The “Albrecht System of Soil Fertility” refers to the principals used to develop the system of testing which Dr. William A. Albrecht worked to perfect in his decades of tireless work with the soil. He regarded the validity of true soil fertility as a repeatable process and approach such work with measurable scientific principles, which could be applied and proven right out in the field. It is, as outlined by the principles given below, a foundational approach for achieving excellent soil fertility.
Dr. William A. Albrecht
To provide to performance soil should be composed of 4% minerals, 5% humus and 50% pore space. Ideally, 50% water and 50% air occupy this spore space. In addition that same pore space (containing the right amount of air and water) serves as the proper environment for all types of living organisms necessary to help provide the needs of growing plants in that soil. So, essentially, the Albrecht soil fertility system utilizes soil chemistry to affect soil physics, which determines the environment for the biology of the soil.
The soil audit, using a specifically developed set of soil testing procedures adapted be Dr. Albrecht to determine and correct the soil’s mineral content, provides the means to measure and supply the needed chemistry for each particular soul. It is the chemical make-up of each soul that determines its physical structure. When a soul has the correct chemistry, only then is sit possible to achieve or maintain the correct physical structure. When the chemistry and physicals are right so long as the principles for avoiding soil compaction are observed, the environment for the biology will also be right. The more the chemistry, physics and biology are correctly influenced, the better the yield and quality from crops that would normally be expected to grow there. That is why so much emphasis is placed on achieving exact level for each nutrient, based on the specific requirements of every different soil.
Soil nutrient needs are determined and supplied based on the deficiencies and excesses measured there. When there is too much of one element in the soil, it will inhibit the availability of one more other needed elements. When there is too little of a needed element in the soil, supplying that element will help to reduce any that are there in excess. Supplying what is missing in terms of measurable nutrients is the first key to controlling any excesses in each particular soil.
This is why the Albrecht program emphasizes “feed the soil and let the soil feed the plants”. When the soil contains the correct chemistry, the plant, whatever it may be, will be able to acquire all the necessary nutrients in the proper amounts. Using the correct type of fertiliser is most important, and is able to be ascertains by accurately interpreting the testing procedures used. The approach is to use fertilisers that build the levels in the soil. Too many fertilisers are plant feeders. They only remain in a form useable by plants for a short period of time. It is far better to use fertilizers that feed and replenish the nutrient reservoirs in that soil. Such materials are used in order to build fertility levels, thus keeping plant nutrients in an available form so that what is not used up by the current crop, can be used by future crops.
You cannot manage what you cannot measure. Using the Albrecht system, even the trace element levels in the soil take on measured significance. But they can only work properly when adequately supplied, and when the needed levels of primary and secondary elements are also sufficiently applied. The Albrecht system of soil testing has been developed to accomplish this, even to the point that it is possible to measure the increase of available micronutrients in the soil on a pound for pound basis.
This is what is meant by our use of the phrase; the Albrecht System of soil fertility. These principles are presently being used successfully in our program for all types of food and fibre crops throughout the world. And we strive to encourage each new prospective client to sufficiently prove it out on a small scale and then proceed based on the results obtained.
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