On 2/2/19 we lauded https://ag-usa.net/ in a document posted at 10pm EST, entitled, “If a Nation’s wealth is in the soil – what are the secrets of optimizing it?” On a lark, at 11:30 we called the president and he answered. By 12:45 am we learned he lived in Ghana from 1985 – 1998 proving his living 5th state and beyond solutions on cashews production there as an agricultural no till and tree crop disciple. We shared a verbal to combine our talents, mutual missions and global contacts. Watch for daily updates and greater growing details at 11.
Elaine in GA, Dec. 13, 2018. At birth, our calves are stronger, they are healthier. Normally when calves are born their sides are sunk in because they haven’t used their stomachs. It usually takes a week for them to fill up, have energy and run. Our calves have energy when they hit the ground; they are getting up earlier. Within 2 days they look filled in, not 7 days. When they hit the ground it is the best group of calves that we have ever had.
They are so healthy looking, they are fleshier. People might say that it is because of all the rain and all the grass, but I have a lot of grass all the time. I have lots of grass in the summertime. I think it is the improvement in the soil. The cows are cycling better. We did not get the pregnancy check this year because of the hurricane that hit us.
We put the nose rings in them in September, then put them out in October without their mothers. They didn’t know to stay away from the electric fences and went under them. We want them to drink fresh water to keep them from being as wormy.
We just shipped 212 calves, I have 190 left. We need to get replacement heifers out. We have been hauling peanut hay and grass hay here in the winter. Leonard’s pH came back 7.1 and 7.2. As we ship the calves off, that helps. I have one more load to ship Jan. 15. We usually ship them by 11 months. Most of my calves will be on the ground this year by the end of February, which is great.
Most of the time when calves are sold, they are sold around 11 months old. My calves won’t be 11 months old until January, and I have been able to sell at 10 months, which is 30 days sooner, and they were the correct weight. What that does is cut the feed down, because they eat every day and graze every day, and we are feeding what we call the Creek mix, 70% corn, 30% mill, that’s what we’re feeding for our calves. It runs around $.17 a lb. for what they eat, and they eat no more than 10 lbs. per day. 200 calves, being able to see them a full month earlier is a lot of savings. $340 a day x 30 days = $10,000. (for all my calves it is $25,000 and $30,000).
My steers were 7 weight and my heifers, the middle group are 6 weight and the older group were 7 weight, some of them are probably a little heavier. I didn’t sell them, I sold the middle group at 10 months. It all comes down to pushing that pencil and seeing what you can do.
Now I am tickled to death; this is the first year that I have been able to sell at 10 months. Normally I sell one load of steers, which is the oldest group. I sold them in December. That was at 11 months. So, to be able to move them up and sell them at 10 months saves a lot of money. And then the smaller ones I was taking all the way through April, so that cost me a lot. So, I finally figured out, its not producing what I need. It is producing, but if I can get them to a 5 faster, why not do that, and that’s what I did. Normally when we wean calves, we wean them in September. I would start their pre-feed in August, then I moved them from August. Then I moved it from August to June, and from June to April. So we put our feeders out this year in April. And they just eat right along. And what it does is it causes, as those calves grow, it causes for the marbling in the meat, which makes the meat more flavorful.
I have been using the Creek feed off and on for 10 years. When the grass goes back in the winter it goes way down in nutrients. That is why we plant oats, rye grass and clover for the winter grazing.
Nobody can believe it when they drive over that piece of land that we planted in grass where there were pine trees. We planted it July 30, its beautiful, green and healthy. Without the MycorrPlus and the good rains that we had, there is no way that we would have that kind of pasture. It is beautiful, it is unbelievable. No one can believe how fast … it was trees in April, we planted the grass in July.
We got a weed wiper made by GrassWorks that has a wick. We tried it before and it killed the briars. We don’t have as many briars now, but we have the dog fennel and rye grass. Hopefully I won’t have to spray. I would like to put my MycorrPlus out in April.
11/7/18 Bill Petty in OH. (see pictures) Seed was sprayed w/ 1 qt MyCor O, 12 gal of hard water prior to planting.
Balance was broadcast over top of runs. No substantial rain for 3 weeks (tenth or 2 at most) This was the only fertilizer applied.
Results: potato plant next to pig weed was left virtually untouched by insects. Later a few potato plants were damaged by insects. Not as devastating as year prior. seen a few thistle plants that were stripped of leaves. (Picture 1)
(Picture 2 Potato rows)
(Picture 3 Kennebecs) Kennebec potatoes quite a few large size. Would have been more if I didn’t shut them down by overlapping folar O F first part of July.
(Picture 4 Bora Valley Purple) Purple potatoes sizes varied throughout out potato patch small to large. The most stand out was a fungi growing upon the potato itself. Corn stalks that were moldboard plowed under 8″ were brittle then fell apart when touched. This was throughout field. You can see fungi on organic matter and upon the soil. Later after harvest toadstools became prevalent in field and lawns that Mycor was applied.
Soil from horse pasture that Mycor Balance A was applied to in April 2018. Excavated a swale for water run-off in early September. Noticed the fungi growing upon soil clump that pushed into bucket of track loader.
Great product! I cant wait until 2019 growing season. Also farmer purchased Mycor Balance A in April from me and used 1 qt per acre with 20 gals water. Only fertilizer used, and his soybeans yielded 59 bushel beans. He is a very happy farmer.
11/27/18 Bill Petty in OH. Inoculated potato plants with 1 qt. for ½ acre MycorrPlus and 12 gal. hard water.
Then broadcast what was left in sprayer unto the bare soil over the seeds. Raised brix in potato plant, insects didn’t dare touch it, but decimating pigweed. Had a few potato plants with bugs, but not like the 2 previous years.
