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AGGRAND NEWS 2008

AGGRAND Earns Recognition

 

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3, has been approved for use by certified organic food and crop producers nationwide.

 

“This is so good for our customers and for AGGRAND,” said Greg Sawyer, AGGRAND manager. “We’ve been working toward getting this approval for a number of years. It means our ingredients pass the USDA National Organic Program standards. We are approved by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, which has some of the highest standards in the industry,” Sawyer said.

 

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 is now registered with the USDA and WSDA and is listed on the WSDA website’s Brand Name Materials List (BNML) as an approved product for use in organic food production.

 

“Being approved for use in organic food production opens many doors to the sustainable agriculture market,” Sawyer said.

 

New markets for AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 are: organic crop production, green retailers, high end and specialized nurseries, health food coops, home gardeners, organic cattle and beef production, organic dairy production, field and pasture production, horse and grazing production as in horse racing and jumping, hay production and organic flower production. AGGRAND also is pursuing organic approval for AGGRAND Kelp and Sulfate of Potash 0-0-8.

Late Crop Thrives With AGGRAND 4-3-3

 

One Virginia farmer put AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 to a rigorous test last summer and was amazed by the results.

 

Allen Lawrence, Centreville, Virginia planted 28 acres of soybeans at the end of last July. In a drought.

 

“There had been no rain in 28 days,” Lawrence said.

 

He wanted to find out the difference between planting with chemical fertilizer and AGGRAND 4-3-3 Natural Fertilizer. The acreage he planted had grass growing in it, he said, but he went ahead and planted the soybeans one inch deep.

 

“The grass seeded before the soybeans were up,” Lawrence said.

 

He had sprayed the field earlier with AGGRAND 4-3-3, from a 55-gallon barrel he had purchased in 2005. When he saw the grass seeding, he decided to spray a second time, he said. “And the soybeans just popped up,” Lawrence said. “I’ll be, they came up. If I had used conventional fertilizer, I would have ended up plowing it under. I would have gotten nothing.”

 

All of the conditions, lack of moisture throughout the growing season and planting late, should have kept him from harvesting much on that land, he said.

 

Typically, Lawrence harvests about 10 to 15 bushels an acre - when his fields are planted on time and there’s favorable weather conditions and enough water.

 

He harvested 368 bushels of soybeans from the 28- acre plot. “There was no way I was supposed to get any beans out of there,” he said.

 

His neighbors were skeptical when he planted the soybeans, Lawrence said. They were amazed when they saw his results. “I told them, ‘that’s AGGRAND, I’m tellin’ ya.”’

 

Lawrence said, he takes the products for granted because he assumed the AGGRAND 4-3-3 would still be effective two years after it had been purchased.

 

“I am definitely sold on it,” Lawrence said. “I still have about 28 gallons left and I’m planting early this year.”

 

He has talked to several others nearby who typically use conventional fertilizer, and a couple of them plan to use AGGRAND 4-3-3 Natural Fertilizer next spring.

 

“It’s unheard of,” Lawrence said. “Nobody goes off the conventional fertilizer. They trust it because they’ve been using it for so long.”

 

His great results with AGGRAND and the increasing costs of conventional fertilizers are factors in their decision, Lawrence said.

 

“The price of fertilizer has never been this high,” he said. “AGGRAND is actually cheaper. They’d save about $10 an acre spraying with the AGGRAND.”

 

He plans to plant corn on the same land next season, he said. “I definitely am looking forward to next year,” Lawrence said.

Farmer Gets Impressive Hay Yield

 

The 2007 growing season was dry for many farmers who depend on their crops to sustain them.

 

However, Edward Myers of Mansfield, Ohio, harvested an unprecedented five cuttings of alfalfa using AGGRAND 4-3-3 Natural Fertilizer.

 

Myers said. “Even as dry as it was, I still got my hay for the year. I was like a little kid when I went out to cut my hay.”

 

Myers is a lift truck operator by trade, but his passion is his 80-acre Piedmontese beef cattle farm. He raises them organically, Myers said. The breed is increasingly popular because its low fat and low cholesterol, he said.

 

He’s often told his farm is too small to be successful, but he’s determined to prove otherwise.

 

“This farm can provide for me and my wife,” Myers said.

 

cutting alfalfa in mansfield, OHalfalfa cropLUSH ALFALFA CROP - Ed Myers cuts alfalfa on his 80-acre farm during the 2007 growing season that saw a drought. Using AGGRAND Natural 4-3-3 Liquid Fertilizer, Myers harvested an unprecedented five cuttings during the season.One way to make the farm go is to grow his own hay, he said. “I need 210 bales of hay at the end of the season to feed the cattle,” Myers said. “I won’t buy hay. I’ll sell cattle before I’ll buy hay.”

