Farmers Blend
     
Licensed Manufacturer of Ag1000™
Answering questions about Ag1000



What is Ag1000™?

Answer:

Ag1000™ is a mixed culture of beneficial microorganisms (primarily photosynthetic bacteria and  lactic acid bacteria, yeast, Bacillus subtilis) that can be applied as an inoculate to increase the microbial diversity of soils

Our OMRI certification: http://www.omri.org/manufacturers/110917/farmers-blend

What does Ag1000™ do?

Answer:

The concept of inoculating soils and plants with beneficial microorganisms is to create a more favorable microbiological environment for plant growth. This in turn, can improve soil quality and health, which enhances the growth, yield, and quality of crops.

What are the effects of Ag1000™?

Answer:

The following are some of the beneficial influences of Ag1000™:

  1. Promotes germination, flowering, fruiting and ripening in plants.
  2. Improves physical, chemical and biological environments of the soil 
  3. Enhances the photosynthetic capacity of crops.
  4. Ensures better germination and plant establishment
  5. Increases the efficacy of organic matter as fertilizers. 
How do I apply Ag1000™

Answer: 

Ag1000™ is applied in greenhouses operations, field production and orchards. Each growing method has its specific irrigation methods and equipment and for each scenario there are different application solutions.  It is very important to understand which application method is most suitable for your situation.

When using pressure compensating drippers, french capillaries or similar are used constant feed is not recommended. Ag1000 will remove and loosen precipitates from inside lines. To prevent buildup of debris in emitters weekly drenches are preferred over constant feed.

Application can be either with clear water or fertilizer water. It is not recommended to mix Ag1000™ with fertilizer concentrates in stock tanks; blending needs to occur after the injection of concentrate fertilizer into irrigation water. Foliar Ag1000™ applications are mostly applied in combination with a foliar fertilizer. Ag1000™ aids with the uptake of foliar fertilizer into leaf tissue.

Ag1000™ can be applied in a variety ways with different kinds of equipment, mostly:

  1. Added to irrigation water in either overhead sprinklers or drip irrigation water.
  2. Spray equipment.

When adding to irrigation water generally used are two different methods:

  • Constant feed, mostly in greenhouse operations in soilless media in pots or bags.
  • Intermittent drenches, both in pots or bags and in field soil beds with overhead irrigation, drip irrigation or sprinklers.

Constant feed protocol:

  • -          Injection pump, Mazzei  injector, or similar capable of 1:500 to 1:5000 injection ratio.
  • -          Inject undiluted Ag1000™ into irrigation water after fertilizer injection directly into irrigation line. Recommended for labor saving  is a disc or mesh filter in the main line close behind the Ag1000™ injection, before filters at individual irrigation valves.
  • -          Important: check the disc or mesh filter in the main line daily and  individual valve filters weekly until the proper cleaning interval can be established. Ag1000™ can loosen debris and bio-film from the inside walls of plumbing which can collect in filters and limit water flow through irrigation valves.

Intermittent drenches:

1-      Especially in situations where constant feed is not an option or where ClO2 or a similar sanitizer is applied continuously.

2-      Determine the gallons per acre, total gallons to be applied during the drench cycle.

3-      In growing bags or pots: preferably apply at first irrigation when no leach will leave the container yet.

4-      Field application: conditions for Ag1000™ are most favorable in the morning when the sun is not at its strongest. If as part of a long irrigation turn, apply early in the cycle so Ag1000™ is spread through the soil during the remainder of the irrigation cycle.

How to store Ag1000™
                
            1-  Store out of direct sunlight

                 2-  Keep from freezing



Links to scientific and informative articles about bacteria in Ag1000™:

Photosynthetic Bacteria (Rhodospirillaceae) can switch between four different modes of metabolism.


Lactic Bacteria:
Yeasts:

Bacillus subtilis:


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