A transition to organic/bio-dynamic farming practices necessitates careful planning and management of all aspects of tillage and planting. It takes a biologically active soil to keep minerals, trace elements, air, and water available for the crops we plant.
With this in mind, we have recently started using the "Eco-Dyn" cultivation and planting system. The Eco-Dyn facilitates a high degree of precision and versatility. Using a number of different configurations, all tillage and planting tasks are accomplished with one machine. A minimum of soil disturbance necessary for each application can be achieved, creating the least possible interruption in the processes of the soil food web.
Friedrich and Manfred Wenz, based in Ottenheim, Germany, have developed the Eco-Dyn as a result of a generation of work on their farm. Their early farming experiences, coupled with a drastic loss of top soil, led them on a relentless quest for improved farming methods and machinery. As they learned to understand what their "weeds" were telling them about the soil's condition, and how their approach needed to change, the Eco-Dyn began to take shape. They have now been able to demonstrate that with no fertilizer inputs, aside from the Biodynamic preparations, soil fertility can be continuously improved with new top soil being created by earthworms each year. Simultaneously, their fuel consumption has been cut in half.
For more information on the Eco-Dyn, visit www.eco-dyn.com (please note that the site is only available in German or French).