Grew potatoes naturally the first 2 years, the first year a drought, they turned out ok. Second year, got flooded out, killed most of his plants. This year got dry at end of growing season, but then got rains, got quite a few potatoes bigger than his hand. A LOT of mycorrhizae growing on the potatoes themselves. Then after harvest, toadstools popped up all over the field.
Thistle plants shot up, 1.5’ tall, they were also stripped of their leaves by insects. Potato plants were much more immune to insects than the weeds. Every seed in the soil got the MycorrPlus.
They are having a lot of mushrooms, and a lot of mycorrhizae in their soil (see picture).
Pictures, including these two pictures:
The one is the pigweed that was devastated by the insects. The potato plants were untouched.
The other one is the soil that was pushed up into the track loader bucket as I was excavating. You can clearly see the fungi. This was 6 acre horse pasture that I had to excavate the soil that was washed down and I put back up on the hill. If you could use this info and testimony in any of your articles, I would be honored.
11/27/17 Leonard Bembry in GA. (see picture). We have owned and operated our family farming operation in North Central FL since 1976. I became aware of AG-USA and GRO-PAL in the Fall of 2016 and decided to apply GRO-PAL BALANCE to 120 acres of newly planted Tiff 9 improved bahiagrass. It was amazing how fast we had grazing in the spring and by summer, it was knee deep with no additional fertilizer or nitrogen. We also decided to spray GRO-PAL BALANCE on an additional 80 acres of newly seeded grass. It was a little dry in the spring of 2017. I have never seen grass germinate as quickly with a great stand. GRO-PAL BALANCE helped us in getting a stand established. I think it is a great product and I intend to continue using it. We have never had grazing like we had in 2017…the cows never caught up.
11/15/17 Ryan Ayers in GA. (see pictures) Impressive results from GroPal, better germination, growth of 50 grams compared to 14 grams, mushrooms everywhere, better root development, and warmer soil temperatures. This summer dad wanted me to try MycorrPlus. I sprayed it, as directed, during a summer shower on some land that was cleared 3 years ago. I will be honest, I thought it was snake oil when I put it out. Well, dad had a good idea once again. Impressive results, better germination, growth of 50 grams compared to 14 grams, warmer soils, mushrooms throughout the field, and deeper root systems. Pictured is a 5 randomly sampled Cosque Black Oats planted on Sept. 19. The treatment group is on the left.
10/2016 Mark Tiensvold in NE. In 2015 I applied 10 gallons of fish per acre, some biological and some enzymes. In 2016 I broadcast 16 ounces of GroPal Balance, then put another 16 ounces in the row, on the seed. 2016 has been a particularly dry year, but thankfully my corn and sunflowers were under irrigation.
Although in 2016 I applied nothing but GroPal Balance, my organic blue corn yielded 20% more and my sunflowers yielded 25% more than in 2015. Besides this, they had better color and vigor.
They just weren’t as vigorous before.
My dad even commented, “this stuff sure does work”! Where I applied GroPal Balance on my pasture, my Canadian Thistles turned yellow, and my buffalo ate them right down to the soil. I figure that the GroPal Balance made them more palatable.
1/2/19 Mark Tiensvold: I have used the GroPal balance for 3 years and have noticed soil and crop improvement every year. This year we had hard red winter wheat that yielded 50 bushel dry land, good test weights, when typically 35 is our average yield. We also observed the Canadian thistle patches are shrinking. Great product.
12/9/18 Elvin Horst in IL – see 3produce pictures in CRM. He was very happy and impressed with results on his produce. He applied our product also on his pasture/hay. He said it was thicker! He said he got 700 (?) small bales off 6 acres and 50 bales small 3x4 foot off 6 acres. Had good rain but dealing with some blight or fungus.
11/29/18 Darrell Mullins in GA (see pictures). The first two pictures are from field number one, treated. Found earth worms and low compaction with deep roots.
The next two pictures are from field number two, untreated with high compaction. Did not find any worms. Hard to dig.
The next two pictures are from field number three, treated. Has very porous, no compaction and easy to dig.
The next two pictures are from field number four, treated. Easy to dig, low compaction and porous.
The next picture is from field number five, untreated. Very, very hard to dig. High compaction, no top soil. Red clay.
The survey has been mailed.
1/4/18 John Gilbert in IA. (see pictures) My family has a dairy/pig/crop farm in central Iowa. We applied GroPal Balance last summer to some of our pastures, hay fields, and summer annual. The answers to the questionnaire are listed below. We missed out on rains after we applied, so I’m not sure how fast things took hold. I did see signs of fungal development in a new seeding of pasture. I plan on applying more to pastures, hay fields, and silage fields this spring. I am also working on convincing my dad and uncle to apply some with the planter on our corn and soybean acres. Do you have much information yet on using GroPal Balance in midwestern corn/soy crops (potential for fertilizer reduction, yield/quality improvements)? Thanks for your help and providing this product.
1. We applied GroPal towards the end of July to hay, pasture, and summer annual fields. The forecast had an inch of rain forecasted for the night after we applied, which of course never came, and then had only a couple of tenths until the middle of September.
2. Applied a pint ($10) per acre
3. With the minimal rains and timing of application, we weren’t able to see a difference in plant yield/growth.
4. The hay fields and existing pastures received no fertilizer last year. The summer annual and new pasture seeding received a blend of AMS, MAP, Sul-Po-Mag, and micronutrients from Midwestern Bio Ag in the spring.
5 & 7. We have been working on having biologically active soils for some time and have done okay with getting earthworm populations up and developing a crumb structure, especially in the pastures, but have struggled with fungal development. The attached pictures from 10/25/17 show the top of the soil with plants and litter pulled back in our new seeding pasture where GroPal was applied and in an existing pasture where GroPal wasn’t applied. Both have good crumb structure with earthworm mounds, but the GroPal areas show signs of fungal strands and also the litter layer had a lot of fungal growth on it. The plant density is really good in the new seeding (picture also attached) while some of the existing pastures have thinned over the years. It is comparing apples to oranges some between the new pasture and existing, but I believe there was some difference between the applied and non-applied areas.
