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Our purpose is to increase your yield, and decrease
your fertilizer cost. Our organic fertilizers put your dirt to work. Your
soil is full of organisms. Just
spray it on
In today's environmentally conscious society, AGGRAND offers a safe and cost effective line of
organic natural liquid fertilizer.
The products are not only convenient, but they are free of harmful chemicals which makes AGGRAND
USDA certified biobased products the ideal choice for agriculture, homeowners, commercial growers,
lawn care, and turf professionals who are seeking natural products with proven performance.
Bottom line :Aggrand liquid organic fertilizer is safe for you, your
family, pets and the enviroment.
Aggrand Natural Organic Fertilizer:
Saves you money every acre compared with chemical fertilizers
Feeds the natural soil biology which improves soil conditions and nutrient availablity
turns fertilizing into a positive impact on the enviroment
eliminates safety and soil depletion concerns associated with conventional fertilizer
Aggrand Mission Statement: Our purpose is to meet your lawn, garden and agricultural fertilization needs.
AGGRAND Natural Fertilizers is committed to building balance nutrient rich soils that in turn produce better crops.
We create liquid fertilizers from the highest quality natural materials available. Products that support and enhance the sustainable agriculture efforts
of the farmer, nursery, lawn care specialist, golf course superintendent, wildlife food plot manager, and home gardener.
Aggrand Organic Fertilizer soil fertility Guide: What
is Organic Matter?
Organic matter (OM) supplies many plant nutrients and the carbon necessary for the proliferation of all living things. Carbon stimulates the proliferation of microbes (fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes and algae), earthworms and other beneficial creatures that live in the soil.
Microbes secrete organic acids that release nutri- ents from soil particles by etching their surfaces, and they also secrete polysaccharides that glue soil par- ticles into stable aggregates. The end result of prolific microbial activity is improved soil structure and air penetration.
It is necessary to supply organic matter regularly to optimize growth of microbes, soil creatures and plants. Use of cover crops, return of crop residue, addition of compost and/or composted manure and practices that maintain organic matter on the surface of the soil all increase organic matter levels.
Application of AGGRAND NOF Liquid Natural Organic Fertilizer 4-3-3 stimulates microbial and earthworm activity by supplying carbon and a balanced array of other nutrients. It also contains concentrated humus and other synergistic compounds that release nutrients and chelate other nutrients, making them available for microbial growth and plant uptake. Soil applica- tions of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer in spring and fall are beneficial in promoting the processes that break down organic matter into humus and make nutrients available.
Objective: Build up your soil to 3-10% organic matter
If the Soil Test Levels
show Less than 2% organic matter: Apply organic matter 2-3 times per year and apply one quart of AGGRAND
NOF liquid organic Natural Fertilizer/2,000 sq. ft. (5 gals./ac.) 2-3 times per year. Till in with the organic matter, crop residue or cover crops.
If the soil test shows 2-3% organic matter: Apply organic matter 1-2 times per year and apply one quart of AGGRAND Natural Fer- tilizer/3,000 sq. ft. (3 gals./ac.) 1-2 times per year. Till in with organic matter, crop residue or cover crops.
If the soil test shows 3-10%vorganic matter: Adequate amount present. Apply organic matter once per year and apply one quart of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer/3,000 sq. ft.
(3 gals./ac.) once per year. Till in with organic matter, crop residue or cover crops.
Rates of Organic Matter to Apply
______First year: (establishment of a new garden, lawn, orchard, etc.) 2 deep, 6.5 cu.yds./1,000 sq. ft. (270 cu.yds/ac.).
Gardens and Vegetable Crops
If soil test shows Less than 2% organic matter 1 deep, 3.3 yds./1,000 sq. ft. (135 cu.yds./ac.).
<br/>If the soil test shows 2-3% organic matter: 1â„2 deep, 1.5 yds. /1,000 sq. ft. (68 cu.yds./ac.).
<br/> If the soil test shows Over 3% organic matter: 1â„4 deep, 0.75 yds./1,000 sq. ft. (34 cu.yds./ac.).
<br/>Orchards and Vineyards
<br/>If the soil test shows Less than 2% organic matter: 1-2 cu. ft./tree or vine (6-8 cu.yds./ac.) for mature plants.
<br/> If the soil test shows 2-3% organic matter: 0.5-1 cu. ft./tree or vine (46 cu.yds./ac.)
for mature plants.<br/>If the soil test shows Over 3% organic matter: 0.25-0.5 cu. ft. /tree or vine (2-3 cu.yds./ac.) for mature plants.
