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AGGRAND NEWS 2007

AGGRAND Generates Outstanding Corn Yield

 

Few enterprises are as time-sensitive as farming. But for farmer Richard Ward of Seaman, Ohio, a combination of AGGRAND 4-3-3 and AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime yielded his best crop ever, even though he planted late.

 

Ward has been using AGGRAND 4-3-3 and AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime for seven years on a variety of crops with great success.

 

This year, because of other obligations, Ward wasn’t able to plant his corn until the third week of June. On top of that, he planted the corn in a field that had been used to graze cattle and hadn’t been fertilized in the 47 years he has lived on the farm.

 

To make up lost time, Ward sprayed on a popular herbicide to defoliate the field. Three days later, he “no-tilled” the soil with a corn blender.

 

Immediately after planting (Bio-G) the corn, it began to rain and Ward couldn't spray the AGGRAND 4-3-3/ Liquid Lime mix as he wanted. High temperatures (100 degrees F) followed the rain in the southern Ohio area.

 

During the hot spell, Ward decided to use a higher concentrate of the AGGRAND 4-3-3 and AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime because he knew he was only going to be able to fertilize once. Using a 200-gallon spray tank mixed with 4 gallons of 4-3-3 and 4 gallons of liquid lime he fertilized the 5 acres of corn.

 

“I only needed to fertilize once,” Ward said. “The corn never stopped growing.”

 

 

dekalb, pioneer, cury seeds, seed corn, AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer produced large, full and plump ears of corn.AGGRAND Produces Consistently Impressive Results

By the Fourth of July the corn was knee high. By the third week of July, Ward's corn was chest high and by the first week of August the corn was over his head. By the first and second week in September the corn was tasselling and was matured (denting) by the third to fourth week of September.

 

“These cobs are as big around as soda pop cans and 12 to 14 inches long,” Ward said. “The yield was great because there were so many kernels on each cob.”

 

An added benefit to the exceptional corn crop was the stimulation of dormant clover that grew between the rows. Although Ward didn’t remember clover having been there, it seemed a combination of the AGGRAND 4-3-3/liquid lime mix, the right amount of rain and the higher than normal temperatures stimulated clover growth. Ward was happy about the clover because he planned to harvest half of the corn and leave the remaining corn and clover standing to feed the deer for hunting season.

 

“The AGGRAND products have been nothing less than fantastic,” Ward said.

 

Prior to his introduction to AGGRAND natural fertilizer, Ward used high analysis chemicals (19-19-19, 6-24-24). Facing rapidly rising prices of chemical fertilizers and fuel, lower yields and the amount of time spent in the field tending to the crops, AGGRAND becomes a “no brainer,” Ward said.

 

“I’ve been farming my entire life and I’ve had my ups and downs like everybody else,” Ward said. “But I’ll tell you I have never experienced the consistently impressive results I’ve had with AGGRAND 4-3-3 and AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime during these past six or seven years. It exceeds all of my expectations.”

Who Makes the AGGRAND Products?

 

fertilizer production, organic fertilizer mixingWalt Sandbeck stands beside the AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer blending tank at the Superior, Wis. production center.Walt Sandbeck is “the fertilizer man.” He’s the one who supervises the production of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer and other AGGRAND products in the fertilizer plant in Superior, Wisconsin.

 

“I make the fertilizer from the ground up,” Sandbeck said. “If it’s in a bottle, I put it there.”

 

He’s a horticulturist with a degree from the University of Virginia.

 

“He’s well-read, intelligent, personable and knowledgeable, especially about how plants grow,” said Greg Sawyer, AGGRAND manager.

 

Sandbeck grew up growing things. “I was raised in a gardening environment,” Sandbeck said. “My mother and grandmother passed their green thumbs on to me.”

 

For nearly 20 years, Sandbeck, along with his wife Ellen, owned Sandbeck Park Landscaping, first in California, then Duluth, Minnesota.

 

Ellen, too, is an authority in her own right. She has written books on healthy, natural and nontoxic gardening.

