We want to explore if soil biology can provide the nutrients that the crop needs, if we stimulate it enough.
This experiment will evaluate the effect of the following variables.
- Active, responsive crop monitoring and troubleshooting with biological stimulation (not synthetic chemicals) using Brix, EC, and tissue testing.
- Compost extract
- Molasses + fish hydrolysate
- Humic and fulvic acids
Variables to measure:
- Nutrients (soil, tissue testing)
- Biology (PLFA)
Information about the field:
Name and location: Hog Lot field, S32, 20acres
Control: Nearby field
Soil health practices: No-till for xxx years, cover cropped, bale grazed
Other interesting things to note: I empty my sprayer onto it when I’m done so it has a large variety of inputs that is not evenly distributed and random amounts/types of biology. It blew in 2020.
10/5/21 – Soil sampled in Sept – put in chart that compares PLFA control:experiment. The Bacterial:Fungal ratio is the same on hog lot as control
12/12/21 – Wheat came up early November in spots with residue:
1/16/22 – Managing for cover on the top surface is super important, but it’s so hard to keep it there!
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PLFA & Soils testing
Partial Budget Analysis: