Over the years, AgriEnergy Resources has heard countless success stories from customers, dealers, and consultants across the country. We’ve selected a few to share with you. If you have a success story that you’d like us to feature, please let us know.
Genoa City, WI
Alan Kopp of Genoa City, WI, holds the new Wisconsin weight record for giant pumpkins, breaking the previous record by 200 pounds. Kopp’s pumpkin comes close to the latest Guinness Book of World Records for giant pumpkins, the 1,689-lb. whopper raised in 2007 by Joe Jutras of North Scituate, RI. Kopp is gearing up for another try at the world record this year. He has an edge demonstrated by the huge pumpkin shown in the photo at right: It has unusual density, weighing more than its first measurements estimated. That’s a typical quality found in fruit and vegetables which are fully mineralized from a living, biologically energized soil. Kopp’s biological fertility program included Myco Seed Treat and SP-1 to encourage fast, early germination and root growth.
He calcium-enriched the soil with gypsum and 6% calcium, and also added potassium sulfate along with micronutrients according to soil tests. During the growing season, vines got a weekly foliar spray containing seaweed and Drammatic fish. And every third week, Kopp foliar-applied liquid calcium along with additional SP-1. Vines stayed healthy and vigorous all season long. Growing giant pumpkins is a highly competitive hobby, with a rigorous weigh-in regimen in each region and several websites for enthusiasts. The former Wisconsin record holder, Dan Bowles, also used AgriEnergy products — and we expect he will compete again in 2008!
The Harward family began enhancing their soils biologically more than a decade ago — in the early 1990s. Jud says, “Once you get biological life going and encouraging Mother Nature to work for you, it doesn’t take a lot of NPK fertilizer.” Each fall, the family recharges biolife with locally available chicken manure compost, plus biologically stimulating products such as humates and SP-1.
“We like to fall fertilize when it’s cool and moist, and when we have more time,” says Jud. “When we do that, we can maintain a soft, flocculated, spongy soil structure under alfalfa all season. The soil is full of earthworms. “That aerobic quality in the soil stays intact even though an alfalfa field has lots of traffic over it, which could lead to compaction.”
Jud observes that biological life is easier to establish in row crops, where tillage and crop residue help accelerate conversion of carbon into microbes, fungi and other soil life. “In alfalfa, you need to rejuvenate that life every season, or the soil profile willgradually tighten up over several years,” he says.
This dairyman uses MST on all his seed: Scott Stoller, an organic dairyman near Sterling, Ohio, reports: “I’ve been impressed with AgriEnergy’s Myco Seed Treat; MST. I can see right to the row where it was and wasn’t used.
Two years ago I ran out of MST-treated seed corn, and refilled with untreated seed in a hurry. I could see a difference right to the line. Even the following year when I planted soybeans, I could see that same line in the field.”
Stoller adds: “Any seed that hits my ground has MST on it. I buy a 10-lb. bucket of it in spring and use it for alfalfa, oats, wheat, barley, corn, soybeans— even garden seed. After I saw what it does, I don’t even consider the cost.” Stoller’s pursuit of biologically living soils is paying off in crops which generate good production and a healthy cow herd. He ships milk to Organic Valley Farms, a farmer-owned cooperative.