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February / March 2022

Healthy soil and smart irrigation secure sustainable production

SA Fruit Journal: February / March 2022

According to Nemlab’s director Sheila Storey, healthy soil remains key to sustainable grape farming. “It is the foundation for everything.” By Jorisna Bonthuys

Sheila Storey’s presentation focused on a holistic approach to promoting soil health. Healthy soil delivers many ecosystem services that ultimately benefit humans, she said.

Soil health consists of three components: a chemical, physical and biological component. “To reach soil health, all three components must function, and they’ve got to work together,” Storey said.

The remainder of the session was dedicated to exploring how these three components can be optimised.

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