SumaGrow Peer Reviewed Journal Article

This article was written by Dr. Lalithakumari Janarthanam who served for six years as our Director of Research & Development (now retired).  In the U.S., we are not allowed to make any biopesticidal claims, so the article title and abstract are copied here with a link to the article below, without comment:

Bioprotectant with multifunctional microorganisms: A new dimension in plant protection

ABSTRACT In the present investigations it is proved that the inoculation of multifunctional microbial formulation to the soil improves soil quality, soil health, plant health, growth, yield, and quality of a broad spectrum of crops reducing chemical fertilizer and pesticide input. These microbial populations consist of selected species including plant growth promoting rhizo-bacteria, N2-fixing bacteria, Phosphate solubilizers, phytohormone producers, plant disease suppressive bacteria and fungi. To make it very simple a different dimension as „Bio Protectant” is given in this presentation to the collective synergistic effects of beneficial microbes stimulating soil, plant and environmental health reducing chemical fertilizer and pesticide application. A healthy plant does not require unwanted, poisonous chemical pesticides. Review of literature is focused in multiple ways on the growth promoting ability along with the biological activity of beneficial microorganisms. The present SumaGrow-F2 formulation contains multi-functional Rhizobium species, Pseudomonas spp., Bacillus, and Trichoderma spp. The recorded novel benefits of SumaGrow-F2 formulation in the Green House and Field are discussed here as microbes increasing plant health, soil health, and root health of a broad spectrum of crops. Not only can it eliminate almost all insect infestations and reduce fungal or bacterial infection, it also creates a healthier environment for plant growth. The result is healthy crops with a corresponding increase in the yield of fruits or vegetables or grains. Modern trend is to look for inspiring intelligent multi-functional microbial Plant protectant or bio protectant for sustainable agriculture.

Here is the article:

Bioprotectant with multifunctional microorganisms – A new dimension in plant protection JBiopest

Corn Testimonials from Michigan and Wisconsin

“We applied SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] and 130 lbs. of actual nitrogen to our Leapy farm. The soil looked good, was healthy, and produces great yields at 262 bushels [of corn] per acre.  I am using SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] on all our acres!“

Jeff Steinacker
Wisconsin

“Seven years ago, H & J field was a very wet, heavy, sticky soil.  After 7 years of using SumaGroulx [SumaGrow], it drains much better, it is much healthier, and it is much softer soil.  We enjoyed our first 303 bushels [of corn] per acre yield.  Definitely going to use SumaGroulx [SumaGrow]next year. Thank you SumaGroulx [SumaGrow]!!”

Nick Steinman

Michigan

 

“On our sandy soil, with JUST SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] and nitrogen, our field yielded 285 bushels per acre. SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] is a great investment.”

Eric Thick
German & Farley
Munger, Michigan

“Dekalb 102 day corn went 298 bushels per acre.  Best corn ever grown with just SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] and nitrogen. The field is softer, healthier, and drains better. Will use SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] on all soil now. Fantastic product!”

Dave Block
Reese, Michigan

“Corn Test Plot (Pioneer), weighed by wagon, with SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] I had 177 BU, 24.6 MO and 57 TW.  Without SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] I had 151 BU, 28 MO and 48 TW.  During the season I noticed the stalks were healthier where SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] was used and lodging was greatly reduced.”

Steve Koroleski
Ubly, Michigan

Grain Testimonials from Indiana, Michigan and Nebraska

“I am a no till farmer.  I had the best yield I have ever had on my corn, even with considering the cold and wet year we had.

SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] is easy to use.  I just sprayed with my round-up.  I used only 1/2 the amount of fertilizer on my corn this year too!  This is my 3rd year to use SumaGroulx [SumaGrow].  I now use it on my corn, soys and alfalfa’s.”

Kendall Leach
Millington, Michigan

 

“I purchased reclaimed woodland and found out that it would not produce.  In 2012, I planted soy beans on this field.  My results were only 18 bushels per acre and I lost money.  In 2013, I planted corn on the same field.  The results were only 118 bushels per acre and I had a tremendous loss.

I used SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] on my soys in the 2014.  The results were UNREAL.  I got 52 bushels per acre! Which is a difference of 34 bushels better than 2012!

In 2015, I planted corn on this field and I got 206 bushels per acre using SumaGroulx [SumaGrow], which was 88 BPA [bushels per acre] better than 2013!  My corn roots went down 3 feet in yellow clay. The land was better, less compacted, dried out faster, and had over all had better drainage.”

Kevin Schmitt

Haubstadt, Indiana

 

“We used SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] for 2 years.  Last year we used the SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] on corn, and this year on our soybeans.  Even with losing 42% of our crop this year, due to bad weather and hail twice, we still made 49 BPA!

Last year, the first year for our corn, we made well over 160 BPA. The corn had a real dark green color and super wide leaves. This will be my third year using SumaGroulx [SumaGrow], coming up, and we’re sure to have better numbers, as long as the weather cooperates.”

