URB Water – First Trial

On Sunday, November 10th, a 55 gallon drum was filled with seawater from a boat launch in Long Beach, California. On Monday, 200mL of URB Water (Pro-con as it is referred to in report) was added to a 5 gallon pail filled with seawater. The procedure was repeated two more times. The three 5 gallon pails were taken to Joyful Farms in Hemet, California.

URB Water – First Trial pic 1On Tuesday, November 12th, more than 100 plants were doused with 1% URB Water seawater solutions. The plants (seen to the right) were thoroughly knocked down with the force and amount of seawater (5 gallons per row) that was administered to the plants in less than one minute. The goal of the watering was to see if the plants could survive the 1% URB Water “death bath”.

No additional water or nutrients were given to the plants. On November 25th it rained during the day and partly into the night.

This picture was taken on December 5th, which was 23 days after the 1% URB Water seawater treatment and. The plants, a member of the Bok Choy family, tasted good and no one had any negative side effects from the food.

URB Water – First Trial pic 2Bok Choy plants were watered with 1% URB Water seawater and lived. The plants were harvested with the remaining untreated crops on December 6th, which are at the top of the picture to the left. Untreated seawater would have killed all the plants within 4 to 6 hours according to every agronomist that was consulted.

Joyful Farms Chinese Vegetables- Increased Harvest

Joyful Farms is located in Hemet, California, where 37 types of Chinese vegetables like bok choy, mustard greens, nira, etc. are grown. Aidy Yang was hired to rehabilitate the soil and he began using 5 gallons of SumaGrow on 5 acres of their Long Run field with no other inputs. On the Short Run field, Aidy would use 5 gallons on 8 acres and reduced his fertilizer inputs by one half.

On September 10th, the vegetables crops Yu Choy and Mustard Greens were planted on 8 acres on the Short Run Field. Three days later on September 13th, a weed killer (herbicide) was sprayed on the Short Run Field. Three days after the herbicide (September 16th) six gallons of EarthCare with SumaGrow was sprayed on the Short Run field. On September 17th, the amount of chemical fertilizer was reduced by one-half. About two weeks later another three gallons of SumaGrow was applied to the 8 acres, which brought the total amount of SumaGrow used to 1.123 gallons per acre.

Joyful Farms Chinese Vegetables- Increased Harvest pics 1 - CopyHarvesting actually began 9 days earlier than normal and the stems were thicker than normal in many cases (shown on the right). The mustard greens shown below are a 60 day crop, but 5% of the crop were ready to be harvested 10 days early.

Joyful Farms Chinese Vegetables- Increased Harvest pic 2

The 5 acres of the Long Run fields (on the right side) that received only SumaGrow did not do as well as the fields that were treated with an organic fertilizer (left side).Joyful Farms Chinese Vegetables- Increased Harvest pic 3

Joyful Farms Chinese Vegetables- Increased Harvest pic 5On October 17th, Aidy applied 10 gallons of SumaGrow with no inputs to the 15 acres of the Long Run Fields. The fields were planted with Baby Bok Choy, Yu Choy and Mustard Greens. Organic fertilizer (chicken manure) was applied to all 15 acres at half the normal rate.

Aidy returned to the Joyful Farms on December 5th to visit the Long Run Field and he was greeted with a green carpet of crops. The workers were thrilled because there were no weeds and Joyful Farms Chinese Vegetables- Increased Harvest pic 4they had experienced a much faster harvest times on the Short Run Field and were also looking forward to harvesting the Long Run field. As you can see, the Long Run Field did very well.

Soil Health Shows Significant Improvement; A Sports Field Study in Costa Mesa, California

There are numerous benefits to using AgriBiotic Microbics with SumaGrow.  While most of our success stories focus on increasing yield and reducing or eliminating fertilizer, the before and after soil analyses (see link below) demonstrated significant improvements in the soil’s water efficiency and the nutrients measured in the soil increased from 8% to 91%.
 Costa Mesa BeforeCosta Mesa After

The soil samples are from the Jack R. Hammett Sports Complex, owned by the city of  Costa Mesa, California and were treated with AgriBiotic Microbics with SumaGrow.  Since the sports fields use recycled water, it makes high pH and chlorides a constant concern.  Despite these added issues, in less than three months, the pH in the treated fields went down slightly and the chloride and salinity levels dropped 26% and 34%, while the soil moisture (field capacity) increased from 63% to 69%.

Costa Mesa Salinity Chart

Soil salinity is the salt content in the soil.  Salt affected soils are caused by excess accumulation of salts from high salinity irrigation water.  As soil salinity increases, salt effects can result in degradation of soils and vegetation.  Accumulation of soluble salts (brine, salt and chloride may be used interchangeably for our purposes) is not normally a hazard to human health; however, it can cause adverse and long lasting environmental impacts to soil and ground water resources because chloride is highly soluble, does not adsorb onto soil particles, does not degrade, and generally inhibits biological processes.

