soil Recovery

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Last week, our newsletter focused on building soil carbon and its incredible impact on soil and crop health. Interestingly enough, I saw an article dated May 31 in California Today titled “To Fight Climate Change, Heal the Ground.” The article goes on to say, “The climate change fight has focused largely on cutting emissions. But

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Producing Carbon-Rich Soils

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Imagine if someone invented machines that could pull carbon out of the atmosphere — machines that were incredibly inexpensive, autonomous, and solar powered, too. Wouldn’t that be great? Well, we already have these devices — they’re called plants. Unfortunately, plants die, leaving us with the dilemma of how to lock away the carbon in dead plants so

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Why Integrate Biological Products?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I get a lot of questions from growers about integrating biological products and the cost of organic and sustainable products relative to conventional products. Today, our ability to measure the impact of about everything in agriculture is validating why we need to start to move away from conventional fertilizers and introduce products that begin to

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Microbial Activity Exemplified

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rainforests on infertile wet soils support more than half of all plant species. Shrublands on infertile dry soils in southwestern Australia, jokingly called “knee-high tropical rainforests,” support another 20 percent of all plants. Nutrient scarcity is the common denominator. In both ecosystems plants team up with soil bacteria or fungi to gather nutrients more efficiently.

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Organic Production Growth 2014-15

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The US Department of Agriculture just released a new organic production survey dated September 15, 2016. There are many highlights worth noting: CA is ranked #1 state for organic sales by a very wide margin (40%) –  4x the second closest state WA (10%) – Slide 10 Top Organic Crop Sales in order are –

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Post Harvest Fertilization / Free Shipping 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Andaman Ag is pleased to introduce Pacific Gro, a unique oceanic cold processed hydrolysate combining salmon and micronized crab and shrimp shell in a fertilizer that delivers an organic source of N, P, K and Calcium, as well as a great range of other nutrients, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and vitamins. The low temperature processing protects the amino acids, vitamins, hormones

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Thyme Guard Now Available in California

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) is a pleasant smelling perennial shrub that grows in several regions around the world. Thyme oil has been used throughout history to fight some of the most aggressive bacteria, viruses, fungus and nematodes. Andaman Ag is pleased to announce the availability of Thyme Guard in California, a 100% biodegradable broad spectrum contact and systemic liquid bactericide,

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Biological Agriculture

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hello Friends of Andaman Ag, There’s considerable discussion about biological agriculture these days but what does it mean? A brilliant scientist, Dr. William Albrecht, Head of Agronomy at the University of Missouri in the late 50’s and early 60’s wrote about the importance of maintaining a healthy soil and formulated the Albrecht soil test. It was

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