Phosphorus (P) is the powerbroker; the ATP (adenosine triphosphate) molecule releases the energy required for plant growth when it is reduced to ADP (adenosine diphosphate) in the root cells where respiration takes place. Phosphorus controls root, seed and flower devel- opment, as well as the processes of cell division and sugar formation. Sugar levels regulate the plantâ€™s sus- ceptibility to insect and disease attack and determine fruit quality and shelf life. Phosphorus also regulates nitrogen fixation in the root nodules of legumes.
The laboratory measures phosphorus in two ways: P1 (weak bray) and P2 (strong bray) is unavailable phosphorus which is converted to the available form through microbial
breakdown. Available phospho- rus levels can be very low at planting time when the soil is still cold and wet, but the levels increase as microbial activity,
soil temperature and drying of the soil increase. Increasing the soil organic matter level increases phosphorus availability; pH also affects phosphorus
availability. The optimum pH for phosphorus availability is 6.0-6.5. If the pH is out- side this range, supplementary phosphorus may be needed even if soil tests
show adequate P1. Before it is released through microbial activity, phosphorus banded in the row at planting aids in early plant growth and development.
Low soil test levels dictate the need to add phospho- rus to the soil profile, which can be accomplished with the addition of soft rock phosphate or bonemeal
once every 2-3 years. When used in conjunction with the application of organic matter and planting of legumes, phosphorus becomes more plant available.
AGGRAND NBM Liquid Bonemeal 0-12-0 and AGGRAND NOF Natural Organic Fertilizer supply phosphorus, and are most effective when banded at planting
and during early development and the prebloom stage of foliar applications. Water in transplants or apply by dribbling them into a trench below and
to the side of the seed at plant- ing. For foliar applications, apply AGGRAND
NOF Natural Fertilizer when plants are 3-6 tall; apply as a fine mist with
enough fertilizer to cover the leaves. To stimulate prolific flowering, add AGGRAND
NBM Liquid Bonemeal as a fine mist. For fruit production, use
AGGRAND NOF liquid organic Natural Fertilizer in place of Liquid Bonemeal. Some crops are sensitive to nitrogen applied at this stage,
which may inhibit flowering and reduce fruit quality (apples are especially sensitive). On these crops, it may be beneficial to substitute AGGRAND
NKP Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash 0-0-8.
Converting to organic growing ? Here is the step by
step process to get off of chemical fertilizer and use organic fetililizer
Converting to an organic fertility program will increase the productivity and quality of any cropping system in the long run.
The length of time it takes to convert to a more sustainable system (one that reduces the number of non-renewable inputs) depends on the degree of degradation
of the biological ecosystem, which is impacted by the following:
1. The addition of toxic substances to the system.
2. The continuous mono-cropping in the absence of a viable crop rotation plan.
3. The lack of attention to soil chemical imbalance (i.e. base saturation percentage out of balance).
4. Soil compaction from the overuse of heavy machin- ery on the fields.
5. Practices that reduce the presence of organic matter in the top 6 of soil.
Each of these factors must be addressed in some fashion, but it usually takes at least three years to see meaningful results;
it takes time to detoxify the soil and open the soil pores so the soil microbes can multiply and begin releasing nutrients as crops need them.
Converting to organic growing continued: first lets
talk Soil Microbes, Beneficial Insects, Soil Invertebrates
Many inputs used in modern agriculture are toxic to soil microbes, beneficial insects and soil invertebrates (such as earthworms)
that cycle nutrients and make them available to plants. Each grain of healthy soil (about a thimbleful) contains several billion microbes, includ- ing bacteria,
fungi, actinomycetes and algae. Fungi are the primary invaders, breaking down residue left in the highly-aerobic surface layer to a point where bacteria and
actinomycetes can continue the process in the top
2-6 of soil. The final result is humus, which provides highly-available nutrients to plants. Microbes produce their weight in humus everyday. Some bacteria and
algae also fix free nitrogen from the air, which contains
78% nitrogen. In a healthy acre of soil, these microbes fix 100 lbs. of nitrogen per acre into plant available forms each growing season. In addition,
earthworms produce. 700 lbs. of casting in one acre of healthy soil each day. Beneficial insects digest other insects, nematodes and residue, producing even more
Beneficial nematodes consume other nematodes, reducing or eliminating root damage and supplying avail- able nutrients. This incredible army in the soil supplies
most of the nutrients necessary for prolific crop growth as long as the proper substrates and environment are provided. However, the addition of toxins to the system
inhibits their activity.
