Reducing Soil Compaction with EM

A recent on farm trial on the west coast showed EM's ability to reduce soil compaction. EM does this through

  • Supporting the growth of other beneficial organisms like mychorrizae, worms, and insects already in your soil, bringing nature back into balance. 
  • Producing lots of polysaccharides - glues that hold the soil together and hold in moisture, improving drought resistance.
  • EM will help stimulate biological activity in the soil. A healthy soil and stimulated biological activity help build stable aggregate and soil structure.

Increase aggregate stability prevents the pore spaces between the aggregates from collapsing during heavy, saturating rains and reduces compaction.Improved soil aggregate stability reduces soil erosion and run-off.  Soils are better able to absorb and retain moisture, as well as cycle nutrients. 

Below shows the comparison of the EM treated and untreated areas of the paddock, clearly showing that EM has reduced the soil compaction issue. 

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