Record Onion Harvest Smashes Average Yields with an increase of 89.45%

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*The follow text has been transcribed from a video interview with a South African farmer.*

“We used SumaGrow (referred to as ExploGrow) on our December* planting of onions. We normally harvest an average of 55 tons per hectare on our December planting. The final tonnage added up to 104.2 tons per hectare. This was an 89.45% increase, which equals an increase of 49.2 tons per hectare. The only change made to our normal onion program was that we added SumaGrow together with the recommended food products for SumaGrow. We are very excited about the road ahead. We immediately applied SumaGrow to all our potato crops. Now we are also very excited to see what SumaGrow will achieve with our potatoes.”

The estimated return on investment for this onion harvest is 3,959%. This translates to an estimated financial gain of $68,953.84 US dollars.

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67.7% Increased Root Mass in Onion Crop

When a farmer ran out of Root-knot nematode poison on the SumaGrow treated area, they decided not to apply the poison on the remaining SumaGrow treated areas. Instead the farmer decided to put his trust in the plants’ own abilities and defenses when growing in an environment with the right combination of diverse and beneficial microbial species.67.7% Increased Root Mass in Onion Crop pic 1

Photo of Onion roots

  • A + B: control Onions
  • C + D: ExploGrow™ treated Onions
  • C: ExploGrow™ treated Onions with NO Root-knot nematode poison
  • D: ExploGrow™ treated Onions with Root-knot nematode poison

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As expected, the (C) SumaGrow treated onions developed roots almost double in size, with a +67.7% increased root mass.

A further observation is that the C onions (SumaGrow treated with NO Root-knot nematode poison) have bigger root systems than the D onions (SumaGrow treated WITH Root-knot nematode poison), a 42.3% increased root mass versus the SumaGrow treated onions (D) that did receive the nematode poison as well.

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32.56% Increased Sugarcane Yield using SumaGrow

            “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.

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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.

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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%

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At harvest the main SumaGrow area produced 114 tons/hectare which is in an increase of 28 tons/hectare (+32.56% increase)

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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

Potato Farmer with Record 88 tons per hectare- Limpopo, South Africa

Potato Farmer with Record 88 tons per hectare- Limpopo, South Africa pic 1After 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”.

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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.

Carrot Farmer Achieves 28% Increase in Carrot Quality

 

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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 Yield Improves With Explogrow Organic Bio Fertiliser

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:

Harvesting Carrots Crop Data Measuring The Explogrow Organic Bio Fertilizer Effect In Hankey

Carrot Yield And Quality Improves With Explogrow Organic Bio Fertiliser

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

UPDATE – Pecan Nut Trees in South Africa- 40% Increase in Yield in Nuts

UPDATE - Pecan Nut Trees in South Africa- 40% Increase in Yield in Nuts pic 1Small 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.

UPDATE - Pecan Nut Trees in South Africa- 40% Increase in Yield in Nuts pic 2Stem 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.

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The competition for hectares between soybeans and groundnuts.

UPDATE - Pecan Nut Trees in South Africa- 40% Increase in Yield in Nuts pic 4Groundnut 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.

Pecan Trees Yield 25% More Nuts in South Africa

ExploGrow™ (SumaGrow) treated trees produced an estimated 5kg to 8kg extra per tree, compared with the untreated trees.  This increase equates to around 25% improvement in yield.  With N-P-K- fertilizers reduced to 50% of recommended quantities, the use of ExploGrow™ (SumaGrow) is essentially cost neutral.

The farmer, Mr. John Pozyn, achieved, by the use of ExploGrow™, an overall net gain of around R37,000 per hectare.

The size of the Pecan Nuts is also dramatically better. This places the product in the top category, resulting in the farmer being paid R11.50 more per kg, equal to a financial gain to the farmer per tree of around R290, adding up to R29,000 per hectare.

This increase equates to a 50% improvement in the sales price.

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Improved quality grading:

The size of the pecan nuts is also dramatically better.  This places the product in the top category, resulting in the farmer being paid R11.50 more per kg, equal to a financial gain to the farmer per tree of around R290, adding up to R29,000 per hectare.

This increase equates to a 50% improvement in sale price.

South Africa -- pecan tree transplant with bottle comparison

Improved growth rate:

After 11 months, the ExploGrow™ (SumaGrow) treated trees already appear to be one year ahead in its growth cycle compared to the control.

My trees with ExploGrow (SumaGrow), after just 1 year, are just as high as two-year-old trees without ExploGrow (SumaGrow).

John Pozyn, Pecan nut tree farmer

The significance for farmers would be to achieve the 1 ton per hectare at least one year faster than the normal 5 years.

The significance for nurseries is that they would be able to sell trees to farmers after 3 years instead of 4 years.

By implication, a nursery producing 100,000 trees is likely to bank approximately R17,500,000 one year faster when using ExploGrow™ (SumaGrow).

The increased yield and price equates to a total increase of 75% value per hectare.

This result is without taking into account the faster growth rate.

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