Myanmar Trial Result in 51.8% Yield Increase in Rice Crop

myanmarA trial was done on the effectiveness of SumaGrow on rice crops in Hlegu Township, Mynamar. Trial 1 was a control and Trial 2 was treated with a mixture of 1 gallon of SumaGrow (GrowPros) and 10 gallons of water. There was only one application of SumaGrow during the testing period.

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Data was collected twice; the first time was exactly one month after planting. “The test data from SumaGrow treated T2 field showed impressive results, higher plant heights and more multiple stems at just month trial period.” The data shows Trial 2 producing a greater plant height of 55.2cm compared the Trial 1 (control) which had a plant height of 43.3cm. The number of multiple stems also varied between trials, with Trial 1 having 11.6, while Trial 2 had 14.4.

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Data was collected again at harvest time. The table below shows that SumaGrow increased plant height, stem length, weight of seeds, yield per plot and yield per acre.

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“Comparing the results from the two trial fields T1 and T2 shows that the yield from SumaGrow treated field T2 is significantly better than non-SumaGrow treated Control field T1 in every important category of multiple stems, successful seeds, failed seeds, weight of 1000 seeds, and yields per acre. The test concludes that SumaGrow’ s produce is effectively beneficial to the health and crop productions.” The use of SumaGrow on the rice crops resulted in a 51.8% yield increase.

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Grow Pros Rice Trial Result Report Myanmar

SEEDSTOCK Article: Too Good to be True?


Too Good to be True? Not so, says Founder of Yield Boosting, Fertilizer Reducing Soil Enhancement Product

July 5, 2012 |

Lou Elwell makes some mighty big claims about Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc.’s SumaGrow, a sustainable and organic microbial formula designed to enrich and rehabilitate soil. He will readily tell you that SumaGrow’s 10 microbes work together to increase crop yields, significantly reduce the need for chemical fertilizers, and improve the water retention of the soil. He started singing that tune in 2009, but says he ran into skepticism. “It became obvious that our story sounded too good to be true,” Elwell says, adding many customers suggested that he might as well be selling snake oil at the county fair. So, in 2010, he started looking for third-party confirmation to lend some validity to his claims.

Since, Elwell says that he has had SumaGrow field tested in 20 states and examined by five different universities. One study conducted by the department of molecular biology and microbiology at the University of Michigan confirmed that application of SumaGrow reduced the need for both pesticides and fertilizers, while enhancing crop productivity and improving soil health. The SumaGrow website points to field trials all over the country detailing promising yields for a variety of crops including, alfalfa, corn, cotton, forage/hay crops, lawn/garden, soybeans, and vegetables.

Creating SumaGrow

Elwell says that he has been cultivating microbes for 20 years, first under the name Bio Solutions Franchise Corp. Bio Solutions remediated waste from restaurant grease traps, boasting 42 service locations at its height, ranging from fast food restaurants to some of the swankiest restaurants in the country. When Hurricane Katrina hit, it took the factory’s roof with it. By the time the factory was operational again, Bio Solutions had lost several customers. Those lost accounts lost combined with accounts they had lost while pushing clients to move from remediation to recycling forced Elwell and Wade to rethink their company. Elwell says that Bio Solutions is still around serving those customers that stuck with him through the rough times, though he no longer actively promotes the original business. All his energy and investment lies in Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc and the cultivation of microbes for agricultural purposes.

Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc. is a research and development company and manufacturer, which licenses the SumaGrow formula to independent distributors across the country and the world. In the early years, Elwell says that he and his business partner Wayne Wade funded the venture entirely. Since, they have brought in strategic investors that are active collaborators in the company.

Elwell said that one reason for creating a business around soil enhancement was that the science had already been established indicating that live microbes play a key role in soil performance. Intentionally making these microbes work for the farmer in an accessible and profitable way, however, was another story. “Getting those microbes from the petri dish to the greenhouse is an achievement, but getting them from the greenhouse to the field is a herculean achievement.

Microbes are live, albeit simple, animals. Some strains are compatible with one another and others are not, Elwell explains. The scientists working in his factory and labs have experience cultivating large-scale microbe populations and learning to deal with the intricacies of microbe interactions, he says. The result is a formula rich with 10 different microbes that live together and perform multiple functions. Elwell says that while there are competitors that offer microbial soil enhancers, most of them rely on a single microbe.

Putting Microbes to Work

According the SumaGrow website, much of what the microbes found in SumaGrow do is convert resources naturally found in the soil into a form that can be used by plants. A certain percentage of nitrogen, phosphorous, and minerals such magnesium and calcium can lie locked in the soil and Elwell says SumaGrow can change that. Beyond that, the website boasts that SumaGrow can help to maintain an optimum ph, even under extreme environmental conditions.

If SumaGrow does half of what it claims to do, it could have tremendous potential for sustainable farming. Because fertilizers kill microbes, Elwell recommends that farmers cut back their fertilizers by at least 50% when applying SumaGrow, adding that the plants should perform better than they did with the full fertilizer regimen. Currently, a portion of the fertilizer that is applied to most crops leaches phosphorous and nitrogen, two key culprits in the formation of dead zones in bays, gulfs and lakes.

