January 30, 2018
Maximize Your Crop Production Efforts: Just Add Life
Typically, conventional crop management decisions focus on two broad categories to drive production success:
1. Physical component – equipment, tillage practices, irrigation, and seed
2. Chemical component – fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides
However, science is now recognizing that a third component, the biological component, is crucial to leveraging more production efficiency.
The biological component of crop production includes recognizing and supporting soil life that is already present in your production environment. Healthy, biologically active soil that can maximize your production efforts includes a balanced population of soil organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods and earthworms. Increasing these soil organisms through carefully planned management decisions drives the physical and chemical components to higher productivity.
Noted microbiologist, Dr. Elaine Ingham states, “Soil organisms support plant health as they decompose organic matter, cycle nutrients, enhance soil structure, and control the populations of other soil organisms, including crop pests.”
Therefore, scientifically speaking, management decisions that increase biological activity in the soil can have a direct impact on soil and plant health and trigger numerous benefits back to the crop which include:
- Increased nutrient mineralization and availability in the soil
- Improved nutrient uptake by the plant
- Improved soil structure and moisture retention
- Improved root growth and development
- Increased production of natural plant growth hormones
- Improved overall plant health, growth, vigor and quality
- As well as an increase in the plant’s natural defense against fungal disease, soil borne pathogens, insects and environmental stress like salt, pH imbalance, heat, drought, and saturated soils
Though the physical and chemical components of production are important and the ag industry has experienced huge gains in production because of the focus in these two areas, it’s time to add life to the equation. When you increase life in the soil, you increase efficiency in production.
Maximize your physical and chemical efforts…Just Add Life with AgriGro.
AgriGro’s Impact on Microbial Population in the Soil
Research by EMSL Labs, New York, NY, verified AgriGro’s prebiotic technology increased microbial population by 5,000% within 24 hours of application. That is 5 times more microbial activity than the plant can generate on it’s own in the best growing conditions.