Forage and Pasture
Research on the effect of products containing SumaGrow® on Soil NO3, Plant NO3 and yields of Bermuda grass, Fescue, Dallis grass and Clover grown in Northeast Alabama showed a 105 percent increase in plant NO3 in the SumaGrow® treated plot versus the plot treated with a mixture of Fish Oil, Sea Salt and Ca Mix. Even though the growing conditions were challenged from moderate drought and the Fish oil mixture was applied at triple the amount over the product containing SumaGrow®, the plots treated with SumaGrow® outperformed the mixture in all areas.
The LHOP Ranch in Kansas compared the performance between SumaGrow®, nitrogen, and organic broiler litter. The brix levels in the SumaGrow® treated forage grasses maintained a season long high over the fertilizer treated pastures. The SumaGrow® pastures also achieved higher yields, greater AUM, and more grazing days. The combination of these indicated a cost advantage for SumaGrow® use over nitrogen or broiler litter.
This trial was conducted by Murray State University in Kentucky. They compared three different products: SumaGrow®, Raw Milk, NH 4NO3, and a control. The results showed that SumaGrow® produced an average daily gain (ADG) of 2.35 pounds, more than the cattle grazing on pastures treated with fertilizer or raw milk. SumaGrow® also produced higher AUM than the other treatments. All of these worked together to create a profit for the farmer.
Common Bermuda, World Feeder, and Crabgrass were the forages treated in this trial conducted at Taylor Farms in Louisiana. There were three treatments: SumaGrow®, SumaGrow® with NPK fertilizer, and NPK fertilizer alone. Once again, SumaGrow® outperformed the fertilizers with an average yield increase of 62 percent over fertilizer alone and brix levels that were on average 7.5 percent higher.
Michigan State University conducted a trial on Orchard Grass and Legumes at the Lake City Research Station to measure the effects of a product containing SumaGrow® on forage yield. Three treatments were used: one gal/acre using a SumaGrow product in single application; one gal/acre using a SumaGrow® product in split application; and a control with no inputs. The SumaGrow® treated forages both had higher yields than the control with the single application having the highest yield at nine percent increase over the control.
A trial was conducted using rye grass, wheat, and clover mix in Mississippi to measure the crude protein and TDN (the sum of the digestible fiber, protein, lipid, and carbohydrate components of a feedstuff or diet). Both are very important to deer quality as native forages generally grow less and are lower in nutritional quality in late summer, food plots provide supplemental food during these important summer and early fall months when antlers are developing, does are lactating and fawns are growing. The forage mixture treated with a product containing SumaGrow® had 31 percent more crude protein and 5 percent higher TDN than the plot treated with conventional fertilizer only.
Mississippi – Tecomate Trial
Testing was performed with Barenbrug’s U.S. subsidiary, Tecomate for hunters’ food plots. Two different hunter food plot seed mixtures- Tecomate Monster Mix and Tecomate Max-Attract 50/50- were tested to determine protein percentage and yield. For the Monster Mix, the highest yield was obtained with a 33 percent reduction in fertilizer with the addition of a SumaGrow® product, and for the Max Attract 50/50, the highest yield was obtained with a 67 percent reduction in fertilizer and the addition of a SumaGrow® product.
The effect that a product containing SumaGrow® had on the health and yield of Austrial Winter Pea, Oats and Barley was tested in Southwest Montana. Two treatments were used: a product containing SumaGrow® at half gallon an acre at emergence and the Dramm product at 4 gallons an acre plus one gallon of SP1 at emergence. The SumaGrow® treated forage yielded 24.66 percent more than the forage treated with the Dramm product using only one tenth the amount of product. Had the trial administrator used the recommended application rate of one gallon per acre, we believe the yields would have even been greater.
Research was conducted on the effect of products containing SumaGrow® on a mixture of native grasses including Indian grass, switch grass, big bluestem, little bluestem and alfalfa in Nebraska. The SumaGrow® treated native grasses outperformed grasses treated with Foliar and the control by over 16 percent. Also, the brix level measurment of the SumaGrow® treated grasses was consitently greater than both the foliar and the control.
