Inoculation upon first roots is an essential step in proper establishment of biological life in a living soil system. This critical step is important because it is a landmark in root development. In the vegetative stage, inoculating with proper soil microbes and fungi early will stimulate root proliferation and make the rhizosphere explode with growth. In some cases, you may even see more root growth than plant growth.
All of the soil testing in the world won’t provide the insight that your eyes will. Not only is a visual inspection of both your soil and plants important, it’s absolutely essential. Your soil should be at least “worked” an inch or so down. A small land disturbance event is important not only for transplant efficiency, but also for the initial phase of root stretching into the soil.
Amending your soil with slow-release fertilizers can help maximize plant efficiency and growth throughout the season. A combination of fast and slow fertilization can ensure that your plants truly want for nothing as they mature the various stages and phases of growth.
Many soil reports from traditional ag fields are very high in Calcium. This is usually due to some form of limestone runoff or repeated overapplication of calcitic lime over years of traditional farming. The most common approach here is to either ignore the Calcium or suggest lime anyways. So, what is the best way to approach this? What do we do here?