 

AGGRAND Puts the “Green” in Any Gardener’s Thumb

Sandbeck’s experience in landscaping and gardening made him a perfect fit for his position.

 

The AGGRAND fertilizer formula is the result of extensive testing. Comparison studies are done on a continual basis in the AGGRAND Growth Center. “AGGRAND is always the best fertilizer of any we test,” Sandbeck said.

 

Sandbeck has created a smooth, trouble-free operation at AGGRAND. “I’ve tweaked the fertilizer production process to make it as efficient as possible,” Sandbeck said. That’s no easy feat given the 4-3-3 fertilizer is produced using a two-step process involving 11 different ingredients and two full days of blending. In fact, AGGRAND contains more ingredients than any other fish fertilizer on the market.

 

AGGRAND demand is greatest from March to September each year. However, 2006 AGGRAND sales were the highest in the company’s history. “It was all we could do to keep up,” said Sandbeck.

 

He expects another busy fertilizer season next year. He strongly urges customers to plan ahead and order early and “make 2007 the best AGGRAND year ever.”

Why Seaweed in AGGRAND Products?

 

Coastal people have been using Ascophyllum nodosum, a brown seaweed commonly known as Norwegian kelp, for centuries as a source of organic matter for improving spare sandy soils. Kelp is a source of essential trace minerals and cytokinins, a family of natural plant growth regulators that enhance plant development, color and vigor.

 

The kelp used in AGGRAND products comes from the Atlantic coast of Canada. It contains more than 60 naturally occurring major and minor nutrients and amino acids. Active ingredients include the trace minerals boron, molybdenum, copper, iron, zinc, manganese, silicon and cobalt.

 

ascophylllum Commercial seaweed extracts first appeared on the market in 1950. By the early 1960s they were accepted for feeding of numerous crops because the application of kelp extracts increased the level of dissolved sugars (Brix) in fruit, and demonstrated increased root and bud development over crops to which no kelp was applied.

 

Kelp is integral to the effectiveness of two of the most popular AGGRAND products: the 4-3-3 Natural Fertilizer with Kelp and 0-0-8 Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash.

 

One of the recognized benefits of kelp applications has been increased tolerance to disease. The use of kelp in a foliar program has been shown to strengthen cell walls and to facilitate the absorption of nutrients by plant roots. Specifically, the benefits of kelp are even more apparent when it is applied at particular stages in the growth cycle.

 

Ascophyllum extracts are effective in disease suppression through increased activity of protective enzymes (antioxidants) that target oxidizing ‘toxins’ produced by the disease pathogen. This increase in the plant’s ability to ward off disease is called systemic acquired response (SAR). Kelp is also high in potassium (K), which regulates osmosis and cell pressure and reduces the susceptibility to insect and disease attack. It also stimulates rooting, photosynthesis, chlorophyll formation, starch formation and the movement of sugars through the plant tissues, which means better tasting fruit and vegetables.

 

AGGRAND Feeds Soil Microbes or Antioxidants Aren’t Just for Humans

Studies have shown that the introduction of microbes into plant growth cycles generates an anti-oxidative environment in the soil. This in turn can lead to an increased accumulation of antioxidants in the plant tissues, contributing to the general state of health.

AGGRAND HORTIFACT

The Poinsettia (euphorbia pulcherrima), is also known as flor de nochebuena (flower of Christmas eve) in its native Central America. It was introduced to the U.S. by J.R. Poinsett, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, in the 1820s.

 

In its native habitat, the Poinsettia can grow a dozen feet tall. The milky sap has been used to control fevers, and the Aztecs used the brilliant leaves (called bracts) for a bright red dye. It was Montezuma’s favorite ornamental plant. Last year’s U.S. crop had a wholesale value of more than $200 million.