6. All applications were on existing plants and due to lack of rain, I was unable to observe a difference in root structure this past fall.
8. We have good earthworm populations but struggle to get dung beetles. I am not sure if we are just surrounded by too much corn and soy and their aren’t dung beetles to be found or if there is something else. I even bought some dung beetles from Florida a couple of years ago and they did really well in the pastures, but being southern dung beetles, they didn’t make it through the Iowa winter.
9. As we were dry when applied and continued to get drier, and then received a decent amount of rain, I was unable to see any differences in moisture at that time.
10. Did not have a long enough period of plant growth after application to evaluate differences in plant quality.
11. Did not have a long enough time after application to see any differences in weed pressure. We did have something interesting occur in our summer annual Sudan grass pasture. We grazed it in late July, applied the GroPal Balance mixed in with some 32%N and water, and then grazed again in September. When we grazed in September, I found a considerable amount of volunteer white clover seedlings. No clover seed had been applied and this ground had been in corn/soy rotations for the last few decades prior to being put into annual pasture.
12. No comparative soil samples have been taken at this time. I am planning on taking some plant sap samples through Crop Health Labs for corn and hay next year to compare treated vs. untreated.
9/17/18 Amos Esh in PA. When starting up 1stFruitsProduce, the Lord blessed us with the perfect slogan for our vision: “Produce, Dairy, and Meats the way God intended!” Our passion was to get things back to the way God intended them to be: no chemical sprays, no pesticides, and no GMO! Instead we wanted to focus on perfecting the soil health and getting that rich, dark soil that symbolized a perfectly balanced ecosystem in every handful of dirt from our land.
The following is a recent account from Amos Esh of 1stFruitsProduce about how MycorrPlus has transformed his Intensive Grazing Farm:
2017 proved to be a year of learning opportunities. Our Idaho Pasture Pigs were on a large paddock where I thought they had access to all the green grass that they could eat. They proved that I was wrong by plowing down the grass and muddying up the field to make it a disappointing sight. My wife and I expected the pigs to graze and eat grass like they were bred to do, but instead they resorted to rooting and tore the earth up until the grass was damaged and/or dead. They left a muddy mess of the field and their grass diet quickly vanished.
Canadian Thistle had taken over our pastures. It overgrew and became so dense that it was smothering the healthy pasture grass and beneficial plants that we wanted to thrive. Our personal garden also had its problems. The corn was laden with worms, impacting a large percentage of ears. Our potato plants, string beans, and lima beans were all impacted by bug infestation attacking the foliage. Our Lima beans were so heavily attacked by Mexican Bean Beatles that our total yield was less than adequate for a single meal.
Our chemical-free and spray-free farm proved to be a challenge. My wife and I knew something had to be done and that was when we thought about the advertisement we saw for MycorrPlus.
In the Fall of 2017, we applied MycorrPlus to all our pasture (except for one paddock) and our personal garden. Fast forward a year and we are absolutely amazed by the results!
The Canadian Thistle which had taken over our pastures was now being eaten by our cattle! We found that our cows and sheep were plucking and eating the Thistle flower heads and foliage. When the cows and sheep were moved to the one paddock where MycorrPlus was not used, they would not touch the Canadian Thistle! This clearly proves that the MycorrPlus was activating nutrients in our soil and made the Canadian Thistle an attractive treat for our animals. As the summer of 2018 progressed, the Canadian Thistle has not only been eaten by our cattle, but it has slowly been dying off. The pasture grass continues to thrive and is a luscious deep green that signifies abundant nutrients and minerals for our cattle!
As for the Idaho Pasture Pigs? No more rooting! They are now grass-eating delightful pigs that graze straight through the cooler hours of the morning and evening plumping up on the nutrient-rich pastures that have been flourishing. Even when we throw out some supplemental feed for them, they find the corn with minimal rooting and get back to the pasture once they are satisfied. It has truly been a full 180-degree turn from last year!
We have a Jersey cow that has been supplying us a steady supply of milk for all our dairy needs. With all the excitement of summer, I mixed up the dates for her pregnancy and was pleasantly surprised to find her one morning with her new baby calf! I mistakenly missed the opportunity to dry her up prior to her calf’s birth. However, not only has her milk supply increased even more – for she feeds her calf and still overfills our two-gallon bucket daily – but we firmly believe that she did not develop milk fever nor did she decrease in milk production because her diet has been consisting of a plentiful supply of nutrient-rich pasture grass.
Let us not forget about our personal garden! The corn had no worms for the early crop and only minimal amount of worms for the later harvest – such a turnaround from last year! The Lima beans? They’re coming in plentiful! We have found that the potato bugs have been dying right next to the potato plants. We firmly believe that they are dying from eating such healthy crops! That or there are beneficial bugs thriving in the area and eradicating our issues. What a turnaround from the prior year! The blueberries and raspberries have benefitted from the MycorrPlus too! Other than adding protective netting to protect the berries from birds and animals, we have found that they were plentiful, juicier and much more flavorful than previous years!
It has truly been a transformation for our farm, and we know that a lot of the thanks and praises belong to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and God’s continued blessings for our farm! This summer, we have had much more rain than years prior, but we know that the soil has been transforming into a luscious rain-soaking and mineral-rich environment for all our plants and animals to thrive! We are excited to see and taste the quality of our meats and produce continually increase as our land continues to thrive on MycorrPlus for years to come!
