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An FAQ about why bacteria are central to the health of your soil and the growth of your plants
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Increase the yields of crops as diverse as alfalfa, corn, wheat and many types of produce
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Tucson, Arizona Office (520) 869 5666
David Cohn has been working with Bactifeed since 2006. He is originally from Kansas where he received a Business Degree and served in the Marine Corp and Air Force as a helicopter pilot. He began working with Bactifeed after completing his Masters and PhD at the University of Arizona.
Duane Liddeke / Feed My Soil LLC
Norwich, Kansas Office (620) 491 2745
Duane was born and raised on a farm in south central Kansas and has been involved in production agriculture his whole life. A graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, Duane has managed over 60,000 acres of farmland in Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Duane has been with Bactifeed since 2009.
Boise, Idaho Office (208) 949 1042
Mike Cohn DVM was born and raised in Kansas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1986 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, both from Kansas State University. Mike has practiced veterinary medicine in Boise Idaho since 1993, and currently practices at the Critter Clinic, which he owns. Mike has worked with Bactifeed since 2011 and enjoys the opportunity to help farmers increase their crop yields.
Sonora Office (011 521) 622 227 2090
Born and raised on a ranch in Sonora, Mexico, Katie grew up with ranching, farming and a respect for healthy soil and its contribution to profitable and sustainable agriculture. Educated in the United States, Katie is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is widely-traveled in Mexico and enjoys helping Mexican farmers maximize the value of their land.
From Raymond W. Stock
Developer of the Bactifeed Soil Treatment System
The Bactifeed Soil Treatment System focuses on the biological, organic and nutrient value of your soil. As we build these vital systems in soil structure we have found that most other problems will be reduced or go away all together, making a healthier growing environment for plant growth.
What we do is not new, farmers have been incorporating some sort of biological or organic practices into to their farming for years. Some of the most common practices include the application of manures and compost. Over the years there have been many products developed that will stimulate biological activity and / or apply organic acids to the soil.
After working with many of these products for over 20 years I have seen many promising results produced in varying degrees with each of them.
In 2004, at the request of several of the farmers I had been working with, I was asked to combine what I had learned over the years and develop a system that would produce faster results, address most soil problems, cost less per acre and was easy to apply.
The results are the Bactifeed Soil Treatment Systems, a program that allows a farmer to produce and apply hundreds of gallons of a liquid rich in biologically active microorganisms on every acre, through the irrigation water.
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Farming with organic bacteriological soil conditioner farmer testimonials
Increase crop yields, improve the health of your plants and reduce water consumption and fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide inputs
Alfalfa, Bermuda and Sudan Feed Grasses Corn Cotton Milo / Sorghum Wheat
Beans Beets Broccoli Cantelope Carrots Kale Lettuce Melons Potatoes
Agriculture prior to the 20th century was inherently organic, with few soil inputs beyond simple manure, if that.
World War II ushered in the age of man-made chemical fertilizers and crop yields increased dramatically.
Chemical fertilizers were soon joined by chemical herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, fungicides, soil fumigation and more.
Each of these new agricultural technologies and inputs solved some problems -- at least in the short run -- but there were unintended consequences, particularly in the area of the biological health of soil.
Coupled with increasing pollution of groundwater by human activities, farmers of today are faced with unprecedented challenges related to the health of the soil within their fields, and managing to farm sustainably so that their treasured farms can remain profitable and be passed down to their children and grandchildren.
Bactifeed Organic Soil Conditioner was developed as an easy-to-use and cost effective way to restore healthy populations of bacteria that make nutrients available to your crops, conserve the use of water and reduce the need for other costly inputs such as chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
Bactifeed Soil Conditioner is designed to work alongside all modern agricultural technologies, but with the understanding that the foundation of all plant growth -- and profitable farming -- is the health of the soil in which crops are grown.
We invite you to read what farmers say about how Bactifeed Soil Conditioner can improve the health of your soil and increase the profitability of your farm.
Alfalfa, Bermuda and Sudan Feed Grasses
"I was encouraged by the results that Bactifeed showed on my ranch.
Water penetration was improved through the biological interaction with the soil and showed improvements in production.
Another visible result was the faster recovery of the plants in the field before the water had even been around the pivot.
The average down time between cuttings is 8 - 9 days and before the water would make the first revolution around the pivot, the alfalfa was showing green leaves and growing vigorously without the aid of water.