Feed Your Christmas Cactus for Next Flowering

 

Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus) is a mouthful-of-a-name for a species of plant native to Brazil that has become a popular houseplant for its spectacular seasonal blooming habit that ranges in color from pale lavender to yellow, salmon, pink, and bright red. (It is, incidentally, pollinated by hummingbirds in the wild.) As you might have guessed, it isn’t a true cactus, but has flattened, succulent leaves that sprout blossoms from the tips. It is, more precisely, an epiphyte, a plant that lives on another (trees, in this case) without sapping its nutrients. There are several varieties, and most are in bloom around Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter and are commonly given as gifts while in bloom. Schlumbergera are long-lived, too, and easy to propagate, so they often become heirlooms and mother plants for generations of pass-me-down cuttings.

 

schlumbergera, epiphyte, succulent, flowering cactusIf your Schlumbergera has stopped blooming, it is easy to bring into bloom again with just a small amount of extra care.

 

After flowering, Schlumbergeras benefit from four to six weeks of rest with a minimal amount of water. At this point, prune any wayward stems. This will encourage increased flower production next season. After the resting period, begin regular watering again, doing so only when the soil is dry in the top one inch. Fertilize with a mixture of 2 oz/gallon AGGRAND 4-3-3 and 1oz/gallon AGGRAND Kelp and Sulfate of Potash once a month. Don’t let the plant sit in water at any time, empty the water saucer or water it in a sink.

 

Your Christmas cactus can move outside into dappled shade (never direct sun) after the last frost. It will perk up considerably as you continue the monthly feedings. In late summer or fall, when frost is forthcoming, bring it back indoors and stop fertilizing so bud development can begin.

 

Flowering is stimulated by either of two conditions: low temperature or low light. If the Christmas cactus can be kept between 55 and 60 degrees F for the next six weeks, bud development will begin. If ambient temperatures are too high, then the plant must be provided with at least 13-15 hours of uninterrupted darkness. Either put it in a closet when you come home from work and bring it out again before you leave in the morning, or cover the plant with a dark cloth or bag for the appropriate time each day. When buds begin to form, give the plant more warmth and light, water regularly to keep the soil moist (not wet), and you’re on your way to the next flower show.

AGGRAND Saves the Day, Petunias revived

 

purple petunias, white petunia, “Recently we got a gift of potted petunia plants from our granddaughter Emma, who is four years old,” Reid said. It was in pretty sad shape and without blooms. We knew Emma would look for it on her next visit and we were afraid it wasn’t going to make it. My wife, Pat, mixed up some AGGRAND and gave it a good drink, and in less than a week it was revived with two new blooms.”

 

The Reids recently moved to North Carolina. They use AGGRAND for all of their growing needs, Reid said.

 

“One of the holly bushes had catastrophic heart failure and lost all of its greenery. I trimmed it back, and watered it with a light mixture of AGGRAND fertilizer. The greenery is all back with new growth and it’s catching up in size to the six other bushes.”

AGGRAND Liquid Fertilizers Keep Hay Fields Producing

 

When Jeff and Lynn Tuttle started growing hay on an abandoned hog farm in Oklahoma in 2006, they didn’t expect to weather their first season as farmers without rain.

 

“There has been a major drought the last two summers,” Tuttle said. “It rivaled the dust bowl era in Oklahoma. Thanks to AGGRAND liquid fertilizer, the root system on our pastures was able to endure. Many local pastures were badly damaged, or reduced to sand lots.”

 

Despite the conditions, Tuttle had a satisfactory hay yield last year and expects even greater production in the 2007 growing season.

 

Tuttle credits AGGRAND Liquid 4-3-3 and Liquid Lime for his success.

 

“The root system is healthier and more drought resistant,” he said. “That’s the real benefit of AGGRAND. It’s like putting money in the bank.”

 

Using AGGRAND organic liquid fertilizers for his crop, Tuttle has improved the pH balance critical for root growth.

 

“It’s like turning the switch when you get the proper pH,” Tuttle said. ”AGGRAND organic fertilizer is a long term investment in your crops and hay fields. It is easy to apply and will not burn grass or pollute ground water. It promotes root growth by revitalizing the soil, and increases production and drought resistance.”

 

Besides using a good organic fertilizer, such as AGGRAND, patience is vital, Tuttle said.

