Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How Foliar Feeding Can Save Endangered Crops

Foliar feeding involves applying fertilizer (nutrients and micronutrients) directly to the leaves of plants, as opposed to relying completely on the soil as a source for nutrients. Foliar feeding is particularly popular in the organic agriculture industry, but is also effective in other types of cultivation. There are several reasons a gardener or farmer would want to utilize foliar feeding, but perhaps the most compelling one is its effectiveness in critical gardening situations, when a crop is in immediate danger of failure due to insufficient nutrition.

Foliar Feeding for Crisis Management
There are critical times when plants are in immediate danger of starvation or stunted growth. Low levels of soil nutrients can literally starve a plant. It may be that something wasn’t detected initially at the time of planting, but has now become evident and threatens the overall health and yield of the crop.

So, how do you address this situation and save the garden or crop?

According to a study conducted at Michigan State University, foliar feeding proved to be 8-10 times more effective than traditional soil-to-root nutrient absorption. Perhaps the most amazing part of study was that foliar feeding actually increased the plant’s ability to absorb nutrients from the soil as well, making it doubly effective. This indicates that in situations where there is a critical shortage of soil nutrients, foliar feeding can not only rectify a problem quickly through the leaves, it can actually improve the plant’s interaction with the soil. For this reason, plants that receive regular foliar feeding are more robust and healthy. They not only yield more, but are heartier, making them less susceptible to environmental stresses.

A Faster Solution to Nutrient-Scarce Soil
When it comes to gardening, one of the most important things is ensuring your plants have access to sufficient nutrients, so plants can do what they do best – grow. While most crops absorb “the big three” nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) from the soil, it is a relatively slow process and some of the microonutrients do not travel up from the roots. If plants are in immediate danger from deficiencies in the soil, foliar feeding will supply the plants with sustenance much more quickly. In the end, this can be the best way to avert disaster.

Prevent the Crisis to Begin With!
It should also be noted that foliar feeding can also be used to routinely augment your normal fertilization in order to grow a more vigorous plant that produces a more abundant yield. Therefore, it would be a good idea to investigate the benefits of foliar feeding without waiting for a nutritional emergency to develop. Adding in microbial inoculants will also increase the feedings effectiveness and can also be applied directly to the soil as an amendment, ensuring healthy crops for many years to come.

You can make a custom mix for your plants if you know what the plants need. The best way to do this is to take several cuttings from plants and submit them to a lab for a tissue analysis. They will send you back an analysis and recommendations. You can then mix what is suggested into a sprayer, add a little Activated EM-1 (3-5 gallons per acre), some humate (about 1/2 gallon per acre), and a wetting agent such as liquid yucca or calcium lignosulfonate (about 1 pint per acre). Spray the plants in the early evening once per week, starting at sprouting. When you spray you want a fine mist that just wets the surface of the leaves. A typical farmer will send in 5 plant tissue samples over the course of a growing season and will adjust their foliar mix accordingly.

Monday, December 03, 2012

EM-1: A Powerful Way to Clear Water, Promote Fish Health, and Encourage Aquaculture Commercial Success

While most people associate pests and bacterial problems with traditional crops and farm animals, these things can also be a threat to the aquaculture found in aquariums, ponds, large reservoirs and virtually anywhere else where a living marine population is maintained. The effects of harmful bacteria can be especially hard to control without the right tools and microbial solutions. For those in the private and commercial industries, Activated EM1 presents an effective way of controlling things like microbial infestations, dangerous sludge that can deplete the pond of oxygen, and ailments that can harm commercial production. Best of all, EM-1 is a highly scalable solution, able to treat large and small environments based on concentration and distribution.
Promoting the Health of Fish and Ponds
Perhaps the most common use for the EM-1 Microbial Inoculant is treating ponds where a community of fish is currently living. When these ponds are left to their own devices, they can often become consumed by bacterial infestations and other problems that can result in dark water, sludge, and health hazards to the fish themselves. This can often severely shorten the lifespan of the fish by lowering their dissolved oxygen levels, and reduce the quality of their life in the water. This outcome can be avoided, though, by adding EM-1 to ponds in order to protect aquatic life and actually enhance the health of the marine life – both plant and animal - in the pond.

Laboratory tests show that EM-1 is also an effective at clearing away the lignin, carbohydrates, cellulose and other starches, that can make up the sludge found in some ponds. A monthly treatment of the water will reduce this sludge over time and, after a few months; it will simply be gone altogether. Best of all, the scalable nature of the EM-1 treatment means that it works in ponds as small as 5,000 gallons and those that range in size up to billions of gallons of water, making it entirely useful in private and commercial aquaculture. EM-1 is very beneficial to fish growing. It is estimated that 70% of the shrimp produced in Thailand are now grown with EM-1. It has been used to clean many famous water bodies in the world, including the Bogota River in Colombia South
America, Lake Titicaca in Peru and in the Seto Inland Sea in Japan.

During treatment, it's likely that the sludge itself will become a bit more buoyant, floating to the top of the pond and resting atop the water. While it's tempting to remove this sludge, it's actually important to leave it in the water so that EM-1 can work its magic and let nature take its course. With an all-natural treatment for this common problem, fish will greatly benefit as their water is clearer, healthier, and more conducive to longer lifespans overall.

For Commercial Industries, A Defense Against Disease
One of the most common problems to plague the commercial fishing industry is that fish kept in commercial ponds are often subject to overcrowding as the company pushes to maximize their output. Unfortunately, overcrowding without the proper environmental controls can lead to major health problems in fish, shortening their lifespan and exposing them to a greater likelihood of disease and death. This is largely due to the increase in ammonium nitrogen found in overcrowded aquatic environments.

EM-1 Microbial Inoculant serves as a way to counter the excess of ammonium nitrogen. The solution can be added to a pond or other environment of any size, and it will help to inoculate fish against many diseases while enhancing the water and removing harmful bacteria. That means lower overhead for businesses and a better commitment to healthy, sustainable output.

The use of EM-1 in both private and commercial capacities should always be considered a good thing. Healthier water, healthier fish, and a cleaner environment, are often the common goals of both private individuals and their corporate counterparts. EM-1 is the best way to meet these needs in a natural, sustainable way.