11/8/18 Norman Miller In IA. On November 2017 I applied 1 quart per acre to all fields. My hay yields were very good. I also used LCB foliar fertilizer on corn, soybeans & some hay ground. Concerning compaction, between wheel tracks the spade went in easily. The manure pats are mostly gone, probably from more earthworms or dung beetles. With MycorrPlus structuring the soil, we had plenty of moisture this year. Our soybeans had surprisingly less weeds.
11/2/2018 Diane Ferguson in MS. In early summer of 2018 we put out a quart of MycorrPlus per acre, and we also applied some lime. The soil is now less compacted, our plants have a better root system, plus we saw a definite increase in earthworms, and we seem to have extra moisture where we applied the MycorrPlus. Our cows have better coats. I have less weed/insect pressure.
11/2/2018 Elam King in PA. We applied 64 oz. of MycorrPlus in October, 2017. We also applied kelp, molasses, fish, sulfur, a custom dry blend, etc. With MycorrPlus we had more than enough moisture this year. (see soil tests)
11/7/18 Larry Dove in GA. We applied 2 quarts per acre to our vegetable plots. We saw improved brix.
11/12/18 Robert Hill in Texas. We applied some Azomite, plus in March we applied 1 quart of MycorrPlus. When it turned dry in May and June the grass kept green and growing. I sprayed MycorrPlus on the apple trees and garden. The apple trees produced the best apples and the garden the best vegetables we have had in ten years.
The soil is much more “crumbly” than it was 12 years ago when we moved here. Over the years I have used a ton of lime to the acre twice, spread Sea90, Azomite, Tennessee Rock Phosphate. MycorrPlus seems to be the most effective of any of these. Our cattle are filled out and appear healthy.
11/20/18 Jim Taylor, NY. (see pictures).
8 acre seeding of hay. 6/12/18 we applied 2 qt./acre. The field was flooded with excessive rain and deeding did not survive. This field is low and very heavy clay soil.
4 acre seeding of annual pasture mix. On 6/16/18 we applied 2 qt. per acre MycorrPlus. On 6/26, despite repeated heavy rain and flooding, the crop grew 8” tall and incredibly lush (see photos 653, 626, 607, 603)
10 acre hay field. On 7/17/18 we applied just under 4 gal. of MycorrPlus. Regrowth was looking excellent with very good amounts of clover and Trefoil.
40’ x 80’ Grand Children’s pumpkin patch. On 6/10/18 We used about a cup of MycorrPlus with water to settle seeds at planting. Even with incredible amounts of rain this year the garden was the most productive ever! Normally with this much rain the garden would have drowned (see picture 596).
Our garden sweet potatoes were grown in a raised bed. In late June we watered the bed with ½ cup MycorrPlus. The vines grew and spread at least 20 feet. When we harvested the crop, we found the soil very loose and crumbly. The tubers were large and well formed, a bumper crop! The only other thing we added to the garden was grass clippings for mulch.
Our farm lies on the bottom of an ancient glacial lake (Glacial Lake Albany). The soils are predominantly clay soils. Drainage is not very good since the farm is low and fairly level. We are not certified organic but we use organic methods as much as possible. We raise meat goats and are a forage only operation. This year we had a cold, wet spring followed by about six weeks of hot, dry weather, which turned into a record rainfall the middle of July – we had 27 inches of rain in July, August and September. The soil is totally saturated with standing water after every rain fall. Hopefully next year will be better – we will try again!
5/10/18 Phil Price, OH. Soil test, all available nutrients are up (see soil test). I applied 16 oz./acre the end of June, 2017, 8” band applied on standing corn. I also applied chicken manure 2×2, 200# Ammonium Sulfate broadcast, sugar, seaweed, and applied liquid humate on the seed. I saw better growth with MycorrPlus. We have been using Humate for several years. We already had great soil structure so didn’t see any effect on soil structure. Root system was appreciably better on treated soil. Brace roots were more uniform and larger in size compared to untreated – see the pictures. We have many earthworms in all plots. Have had since using Humate. Two other farmers viewed the field from the end after the end rows were removed and commented about how clean from weeds the treated plots were.
I checked my test plot in the following way. I treated 8 rows, left 8 untreated and repeated this pattern across the field. I applied the product as I cultivated the first time by spraying an 8” band over the row and rolling dirt to cover it as I cultivated. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think I saw any different as the field was growing. I had been walking in it but didn’t see anything that looked radically different. When you sent the letter, I went out and flagged the plots and still didn’t see anything that jumped out at me. I pulled 4 ears out of 1 treated plot that weighed 46.7 oz. total. I pulled 4 ears out of the adjoining untreated plot that weighed 40.8 oz. total, a difference of 5.9 oz. Calculated at 25,000 plant population that equals 20.57 bushels at 3.25/bushel, that’s 66.85 benefit from using the product.
I pulled 4 ears from the next adjoining plot that was treated that weighed 48.9 oz. total. The adjoining untreated plot produced 4 ears weighing 44.7 oz. total, a difference of 4.2 oz. Again, at 25,000 plant population, that equals 14.86 bushel at 3.25/bushel equals 48.29 difference. I also dug up roots from all plots as you can see in the pictures. The treated plots had much bigger roots with the brace roots being much more symmetrical and larger in diameter. All plots seemed to have very many worms as we don’t use toxic chemicals in our program. After having dug up the roots and seeing the difference I started looking closely at the roots in the plots. The treated plots all seemed to have more and bigger brace roots than the untreated plots. In fact, there were a good number of plants in the untreated plots that had no brace roots. I had two farmers that I had talked to that wanted to see the plots. We walked out and viewed them and I asked them to tell me what they saw. Both commented that the treated plots had less weeds than the untreated. Actually, there were very few weeds, mostly grass from being worked wet thru the season. I asked if they could see any difference in the roots. They both said yes, the treated plots had bigger brace roots. While we were in the field, one farmer counted the grains on one ear and calculated a yield of 216 bushel per acre. I can’t really say if that’s right or wrong, but I can say we have tremendous corn this year.