 

The farm, on the outskirts of Spiro, Oklahoma, is located in “real country,” Tuttle said. People there long have done things a certain way, using chemical fertilizers and chicken manure. “The crops and pastures become more dependent on rain as the soil is stripped of its nutrients,” he said.

 

Using organic fertilizers that replace nutrients in the soil and strengthen the root system of the crop may initially seem to take longer, he said, but actually is an investment in the land.

 

spot sprayerWhen Tuttle first began to farm the fields, he had to spray them with an “environmentally friendly” herbicide to knock out the weeds that had overgrown the good Bermuda grass.

 

Then he applied AGGRAND 4-3-3 and AGGRAND Liquid Lime together to bring up the pH balance of the soil.

 

“The weeds started dropping, and the grass was growing strong,” Tuttle said. “The first cut yielded ninety-seven, 1000-pound round bales of hay. This was about twice the yield of other area farms.”

 

The fields underwent a second cut last summer. Rather than following the habit of the local farmers of cutting down to the soil, Tuttle left about 4 inches of grass on the fields and put down another round of the AGGRAND fertilizers.

 

He has not had to re-seed the land and the weeds have not returned.

 

Hay Farmer Projects Greater Yield With AGGRAND

The 2007 season is underway and Tuttle has once again fertilized with the AGGRAND fertilizers.

 

Water isn’t a problem this year, he said.

 

“It has been a wet winter and the land is saturated, the ponds are full.”

 

He expects an early cut at the end of May this year. In fact, he’s predicting a third cut for the season.

 

“I think the AGGRAND is really going to take off and show this year and going into next year,” he said. “It’s a matter of being patient. Because of what we’ve done, I’m anticipating about a 50 percent increase in production.”

 

He also expects it won’t be long before others in the community are looking to buy AGGRAND products.

 

“The healthy grass growing on our property has not grown unnoticed,” Tuttle said. “This is a close community, and people share information to help each other out. Our pastures are going to be a showcase. People talk and people look. People are watching.”

AGGRAND Gets to the Root of Trees, Shrubs

 

One of the most effective methods for fertilizing older or larger woody plants such as trees and shrubs is deep root feeding below the root zone of a lawn.

 

The ideal fertilizer for deep root feeding is a liquid, low salt product, such as AGGRAND 4-3-3 Fish-Kelp fertilizer containing chelated macro and micronutrients that releases slowly into the root zone.

 

Several application methods are used for deep root feeding. All of these methods involve penetrating the root zone around the drip line of the tree or shrub (the feeder roots form a circle 2 feet to 4 feet wide around the drip line). One method is to pierce, dig or drill a number of holes in the ground 6 inches to 12 inches deep to receive the fertilizer solution. Another method is to roto-till around the drip line, 2 inches to 3 inches, just deep enough to break up the sod but not deep enough to disturb many of the surface roots of the tree or shrub. Then use a soaker hose or a hose-end sprayer to apply the fertilizer. This method may not be possible on shallow-rooted trees such as maples.

 

A third approach is to apply the fertilizer without any previous tillage. A longer time must be allowed to effectively penetrate the root zone.

 

The fourth method uses a hollow tree spike through which the fertilizer is injected into the root zone. It may be impractical to use this method on highly compacted soils; in this situation it is better to bore a hole or till.

 

Tree and shrub fertilizers usually are applied in the early spring or in the fall. When performing deep root feeding by injection or through bored holes around trees and shrubs, use a grid pattern with points every two or three feet starting at least a foot away from the base of the tree or shrub and extending one or two feet outside the drip line. Start from the trunk on larger trees. AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer should be applied at the rate of 4 ounces to 32 ounces per tree depending on trunk diameter.

 

The ratio of water to fertilizer is three or four ounces of fertilizer to one gallon of water for hand watering down to one half ounce per gallon for injection and soaker hoses. When pouring the AGGRAND 4-3-3 solution into holes, put one quart of solution into each hole.

 

Younger trees and shrubs and those in sandy soils need half of the above rate applied in the spring and fall.