Previously the fields would not show such growth until the second time the pivot came around. In some instances, we saw greener hay and tonnage increases. We feel it is quite obvious that each pivot reacted to the Bactifeed in different but positive ways.
We saw improvement in leaf color to a darker green with Bactifeed and some of our customers saw tremendous improvement in quantity as well as quality."
Alfalfa, Yuma, Arizona
Corn Grown using organic bacteriological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"Corn is not routinely grown near us in Yuma, Arizona, in spite of the state's largest feed cattle facility being located here.
This is largely due to the fact that the depleted soils around Yuma cannot sustain corn production to the break even point.
The average yield for corn silage on farms around here is 23 tons / acre, and the break even point with Bactifeed is 28 tons to the acre.
In cooperation with the feedyard, we decided to give corn another try, hoping that the boost from Bactifeed would propel the production beyond the break even point. We were planting in some very depleted soils, and for one test plot we were not able to use compost to help build the soil profile.
Even the field where we didn't use compost yielded 34.5 tons to the acre, 23% greater than the BEP, resulting in a positive return of nearly $300 / acre.
On ground where we were allowed to use compost, we came in at 44.5 tons to the acre. We are still waiting on a couple hundred acres to be adjusted for the moisture weight, but at present, it conservatively looks like 36 tons / acre.
We harvested very healthy corn and the RFV (Relative Feed Values) reflect that.
The feedyard has already decided to significantly expand production of locally grown corn by doubling the acreage of corn production for next year, and we will be using Bactifeed on all of it."
Cotton Grown using organic bacteriological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"We had been having significant problems with the root knot nematode.
We had been using Talon and Talon II pesticide treatments to reduce the problem, but we were never able to achieve full eradication.
We tested several different soil remediation products and in the control ground we had Bactifeed in one area and no treatments in another.
The Bactifeed treated soil produced cotton with the same bale counts as some of our other fields, but did far better on the pounds of lint produced, which is what we get paid for.
It was the most cost effective soil amendment product we used and produced more lint, primarily because the nematodes found lots of other things to eat besides our cotton root."
Milo / Sorghum Grown using organic bacteriological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"Since we started using Bactifeed our Milo has graded out at a much higher RFV than what we were accustomed to having, and our tonnage has gone up as well.
The best part is that we can run it through our pivots without having to move tanks, trailers, or irrigation lines.
Once we set the tank up next to the pivot in the spring, we just add a couple scoops of product every couple of days and the microbes do the rest.
The simplicity of the logistics of just adding some powder to water once a day or every couple of days really solves a lot of concerns and frees up our equipment and manpower for other tasks on the farm.
We have used biologicals in the past, but none that were this simple to use."
Wheat Grown using organic bacteriological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"When we first tested Bactifeed we noticed an increased germination rate and how much better the water went into the ground.
Our test fields did see a yield increase, but what we were most happy with was the increase in protein value.
Our proteins reports came in at just about an all time high while our yield increased, so the product increased our profit margins on our wheat crop.
We also produced twice as much wheat straw on the Bactifeed fields, which we baled and sold, so Bactifeed helped us make money in two ways.
We will be running Bactifeed on our other rotations in the spring."
Beans Grown using organic biological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"We first tested Bactifeed on some of our irrigated soybean fields. I was very pleased with the performance of the plants.
Also, my crop agronomist noticed that the soybeans grown on the treated areas had a better moisture profile using the same amount of water, and the soil was more mellow.
Because of the increased yield of my soybeans and the improved soil conditions that we got from the test, I am now using Bactifeed on all of our soybean fields, and we're also using it on my irrigated alfalfa. Next season I plan to expand my use to irrigated corn and silage as well."
Beets Grown using organic bacteriological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"Our family has been farming beets in Idaho for three generations, so we've been part of the evolution of beet production in the United States, including the wide adoption of genetically modified strains and the heavy use of herbicides.
While we are not an organic farm, we like to limit our use of herbicides.
Bactifeed seemed like a good tool to help us raise healthy plants that could out-grow weeds on their own.
Our first test was on a single pivot, and the results made us very happy. Even though we had a cool wet spring, water absorption was definitely increased, and the test pivot was virtually weed-free, even with reduced use of herbicides."
Broccoli Grown using organic biological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"Our farm decided to test Bactifeed soil conditioner on one of our most challenged Broccoli fields.