Converting to organic growing continued: second lets
Salt-based fertilizers such as Ammonium Nitrate and Potassium Chloride inhibit the natural systems in the soil.
Their use maximizes luxury growth of many crops (and weeds), but because tissue solute levels (BRIX%) are very low and leaf cuticles weak,
crops are more vulner- able to insect attack. Increased insecticide and herbicide applications become necessary, further degrading the natural ecosystem
in the soil. As the soil ecosystem degrades, it opens niches for pathogenic fungi, nem- atodes and other non-beneficial invaders to populate the soil,
and the farmer must increase the use of fungi- cides, nematicides and insecticides to control damage and diseases caused by the offending invaders.
One can begin to see how the use of toxic chemicals creates a never-ending upward spiral in the use of chemical inputs and an equal, but opposite,
downward spiral in the level of beneficial soil biological activity, which can result in reduced profit margins.
Converting to organic growing continued: third lets
Continuous mono-cropping of the land, especially with row crops that remove large amounts of nutrients from the soil,
reduces the soil's ability to produce viable crops year after year. In addition to reduced yields, the crops become more susceptible to disease
and insect attack. For example, successive corn crops without crop rota- tion leads to nitrogen depletion, and the farmer must add increased levels
of nitrogen in order to produce a viable crop. Insects and other pests that attack corn are able to multiply and thrive on the susceptible corn crop,
so the farmer must increase the use of pesticides. However, the pests develop resistance to the pesticides faster than the farmer can raise the treat
rates or try new combina- tions of pesticides.
Converting to organic growing continued: forth lets
Lack of attention to soil chemical imbalance leads to conditions that reduce the availability of nutrients.
For example, continued applications of dolomite lime to acidic soil leads to the buildup of soil magnesium levels. Calcium flocculates the soil
(loosens the soil by forming a glue in conjunction with humus polysaccharides, and organic acids paste together the fine clay fraction into stable soil aggregates),
and the farmer enjoys the benefi- cial effects until the magnesium level reaches 14 or 15% (depending on what method of analysis is used). The soil then turns into
a solid mass, reducing its capability of holding oxygen and other nutrients (magnesium also becomes unavailable at this point). Crops look chlorotic and have
difficulty getting established, and increased levels of fertilizer are necessary to produce a crop.
Converting to organic growing continued: fifth
In the attempt to create a clean seedbed, farmers often run over the field five or six times in a growing season.
Although a fine seedbed is required when planting a fine- seeded crop such as alfalfa or mixed hay crops, these crops are only planted every
four years or more. Com- paction becomes problematic when crops are planted each year on the same ground using traditional tillage methods
(moldboard plowing, disking, dragging, etc.) with heavy modern equipment. For example, a farmer under contract who plants vegetable row crops on the
same ground each year feels pressure to plant the crop by a certain date to gain optimum yields and meet con- tractual harvest dates, so he disks and plows
the field in the fall to incorporate the crop residue so the field dries out faster in the spring. The plowing brings new weed seeds to the surface that
create a healthy blanket of weeds by spring that must be disked in or field-cultivated before final seedbed preparation. Then the field must be run over
with the disk twice more before planting (if the weather cooperates). In the effort to create a clean, fine seedbed, the repeated trips over the field
compact the soil and break down the soil aggregates, resulting in pore space reduction that leads to the same soil condi- tion as too much magnesium.
Root growth and microbial activity are inhibited and oxygen and nutrient availability are reduced.
Converting to organic growing continued: sixth
The same practices that cause soil compaction also reduce microbial activity in the plow layer.
When the moldboard plow turns over the soil, placing organic material underneath the more aerobic topsoil, it inhib- its microbial breakdown
of the residue into humus. The first microbes to break down the residue are fungi, which funnel nitrogen out of the soil into the crop residue through their
mycelium. The carbon and oxygen from the loose crop residue and the nitrogen from the soil provide the elements necessary for prolific fungal growth.
Crop residue must remain in the top 4 inches of soil for this process to be effective. For example, fungi are ineffective and lack of oxygen slows
the ability of bacterial microbes to break down old corn stalk residue if it is plowed under and rests six or eight inches below the soil surface.
Under these conditions, it takes up to several years to break down. In addition, nutrients such as nitrogen and potassium, which are released
as the residue breaks down, leach into the groundwater rather than becoming available to the roots that proliferate in the top 4-6 inches of soil.