 

Myers has exclusively used AGGRAND Natural Fertilizers for the past two years.

 

“I used to get three cuttings,” he said. “This year I got five. It’s the first time in 20 years of farming.”

 

He needed the extra cuttings this year because the weather wreaked havoc with his crops.

 

“The first cutting this year got knocked down by a late frost,” Myers said. “The second and third were bad because of the drought.”

 

He got a pretty good cutting the fourth time and another one the fifth, Myers said. “We cut every 30 days, or thereabouts, he said. “Even as dry as it was I still got my hay for the year. I had 215 bales as of October 1.”

 

He seeded the alfalfa for the winter and sprayed it with AGGRAND 4-3-3. “It’s about 8 inches tall,” Myers said in November. “It’s probably the best stand I’ve ever had.”

 

His neighbors told him he’d have weevils if he didn’t use insecticide. “My alfalfa has no holes in the leaves,” Myers said. “The weevils are not getting my crops. Something in the AGGRAND makes the alfalfa sweet, and the weevil will not eat anything sweet.”

 

A field of mixed grasses on his place that usually has little clover in it, is also growing better than ever before after an application of AGGRAND 4-3-3, Myers said.

 

“It’s growing wild,” he said. “I’ve never seen so much clover on this farm. Its eight to ten inches tall. It’s not even supposed to get that tall.”

 

He plans to experiment with a change-up of AGGRAND products next year to raise the ph level in the soil for the alfalfa, Myers said. He will add AGGRAND Liquid Lime and AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash 0-0-8.

 

One of his neighbors is going to try AGGRAND next season because he’s paying more than $58 an acre to fertilize with conventional fertilizer, Myers said. “I’m going to work with him to see what happens,” he said.

 

Myers also reports AGGRAND 4-3-3 won’t make animals sick. A friend of his had a dog that ate an entire bottle of the 4-3-3. “It didn’t get sick or anything,” Myers said. “The guy said, ‘I got a 20-foot dog, though!”’

 

thai hot pepper, salsa garden peppershot pepper varieties

Edward Myers also used AGGRAND 4-3-3 Natural Fertilizer on the pepper plants and garlic shown on this page. He is experimenting with gardening, learning as he goes.

 

“I had more than 25 peppers on each plant,” Myers said. “With the garlic, I did what they said in the fall ‘07 issue of the AGGRAND NEWS when I planted it. One clove of my garlic is bigger than my nephew’s whole bulb.”

Benefits of Creating a Houseplant Haven

 

Why do people like houseplants? Why do windowsill gardens sprout every fall like daffodils in spring? Why did my grandmother keep an 8-foot Norfolk Island Pine in her living room that required four grown men to haul it out onto the patio in spring and then back inside again every fall? Why do Christmas cactus and Boston fern become family heirlooms proudly displayed in parlors and sunrooms for generations?

 

They are alive, and the satisfaction of watching them grow and thrive leaves us with a sense of accomplishment and well being. We now know that many plants give us something in return - clean air.

 

A 1998 study at the University of Norway, found that houseplants in an office have a significant positive effect on the health of the personnel. Complaints regarding cough and fatigue were reduced by 37 percent and 30 percent, respectively, if an office contained plants.

 

Another study found plant-filled rooms have 50 percent to 60 percent fewer airborne microbes than similar rooms without plants. Researchers said plants should be beneficial to allergy sufferers if they are grown in a manner that prevents mold growth on the soil surface. Adding a top layer of gravel or fine sphagnum moss prevents mold growth.

 

The three worst indoor pollutants are: formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

 

Formaldehyde, the most commonly occurring pollutant in public buildings and offices, is found in wood products, foam, carpeting and various cleaners. It was found that an average size office contained about 4,000 micrograms of formaldehyde. It would take three or four healthy houseplants, depending on the species, to remove that amount of formaldehyde on an hourly basis. Some plants are more effective at removing certain toxins, with Boston fern, Dwarf Date Palm and “Janet Craig” Dracaena best at removing formaldehyde. These plants remove contaminants from the air by metabolizing them. They return moisture- laden oxygen to the room while digesting the air they draw in, including contaminants. These plants can adapt to the predominant contaminant in the surrounding air and become more effective filters over time.

 

Benzene is given off by some plastics, inks, synthetic fibers and detergents. Trichloroethylene emanates from inks, adhesives, varnishes and drycleaning solutions.

 

Houseplants can often remove several contaminants at a time, but tend to be better at a particular one.

 

A general list of air-quality improvers follows: Chlorophytum; Dieffenbachia, Dracaena, Ficus, Hedera, Nephrolepis, Philodendron, Pothos, Rhapis and Spathiphyllum.

