Conservationists Find Sumagrow Improves Soil in Missouri

A study managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation
(MDC) was conducted with SumaGrow® on the Ionia Ridge
Conservation Area in Missouri. This 233 acre area lies within
the Hi Lonesome Focus Area for recovery of the greater prairie
chicken and native habitat for other grassland species. The
study on this area focused on interests in pursuing the potential
for soil microbial products to improve success of native tallgrass
seedling establishment and also to evaluate the effect on stand
persistence. This area was an active row crop and cattle grazing
farm prior to the acquisition by the Missouri Conservation
Department in 2008.

The main parameters of this study focused on the differences in
the physical and biological properties of the soil between control
and SumaGrow® treatment groups within the Conservation
Area: When comparing soil treated with a product containing
SumaGrow® with untreated plots, the treated soil experienced
a 15+ percent increase in soil moisture potential. How does this
benefit the grower struggling with drought or frustrated by
soggy soil? The benefit for both is that healthy soil holds water.

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION FIELD TRIAL pics

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION FIELD TRIAL pics 2Rain and moisture are captured by the soil instead of remaining
on the surface to volatize off or run-off into streams and
waterways, most likely taking valuable top soil and nutrients
with it. For the grower who is struggling with muddy, over wet
soil, fertile ground dries out quicker as the water penetrates the
soil instead of remaining on the surface, slowing down planting
or damaging grasses and turf.

Additionally, the study found a 26 percent reduction in soil
compaction in the SumaGrow® treated soil. Reduced soil
compaction means that the soil is softer and more aerated, so plant roots can grow more easily and reach deeper to tap the
water and nutrients held within the subsoil.

In addition, this study found that SumaGrow® treated soil
contained a higher functional group diversity index in relation
to the microbial populations within the treatment areas.
This can be taken to mean that the SumaGrow® treated areas
had a more balanced microbial population, leading to more
productive soil in the end.

The mean functional group diversity indices for the treatment
groups were significantly higher for the SumaGrow® treated
groups. The 1 gallon per acre rate versus the control had the
highest mean functional group diversity (mean = 1.61, p = 0.0099*),
the 1/2 gallon per acre rate versus the control had the second
highest mean functional group diversity (mean = 1.56, p = 0.034*),
and there was no significant interaction between the SumaGrow®
treatment groups in relation to mean functional group diversity
(mean = 1.37, p = 0.47).

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION FIELD TRIAL pic 3

The mean fungal bacterial ratios for the treatment groups were
significantly higher for the SumaGrow® treated groups. The 1
gallon per acre rate versus the control had the highest mean
fungal bacterial ratio (mean = 0.27, p = 0.0029*), the 1/2 gallon
per acre rate versus the control had the second highest mean
fungal bacterial ratio (mean = 0.26, p = 0.0054*), and there was no significant interaction between the SumaGrow® treated groups
in relation to mean fungal bacterial ratios (mean = 0.15, p = 0.33).

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION FIELD TRIAL pic 4

In relation to soil compaction, measured in pounds per square
inch, the SumaGrow® treatment at 1 gallon (mean = 7.67 psi) and
½ a gallon (mean = 8.08 psi) per acre were significantly lower
than the control (p = < 0.0001) which had the highest pressure
readings (mean = 11 psi).

In relation to soil moisture, obtained from a moisture probe, the
SumaGrow® treatment at 1 gallon (mean = 61.67, p = 0.056) and
½ a gallon (mean = 62.5, p = 0.035) per acre were significantly
higher than the control which had the lowest moisture readings
(mean = 54.2).

 

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 “(Maize)” 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 “(Maize)” 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: