Ask an Expert with Bernier Coto: Part Three

Let’s talk about balanced plants. The health of the microbial communities in your soil has a direct impact on the plants ability to resist disease and yield production.

It is necessary to supply an energy source to stimulate the colonies of microorganisms within the soil, as they contribute to the energy balance of the plant.

The best way to stimulate the microbiological health of the soil is to return the contents of organic matter that gets stripped away. This can be done through adding humic substances while planting.

Together, with humic substances, the microbial communities found in soils, contribute to the plants priming. This allows the plant to maintain a state of alert to attach pathogens.

About the Expert

Bernier Coto is an Agricultural Engineer who graduated from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica and has a Masters in Agribusiness Management from Costa Rica University. With over 20 years of experience in exports, sales, production, and agronomic application of agricultural inputs in tropical crops in Central America, Bernier is the Research and Development Manager of Agrícola Piscis and its sister company Humitec de Centroamérica.

Bernier is one of Black Earth’s trusted growth partners with more than 10 years of experience in the formulation of chemical fertilizers, biofertilizers and soil amendments, five years of experience in research and implementation of organic and microbiological management of tropical crops in Central America and five years of experience in formulations of natural and biological products.

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