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Understanding the basic ecology of mycorrhizal fungi to benefit your farm

publication date: May 1, 2019
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Mycorrhizal fungi are receiving lots of attention in the farming community. More and more companies are selling pre-packaged mycorrhizal inoculum for gardeners and farmers. Increased yields, reduced transplant shock, reduced need for fertilizers, improved drought tolerance, and reduced soil erosion are just a few of the benefits to soil and crop health that companies promise.

Although these benefits are possible, they are not guaranteed and depend heavily upon your farming practices and your farm’s unique conditions. Understanding the ecology and biology on our farms helps us make informed decisions that impact plant health, soil health, and our bottom line. This article will cover some of the basic biology and ecology of mycorrhizal fungi, as well as practical guidelines for promoting mycorrhizas on your farm to maximize benefits to crop health. By the time you’re finished reading, you should know some basics about managing mycorrhizas on your farm.

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