Grower's Secret recently appeared in the StartUpCity 15 Most Promising AgTech Startups - 2018 list.
In the article, Grower's Secret's CEO, Chaz Berman describes the discovery and evolution of its innovative products and well as describing Grower's Secret's anchor product, GSP (Grower's Secret Professional).
"GSP, which is not a fertilizer, but a plant growth stimulator, helps the plant open its roots at the cellular level and absorb more nutrients and water. This is thought to be done by helping the plant complete an already existing gene expression. GSP is a cheerleader that helps the plant kickstart this process!"
Corn Steep Powder (CSP) is a fine, yellow to yellow-brown, water-soluble powder made by spray drying corn steep liquor (CSL). Corn steep liquor is a concentrated liquid derived from the water that is used in the initial stage of the corn wet milling process. Once considered a waste stream byproduct, its properties lent well for other uses. The tan to brown liquid is denser than water and has an acid pH (3.7 - 4.7). Since it contains 40 to 60% water soluble corn solids, it has a variety of nutrients. CSL has nitrogen in the form of amino acids and peptides, macro and micronutrients, and vitamins. Because of this, it is particularly useful as an ingredient in microbiological growth media, or can be combined with gluten into an animal feed supplement. Most recently it has been shown to be useful as a fertilizer, for the production of food, in the production of microbial products, and has some industrial applications.
Avocados–Fewer than 1% avocados tested positive for pesticides.
(CNN) – You can protect yourself from cancer by eating organic, a new study suggests. Those who frequently eat organic foods lowered their overall risk of developing cancer, a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine finds. Specifically, those who primarily eat organic foods were more likely to ward off non-Hod- gkin lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer compared to those who rarely or never ate organic foods.
- More than 68,000 French adults took part in the study
- Those who ate the most organic food were 25% less likely to develop cancer
Led by Julia Baudry, an epidemiologist at Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale in France, a team of researchers looked at the diets of 68,946 French adults. More than three-quar- ters of the volunteers were women, in their mid-40s on average. These volunteers were categorized into four groups depending on how often they reported eating 16 organic products, including fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, ready-to-eat meals, vegeta- ble oils and condiments, dietary supplements and other products.
Grow Stronger Plants with the Building Blocks of Protein
by Donald Lester
By Dr. Wes Chun Ph.D
Chief Science Officer, Grower's Secret
Phosphorus, like nitrogen, is a member of the pnictogen group and was the thirteenth element to be discovered and the first element that was chemically discovered by Hennig Brand in 1669. It is one of the three major essential elements needed by plants simply because of the amounts that are utilized by the plant. Phosphorus is the only element that was discovered through a disgusting process involving the concentration of urine.
Ferti-Facts: Nitrogen - A Change in Tradition
Daniel Rutherford discovered the existence of nitrogen by first depleting oxygen from air. He accomplished this by asphyxiating a mouse in a closed jar, burning a candle until it went out in the jar, and burning phosphorus until it would not burn. The remaining gas was passed through a carbon dioxide absorbing solution. The remaining gas (which is now almost pure nitrogen gas) did not support the burning of a candle or life of a mouse. He referred to this gas as noxious or phlogisticated air (Phlogiston was a postulated element that was released from combustible bodies when burned).
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.