First preliminary tomato results in South Africa: 30 days before harvest!
Brix (Sugar Content): Brix is the most important commercial indicator, because many cash crop producers are reliant on Brix % to determine the sale value of their produce. The preliminary Brix results are exciting – a 10% increase at this early stage indicates a projected final 20% uplift in Brix.
Size (weight): Estimated size increase of 40% is a fantastic early stage result. Further: the testing farmer estimates around 30% more tomatoes per plant!
Quality/Taste: The farmer reports that some of the untreated tomatoes were already dying, compared to the SumaGrow treated tomatoes, that were “looking great”.
Even at this early stage, the farmer indicated a clear positive difference in the taste of the SumaGrow grown tomatoes.
4 weeks before the harvest the Bris measured 6.6% (well on its way to the projected over 7.5%) for SumaGrow treated tomatoes and 6.0% for control, representing then already a 10% improvement.
After a severe cold spell, at harvest the Brix measured 6.2% for SumaGrow treated and 5.1% for control, representing a 21.6% improvement.
“I was absolutely delighted when I discovered the Brix result. After a severe cold spell, I was expecting a major decline in the Brix levels, however, the SumaGrow treated tomatoes maintained its high Brix level beyond my expectation. This will affect my pocket in the best possible way, thank you SumaGrow!” – Christian Schutte
21.6% Improvement in Brix Level of Tomatoes
- Plague and pest incidence reduced 90%
- Yield increase of 25%
- Strawberries were more firm and sweeter (higher BRIX, though it wasn’t measured)
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Dr. Allen Williams conducted a yearlong survey test with the TallGrass Beef Company, a Kansas based beef company that markets grass fed and grass finished beef to restaurants and high end supermarkets. Dr. Williams found that with the application of Bio Soil’s SumaGrow, the BRIX level of the forage grass rose from an average of “4” to an average of “14”, a significant increase.
Another benefit to this higher BRIX level was healthier cows. TallGrass saw their veterinary bills drop by $40,000 after they started using the Bio Soil SumaGrow product, Dr.Allen said. “Cattle weight went up, the cows were healthier and the cows with calves were lactating at a higher rate. Also, the calve were larger and healthier.”
“The unique microbial composition places ExploGrow™ in a league all of its own”. Dr Malherbe, BSc; BSc Hons.; MSc (Mikrobiologie); Pr.Sci.Nat. (Landbouwetenskap); PhD (Agronomie)
Four months after the first SumaGrow application (referred to as ExploGrow in report), the root system more than doubled.
The “more than doubling” of the root system enhances the plant’s ability to absorb nutrients, hence reducing chemical fertilizer requirements, reducing water needs by about 20% and makes the plant more resistant to extreme heat, cold/frost and typically increases the yield and the Brix dramatically.
After only four months, soil conditions already visibly improved compared with the control.
“This is due to the increased biological activity by the 17 microbes in ExploGrow (SumaGrow) and the consequent much larger roots systems” – Mark Young, BSc.
The average chlorophyll fluorescence in the SumaGrow treated plots came out at +46.1% increase, as compared with the average of the Control plots. The +46.1% increase in chlorophyll fluorescence correlates with the +32.56% increase yield. The chlorophyll fluorescence is an indicator of the improved leaf photosynthesis taking place in the plant, due to the enhanced activity of the beneficial microbes.
Sugar content (Brix) increased by +18.9%
At harvest the main SumaGrow area produced 114 tons/hectare which is in an increase of 28 tons/hectare (+32.56% increase)
Results after about a year:
- Increased leaf mass and photosynthesis
- Increased soil life: 80 times more bacteria, 50 times more fungi
“ExploGrow™ represents more than increased yield, crop quality and rejuvenated soil. True sustainable agriculture requires real and safe solutions enabling farmers to cut down on chemical fertilizers, poisons, and using less water. We must, before it is too late, give serious attention to the health and sustainability of our soils. We must now embrace more responsible new farming methods.”- Mnr Dreyer Senekal, Senekal Boerdery
In South Africa, and some nearby African countries, SumaGrow is marketed under the ExploGrow name. Here is a video of a potato trial, which increased the yield by 79% and the brix (natural sugars and nutrients) levels by 57%!
Irish potatoes are of great economic and dietary value as a food-source worldwide ranking as the third most important food crop after rice and wheat. Potatoes require high levels of fertilizer to produce high yields with marketable quality. However, in some countries fertilizer is very difficult to obtain and very expensive. Using SumaGrow would greatly reduce this need for, and cost of, fertilizers. With SumaGrow, it has been shown that equivalent yields and growth can be obtained at reduced fertilizer rates when compared to full recommended fertilizer treatments.
In almost all trials, SumaGrow actually increases the yield compared to the existing grower standard — what the farmer is obtaining now using the best available technologies without SumaGrow. In this particular trial, growing Red LaSoda Irish potatoes, “combined yields from the grading process at ten days following harvest showed the same results where the SumaGrow treatments were as much as 2,509 Lbs/acre greater than the 100% fertilizer treatment without SumaGrow.” This equates to a 16% yield increase.
Additionally, “at harvest criteria did show the strengths of the SumaGrow product in reducing fertilizer rates, hence reducing input costs and minimizing environmental hardships.” Better plant health and vigor, as well as higher brix levels were also noted.
Here is the link to a copy of the study report: Mississippi State U — Irish Potato