PHD Maximum Crop crop programs support soil fertility…
Farmers typically grow two crops, the first being a crop of microorganisms that pre-digest and feed nutrients from organic matter that fertilizes the second crop, which the farmer harvests. Common agriculture practices tend to ‘disrupt’ populations of microbiology that are crucial to crop production. This leads to a loss in crop productivity and profits. PHD Maximum Crop has a number of products that promote microbial populations using the unique formula we call ‘Lot 125’. This proprietary blend enlivens the overall health of your soil which leads to better product and higher profits.
We know you will love the higher yields and income!
Increased Microbial Count With Lot 125
Examination of functional groups is a method of examining the health of the soil. Microorganisms are primarily soil organic and chemical decomposers, and they make soil fertile by providing nutrients for plant growth. This is a very complex process that involves many types of microorganisms. It is estimated that 1 acre foot of fertile soil contains as much as 1,000 pounds of bacteria.The functional groups examined for agricultural soil microbiological analysis represent some of the major bacterial and fungal categories for soil microorganisms. However, there may be overlap between groups when doing an analysis.
A higher microbial count and diversity means there are more different kinds of microorganisms in the soil for nutrient re-cycling, pathogen suppression, resistance to environmental stress, and other microbial activities. Microbial assays are listed in CFUs or colony forming units per gram dry weight and in a liquid as CFUs per ml. (In case you were wondering, Lot 125 has mega millions of microbial CFU’s!).
The photos below were taken to demonstrate just how quickly Lot 125 works. Notice the increased germination rate on the left, after only 3 days in Lot 125, compared to the essentially non-germinated seeds next to them, which were placed in a water-only solution. On the lower right, compare the cutting that was placed in a Lot 125/water mixture for less than 30 days. Note the fully developed root system, ready for transplant. These same results appear in the field.
Build soil, increase germination, increase microbial activity, and bacterial health, while reducing nitrogen loss with Lot 125.
Increased 3-day germination rate with Lot 125
Nominal germination rate without Lot 125
Get Results with Lot 125
Lot 125, a biologically enhanced product, aids in the conversion of fertilizer to complex plant nutrients, helps buffer salts and augments micronutrient availability. It promotes soil aeration and water penetration of soil particles thereby reducing runoff.
How it Works
Lot 125 Saves You Time and Money
- Saves water
- Increased soil fertility
- Increased biological activity in soil with simultaneous increase in release of nutrients already present but previously locked away in inorganic chemical compounds or crop residue
- Decreased compaction from equipment traffic or foot traffic
- Loosens heavy clay soils
- Higher germination percentages and the production of stronger seedlings
- Decreased disease pressure due to the production of biological antagonists to disease organisms and healthier plants
- Sequestering of salts in the soil and fertilizer blends
- Promotes healthier root zones
- Reduced week pressure due to improved nutrient balance, reduction of aerobic decomposition, and improved oxygen-carbon dioxide levels in the soil
- Increased breakdown of biodegradable chemicals in soil
- Better use of available moisture or less capital outlay for irrigation water
- Less capital outlay for crop protection chemicals
- A safer, less polluted environment
- Improves water penetration
- Improves water holding ability of soils
- Increases nutrient uptake
- Stronger, sturdier, hardier plant
Take Care of the Soil and It Will Take Care of the Crop
Earthworms and Soil Fertility
Earthworm populations of 10 per square foot can add 55 pounds of N (nitrogen), 64 pounds of P (phosphorus), 105 pounds of K (potassium), and 38 pounds of calcium (CA) yearly, per acre. Earthworm castings have 7 times more P, 11 times more K and up to 3 times more CA than the soil residue they consume! That’s FREE fertilizer that you can take advantage of by providing favorable conditions for earthworms.
Did you know?
Research shows that only 10-30% of a crop’s requirements come from fertilizer applications! The rest comes from the soil’s ability to feed the crop. Build a humus rich soil teaming with biological life and your crops will thrive.
Antibiotic Soil Life
Healthy soil has beneficial microbes that actually protect your crops from disease. Soil microbes of the various bacillus families, streptomyces, pencillium, etc., all produce secretions that kill or suppress harmful fungi, molds, and pathogenic bacteria. Some bacillus produce a substance called Phytoalexin that not only helps control disease, but nematodes too.
Crop Residue Recycling
Both conventional tillage and no-till can expect the following results from a good Fall remediation program. Improved soil tilth, increased soil oxygen level, better water infiltration and more available nutrients for the next crop – all adding up to better yields the following year.
Conventional: Applying a residue breakdown product before disking, insures the highest nutrient return to the soil as quickly as possible. This is composting at it’s best!
Example: A 150 bushel corn residue can return to the soil: 100#N, 37#P, 145#K, 26#Ca, 14#S. This can save on the next seasons fertilizer bill.
No-Till: Applying a Fall residue breakdown product on no-till soils has huge advantages. Top residue becomes brittle and break downs easily, this improves springtime planting conditions and virtually eliminates air seeder hairpinning.
Note: Research and actual field conditions have proven that the percentage of undecomposed crop residue remaining in the soil when the next crop is planted relates to the percentage of disease and insect carry over problems!
USDA Humic Acids Research
According to USDA research conducted in part at the University of Minnesota and submitted to the International Humic Substances Society Conference on July 21, 2002:
“Humic substances greatly benefit plant growth. Examples are their contributions in plant growth enhancement, increasing fertilizer efficiency, reducing soil compaction.” The study, titled: Humic Substances for Enhancing Plant Growth also found that – “corn and soybeans particularly have responded to humic acid additions to nutrient solutions. Plant parameters affected are: root and shoot weight, root initiation, seedling emergence and growth rhizosphere microbial population, nutrient uptake and flowering.” Additional study findings were that humic substances are a simple way of supplying trace minerals like iron and zinc without risk of over-application of nutrients.
Continue to aim for good yields. One year of high yield and high prices will fix a lot of bad years. Drastically cutting inputs is not the road to take – it ensures that you will never have a good year.