Converting to a more sustainable system does not come quickly or but it is relatively easy . When considering all the mitigating factors,
conversion can be implemented on part of the farm on a trial basis to enable the farmer to ease into the new system .
The first step is reading this article about sustainable practices and soil fertility as it relates to your soil biology.
The second step is sending us soil samples and talking to our specialist about your objectives call/txt 860 436 7034. The third step is writing down the practices applicable to your farm.
The fourth step is reviewing our recomendations. The fifth step is identifying if you need new tools to apply the liquid fertilizer.
The sixth step is putting together a specific working plan identifying any changes from previous chemical practices.
We can do it together please call call/txt 860 436 7034.
The choice of methods depends on the soil type, fertil- ity levels, base saturation balance, type of crops and soil tilth.
Biological activity is maximized when the soil chemistry is in balance. The first method to put into prac- tice is soil testing.
The saturation percentages of the base (Cationic) elements (Ca, Mg, K, Na, and H) and the cation exchange capacity of the soil are extremely relevant
to creating the right conditions for microbial and root growth and nutrient uptake. Major adjustments to this balance take time; if the soil is too
far out of balance, it may not be economically effective depending on the potential productivity of the soil and the potential value of the crops to
be grown on that soil. Major adjustments in base saturation often involve addition of lime (calcitic or dolomite), sulfate and/or potassium sulfate.
Aggrand Natural Organic Fertilizer
The second method to put into practice is the addition of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3, which stimulates microbial activity
in the soil and supplies additional nutrients to the crop. Microbes and other soil life require oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and trace amounts of
other elements to proliferate. AGGRAND Natural Fer- tilizer contains the elements necessary for proliferation of soil life in the form of proteins, enzymes,
hormones, humus substances, vitamins, sugars and synergistic compounds. Higher application levels of AGGRAND are required early in the conversion process
as chemical fertilization is eliminated. It is possible to recoup the cost of high application rates during the first two or three years when growing
high-value crops such as tomatoes or melons, but most situations require a gradual decline in chemical fertilizer applications while maintaining moderate
levels of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer applications.
For example, the gradual reduction scheme for sweet corn involves reducing the standard chemical fertilizer rate by 50 percent in the first year,
75 percent in the second year and elimination in the third year. The initial AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer application rate focuses on the nitrogen,
phosphorus and potassium (N-P-K) require- ment for sweet corn on a specific soil. If the fertility level of the particular soil requires the addition
of 100 lbs. of nitrogen,
50 lbs. of phosphorus and 20 lbs. of potassium per acre, 50 percent of this requirement is supplied by the chemical fertilizer in the first year,
25 percent in the second year and 0 percent in the third year. The soil life (through the release of nutrients as excrement and rupture of cell
membranes upon death) supplies some nutrients. While AGGRAND directly supplies some of the nutrient need, it supplies others through the synergistic
compounds that release unavailable nutrients by stimulating soil chemistry and others through the stimu- lation of soil biological activity.
On average soil that is not overly burned out by chemicals or compacted, apply 10 percent of the remaining fertilizer need (focusing on the need for the
remaining nitrogen requirement since it is often the limiting factor in sweet corn production). Ten percent of 50 lbs. equates to five lbs. of nitrogen
supplied by AGGRAND. It takes 120 lbs. of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer (about 12 gallons) to meet this need.
In the second and third year of the conversion pro- cess, it is a good practice to apply the same amount of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer to the crop to give the
soil ecosystem a chance to develop. In the following years, a 10-20 percent reduction per year may be pos- sible depending on the other sustainable methods that
have been employed. The minimum application rate for AGGRAND is one gallon per acre per year for crops such as hay and small grains and three gallons per acre per
year for vegetable crops and citrus (rates may be reduced even further by using low volume sprayers).
Adding one gallon of AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal
0-12-0 per acre banded at planting stimulates early growth and development of many crops, including sweet corn, because microbial release of phosphate is minimal in cool, wet soil. The addition of 1-2 pints of AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash 0-0-8 per acre banded at planting aids in the development of strong stems and roots on sandy and organic soils (soils with low potassium saturation). Positive responses to AGGRAND fertilizers are also obtained when foliar applications are 4-6 tall. The stimulation of early growth and establishment of high value vegetable crops is what often makes these crops profitable. The second window for foliar applications is during the pre-bloom stage, while the last window is after fruit set, up to three weeks before final harvest. During the pre-bloom stage, 1-3 gallons of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer are applied. Some crops may respond to the addition of 1-2 gallons of AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal and/or 1-2 pints of AGGRAND Natu- ral Kelp and Sulfate of Potash per acre to the tank mix at pre-bloom. During the fruit fill pre-harvest stage, the application of 1-3 gallons of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer or 1-2 pints of AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash lengthens the harvest period and increases the fruit shelf-life. The rates and combinations vary accord- ing to soil fertility, crop type and developmental stage.
