As any farmer or agriculturalist knows, nitrogen is a critical food for any crop or plant in every growing condition. Tough growing conditions in particular demand Grower’s Secret organic nitrogen products, a readily available plant food source containing high levels of amino acids to increase growth and vitality of growing plants.
Microbial Weapons for Agricultural Production
During the early 20th century, soil microbiology and ecology studies led to the identification of many microorganisms that act as antagonists or hyperparasites of pathogens and insect pests. This was the origin of a popular research topic, biological control, the use of an organism or organisms to reduce disease (caused by plant pathogens) or damage (caused by insect pests). This often resulted in the release of several predators, parasitoids, and pathogens of insects and plants until the mid 1900’s. Many showed promise in field-scale inoculations, but few were developed commercially because of the rapid adoption of less expensive and more consistently performing chemical pesticides.
Grower's Secret Product Manager, Dr. Chuck Schiller and Sales Director, Kim Miller were at the Organic Grower's Summit at the Monterey Hyatt on December 12-14.
Chloride - For a Plant’s Healthier Moments
Chlorine is the 12th most abundant element in nature comprising 0.017% of the earth’s crust.
The Grower's Secret Team enjoyed meeting many of you at the 43rd Annual CAPCA Conference and Agri-Expo in Reno, Nevada. We appreciated your response to our new Grower's Secret Grower's Lab program.
The element calcium (Ca) is the fifth most abundant element in the earth’s crust and the third most abundant metal after iron and aluminum. It is a Group 2 member of the Periodic table. Calcium along with magnesium, beryllium, strontium, radium, and barium, are known as alkaline earth metals. These metals react with other chemicals at standard temperature and pressure, usually with an overall release of energy. In plants calcium is an essential secondary macronutrient, needed in moderate amounts and is rarely limiting in crop production.
From the NPR blog, All Things Considered
Author: Dan Charles.
The Environmental Defense Fund opened an office near Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., 10 years ago. It was part of a carefully plotted strategy to persuade the giant retailer that going green could be good for business. If it worked, it certainly could be good for the planet — Walmart's revenues are bigger than the entire economy of most countries.
"We really saw that working with companies could be transformative at a scale that was pretty unmatched," says Suzy Friedman, a senior director at EDF.
If you're looking for evidence that the strategy is working, there's this: Last year, Walmart unveiled Project Gigaton, a plan to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by a billion tons of carbon between now and 2030. That's almost as much carbon as what's released from the country's entire fleet of passenger cars and trucks in a year.
The cuts will come from the company's suppliers: the vast galaxy of companies that make the products it sells.
Scientists debate a new way of understanding flora.
The New Yorker just published the following article that explores the question, Are Plants Intelligent?
In 1973, a book claiming that plants were sentient beings that feel emotions, prefer classical music to rock and roll, and can respond to the unspoken thoughts of humans hundreds of miles away landed on the New York Timesbest-seller list for nonfiction. “The Secret Life of Plants,” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, presented a beguiling mashup of legitimate plant science, quack experiments, and mystical nature worship that captured the public imagination at a time when New Age thinking was seeping into the mainstream.
It has been decades since I first learned about essential elements for plants. Back then, there were 16 essential elements, now there are 18. So it’s a good time to have a refresher course on fertilizer basics and update our current knowledge of the essential elements. In the next series of articles we will revisit all the macro and micro nutrients. But before we do that, let’s return to fertilizer basics.