This trial shows the impressive increase in organic matter in varied plots from 2009 to 2010 while using a product containing SumaGrow® on a 2.500 acre private game ranch in Bushkill, Pennsylvania. In this test, no fertilzer was used, only a product containing SumaGrow. Organic matter increased on all food plots, even as much as 183 percent, in one year and without additional fertilizer applications.
Pennsylvania – Perry County Land & Cattle Clover
Orchardgrass, Clover, Alfalfa and Fescue were treated with a product containing SumaGrow® in South Central Pennsylvannia. Two treatment types were measured; a product containing SumaGrow® at one gallon per acre in split applications and a control with no treatment. The forage treated with a product containing SumaGrow® had an astounding 49.67 percent increase over the control and greater brix level of 6.03 compared to 4.29.
Lakota Ranch in Virginia conducted trials on Fescue and White Clover. SumaGrow® was compared to fields treated with fertilizer and those with no treatment. The SumaGrow® treated fields resulted in an almost 36 percent increase in dry matter over fertilizer and the Average Daily Gain (ADG) for cattle grazing on the SumaGrow® treated fields averaged 2.1 lbs/day/animal compared to the 1.9 lbs/day of the cattle grazing the fertilizer treated fields.
A trial on Fescue, Matua, Clover and Crabgrass was conducted on Lakota Rancha in North-Central Virginia. The SumaGrow® treated forages showed a 10 percent increase over the fertilizer alone treatment, 16 percent increase above the broiler litter comparison and an almost 50 percent increase over the control with no inputs.
Wesley Moore, Moselle, Mississippi
“We applied SumaGrow® in the spring and the total gross production was an improvement over using basic Triple 13. The grass came out earlier, was thicker and greener than I have ever seen for this time of year. For the first time the cows could not keep up with the growth and this year, we will have hay to cut from these fields. (treated pictured on left, untreated on right)”
Scott Patterson, Houston, Texas
Our farm is located in east Texas, and I grow 400 acres of hay as my primary source of income. I used SumaGrow® products for my last cutting of hay this past year on 120 acres. Our application for the 120 acres that we applied the SumaGrow® products to was two weeks behind the 280 acres that we used our normal fertilizer program on. Mr. Wade at the Bio Soil office had recommended that I cut my fertilizer program by 50 percent on the 120 acres; however, due to a misunderstanding, I did not use any conventional fertilizer on the 120 acres as I used only the SumaGrow® product at the rate of one gallon per acre. The results were remarkable as we baled the entire 400 acres at the same time. Our normal production of baled hay (with small bales) was 50 bales per acre. The 120 acres produced 65 bales per acre. I felt that this was really remarkable, especially since it was two weeks behind the 280 acre application. The hay color and texture was more appealing, and the weight per bale was somewhat heavier. Please feel free to call if I can answer further questions as we are looking forward to using the SumaGrow® products this coming season.
Robert and Larisa Stewart, Louisiana
Robert and Larisa Stewart traveled from Louisiana to attend our third quarter seminar in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Robert charmed and entertained our attendees as he recounted the story about his “infamous hay.” Robert and Larisa began using SumaGrow® in 2008 after reading an article in Popular Science titled “The Future of Farming: Eight Solutions for a Hungry World,” where the technology of SumaGrow® was a featured solution. After treating his fields with SumaGrow®, the forage grew in earlier and thicker, with more even coverage. Although he knew the quality of his hay had greatly improved, he was surprised when his hay became so widely well-known. “I got a call from a man in central Texas asking me if I could sell him some hay,” Robert laughed. “Man, do you know where I live and how far that is from you?” Another man called him from southern Mississippi asking him the same question. They had heard about the quality of his hay and distance wasn’t a problem.
Rhonda & Don Beleck, Richton, Mississippi
“Dear Mr. Wade: I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for introducing us to your soil amendment products. We used the SumaGrow® products on the pastures we use to let our cows graze We applied them in the spring of 2007 and for 2007, the total gross production was an improvement over using basic Triple 13; but the big difference was when the grass came up this spring for 2008. The grass came out earlier, was thicker and greener than I have ever seen for this time of year. For the first time the cows could not keep up with the growth and this year, we will have hay to cut from these fields. We look forward to any new products that you introduce. Hope your company keeps coming up with more improvements for the agricultural community.”