The Grassfed Exchange

It is that time of year again, I just wanted to let everyone know that Healthy Fields is going to be set up at the Grassfed Exchange this week Aug 20th and 21st in Bismarck, North Dakota. The conference is at the Ramkota Hotel. Once again they have some great presenters talking about how healthy soil  can reduce the need for fertilizers. Check out the website for more details at http://www.grassfedexchange.com.

I hope to see you at the conference it should be a great time with lots of helpful info.

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Soil Health

So, I just want to talk a little about soil health. Has anyone seen the February, 2013 edition of The Furrow, a magazine published by John Deere? I find it kind of refreshing that the entire publication talked about how important it is to have healthy soil, especially if your goal is to reduce your input costs (e.g., by reducing the amount of synthetic fertilizer that you need to use). The articles talked about how having healthy soil results in healthier plants. Healthier plants can produce higher yields with fewer inputs. Healthy soil also helps with water management — we see less water runoff and, in turn, less runoff of top soil and fertilizers.

One article talked about using crop rotation and no till practices to build organic matter and microbial life in the soil. For farmers interested in moving to these practices, SumaGreen will help build up the organic matter and microbial life in your soil at a faster rate than using those practices alone.  However, not all farmers will want to use no till and/or crop rotation practices as a method for improving soil health. For these farmers, using SumaGreen provides an alternative, and very effective, avenue for improving soil health.

Field trials and independent testing have shown that SumaGreen helps to build up organic matter and microbial life in the soil.  These same trials have also shown that you can reduce the amount of fertilizer applied and still get a high yield. As an added bonus, SumaGreen costs less than fertilizers to apply.

One study, conducted by Aries research in 2011 (Illinois__Arise_Research___Discovery_Water_Nitrate_Leaching) on corn, compared a treatment using 100% fertilizer and no SumaGrow to a treatment that used a 50% reduction in fertilizer and SumaGrow.  The treatment that used SumaGrow was the clear winner.  Some specific results include:

  • 52% reduction of water runoff
  • 56% less nitrate in the water runoff
  • 19% increase in yield.

Even if using SumaGreen products with a 50% reduction in fertilizer resulted in less water and nitrate runoff and produced the same yield, I believe this would be worth it because input costs would be less.  However, this study also found a 19% increase in yield.  Thus, I hope you all will consider using SumaGreen products to increase the health of your soil. I have posted the link below for the articles I was talking about from The Furrow.

http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/industry/agriculture/our_offerings/furrow/furrow.page?

Check us out at AM 950

Healthy Fields is going to be on the radio, Green Rock Radio AM 950 this Saturday the 13th of April, the show is on the air from 10:00am to 11:00am.

We will be talking about being more sustainable and how SumaGreen can help you with that. SumaGreen helps everyone from the large farmer to your home garden be more sustainable. I hope you can check out the show.

Visit us at the Grassfed Exchange

Healthy Fields will be at the Grassfed Exchange conference in Norfolk NE on September 21 and 22, 2012. We will have a booth set up with all the latest results of the field tests that show how SumaGeen products reduce the need for the use of fertilizers. The results also show that the farmers using SumaGreen products have been getting higher yields.  Come to the show and see the great presenters, stop by the SumaGreen booth and sign up for one of the drawings, and get more information on SumaGreen products and how they can help you. For more information on the conference, check out their website at www.grassfedexchange.com. I hope to see you there.