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using straw in New Mexico

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using straw in New Mexico


Soil Humic:
We just used both straw and a 70 30 wood fiber blend on a huge ranch project in New Mexico and got an equal and excellent result with both.  Of course you must glue down either material with the appropriate amount of technical material to effectively hold down any kind of mulch while at the same time not inhibiting germination.  When we see failure in the arid Southwest, as Erik was describing, it's  because they did nothing else other then throw some straw down on barren and compacted soil along a highway.  When this is case the straw just blows away!    The key with our particularly barren dirt in the Southwest is still going to be that we must supplement the Humic Acids using a biologically viable Humus that is not toxic to soil microbiology and we must inoculate the seed with a significant spore count of mycorrhizae that can associate with the type of target plants being  sown.  Humus (the Humic Acids) and Mycorrhizal plants are the lowest hanging fruit in this equation of success as nothing else in science or nature can do what Humus or Mycorrhizae can do!  Even in a farming application where irrigation water is applied the same holds true, as the weak link of success will still be that most farm land across the country lacks Humus and Mycorrhizae that can associate with the crop being grown.  Often the fertilizer program will inhibit the Mycorrhizal relationship, the reason why most farms don't have that benefit.    Last summer we primed 3000 acres of farmland in Texas and Nevada growing Alfalfa, cotton, wheat and corn silage and in all cases reduced the amount of Nitrogen applied.  The result was an increased yield in every crop, which made the effort economically justifiable.  This summer we are doing the same thing with 100  acres of corn silage  in New Mexico, all of which we have contracted to purchase the finished silage for use in our composting facility.  Normally corn silage production will use the standard RoundUp ready GMO corn and Urea for the N producing around 25 to 27 tons per acre of finished silage.  When we used Humus (TerraPro) and coated the seed before planting with Mycorrhizae spores, we increased the production to 35 tons per acre.  Keep in mind this is farmland that has been dumping 35 tons of dairy manure per acre per year on the same fields for over 40 years and which gets flood irrigated every two weeks during the growing season.  The Humus and the Mycorrhizae still worked?   

Michael Martin Meléndrez - Founder of Soil Secrets LLC
505 550-3246


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