Microelements: We know they exist, but how can they help a farmer generate larger yields in an ecological way?
All the numerous trace elements found inside the Earth’s crust and in seawater are considered to contribute to
nutritional homeostasis in plants and animals. However, only a select few, relatively speaking, have been researched adequately and can demonstrate to horticulturalist, agronomist or animal nutritionist the cost-to-benefit return as it relates to production and vigor of the chosen crop or livestock needing supplementation.
I will feature some of these special nutrients in this article while also encouraging those concerned with supplementing minerals either to soils or livestock rations to take into consideration the significance of the untold number of other elements found in naturally occurring mineral deposits that are mined, found in ocean water, seaweeds, fish emulsions, volcanic deposits, humic ores, wood ashes and such.
So, to start the ball rolling, I’ll begin by including those minerals having both a horticultural and livestock application.