 

Asparagus: A Very Fast Food

 

When Augustus said “Quicker than you can cook asparagus,” he was referring to the very few minutes of steaming fresh asparagus requires before it’s ready to receive a blanket of garlic and butter.

 

The succulent spears were held in such high regard by the Romans that in the first century A.D. fast chariots and runners were employed to rush fresh asparagus to the Alpine snowline, where it was kept chilled for 6 months until the Feast of Epicurus.

 

‘Sparrow grass,’ ‘sparragrass’ or just plain ‘grass,’ as it is referred to by commercial producers is not only speedy to prepare, but, under the proper conditions, the shoots can shoot up 10 inches in one day.

 

 

AGGRAND Liquids Prepare Soil, Nourish Roots For Healthy Asparagus Plants

 

Allow a sunny space for the asparagus row that won’t shade other plants when the unharvested shoots grow into 5-foot to 6-foot feathery shrublets. Alternatively, the asparagus can be planted to provide summer shade for greens or cooler-weather crops. (Asparagus thickets were said to have concealed Perigyne, beloved of Theseus.)

 

Dig a furrow about a foot deep and wide, and as long as space allows. Create a mound down the center of the trench using a mixture of compost, composted manure or leaf mold mixed about half and half with garden soil. Apply AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal mixed 6 ounces per gallon of water down the entire row. Use about a gallon of solution per 10 feet of row.

 

Soak the roots in a weak solution of AGGRAND 4-3- 3, 1 ounce of AGGRAND 4-3-3 in a gallon of water,  for 15 minutes before planting. Then, spread the asparagus root crowns out over the mound in the trench 18 to 24 inches apart, making a slight mound beneath each crown.

 

Once the crowns are in place, cover them gently with 2 to 3 inches of compost and water in thoroughly with more of the weak 4-3-3 solution. As the shoots begin to appear, spread the remaining soil compost mixture around them until only the top one inch is showing. Repeat this process every week until the soil is used up.

 

At this point, water thoroughly with 3 ounces to one gallon 4-3-3 and 4 ounces to one gallon of 0-12-0 Bonemeal once per month during the growing season. Mulch with compost or shredded leaves to retain moisture. Be patient. While it takes only a few minutes to cook asparagus, it takes time for the plant to mature for harvest. Do not harvest any spears during the first growing season, and for only two weeks the next. By the third season, you should be able to harvest a full four-to-six weeks or more.

 

 

 

AGGRAND HORTIFACTS

 

Asparagus

 

growing asparagus, asparagus officianalis, liliaceaAsparagus (asparagus officianalis) has been wild harvested in the Mediterranean region and Asia Minor for more than 2000 years. It is a member of the lily family (liliacea), which includes the lily, gladiolus, hosta and tulip.

 

The name is derived from the Greek asparagos, meaning ‘sprout’ or ‘shoot.’ The Romans brought it into cultivation around 200 B.C. Its popularity grew throughout Europe, appearing in England by perhaps 1000 A.D., where it was called ‘sperage’ or ‘sperach’ until the Latin name was adopted sometime in the 16th century.

 

Around the same time, asparagus was being touted as an aphrodisiac in certain Arabic texts, and was famously used by Mme. Pompadour in 18th century France to enhance, well, her delight. It finally arrived in America with early settlers, but was not formally cultivated here until sometime around 1850.

 

Adventures with Dill

 

Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a well-known pickling, cooking and medicinal herb that originated in the eastern Mediterranean and spread, following trade routes throughout Asia and India.

 

The common name, dill, derives from the Norse dylla, meaning ‘soothing’ or ‘lulling’ because of its effectiveness at relieving indigestion, stomach cramps and gas.

 

According to Dioscorides, the Greeks used dill to flavor wine. Greek and Roman soldiers placed burning dill seeds on wounds to promote healing.

 

Charlemagne provided vials of dill seed at the supper table to cure hiccups in overindulgent guests, and dill tea water has been used at least since medieval times to relieve colic in infants. A bag of dried dill weed over the heart also was believed to provide protection from hexes.