Aggrand Natural Organic Fertilizer and Organic Matter
The third method to put into practice is the addition of organic matter to the soil, which offsets the need to apply high amounts of AGGRAND
in the first couple of years. Cover crops, manure, compost and residue from previous crops can supply a large portion of the nutrient require- ments for many crops.
In the sweet corn example, if alfalfa was the previous crop, the initial application of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer and chemical nitrogen is reduced because the
alfalfa supplies as much as 100 lbs. of nitrogen in the first year, 50 lbs. in the second year and 25 lbs. in the third year, while also supplying appreciable
levels of other nutrients. The chemical nitrogen application is reduced to 25 lbs. applied as a starter to ensure rapid growth in the early stages of development
during the first two years. The AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer application is reduced to six gallons per year in the first three years (instead of 12 gallons), which
still promotes increased proliferation of microbial activity. In this example, enough nitrogen is supplied during the first and second years by the preceding crop and chemical nitrogen. In the third year, the alfalfa, crop residue, biological activity and AGGRAND will supply enough nitrogen for another sweet corn crop; an alter- nate plan involves rotating in a small grain or another legume such as beans. The rotation effect, return of crop residue and AGGRAND applications produce opti- mum yields of succeeding crops in the fourth and fifth years. The AGGRAND application rate is reduced by
10-20 percent each year thereafter, until the minimum threshold is reached, which will maintain crop produc- tivity levels and soil biological activity.
By the fifth year, the field is rotated back to alfalfa.
The alfalfa is maintained for four years or more depending on severity of climatic conditions. This
10-year rotation plan is much more sustainable, less expensive and produces optimum yields of successive crops throughout the rotation.
Organic Farmers Miminize Tillage
Other methods such as minimum tillage can be incor- porated into this plan. The land only needs to be plowed once on the alfalfa,
sweet corn, small grain and bean rotation (before alfalfa planting). Minimum tillage for row crops and small grains involves special â€œno-tillâ€
planters that are effective in planting through stubble. Special once-over tillage machines are also available and provide effective seedbed preparation
in one or two passes. Minimum tillage reduces weed competi- tion, keeps residue near the soil surface where it can be broken down quickly by fungi and bacteria,
reduces compaction, protects the soil from erosion and mini- mizes leaching of nutrients into the groundwater. Numerous beneficial effects become apparent
as the conversion process proceeds:
*Heavier soils become looser and more friable as stable aggregates form.
*Lighter soils become stickier and less porous.
*Earthworms begin to proliferate (an indicator of a bal- anced soil ecosystem).
*Crops are less susceptible to insect and disease attack.
*Seed weights, seed protein, BRIX (tissue sugar levels)
and forage protein levels increase.
*Livestock become healthier (higher milk production, faster weight gains, lower vet bills).
*Crops are more tolerant of drought, heat and cold.
*Crops are darker green in color, mature earlier and recover quicker from stress.
*Crops exhibit increased nutrient and water use efficiency.
*Costs of production decrease.
Spray it on using extra course droplet size
XR TeeJet; Turbo FloodJet and StreamJet Series 7.5, 5 and 4
For best performance, select nozzles that deliver coarse to
extra-coarse droplet size. Coarse droplets lend themselves
well to AGGRAND products and reduce the tendency for
product applications to drift into unintended areas. To reduce
spray nozzle clogging in fi eld, backpack or handheld sprayers,
remove the screen(s) from just before the end of the nozzle.
AGGRAND recommends the following TeeJetÂ® Technologies
spray nozzles for fi eld sprayers: XR TeeJet; Turbo FloodJet
and StreamJet Series 7.5, 5 and 4. Always consult the manufacturerâ€™s
recommendations in the unitâ€™s ownerâ€™s manual.
In foliar applications, the addition of a biodegradable sufactant
can improve results by increasing adhesion to the leaf
surface. For best results apply AGGRAND fertilizers out of direct
sun in early morning or late evening. Do not apply before
or after rainfall or irrigation.
Here is a you tube video explaining
how to collect a soil sample to mail in for analysis. You will receive
results and specific recomendations from Aggrand once the results are in