4/28/18 Warren Horst, KY. This is the second year we used MycorrPlus. We applied 64 oz. per acre the end of February, 2018. I think we saw an improvement in plant growth and yields in my pasture but in my annuals I put chicken litter and dairy manure, but also needed to use some 32% liquid nitrogen. I noticed that a shovel now goes into the treated area fairly easily, and the soil structure is improving. I think the fence stakes are going in much easier, plus I do think the root system is better. I am seeing some fungi, plus plenty of tiny roots reaching to the surface of the ground. I am seeing more earthworms and can hear them quite well when I walk on the ground right after a heavy rain. This spring I am amazed how many dung beetles we have; there are dozens of them on manure piles. Although it is a wet time of year, I think I am able to get on the ground sooner after a rain with equipment. The animals seem to enjoy eating grass but of course it is young spring grass. Last fall the man getting soil samples really thought the grass looked good and glossy and the ground crumbly and easy to sample. The coats on milk cows coming through the winter was fairly shiny. Our pH is improving, and less hydrogen in the base saturation rate. This was a very fun-down crop farm for 20 years and before we bought it 3 years ago, the top soil in this area is thin and law organic matter, 1-2% range, CEC’s 5-10 range so we have a long way to go.
4/9/18 Richard Bellinger, VA. (see pictures) We see a difference in our soil and the grasses that are growing. The cattle also seem to prefer the grass on the treated areas. We applied ½ gallon of MycorrPlus per acre on 6/20/2016. We saw some improvement in plant growth. In the treated area a rod goes in about 3”, but only 2” in the untreated area. In the treated area we see improved root structure and a larger plant. The untreated soil is dryer. The cattle appear to prefer the treated sections, plus there are less weeds and briars there.
In the first picture of treated soil you will see the grass is greener and thicker than in the untreated grass in picture 2. Picture 3 shows more brambles in the untreated area, as compared to the treated area in picture 4 that has less brambles.
3/9/18 Kristin Hardesty, GA. I applied MycorrPlus in April, July and September. I see an improvement in plant growth and yields. I didn’t use any other fertility. Soil integrity is improving. Root structure is much better with thicker clumps. I’m not sure what to look for, but I see a visible improvement in the grass. Lots of earthworms. I noticed even in dry periods, my dirt still seemed moist. Horses love it and their coats look great. Still have some fire ants but I am beginning to see less weeds.
12/30/17 Herb Marlowe, FL (see picture, root size). We applied 64 oz./acre of MycorrPlus in June, 2017. We didn’t use anything else for fertility. In the pictures you will note that the roots appear longer in the treated field. The treated field was also more resistant to army worms.
2/16/18 Henry Stoltzfus, PA. I applied 64 oz./acre of MycorrPlus in July, 2017. I saw an improvement in plant growth. I didn’t apply GroPal Balance until mid-July. I just learned about it in June. I didn’t see any noticeable difference in yield or growth until after the last cutting which was made in Oct. About six weeks later there was a very noticeable difference on the amount of regrowth for the winter. I am very excited to see what difference it will make this spring. The field I am referring to is grass and alfalfa mix. I treated 1/3 of the field and left the rest untreated.
1/29/18 Marvin Hoffman, MN. I applied MycorrPlus in 2016 at 40 oz./acre. I have noticed that during rain fall events that we have way less run-off or puddles (we have had plenty of rain). The cow pies are being digested – they disappear. When we make hay it is our cow’s favorite. Purchased hay is tolerable – cows choose and know best. When the cows are healthy was have lay less flies. Healthy soil affects forage, which affects cows, which affects milk. We don’t do soil tests. We assume the life in the soil is improving based on the cow’s delight – they know and tell.
2/5/18 Bill Petty, OH. (see picture) I became acquainted with your GroPal Balance A product through Phil Price, Eaton, Ohio. After visiting his farm, I brought home 24 oz. of your product to test on our house plants. I took one tablespoon GroPal with 1 qt of hard water and placed in our plants. Each plant received this dose. Attached is a photo of the corn plant I inherited from my mother after her passing, approximately 20 yrs ago. It was neglected and almost tossed out. After adding GroPal it shot a stem from itself after just one week. To our surprise it began to put on its blooms within two weeks. The aroma was delightful but also overwhelming. But purely a blessing! Thank you for your product. I have applied your product to our yard this last fall and will be using it on our small organic farm this season.
1/16/18 David Miller, IA. I sprayed GroPal Balance on my lagoon in the evening, by the next morning it was bubbling all over the lagoon.
I sprayed it on my sawdust bedding material, which I normally turn every day. This winter it seemed to be moister than normal, plus it never froze, and it always has frozen in the past.
I sprayed ½ gallon/acre of MycorrPlus early March of 2017. I also put out lime and humates but I now wish I would have saved my money. My soil has always been loose, but something is different now. When I harvest carrots the dirt doesn’t stick to them anymore. A shovel easily goes into the ground. There are small air pockets and the soil is crumbly and structured. 2' carrot, carrots came out of ground easily, soil didn't stick, washed off easily. Every cow cleaning itself after birth. In spring, production went up and so did the components. Other years production went up but components went down.
Alfalfa was less drought tolerant, more weeds and had more insect pressure, but he thinks it is just the variety of alfalfa. His neighbor has had the same problem with that alfalfa. It rained every day, very wet. MycorrPlus definitely is highly structuring the soil. Every cow cleaning itself after birth. Cows not taking any minerals, just salt.
