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Hugh Lovel: Diagnosing Soil Potential & Pasture Health - the Silica Story

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Hugh Lovel
In this stimulating but practical session consultant Hugh Lovel discusses how he discovered that his dairy clients with the highest silica levels are profiting from the quality of grass and its benefits for nutrition, milk production, fertility (conception and gestation), longevity, cell count/bacteria count, butterfat and milk solids, and better production in daughters than their mothers. Similar results are expected across all forms of farming. Lovel finds silica availability generally is the limiting factor that prevents farmers from obtaining adequate nitrogen fixation, because the most important thing for adequate N fixation is energy. Adequate nitrogen fixation fixes lots of other problems, but it takes a lot of energy to fix nitrogen, and silicon is closely related to photosynthetic efficiency. For example, copper deficiency commonly is mis-diagnosed as phosphorus deficiency ─ and more phosphorus does not fix this problem. If the copper is present in Lovel’s total test, then it is a sulfur problem. Lovel utilizes soil testing including the Albrecht approach to CEC and Cal/Mag balancing along with the biochemical sequence and total testing to see what is in the reserve and how this might be developed.
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In this session consultant Hugh Lovel will discuss silica. He’ll show, for example, that his dairy clients with the highest silica levels are profiting from the quality of grass and its benefits for nutrition, milk production, fertility (conception and gestation), longevity, cell count/bacteria count, butterfat and milk solids, and better production in daughters than their mothers. Similar results are expected across all forms of farming.

Lovel finds silica availability generally is the limiting factor that prevents farmers from obtaining adequate nitrogen fixation because the most important thing for adequate N fixation is energy. Adequate nitrogen fixation fixes lots of other problems, but it takes a lot of energy to fix nitrogen, and silicon is closely related to photosynthetic efficiency.

He is the author of the classic book, A Biodynamic Farm, and a new book being unveiled at this conference, Quantum Agriculture ─ Biodynamics and Beyond.

Hugh Lovel is an agricultural consultant serving clients in the United States and Australia. He is the author of many articles on fertility management and crop nutrition as well as topics concerning radionics and biodynamics. He consults, speaks and teaches on all aspects of agriculture. Hugh built upon his education in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and psychology to formulate his concepts and developments during more than 30 years of farming, first in the mountains of northern Georgia and currently on the tablelands of Tolga, Australia. He is the author of the classic book A Biodynamic Farm and is a frequent contributor to Acres U.S.A. and other magazines, as well as the new book Quantum Agriculture — Biodynamics and Beyond, which is debuting at this conference.

Recorded at the 2014 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Columbus, Ohio, Friday, December 5, 2014.

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