As a new month rolls in, we’ve rounded up the top ten bestselling titles from last month for you to check out. Take a look and then be sure to browse the Acres U.S.A. bookstore for other great titles.
1. When Weeds Talk
This is the 2nd edition of the book formerly titled Weeds and Why They Grow. Acres U.S.A. has long shown that weed control lies in fertility management. Every weed grows in a somewhat narrow window of allowable soil conditions. For the first time, hundreds of weeds of commercial importance are detailed along with the chemical analysis of accompanying soils. For example, burdock grows in soils with very high levels of iron and sulfate, very low levels of calcium and manganese. Balance the soil, lose the weed.
2. Restoration Agriculture
Around the globe most people get their calories from “annual” agriculture — plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed. Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs — in your own backyard, farm or ranch. This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.
3. Dirt to Soil
In Dirt to Soil, Gabe Brown tells the story of that amazing journey and offers a wealth of innovative solutions to our most pressing and complex contemporary agricultural challenge―restoring the soil. The Brown’s Ranch model, developed over two decades of experimentation and refinement, focuses on regenerating resources by continuously enhancing the living biology in the soil. Using regenerative agricultural principles, Brown’s Ranch has grown several inches of new topsoil in only 20 years! The 5,000-acre ranch profitably produces a wide variety of cash crops and cover crops as well as grass-finished beef and lamb, pastured laying hens, broilers, and pastured pork, all marketed directly to consumers.
4. Weeds — Control Without Poisons
“Low biological activity is inherent in each weed problem … Each weed is keyed to a specific environment slotted for its proliferation.” So says Weeds — Control Without Poisons author Charles Walters. Further, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other elements in equilibrium are likely to roll back more weeds than all the available herbicides on the market. Specifics on a hundred weeds, why they grow, what soil conditions spur them on or stop them, what they say about your soil, and how to control them without the obscene presence of poisons. All cross-referenced by scientific and various common names, and a pictorial glossary.
5. A Grower’s Guide to Balancing Soils
For both organic and conventional farmers, A Growers Guide for Balancing Soils dives deep into how macro-nutrients such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and sulfur — along with potassium and micronutrients (cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, nickel, and zinc) — affect the development of healthy crops. It’s a problem-solver’s handbook for building soil health.
6. The Ideal Soil v2.0
This how-to manual tells exactly how to go about changing your farming practices to a more sustainable and healthier model that does not require large yearly inputs of fertilizer or organic matter. Based on the premise of a new agriculture where being well-fed leads to health (soil, animals and humans). This book focuses on the least known part of sustainable agriculture – an understanding of balancing mineral nutrients in the soil. Understanding balancing soil minerals is not difficult and once achieved, insecticides and other rescue chemicals will drop away. This is the guidebook to show you how.
7. Hands-On Agronomy
The soil is more than just a substrate that anchors crops in place. An ecologically balanced soil system is essential for maintaining healthy crops. Hands-On Agronomy is a comprehensive manual on effective soil fertility management providing many on-farm examples to illustrate the various principles and how to use them. The function of micronutrients, earthworms, soil drainage, tilth, soil structure, and organic matter is explained in thorough detail.
8. Albrecht on Soil Balancing, Vol. VII
This collection of essays reveals a carefully organized and convincing explanation by Albrecht about the interconnection between soil, plants and animals – that everything is related to everything else. In these papers Albrecht reveals the importance of the balance equation, that it isn’t enough to have nutrient to soil connections, it is the ratio of one element to another that counts. Albrecht’s insight further reveals that an ounce of prevention in the form of balanced plant nutrition from fertile soils is better than a pound of cure using dangerous poisons. Albrecht’s work provides an indispensable foundation for anyone interested in sustainable, ecologically responsible agriculture.
9. Albrecht Foundation Concepts, Vol. I
This valuable collection of essays reveals the insights of a brilliant soil scientist who was ahead of his time. In this volume, readers will find a carefully organized and convincing explanation of the relationship between plants and animals. Dr. William Albrecht sustains his theory and observation that a declining soil fertility, due to a lack of organic material, major elements, and trace minerals – or a marked imbalance in these nutrients – was responsible for poor crops and in turn for pathological conditions in animals fed deficient feeds from soils. These papers addressed to scientists, and especially to farmers who worked with nature are an invaluable foundation for anyone interested in sustainable agriculture.
10. Albrecht on Calcium, Vol. V
This valuable collection of essays reveals the insights of a brilliant soil scientist ahead of his time. In this The Albrecht Papers Volume #5, readers will find a carefully organized and convincing explanation of the relationship between calcium and soil fertility. It is not possible to discuss calcium, which Albrecht proclaims as the “King of Nutrients” without being led into the entire mosaic that Albrecht considers biologically correct farming. Albrecht’s work provides an indispensable foundation for anyone interested in sustainable, ecologically responsible agriculture — his teachings are more critical today than ever.