1/7/18 James Schwartz, NY. I applied 16 oz./acre of MycorrPlus, plus I used some chicken litter. It looks like the wet spots in the field are no longer a problem in the treated area. The treated areas were a deeper green over the whole area, but the untreated areas were only green around the manure piles. The dung beetles were also active and I see a lot of earth worms. I am pleased enough that we plan to order more this spring.
11/30/17 Levi Fisher, IN. We applied 2 qts. of MycorrPlus early in the spring. We also put out some composted chicken manure, cow manure and lime. I noticed bigger roots and air pockets. I noticed big roots in our tomatoes and better yields than most years. Earthworms seem more abundant.
11/30/17 Isaac Fisher, IN. I applied GroPal Balance A in late spring (April & May). I put 64 oz. per acre. I used it on most of my fields, except one spot in the garden where we had peas, and I couldn’t get through with the tractor. Later in the summer (late July) when the peas were gone (and it was really dry here by then) I tilled the ground where the peas were and didn’t get any moisture, it was dusty and dry. Then I also tilled right beside it, where I had applied GroPal Balance and there was enough moisture there to replant. I was amazed at the difference. I look forward to using it again next year and hopefully I’ll see even more results. I put manure on every year.
11/15/17 Valentine Shetler, IN. I applied MycorrPlus on all my acreage late this spring. I didn’t use any other fertility. I put out 1 qt./acre on corn and beans and 2 qts./acre on hay. I had more hay w/fewer cuttings; corn & beans are not harvested yet, but looks like an excellent crop; saw some 4-bean pods (4 beans in a pod) in bean field (that I’ve never seen before). I saw improved soil structure and better root structure. The animals seem to eat the pasture more evenly than in previous years. We had some Japanese beetles in the beans, but I didn’t treat and the beans still did really well. This area had a lot of Japanese beetle pressure this summer.
Martin Bredthauer, NE. (see
pictures) We noticed a lot of overturned buffalo pies this summer, apparently
the result of beetles. The picture of the root structures show a definite
advantage in all treated areas over the untreated area. In the picture of
the “test strip”, I think you can make out the area of green in the forefront
which is the GroPal Balance, followed by area treated with fish emulsion/raw
milk, then another greener area treated with Sea 90, and the control area next
to the pick-up. These pictures were taken in September and October.
Comparison of GroPal Balance A with Sea 90, fish emulsion/raw milk/molasses, and no additive.
I had received a SARE grant to compare the results of applying the above treatments with a control area in our pasture which is rotationally grazed with buffalo. This was the second year for the comparison. The pasture is divided into 16 sections so 4 sections were randomly assigned to each of the 4 treatment areas. Soil samples were taken in spring 2016 and 2017 and Solvita tests were done during the summer each of the years.
Each of the test areas is a total of approximately 80 acres and of that we estimate that about 60 acres are easily accessible for applying the soil treatments. We applied 2-5 gallon buckets of GroPal Balance A to that 60 acres the first year (2016) and 1 bucket the second year (2017).
In 2016 we received good rainfall throughout the summer. There were no obvious differences between the different treatment areas or even with the control (no treatment) area. So in the spring of 2017, in addition to treating the various areas, we applied the different treatments to a small strip that was fenced off from the buffalo for shrubs to grow. It was hoped that we could see some difference with a side-by-side comparison. This year we had almost no rainfall from May until August. The test area was mowed in May and none of it regrew until late in the summer. (The same thing happened to the rest of the pasture with grazing.)
We can, however, see some differences in the soil tests and soil structure. A soil composite was taken from all the various areas of each “treatment section”. The tests from each of the treatment areas showed a definite improvement over the control area in organic matter, CO2 respiration, total nitrogen and carbon, and overall soil health. GroPal Balance treated areas showed an advantage over the other treated areas in nitrogen and carbon. In October 2017 we dug some of the roots in the side-by-side test strip. The trowel we used went 4.75 inches into the control area (no treatment), 5 inches into the Sea 90 area, 6.25 inches into the fish/milk area, and 6.75 (full depth of trowel) in the GroPal Balance area. The Solvita Test taken on a hot dry day in August showed the fish/milk area to be the highest in CO2 respiration. (Control: 12.42, Fish/Milk: 27.2, Sea 90: 18.9, and GroPal Balance: 18.5)
Our conclusions are that overall, all the various treatments were advantageous in both the wet and the dry years as evidenced by the soil tests and improved soil structure. The GroPal Balance won, hands down, in the area of convenience and ease of use. The Sea 90 did not dissolve well and we ended up applying it dry. The raw milk was difficult to source. We made several trips to a local dairy to acquire the amount needed and kept it frozen until ready to use. The cost of all treatments turned out to be comparable given the added expense of miles traveled to pick up the Sea 90, fish emulsion and raw milk.
We will definitely be purchasing more GroPal Balance to apply to the “control” area of the pasture which has not received any additives yet.
11/7/17 Elam Fisher, PA. Applied 1 gal./acre of MycorrPlus on June 1. I also applied some trace minerals. I saw an improvement in growth and also less drought stress.
11/6/17 Andrew Hershberger, NY. Applied 16 oz./acre in April. I see a small difference in size of root system. The treated field has more roots. My soil is gravelly so it is crumbly in the two fields treated and untreated.
11/1/17 John Scarborough, TX. I applied 64 oz. and 32oz./acre in May and October, 2017. I didn’t put out any other fertility measures. The treated soil was more structured and the root systems longer in the treated areas. I saw white strands of mycorrhizal fungi in the treated areas. The treated soil is more moist than the untreated. I don’t see any fire ants in the treated areas.
5/24/17 Alice Kamin, SC. One area only got 1 treatment. one got some largest got two. We sprayed first time with tractor sprayer and second time by plane. Area getting full treatment looks best other areas are filling in. We sprayed the first 13 acres as soon as we got the product. Had small amt of rain. We sprayed about 10 more acres just before this current rain. We have about 5 to 10 acres not sprayed. We used nothing else for fertility. Did not cut hay let horses eat. They look great.
