After seeing the positive effects on other crops, the farmer added SumaGrow (referred to as ExploGrow in report) to his normal fertilizer program, treating all his potatoes. He left no control areas, comparing only year to year results. SumaGrow was applied by pivot irrigation between 8 and 10 liters per hectare. 88 tons per hectare were achieved on one of the 18 potato lands.
Remarks from the farmer:
- “Very happy with the yield, quality and sizing that was much better than normal year-on-year averages”
- “The potato plants we’re growing so well (healthy and strong) that they looked like they had a few more weeks left in them to produce even more tons per ha, nevertheless we harvested on the scheduled dates”
- “ExploGrow has become an integral part of our fertilizer program, going forwards, we will be reducing chemical fertilizers and trialing slightly longer growing periods”
The farmer invited us to bring any serious potato farmer to “come and see for themselves”.
The photos were taken on a different potato farm in the Limpopo Province. The potato plants in these photos were also treated with SumaGrow with a special blend of beneficial soil microbes. The owner of this potato farm was also particularly impressed by the large sizing that resulted in a better overall yield.
Value gained by Carrot farmer: big difference in quality
- ExploGrow™ (SumaGrow) bio-organic fertiliser out-performed all the 5 Carrot farm lands on quality by +28.71% with a yield increase of +12.8% (on average)
- Carrot quality: on average ExploGrow™ resulted in harvesting +12.88 tons per hectare more Carrots “fit for market”
- Carrot yield: on average ExploGrow™ resulted in yielding +8.02 more tons per hectare
- The market value of the additional ExploGrow™ Carrots “fit for market” added up to +R41,216.00 per hectare
- Return on investment: 1,032%
Carrot harvest data in tons per hectare (Increased yield)
Carrot variety: Verano
- Untreated 68.97t/ha
- ExploGrow™ treated 87.98t/ha
Increased yield: 19.01 tons per hectare =
+27.6% more carrots harvested
Carrot variety: Santorin
- Untreated 48.25t/ha
- ExploGrow™ treated 54.78t/ha
Increased yield: 6.56 tons per hectare =
+13.5% more carrots harvested
Carrot variety: Kendo
- Untreated 68.16t/ha
- ExploGrow™ treated 74.17t/ha
Increased yield: 6.01 tons per hectare =
+8.8% more carrots harvested
Carrot variety: Melodia
- Untreated 58.48t/ha
- ExploGrow™ treated 60.66t/ha
Increased yield: 2.18 tons per hectare =
+3.7% more carrots harvested
Carrot variety: Blank
- Untreated 61.12t/ha
- ExploGrow™ treated 67.50t/ha
Increased yield: 6.38 tons per hectare =
+10.4% more carrots harvested
On average ExploGrow™ (SumaGrow) out-performed every untreated Carrot farm land by 12.8% (8.02 tons per hectare), however there was a very big quality difference in terms of marketable Carrot quality.
The improved quality of the ExploGrow™ treated Carrots enabled the farmer to deliver +28.71%more Carrots “fit for market” compared with the untreated Carrots as illustrated below:
Marketable Carrots (quality fit for market versus crop damage)
The untreated Verano block showed signs of being quite infested with root pathogens. The quality of this block was by far the worst of the tested areas. This was in spite of conventional preventative action. The quality and yield of the carrots in ExploGrow™ treated Verano block is a triumph under these circumstances.
On this particular farm, the soils have high concentrations of crop damaging Root-knot Nematodes.
Carrot variety: Santoriu
- Untreated 31t/ha
- Treated 37t/ha
Carrot variety: Melodia
- Untreated 53t/ha
- Treated 54t/ha
Carrot variety: Blank
- Untreated 54t/ha
- Treated 58t/ha
Carrot variety: Kendo
- Untreated 59t/ha
- Treated 65t/ha
Carrot variety: Verano
- Untreated 28t/ha
- Treated 75t/ha
Differences in marketable crop quality after applying ExploGrow™
- the ExploGrow™ (SumaGrow) treated lands out-performed all untreated Carrots lands
- an additional +12.88 tons per hectare Carrots “fit for market” harvested (+28.71%)
- the market value of the additional ExploGrow™ Carrots harvested equalled +R41,216.00 per hectare
Small trees in the nursery treated with Explogrow (SumaGrow) which were on the left, dramatically outperformed the untreated trees on the right.
SumaGrow trees produced an estimated 10kg extra per tree, compared with the untreated trees. This increase equates to an average of 25kg added production per tree, signifying a 40% improvement in mass.
The size of the Pecan nuts is also dramatically better. This places the product in the top category, resulting in the farmer being paid $0.85 more per kg, equal to a financial gain to the farmer per tree of around $21.
Stem diameter of treated Pecan trees averages 1cm. Untreated Pecan trees stem diameter averages 0.6cm.
SumaGrow’s microbiologist is confident that similar results will be obtained with all the nut varieties grown in South Africa.
The competition for hectares between soybeans and groundnuts.
Groundnut is a major oil-seed crop in South Africa. About 200,000 ha are planted annually, producing an average yield of 1,000 kg/ha. In South Africa, Groundnut yields are not only limited by low and late summer rains and poor soils, but also by many diseases including those caused directly or indirectly by plant-parasitic nematodes. Indirect damage may include increased secondary infection by fungi and reduced nodulation and nitrogen fixation. SumaGrow has shown to be effective in significantly alleviating the underscored factors.
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.
Harvesting 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.
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).
On 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 they 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.
The findings from the data show that the application of SumaGrow (referred to as SumaGreen in report) at the rate of 1.66 GPA provided approximately 125lbs of Nitrogen for plant uptake. SumaGrow solubilized the high supply of phosphorus in the soil making it readily available to the plant and increased the uptake in the plant dramatically. SumaGrow also reduced the removal of potassium from the soil by 88lbs and left 26 lbs. of nitrogen available for the wheat crop.
SumaGrow reduced material handling, application costs and lowered high phosphorus in the soil, and also lowered Taylor’s fertilizer program by $231.45 per acre. The conventional program is more costly, more susceptible to nutrient loss, more material to handle and is a less sustainable farming practice.
Zucchini – The crop had an increase yield of 13.5%. Due to heavy rains, 20% of the crop was drowned out during mid harvest and the remainder of the field was overcome by disease and shortened the life of the crop. Despite that, the quality of the crop was much better. Adding the 20% loss of crop, the increase in yield would have been 39.5% if crop was not lost.
Soybean – Where SumaGrow was applied in furrow population final stand was increased by 12.5%.
A farmer in the village of Yunatsite, Bulgaria increased their cucumber crop yield by using Farmorganix, also known as SumaGrow. The trial was performed in greenhouses; total area was 1300 square meters. Farmorganix was used to treat the crop in 1000 square meters and the control was performed in the final 300 square meters.
“The plants in the treated-with-Farmorganix greenhouses were noticeably higher than the control: their height was 170-175cm, and in the untreated greenhouses their height was 150-155cm.’’
The leaf mass and fruit size from the treated greenhouses and control greenhouses are equal. The leaf color in the treated area was darker than the non-treated area. While the plants entered the fruiting stage at the same time, the treated area had a longer vegetation period of about 14 days.
“The yield of the area treated with SumaGrow was bigger in comparison with the untreated: 21 tons from the treated area of 1000 sq.m and 5 tons from the untreated area of 300 sq.m.” This resulted in a increase yield of 25.8%.
Cucumber — Bulgaria — Farmorganix