The first thing we noticed was that the water was gone much quicker in that field than the surrounding fields, initially making us think we had not put enough water on the test field.
We then saw a much higher germination rate than the fields that were not treated with Bactifeed, and realized that the water had just been absorbed much more rapidly.
When we harvested the Broccoli, we ended up with a greater number -- and larger -- crowns, with fewer applications of herbicide. After the harvest, we also noticed the soil broke down much quicker than the other fields with fewer diskings.
Because we grow two Broccoli crops in six months, we utilize Bactifeed to save on groundwork more than any of the other advantages it brings, as groundwork is our most expensive input besides fertilizer."
Cantelope Grown using organic bacteriological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"Our farm has been growing cantelope for over 20 years.
Not all of the soil in our fields is of equal quality, the main problem being excess salinity in part of our acreage.
We first tested Bactifeed on a field which was verified by soil sample to have a much higher sodium content than the surrounding fields.
We noticed that we did not see the yellowing that we had become accustomed to, and the number of bare spots where nothing would grow decreased significantly. At harvest, this inferior field had almost the same production as our untreated better fields. We had increased the production of the test field by nearly 40% even though we reduced our acid and gypsum use.
We now use Bactifeed on all of our acreage and are experiencing record harvests."
Carrots Grown using organic biological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"We are a small family farm and we don't have the larger farm implements to work the ground like the major produce growers.
We picked up some more acreage to expand our carrot production and found out after the first season that we could not grow a carrot that was longer than 4 - 5 inches on our new land.
We are certified organic, so the obvious conventional solutions were to have the field deep plowed or to run organic acids on the fields to mellow out the soil.
Those are expensive soil remediation solutions!
We decided to try Bactifeed and noticed that we were not only able to grow more marketable 7 - 9 inch carrots, but more of them. We also noticed we were able to cut back the number of water runs we did because the soil absorbed moisture deeper.
Bactifeed has been very cost effective for us."
Kale Grown using organic bacteriological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"Due the the extreme heat of the Sonoran Desert, it can be a real challenge to grow quality Kale unless you have fantastic soil and a lot of water.
Our farm doesn't have either.
A local produce store that we do business with on other crops really wanted a supply of fresh locally grown Kale, and decided to us to plant a test crop for them.
We wanted to see what would happen, and decided to further to use the planting to test Bactifeed soil conditioner.
We tried Bactifeed on a small part of the crop and it was immediately clear where the best Kale was coming from. That produce store now contracts 10 acres of Kale and other produce from us, and we run Bactifeed on every inch of it."
Lettuce Grown using organic biological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"Bactifeed helped us produce a sweeter higher quality of Romaine lettuce for our customers.
When we started using Bactifeed on our fields we found that it mellowed our soil so much that we were able to reduce our fertilizer inputs.
During the first harvest evaluation we noticed that the bitter taste -- which was essentially from fertilizer -- was replaced by a very sweet taste uncommon to Romaine.
While some big produce wholesalers want the bitter taste, we've consistently found buyers for the cleaner tasting Romaine and have grown our market for "clean Romaine" every year since we started using Bactifeed.
Our soil just keeps getting better, and no other grower near us can deliver that same taste because they have to put on so much fertilizer to make their yields."
Melons Grown using organic bacteriological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"We've had a great experience using Bactifeed on our melon fields. Our Melon production went up by 30% and our herbicide and pesticide inputs for weeds and insects dropped.
We noticed that the melon was much more flavorful and we had a lot more of them.
The first season we used Bactifeed we even underestimated how many cartons we would need per acre based on our old production numbers and fell short of the cartons we needed!
We are strong advocates of soil health and developing organic material with all kinds of soil amendments. Bactifeed is by far the easiest to use, most beneficial, and I hate to admit it, it was also the cheapest one we have ever tried.
I could say it is too good to be true except the truth made me money."
Potatoes Grown using organic biological soil conditioner farmer testimonial
"From what other farmers had told us, we were certain that Bactifeed was going to work but, being conservative, we decided to run a test.
The first growing season we used Bactifeed in one 130 acre potato pivot, and the results were excellent.
Where the water would usually pond within the potato pivot it was rapidly absorbed. What we were very pleased with was the improvements in the tilth of the ground.
By fall harvest the ground was very mellow making harvest a whole lot easier. We left the field in the field (?), during harvest. We cut back our dirt piles by at least 25% - 30% compared to other fields left untreated that year."