11/3/17 Harvey Yoder, DE. In the winter I applied a quart per acre to 20 acres. I didn’t put on any other fertility measures on our pasture. I saw an increase in plant growth. The metal rod goes down 2’ easily and I see more earthworms. I see less weed and insect pressure.
10/31/17 Jane Caulfield, TN. On May 28 I applied 64 oz./acre. I see thicker leaves and improved growth and yield. We didn’t use any other fertilizer. The soil is looser in the treated fields, and there are bigger root beds and thicker root systems. I am starting to see more earthworms. There is less run-off on the treated fields and better drought tolerance. I see much better growth in the treated areas of the hay fields, with less weed and insect pressure.
10/31/17 Ben Borntreger Jr., WI. I didn’t use any on pasture and hay but plan on it next year, as we were very pleased with the results on our produce fields. We also applied MycorrPlus-F a few times on our vegetables. On May 26 I applied 2 qts./acre of MycorrPlus. I saw an improvement in plant growth and yields. I also applied chicken compost, sulfur, copper, boron and zinc according to the soil test. I also sprayed Monty’s liquid carbon. The soil is easier to work now. We planted red beets and we really liked what we saw. Most of our vegetables we raise for market did really well even with an excess of rain for a bit and then very dry conditions later. We sell bunched beets and our root systems had a lot of white fungi on them. The tops were very nice and glossy even late in the year. When we took up the plastic I saw more earthworms than ever before. For me, one of the highlights for MycorrPlus is moisture retention. We never irrigated this year, even if others were irrigating. My corn field was right beside the vegetable field and the spray sprayed over in that field; that side of the field out-yielded the other side.
11/7/18 Carl Petty, OH. Some of his Kennebec potatoes were 7″ to 8″ long, 1 to 1.25 lbs., customers overcome by the good taste. 164 bu. organic corn, 2 ton chicken litter, 96 oz. MycorrPlus sprayed 2×2. 120 bu. corn where he put 48 oz. 2×2. Last year, 250 lb. Fertel dry fertilizer on beans, 19 bushel. This year 48 oz. only MycorrPlus 2×2, got 32 bu. Foxtail kept them from bushing out, his neighbor Joe Kipp got 57 bu. with nothing but 48 oz. Mycorr., was ranting and raving how well his beans did.
11/24/18 Clair Shirk, MI. He used MycorrPlus on his hay and corn. He was very satisfied with it on the pasture. He treated 6 acres of corn very heavily. His corn yielded 200-300 bushels per acre or 30 tons per acre. He said it was twice what he expected to get. He only used 3 out of the 4 buckets purchased. He re-seeded his pasture one year ago and applied MycorrPlus. He said his cows really like grazing there.
CRM, Very Satisfied
11/7/18 Andrew Ebersole, TX. Has an acre of watermelons. Had a crop failure, and blames it on MycorrPlus. He has grown watermelons for 4 years, this was the first year the deer bothered them, and he didn't even get any watermelons.
Cow ate the grass where they applied MycorrPlus but refused to eat where they didn’t apply it. They applied the MycorrPlus A the first of this summer.
11/24/18 John Flieller, TX. He applied MycorrPlus-A on 40 acres and then did not apply on 10 acres. He could definitely see a difference. Difference was noted as the grass greened up quicker and stayed greener longer. And the grass stalks looked more vibrant. He has a problem with Blue Stem grass. Hopefully it will in time be choked out.
1/4/19 Elvin Ebersole, TX. We are sending 10 info. packs. Elvin applied MycorrPlus on 8 acres of hay field. Results were excellent. Hay really grew. The cows grazed so much that he couldn’t tell what his yield was like. He plowed the ground where he applied and it plowed so easy. He did a soil test 6 months after application and said the balance was good but lacking in a few minerals. He will fax me the test. Army worms came through his field but didn’t stay long. He let his cows out to graze and that was enough to run the army worms off. Other neighbors had bad experience with them.
10/11/18 Jay King, KY. One field there was a section that was wet and they couldn’t go through it, but they can see the line where they quit with the sprayer. The grass is darker green and a lot thicker.
12/19/18 Noah Derstine, WI. Used in row with corn, grew well. Good crop on his vegetables. Didn’t do much for his grass hay. This is the second year they used MycorrPlus on his hay.
10/4/18 Micah Weaver, KY. Did very well around fruit trees, not sure what it did for his pasture. Wants to put some more out on pasture sometime. Really dry when he applied it. Applied w/ 40 gal. tank mix in the summer, but it was 2 wks. before rain. On their grapes, this is the first year that they actually got a crop.
9/27/18 Martha Stochl, IA. She had premium alfalfa grass hay. This year bad weather from day 1. Planted corn on the hay ground on May 30, 2018 instead of 8th or 10th. Corn looked good until 75 mph wind a week ago, which blew over the stocks. Rotates each year between hay and corn. Every cutting was in the 190’s, it surprised her. She didn’t remember that she had used the MycorrPlus.
10/4/18 Luke Yoder, NC. It helped. Got his worms back. Hasn’t had worms for 4 years. Will want to get more in the future. This is the first year that the grass really covered the soil. Before when he planted it would just come up and die. Sandy clay soil.
11/27/18 John King, TN. He applied our product on pasture and saw good results of his grass thicken up. He also applied own their garden. He said they had the sweetest sweet potatoes ever! We discussed the Pre-Order for 2019. He said he did not get it. I’m sending him the paper work by USPS. He wants to order some more. He also shares about our product in the Amish paper, “the Butshaft”. He is telling others about our product.