 

dill weed, dill pickleFor best leaf production in the garden, dill requires full sun and protection from the wind. It prefers cool weather and moist, well-drained soil.

 

Seeds should be planted, barely covered, after danger of frost. Keep weeded and thin to 6 to 8 inches apart. Once dill goes to seed, it will self sow readily.

 

Dill weed (leaves) can be harvested any time and used fresh or refrigerated up to a week. Dill seed should be dried before saving.

 

Dill seed tea: For upset stomach, crush one to two teaspoons of dried seeds in a cup and fill with boiling water. Steep for 10- 15 minutes, strain and drink. Feel better!

AGGRAND Produces ‘Living’ Gift

 

Kim Krueger-Messer wanted to give her mother a special, “living” Mother’s Day gift last summer.

 

Krueger-Messer of Lake City, Minnesota enlisted her two sons to help landscape and plant flower gardens for her mother. It was a daunting job since the yard had been treated with chemicals for 30 years, she said.

 

“We tried to dig up the sod with shovels,” Krueger- Messer said. “No luck, even though I thoroughly soaked the whole front yard the night before to make it easier to dig. We ended up renting a sod cutter.”

 

They started with plants that were bare root or from seed. “We added just enough compost to fill the voids where we dug up the sod and to fill in and cover the mounds made out of the dead sod,” Krueger-Messer said.

 

She first used Miracle Grow, known for staining users’ fingers when they mix it. “I got not much more than blue fingers,” she said.

 

Then, Krueger-Messer discovered AGGRAND products. “The fact that I didn’t have to mix anything or get blue fingers was a great bonus right off the top,” she said.

 

Within three days she saw the AGGRAND working. “Everything was a beautiful deep green, half again as big as it was Saturday morning,” Krueger-Messer said.

 

“Leaves were budding out on some plants and tons of blossoms on others.”

 

In its very first year, her mother’s new garden continued to produce beautiful flowers and plants throughout the growing season.

AGGRAND Gives You Flower Power AGGRAND Liquid Fertilizer and AGGRAND Liquid 4-3-3 were used in the soil of a single dahlia root planted in April 2006. By August a hearty, bloom-filled bush was thriving in the garden, all because of AGGRAND Natural Liquid Fertilizers.

AGGRAND Hortifact

 

Garlic, despite its fetid reputation, has traveled with restless humanity from its modest ancestral home in central Turkey throughout most of the continents and cuisines of the world. Turkey’s allium tunicelianum is regarded as the probable ancestor of all familiar varieties of allium sativum, our own very well-regarded “Stinking Rose.”

 

Garlic’s first recorded use was by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia, with later records indicating heavy use by the Egyptians as early as 3200 B.C. The pyramid builders (laborers) fortified themselves with garlic every day, a fact that is inscribed on the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The “Ebers Codex”, an early Egyptian medical treatise from about 1550 B.C., listed 22 different medicinal formulae containing garlic.

 

In the 4th century B.C., The Greek Hippocrates recommended garlic for pneumonia, infections, cancers, and digestive disorders, and also touted its diuretic properties. His Roman counterpart, Galen, personal physician to Emperor Marcus Aurelius, recommended it for a wide variety of ailments, as have healers through the ages, from Hildegarde of Bingen to Louis Pasteur and Albert Schweitzer.

 

Today, in the U.S., we have become increasingly more aware of garlic’s tasty benefits. Consumption in this country tripled to 3.1 pounds per capita in the 1990s, as acreage increased from 16,000 to 41,000 during the same period.

 

DNA testing has shown that there are probably only 10 distinct varieties of garlic, and it is climate and soil conditions that contribute to the variables in flavor and pungency.

 

Milner and Song of Penn State University have discovered that when cooking with garlic, haste is indeed waste. If chopped or squeezed garlic is allowed to sit for 10 minutes before heating, an enzyme starts a chemical reaction that produces compounds critical to garlic’s cancer fighting properties. If chopped and heated immediately, many of these properties are lost.

