Steve Diver has earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture and has conducted research on fruit and nut production, and seasonal changes in elemental concentration in pecan fruit and leaves. He has served as the Extension Horticulture Agent in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, and has also worked as an Agriculture Specialist with the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. In 2010, he established an independent firm, Agri-Horticultural Consulting, which provided soil analysis and consultancy services in eco-agriculture, organic and sustainable farming, and environmental sciences.
In this episode, Steve and I discuss rock powders, biology, and bioenergetics, the oxidation/reduction potential in soils, the use of liquid biological agents in soil health and crop success, and the value of bioenergetics in agriculture. Steve has some really great knowledge from his many years of experience in the lab and in the field.
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Episode 13 - Steve Diver - Highlights
3:06 - What are Steve’s memorable moments leading him to where he is today?
4:35 - What did Steve encounter that was different compared to the work he had been doing?
6:50 - What lead Steve add bioenergetics to minerals and biology in these pillars?
9:10 - Discussion around Oxidation/Reduction Potential -Eh (Redox)
12:40 - What is something that has surprised Steve over the years?
14:40 - What kind of crop response was Steve seeing?
16:50 - Can the use of LBAs change the health of crops, and also types of plants that would become dominant in certain ecosystems
18:20 - When we consider applying biological inoculants to the soil profile, how do we ensure this inoculant actually survives?
19:50 - What is something that has puzzled Steve for a long time?
21:30 - What is the opportunity in agriculture today?
24:30 - Substantial yield/quality responses from integrated systems
26:30 - Based on Steve’s experience, how much are growers leaving on the table?
32:00 - What is a non-mainstream view that Steve believes to be true?
35:20 - What are some resources Steve would recommend?
36:15 - What Steve has learned about farmers
39:40 - What is the question Steve wishes he was asked?
41:40 - Going through different eras in agriculture
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