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This is corn I grew in Bosque Farms in order to harvest the corn as silage and then turn the silage into compost.  I treated my side of the field with EndoMaxima (the Soil Secrets Mycorrhizal product) and TerraPro (the Soil Secrets Humic Acid product)  while the field right next to mine did not get Soil Secrets.   Both fields historically were amended with 30 tons of dairy manure per acre per year, resulting in high levels of soil nitrogen.  For that reason on my side of the field I did not apply nitrogen while the other side was fertilized with N.   

What's important about these images is the pink showing up on the bottom foot of the corn stem which indicates nitrate accumulation.  This is indicative of the plant being under stress.  Both fields were identical in soil type and irrigation, with the only difference being Soil Secrets on our side.   Our side shows little to no nitrate accumulation which I believe is proving that our protocol of Molecular Biology is helping to reduce stress on the crop.  The image with Fred standing between the two fields also shows that our treated field on the right  is much taller, has more biomass and out performed the conventional field on the left.  

The final image shows both fields after the corn was harvested and winter oats sown.  The border going down the middle separates the control (without Soil Secrets) on the left hand side of the image with the Soil Secrets treated side, where the germination advantage is more than obvious.  

Michael 





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