 

 

QUICK GARLIC GROWING GUIDE

 

Plant in the fall 4-6 weeks before the first HARD frost, in soil enriched with compost or organic matter.

 

Feed with AGGRAND 0-0-8 Kelp and Sulfate of Potash and 0-12-0 Natural Liquid Bonemeal at planting: 2 oz/gallon 0-0-8 and 5 oz/gallon 0-12-0. Repeat in early spring when greening begins.

 

Feed with 3 oz/gallon AGGRAND 4-3-3 Liquid Natural Fertilizer, and 2 oz/gallon 0-0-8 once every two weeks until flower stalks have uncurled.

 

Garlic tops, called scapes, are delicious when harvested when they have just curled. Remove the bud and chop into salads and even blend into pesto. It is much milder than the garlic bulbs themselves. Harvesting the scapes can result in larger garlic bulbs later on.

 

Water garlic regularly (one inch per week) and mulch, mulch, mulch to keep weed competition down.

 

Discontinue watering about two weeks before harvest and harvest when about 1⁄2 the leaves are brown or have died back. There should be 5 or 6 green leaves remaining to insure that there are enough papery bulb wrappers to protect the bulb in storage.

 

Dig up the bulbs carefully, loosening the soil under them with a garden fork, perhaps, and air dry in a cool, dry place on window screens, or tie two bulbs together by the stems and hang over the garage rafters.

Food Plots Preserve Wildlife

 

It’s the time of year to plant your Fall food plots for wildlife, a time you can restore nature’s supply for animals of the forests and fields.

 

There are several good reasons for growing food plots: as an alternative to baiting, to encourage increased antler development, increase herd development, provide year-round foraging, improve nutrient and vitamin supplementation, reduce outbreaks of bovine tuberculosis, improve wildlife habitation, and enhance beauty for people who love to watch wildlife flourish.

 

Food plots provide great forage for deer, turkeys, pheasants and other game. The variety of grains, clovers, beans and grasses offer game animals the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed to maintain a healthy existence and prepare them for winter. Different species of clover and alfalfa maintain their greenness under the snow, allowing foraging deer better choices of food during the bleak winter months. This gives game a much better chance of survival.

 

Food plots range in size from 100 square feet to dozens of acres. They are grown in every area of the country and in all types of soils. The recommendations for starting your food plot are as follows:

 

turkey food plot, deer plot, hunting, dove, pheasant, mule deer, hunting guide• Bush-hog the area then apply Round Up™ to defoliate the food plot. After 10 days, power rake and/or disc the defoliated area of dead leaves and grasses.

 

• Apply your choice of seeds for deer, turkey, pheasant, quail or other wildlife.

 

• Apply a mixture of AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime (NLL) and AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 (NOF) directly after seeding the soil. The amount of NLL and NOF mix ratio will depend on your soil analysis. A typical mix ratio is a gallon of each product to 25 to 40 gallons of water per acre. AGGRAND products offer you the convenience of mixing the products together for application at the same time.

 

Hunters find this is an excellent way to manage wildlife and become involved with the ecology of the systems they are building. Increasingly, hunters are switching from commercial chemical fertilizers to AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 and AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime. That’s because hunters have become increasingly aware of the value of “giving back to nature,” replacing toxic chemicals with natural products that enrich the soil by providing microbial stimulation. This enhances the living and beneficial organisms in the soil that are needed for plants to grow and thrive.

 

Unlike chemical fertilizers, the costs of natural fertilizers remain stable. Because chemical fertilizers contain oil products, they are subject to cost increases as the cost of oil products skyrocket. Natural fertilizers provide you money-saving benefits.

 

Not a hunter? You still benefit from planting food plots because it’s a great way to feed the wildlife and attract them to an area for you to observe them feeding, growing and developing.

AGGRAND application rates and experiences featured here have been submitted by sources independent of AGGRAND. Your experiences may vary. Optimal application rates can vary due to soil condition, crop type, weather patterns and many other factors. AGGRAND recommends and supports soil analysis to determine optimal application rates.