The agriculture sector does not only feed us, but also plays a vital role in assisting the economy and business sectors of the world. As obvious as it may sound, farming is not possible without sufficient water, but how can we get the right amount of water when there are some studies indicating that by 2040 the world will not have enough water for drinking and generating energy?
With the agriculture industry currently using around 70% of the freshwater withdrawals, it becomes more and more important to find sustainable solutions that require us to use less water for irrigation. Why is sustainability so important? As Simon Dresner defines sustainability in his book The Principles of Sustainability, “Sustainability and the sustainable development mean the development that meet current needs of people without compromising the development of future generations”.
This leads us to the fact that infiltration and containment of water are extremely important for sustainable growth of our crops as well as maximizing our agricultural profits. Water Infiltration is the process by which the agricultural water enters the soil and moves through it. An adequate amount of water infiltration is important for high yield of crop production. When the soil is porous, it allows water to infiltrate by enabling the soil to temporarily store water so the plants as well as important soil organisms can use the water. Water infiltration and containment are also important because:
- Water infiltration and containment prevent overwatering of crops.
- Water containment can save cost on generating, purchasing, and transporting water.
- Water containment reduces water wastage, which may also lead to soil erosion.
The soil needs to be porous to use minimum amount of water but still give the best yield year after year; it should have the ability to allow water movement into and through it. If the soil is enhanced in such a way that it becomes highly porous and absorbs water and important minerals, the requirements for excessive irrigation water will drastically reduce. That’s the aim – to increase water infiltration and containment in an organic and sustainable manner so we can reduce water usage and costs, have a healthier batch of soil, lush green and healthy crops, and of course, a better return on our investments.
Water infiltration and containment are the solutions to agricultural water shortage issues and hence are the future of our agriculture. Due to rainfall and irrigation, water infiltration and containment result in saving more water, reducing water cost, and hence increasing the overall yield. It would be safe to say that the health of the soil plays a vital role in making water infiltration and containment successful. So, how can we enhance the health of our existing soil, improve its porosity, and enhance water infiltration and containment?
The answer is rather simple. EcoGEM®’s Soil Enhancer provides the following benefits to your soil:
- Minimizes crusting of soil, breaks up clay or packed soil
- Improves soil health by adding the much-needed nutrients for plants
- During irrigation and rainfall, it improves water infiltration and containment
- Reduces water requirements by up to 30%
- By making the soil porous, it prevents the runoff of water, important minerals, and fertilizers
- Reduces algal blooms in nearby waterways
- Natural, organic, certified fertilizer and soil enhancer
- Safe for pets and children
The 100% organic EcoGEM®’s Soil Enhancer is available in our online store. To learn more about how it assists in water infiltration and containment, get in touch with EcoGEM® today at (303) 500-6944.