7 Keys for Activating the Carbon
Key 1 - Balance the soil
You want to establish the Soil Food Web in the
soil. To do so, you need to give them a friendly living environment.
Get rid of toxins
Remediate any salt buildups
Restore balance to nutrients in the soil
Key 2 - Don't graze grass down too low
When you allow grass to be grazed too low, you
are compromising the root system. For a deep root system, it is best
not to graze grass too short. Rotational grazing, and moving cows
frequently, can help to solve this issue.
"Sadly, in most of our agricultural soils, we
have far more bacteria than fungi. High density short duration
grazing accompanied by appropriate rest periods, are moving soils
toward fungal dominance."
"Fungi are important for soil carbon
sequestration as well as nutrient acquisition." Fungi are necessary
for forming humus.
Key 3 - Avoid monocultures
Growing a blend of plants together helps to
diversify the types of microbes in the soil. Diversification of
pasture plants has become a very beneficial movement among graziers.
Some plants have deep root systems, which will
help to take liquid carbon and soil structuring to new depths.
Key 4 - Avoid chemical applications
Herbicides, fungicides and insecticides are
killers that disrupt soil biology.
Chemical fertilizers are insoluble. Since they
are immediately available to the plant, the plant has no need to
sequester carbon into the soil. These don't need soil life, and
don't feed soil life, meaning that the soil slowly dies.
Key 5 - Avoid cultivation
All soil life, and especially fungi, are taken
into disarray when the soil is tilled. Carbon sequestration is quite
mycorrhizal fungi, so every disturbance to the soil that
disrupts mycorrhizal networks diminishes carbon sequestration.
Key 6 - Keep the ground covered
Aggregates do not form in bare soil. It tends
to break them down. This then limits the amount of organic nitrogen
available to the plant, and hinders microbial growth.
Bare soil will be hotter and lose more moisture
than covered soil. Some think that cover crops will use up moisture,
but the opposite is usually true. They help to conserve moisture.
If the soil has been cultivated or bare
fallowed, mycorrhizal fungi will not be there in sufficient
quantities for effective carbon flow and nutrient acquisition.
Key 7 - Apply GroPal Balance (GPB)
Although keys 1-6 support the process of
"flipping the switch", GroPal Balance is the real secret. It helps to accomplish
all of the following, which all work together for maximum carbon
GPB helps to devour toxins and remediate
It helps to restore balance to the soil,
It inoculates the soil with 70+ aerobic
bacteria, mycorrhizal and other fungi, as well as other
It feeds these microbes and helps them get
established in the soil.
It helps to raise the energy (ergs) in the
It helps to establish wonderful networks of
GroPal Balance is the foundation upon which the
other keys need to be laid. It establishes the conditions in the soil
needed for maximum carbon sequestration.