11/15/18 Daniel Petersheim, IA. He reported that he is having less weed pressure. He had the cleanest soybeans ever. Had less pressure with the Foxtail grass. Had good yield crop of corn giving him 150 bushels per acre. Overall, his crops were healthier than his weeds. Says his soil is low in potassium. He does use manure as well. He noticed that in the soil where he plants the soybeans that he saw mycorrhizae in the root zone. He application process was "in the row but under the seed." That's the way his planter applies it. Apparently, he gets good germination.
3/26/18 Daniel stated he had the best soybean crop last year had ever had.
11/24/18 Clair Shirk, MI. Mr. Shirk. He used MycorrPlus on his hay and corn. He was very satisfied with it on the pasture. He treated 6 acres of corn very heavily. His corn yielded 200-300 bushels per acre or 30 tons per acre. He said it was twice what he expected to get. He only used 3 out of the 4 buckets purchased. He reseeded his pasture one year ago and applied MycorrPlus. He said his cows really like grazing there.
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Andrew Curtiss, Shalom Vegetables, MI.
My experience with the Gro-Pal Balance was excellent. I grow CSA and farm market vegetables on a plot of land around 1 acre in size. It is land that had been used for conventional agriculture for 30 years prior to 2015.
At your recommendation I applied a full (64 oz.) Gro-Pal Balance A soil formula to the acre in May of 2015. To say I was impressed may be an understatement. I planted 75 pounds of seed potatoes, my final potato harvest was in the 1200 pound range. My shell peas produced large quantities of the sweetest peas. They grew for nearly 6 weeks.
The bush snap beans I grew we picked off for over 6 weeks. When I quit picking them they were still flowering. We were just completely sick of picking beans.
Overall, the flavor of our produce was exceptional. At the farmers market I would get told every week how excellent our produce was. I have no doubt the Gro-Pal Balance was a major factor.
What impressed me the most was the plant’s ability to deal with stress. In Mid-June we had almost five inches of rain in two days. I thought for sure I was going to lose half the garden, as it was under water for almost 12 hours. The plants pushed through. What then followed was 21 days without rain. Never once in that time did I see a wilted plant.
When it came time to tear the garden down, I was blown away by the mycorrhizal fungi all over the roots of our plants. I firmly believe that symbiotic relationship between plant and root was the key to our success in 2015. The root structures were amazing. God’s creation is truly amazing! Thanks for an awesome product.
Elaine, grass hay and pasture in northern Florida
We applied (64) ounces of GroPal Balance A the first of June. The first of August I saw that our hay had an additional 3″ of growth. A friend of mine took a look at our hayfield, and was amazed. He wanted to know what we did, because, with the hot, dry conditions we have had over the past couple of months, other hay fields in the area had shown little or no growth. In fact, he said that they had turned brown and dry. Not only is our hay field still green all the way down to the root, but the grass is healthier and stronger.
What we are seeing is that the pasture is beginning to be thicker. A friend of ours that has had the same amount of rain has run out of grass and is feeding hay, while we have more grass than we can actually use for the number of cattle that we have.
Elaine, compaction is decreasing, southern GA, northern FL
One of the main reasons I wanted to try GroPal Balance is because of the compaction problems we are having with our soil. Paul assured me that compaction would gradually disappear after using GroPal Balance A, so we decided to try it on our 1,000 acres of pasture and grass hay.
Well, I have watched it work, and much more quickly than I had expected. After just 3 weeks, where we applied GroPal Balance the soil probe would go down about 1″ , but not at all in a control field. After just 2 months the soil probe goes down 2.5″ where we applied the GroPal Balance A, but still won’t even go into the soil in the control field.
Right after a rain I can go down 4″ with the probe. The compaction is getting better. Before the GroPal Balance we had a lot of runoff, but not as much now. I believe this decrease in compaction is one of the reasons the rain is going in better, causing the grass to do better. I am really excited about what the GroPal Balance is doing for us.
My husband is a person who is not very easily convinced, he is a show-me person. But now, even though it has only been a little over 2 months since we applied the GroPal Balance, he can see the difference himself, and he is becoming excited.
Elaine, early February, cattle fertility; clover
I believe the sea minerals in GroPal Balance will increase fertility. We have Heifers. Last year we had 5 sets of paternal twins, which is unheard of. Last year our 208 cows bred 224 calves.
The last few years our soil compaction has gotten worse and worse, and our clover wasn’t doing anything. Today is February 1. We used GroPal Balance in July, and our clover is already 4″ high. Our clover is back!
It also seems that the GroPal Balance is stimulating our grass seed to come up. When we sowed in previous years the grass was spotty at best. But this year where we have sown has filled up the pasture. Even my husband is amazed by this, and excited!
Oat farmer in Missouri
A friend of mine used GroPal Balance A this year. His sprayer doesn’t have nozzles, but fans the application out from one nozzle. The ground tends to get a bit more right under the sprayer. So I went to look at his oat field with him and noticed that everywhere the tractor went there was a ridge of oats that were taller and darker green. This seems to demonstrate how a little heavier application can give better results.
Roger Berns, WI
On my corn this year, the TDN was 87.95, protein was 10.56, and test weights were 60.9 A few stocks had 3 ears. The 3rd ear wasn’t that large, but it was filled out. The man who bought the corn said, “boy, this is heavy stuff”. Others in my area said their corn yields were way down, they said they had too much rain. But my corn yields were up with big ears. Some stalks were 12 feet tall.
On my pastures, I have 36 head on 19 acres. My cattle are fatter than a pumpkin, nice and round. My neighbor commented, “boy, those cattle are round, and they are square in the top; they are in really good shape, nice and fat”. My grazing fields last a lot longer with the GroPal Balance. My thistles are gone; either the cows ate them or the grass squeezed them out.
My apples are delicious, and people tell me that my apple cider is extremely good. When they try other organic ciders, they buy mine.