Stephen Mills
Greenwood, Nebraska

“We have been using SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] for the past 7 years.  We have stopped using commercial fertilizers.  We are amazed at our crop yield increase and plant size increase.  Even in extreme rain and drought, we seem to have the best fields around.”

Richard & Audrey Nellett
Akron, Michigan

“The decision to use SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] on my corn and soybean crop came after several years of debating whether to use it or not.  The idea of using SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] meant taking a risk and trying something different.  It took many years of seeing and hearing about SumaGroulx [SumaGrow] before taking the first step of trying some myself.  I was so happy to see that my yields were much better by using this product.  My soybeans were an average to 7 to 17 bushel better and my corn was 8 to 15 bushel better when I used SumaGroulx [SumaGrow].  I don’t have the expense of fertilizer now and I was so impressed that I became a dealer for SumaGroulx [SumaGrow].  I am so excited about the savings and yield increase that I want to share my knowledge and use of it with the farming world.”

Steve Koroleski
5 – K Ag Supply
Kinde, Michigan

 

Michigan Corn Farmer Increases Yield While Reducing Fertilizer

Bob Groulx, a Michigan continuous corn farmer, discusses how he increased his yield and reduced his fertilizer in this shortened video presentation (4:08 minutes) at the International Conference for Sustainable Agriculture or watch the second video for a longer presentation (12:00 minutes).

He also mentions earlier maturation of his corn crop and SumaGrow being a safer product for his workers.

In the longer video, Groulx also has some excellent pictures of his fields with no standing water versus his neighbor’s fields with standing water visually demonstrating how SumaGrow has reduced the soil compaction.

The last three minutes or so of the longer video discusses some of the financial benefits achieved by using SumaGrow.

Longer presentation below:

Mink Pond Club Soil Improvement

Soil analysis reports are invaluable tools for farmers and gardeners. They contain a wealth of information that is vital when determining what treatment program is necessary for the crops before and after planting. Tim Foglio, manager of the Mink Pond Club, a 2500 acre hunting and fishing game park in Pennsylvania, has shared his soil analysis reports for the last two years.

Tim used SumaGrow for approximately three years in conjunction with his regular fertilizer and experienced really good results.  The good results made him curious as to how well SumaGrow would work if used without fertilizer. He decided to really test it and did without his usual fertilizer with continued good results.

The following charts show what crops were planted and what the Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), pH, and Organic Matter (OM) was for last year, when available, and this year.

CEC is soil’s ability to hold and exchange nutrients and helps soils resist changes in pH in addition to retaining plant nutrients.

In a healthy balance of microbial proportions the pH of the soil will automatically stabilize at around 6.4 with SumaGrow, which is not only the “perfect soil pH” for organic/biological agriculture, but is also the ideal pH of sap in a healthy plant.

OM is the decomposed plant material in the soil that serves as a carbon source for the microbial community and nutrient bank for plant life above the ground.

The data from the Mink Pond Club provides excellent evidence that Bio Soil’s products act in a beneficial manner to help improve the soil quality over time.

Mink Pond Soil Analysis ComparisonMink Pond Soil Analysis Comparison 2

Tim Foglio, President of the Mink Pond Club wrote this testimonial:

“I would like to thank you and your company for making a product that actually does what it’s supposed to do.  There are a lot of products out there that claim “miracle results”; your product actually is a miracle!

Not only is it the easiest fertilizer to apply, but it is organic which makes it great for using on food plots near our lake and stream.  I can honestly say that [SumaGrow] is worth the money.  For the first time in eight years of growing food plots, our fields were lush and green, even in August!  I am so impressed after last year’s results that I am only using [SumaGrow] on my plots this year and have cut traditional fertilizers out completely.  I also look forward to using this because of the time-saving advantage of being able to mix my herbicides with it, which reduces compaction.

Once again, thank you for a great product.”

Happy growing,

Tim Foglio

 

Arise Research & Discovery: Corn Trial — Illinois

Arise Research is one of the few facilities which can accurately measure nitrate runoff.  Each plot is grown in a containment bay where there is a plastic lining on the bottom and sides.  There is also a piping system in the containment bay to collect the runoff which goes into a holding tank (58 in the photo below).  The water is collected from the holding tank where it can analyzed.

An interesting tidbit was reported in an email that there had been deer damage to the SumaGrown test plots where the deer were observed eating the SumaGrown plots and not the others.  This has been reported anecdotally several times; the animals instinctively know which crops are better (SumaGrown), likely due to the higher brix levels — better taste (higher in natural sugars) and higher nutritional value.

Arise Corn Trial Plot

Here is a link to the summary of the report and below that is the full report from Arise Research:

Arise One Page Summary Cut Sheet

Arise Research Nitrate Runoff Reduction Summary

Arise Research — 2012 Corn Report