Elwell says that the roots of plants grown with SumaGrow are bigger, deeper, and broader than conventional roots. Bigger roots not only support more productive plants, but they better equip plants to deal with fluctuations in rainfall. Roots that reach deeper take longer to dry out as soil tends to dry out from the surface down. They are also better at finding their own water sources than shallow roots.

Additionally, Elwell says that the microbes in SumaGrow can gather sandy soil into clumps that are better able to retain water while also breaking down clay that might get water logged and contribute to root rot or fungal growth. By altering the absorbency of the soil, Elwell believes that SumaGrow can both enhance drought tolerance and help to reduce runoff.

It is not hard to see why SumaGrow has been compared to snake oil. The list of purported benefits to the plant, farmer, and environment goes on and on. Elwell recognizes this and continues to commission studies and trials to support the product.

Testimony from the Field

Jodie Cammack, a former USDA employee, who worked on field trials for organic rice was so impressed by the results of SumaGrow that when the USDA announced that his office was moving, he opted to stay in Beaumont, Texas and sell SumaGrow himself. In a telephone interview, he talked about the first time he tried out a gallon of SumaGrow on his rice crops. “At the end of the season I started to calculate these [crop] weights and was just amazed at what I saw.” He added that when he first saw the numbers he went back and reweighed everything himself to make sure there had not been any error.

In 2011, the press started to notice a growing crowd of cheerleaders like Cammack were throwing their support behind SumaGrow. By year’s end, Popular Science had named Bio Soil Enhancers a grand award winner in the Best of What’s New for 2011 and the company had turned its first profit.

Internet Source:  Seedstock Article

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

Rice Trial Results from Indian Village Average Yield Increase of 21%

The trials were performed in Kalleda, which is a small village in Warangal district, Telangana, India.  It is approximately 40 km from Warangal, and neighboring villages include Parvathagiri, Annaram, Naguram, and Ravuru. The population is approximately 5,000.

Here is a link to download this report: Indian Village Rice Trials

Kalleda (2012) Paddy Trial Results using liquid base SumaGrow
SNo Farmer Name Acreage Last year yield

(79 kg bags)

This year with Suma-grow

(70 kg bags)

Yield per acre


Increase in yield


Increase in yield


Increase in income


1 Chiruta Sailu 0.25 8 12 3360 50% 280 2800
2 Chiruta Dargaiah 0.25 8 12 3360 50% 280 2800
3 Akarapu Ramulu 0.38 10 15 2800 50% 350 3500
4 Baalle Sailu  0.75 24 33 3080 38% 630 6300
5 Medagani Rajaiah 0.50 15 20 2800 33% 350 3500
6 Adonda Papaiah 0.50 15 20 2800 33% 350 3500
7 Munjala Swamy 0.50 16 21 2940 31% 350 3500
8 Burki Bikasham 0.50 16 21 2940 31% 350 3500
9 Baalle Kumar 0.38 14 18 3360 29% 280 2800
10 Ellamla Lachhulu 1.00 18 23 1610 28% 350 3500
11 Aadunda Mangaiah 0.50 18 23 3220 28% 350 3500
12 Adonda Sampath  0.75 22 28 2613 27% 420 4200
13 Chiruta Veeraiah 0.25 8 10 2800 25% 140 1400
14 Erraboina Sudhakar 0.25 8 10 2800 25% 140 1400
15 Medagani Sammaiah 0.50 16 20 2800 25% 280 2800
16 Baalle Mallaiah 0.75 24 30 2800 25% 420 4200
17 Erraboina Mallaiah 0.75 24 30 2800 25% 420

18 Yasarapu Yakaiah 1.00 18 22 1540 22% 280 2800
19 Kagu Srinivas 1.50 38 46 2147 21% 560 5600
20 Baalle Biksham 0.38 15 18 3360 20% 210 2100
21 Pendyala Veeraiah 0.50 15 18 2520 20% 210 2100
22 Dadi Mallaiah 0.75 25 30 2800 20% 350 3500
23 Poosa Ilamma 1.00 25 30 2100 20% 350 3500
24 Dommati Rammarthy 1.50 49 58 2707 18% 630 6300
25 Takkalapelli Chandraiah 1.00 34 40 2800 18% 420 4200
26 Maddela Saraswathi 1.25 34 40 2240 18% 420 4200
27 Pusala Yakambram  1.00 35 41 2870 17% 420 4200
28 Dommati kumariswamy 1.25 43 50 2800 16% 490 4900
29 Kadire Vijaya 1.25 34 39 2184 15% 350 3500
30 Chiruta Venkanna  0.75 28 32 2987 14% 280 2800
31 Mendem Mallamma 1.00 35 40 2800 14% 350 3500
32 Adonda Sammakka 1.25 44 50 2800 14% 420 4200
33 Baalle Ramachandru 0.50 16 18 2520 13% 140 1400
34 Munjala Swamy 2 0.50 16 18 2520 13% 140 1400
35 Pendyala Yakambram 0.75 18 20 1867 11% 140 1400
36 Maddela Srinivas 1.25 35 38 2128 9% 210 2100
37 Kattula Yadagiri 0.50 16 16 2240 0% 0 0
Total 28 837 1,010 98,812 21% 12,110 121,100