Releases of salt onto the ground can damage soils by destroying the soil structure and permeability.  The presence of high concentrations of soluble salts can inhibit see germination and a plant’s ability to uptake water. Salt-contaminated soil in the near surface can lose its ability to support agricultural crops, native grasses, or other vegetation if salt levels are high enough, potentially contributing to surface erosion.

Chloride is the most recent addition to the list of essential elements and is essential for  many plant functions; however, too much chloride in plants results in symptoms that are similar to typical cases of salt damage. As shown in the attached reports from the city of Costa Mesa, the chloride target is <150 and AgriBiotic Microbics with SumaGrow brought the chloride from an average of 210, outside the target range, down to an average of 137, well within the target range.

Soil Moisture (or Field Capacity) is typically defined as the quantity of water or moisture contained in the soil 2–3 days after rain or irrigation.  AgriBiotic Microbics with SumaGrow increased the ability of these fields to hold water.

Sodium Adsorption Ratio (SAR) is a measure of the suitability of water for use in agricultural irrigation as determined by the concentrations of solids dissolved in the water.  Although SAR is only one factor in determining the suitability of water for irrigation, in general the higher the sodium adsorption ratio, the less suitable the water is for irrigation.  Irrigation using water with a high sodium adsorption ratio may require soil amendments to prevent long-term damage to the soil.  If irrigation water with a high SAR is applied to a soil for years, the sodium in the water can displace the calcium and magnesium in the soil.  This will cause a decrease in the ability of the soil to form stable aggregates and a loss of soil structure and tilth.  This will also lead to a decrease in infiltration and permeability of the soil to water leading to problems with crop production.

These laboratory reports clearly show the soil’s water efficiency being improved. There is more water in the soil as evidence by the higher soil moisture percentage, the water in the soil is more available to the plant life since the lower amount of salts in the soil allow more soil moisture to be used by the grass being grown and the SAR indicates the water in the soil is a higher quality water than before treatment started. The results were achieved without any significant rainfall.

Costa Mesa Nutrient Chart

The nutrient levels increased across the board with every element measured showing increases, some very significant.  This is especially significant when considering the short period of time between the soil tests and accepting that AgriBiotic Microbics with SumaGrow is primarily a microbial product which takes more time than fertilizer to show initial results.

The city of Costa Mesa, did continue its fertilization program (slow release 32-0-0) during the field trial, however, this would only have affected the increase in soil available nutrients for nitrates and even then, not to the degree shown. Further, other field trials using AgriBiotic Microbics with SumaGrow show even better results if fertilizer is reduced by at least 50% or eliminated altogether.

The microbial formulation of AgriBiotic Microbics with SumaGrow would have to be given the credit for the 48% to 91% increases in manganese, zinc, copper, boron and magnesium, all essential nutrients for optimal growth.

Download a three page summary:  Brix Agribiotics Summary

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California Strawberry Trial Conducted by Holden Research Concludes an Increase in Profit of $1185/Acre

This trial was set up to compare the growth and production effects from the use of a standard grower program to one enhanced with World Soil Solutions (SumaGrow) based products.

This trial indicated that the BRIX (SumaGrow) product had no negative effects to the growing crop or the grower’s irrigation system during the trial. The trial consisted of two test plots. The first test plot was Brix (SumaGrow) + 100% grower standard fertilizer. Test #2 consisted of grower standard fertilizer at 100% rate. The BRIX (SumaGrow) treated with 100% of grower standard fertilizer test plot showed a numerical advantage in whole plant weight and root weight. Significant differences were noted and observed in favor of the Brix (SumaGrow) treated plot as compared to the grower standard fertilizer. The Brix (SumaGrow) treated plot exceeded the grower standard plot in production by 203 flats.

The Brix (SumaGrow) treated plot showed a net increase to the growers bottom line of over $1185 per acre! The Brix (SumaGrow) test plot had a better market utilization ratio averaging 78.6% as compared to the grower standard at 75.4%. The Brix treated berries were heavier during the course of the season weighing at 29.6 grams and having a much higher brix level (natural sugars and nutrients, which equals better taste!) than the grower standard berries, while the grower standard weighted at 26.6 grams with a lower brix level. The Brix (SumaGrow) based program yielded positive returns to the grower by early season (February 24th), which continued to get better toward the end of the pick season (April 9th).

This trial could have yielded even more positive results if the proper SumaGrow protocol had been followed such as reducing the grower standard fertilizer to at least 50% instead of 100%.

Here is the actual report:  CA – Strawberries — Holden Research