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Regionally adapted humus balance in organic farming

This report examines the practical application of humus balance for farms (stockless and with livestock), being crucial for soil quality and productivity. Productivity in organic agriculture depends on the capacity to convert organic matter in the soil, which supply can be determined using a humus balance. The humus balance is an appropriate method to adjust farm nutrient management which should be a common method for farmers. Tables of stockless farms and farms with livestock are provided in this report to calculate humus balances of main arable crops in different soil types and manure applications. This gives recommendations for farmers on how to overcome nutrient deficiencies. The report displays examples of adapted humus balance helping at promoting its local adaptation to close the nutrient cycle by experienced practitioners, extension and trainers.