Water management

Real Direct Seeding

Traditional seeding method

Earthworms, micro-organisms and plant roots burrow in the soil. This enables water to infiltrate the soil more deeply. As the burrows and root canals are not broken by ploughing, the compaction of the soil and effect of the plough sole gradually decrease and the water is able to move more freely in the soil. During the rainy season excess water gets to the lower soil layers through the canals and during the dry season the water rises from under the plough sole by means of capillarity and the straw cover prevents excess evaporation.

In Real Direct Seeding, the stubble left on the soil surface and the presence of organic matter stimulate the activity of micro-organisms and microbes. They form humus and secretions in the soil, thus making the aggregate structure more humus. Porous soil, rich in humus is able to retain water better.

After Real Direct Seeding, the soil is able to receive more water and is also capable of retaining more water and nutrients than soil subjected to traditional seeding methods. As the soil structure improves, the excess water is more able to get deeper into the soil.