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Keeping a close eye on the level of organic matter in soils and having a long-term strategy to build it up will prove critical in sustaining future crop yields and the performance of arable land. Organic matter is made up of undecomposed plant, animal and micro-organism residues and humus, formed over many years. It influences the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil, improving its structure, water-holding capacity, fertility and the action of pesticides. However, this valuable substance has […]