Soil and leaf tissue analysis are made on a regular basis to monitor soil nutrient content. Based on the lab results, fertilizer applications are recommended, so plants receive nutrition. In addition, fruit and plant wastes are composted and recycled in the fields. This practice enhances soil structure and fertility and reduces volume of wastes in local disposal sites.
Use of Plastic Mulch
Plastic mulch minimizes soil erosion.
Soil Erosion Control Measures
Various control measures are implemented to reduce soil erosion. For example, where possible, , cover crops are used and vegetation is planted on slopes of primary drainage channels. Also helping to reduce soil erosion, fallow areas are left uncultivated between cropping seasons.
Use of Plastic Mulch in pineapples in Kenya, and melons in Guatemala and Arizona minimizes evaporation by trapping moisture in the soil.