Apple Orchards Thrive With AGGRAND Fertilizers

 

Johna's Apple Orchard, Tehachapi, CAAn employee examines apples at Johna’s Orchards in Tehachapi, CA. The trees flourish with AGGRAND natural liquid fertilizers.If you ask David Chung what he does to make his apple trees so healthy and the fruit crisp, juicy and sweet, his cryptic answer is, “It’s the fishy.”

 

Chung is the owner of Johna’s Orchard, a family business in Tehachapi, California, a city in the mountains outside of Bakersfield.

 

“Farmers don’t share their secret ingredients with each other,” Chung said.

 

He grows and sells 10 varieties of Fuji apples. “Each kind has a great taste,” Chung said.

 

The secret to his success? AGGRAND® Liquid 4-3-3 Natural Fertilizer and Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash 0-0-8. Chung has been using AGGRAND products since the early 1990s. The products were recommended by his friend’s grandfather, another orchard grower who had been using AGGRAND for years. Chung started using AGGRAND and found it to be the best fertilizer for his orchards. “Immediately we noticed a world of difference,” he said.

 

Springtime at Johna’s Orchards in Tehachapi, CA. These Fuji apple trees thrive with AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 and Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash 0-0-8.Johna’s Orchards has been in business since 1978 and became organically certified in 1998.

 

“It wasn’t easy to get our organic certification when we couldn’t prove that AGGRAND was organic,” Chung said. “Two years ago we couldn’t use it because the regulations were becoming more strict.”

 

AGGRAND ingredients always have been recognized as organic, said AGGRAND Manager Greg Sawyer. However, AGGRAND recently received official approval as organic material from the USDA and Washington State Department of Agriculture.

 

“It makes it much easier. I’m glad AGGRAND got the certification,” Chung said. “One thing is for sure, we are convinced that AGGRAND has the best effect and we won’t give it up ever. And the service is great too.”

 

Chung said monthly spraying begins in the spring and continues until September or October. He compares his trees to the same kind of trees in the orchard next to his.

 

“Within the first month our leaves are greener, healthier, fresher looking than the trees next door,” Chung said. “The quantity is about the same, but the quality is much better. It’s the taste and color – our apples are crispy with lots of flavor, and they’re juicy. Our apples have more taste than any other apples in the world.”

 

Johna’s Orchards customers have been exclusively organic food sellers in the past. “They would call every year and ask us to supply them,” Chung said.

 

Now the apples are sold at farmer’s markets as well. “Our apples are the tastiest at the farmer’s markets too.”

 

The photos below show Johna’s Orchards from bloom to harvest.

fuji apple tree blooming
fuji apple harvest

AGGRAND User Gets Record Yield

 

high yield cornVersatile, convenient, effective. AGGRAND Natural fertilizers are organically certified liquid nourishment for commercial and private growers of grains, vegetables and flowers.

 

Farmer Richard Ward of Seaman, Ohio uses a combination of AGGRAND 4-3-3 and AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime to get the best, tastiest and biggest corn crops.

 

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

 

Ward faced many of the pitfalls common to farmers in the 2007 growing season. To begin with, he planted his corn late. The late planting was followed almost immediately by a lot of rain that led to unusually high temperatures for his area in Ohio.

 

During the hot spell, Ward used a higher concentrate of AGGRAND 4-3-3 and AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime because he knew he only had time 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 five acres of corn.

 

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

 

By the Fourth of July the corn was knee high. The third week of July it was chest high and by the first week of August the corn was over his head. The corn tasseled in the first and second week of September and was matured (denting) by the third to fourth week of that month.

 

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

AGGRAND Saves Money, Improves Crops and Livestock

 

Robert Benson of West Milford, West Virginia has used AGGRAND products for more than a decade.

 

Benson said AGGRAND saves him money, returns a higher crop yield and his cattle are healthier because AGGRAND is composed of organic material.

 

“AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer and Liquid Lime save me about $5,000 a year on average,” Benson said. “Your results will depend on ground quality and how you’ve maintained the land, but over the years with AGGRAND I’ve gotten more hay per pasture and the cows go through fewer magnesium blocks. Thanks to AGGRAND, my cattle already are getting enough magnesium in their diet.”

 

If anyone doubts the power of AGGRAND, he simply asks, “Why would I still be using it after more than 10 years if it didn’t work?”

 

In the past, Benson grazed 30 cattle on about 150 acres. Since using AGGRAND he now runs 50 head of cattle on the same number of acres.

 

“I actually get that much more hay from each pasture with AGGRAND,” he said.

 

Benson saves 60 percent using AGGRAND over chemical fertilizer 19-19-19. “Big savings,” he said. “AGGRAND can save you as much as $10 per acre and it will not burn vegetation. There’s no leeching and no runoff and it won’t pollute rivers.”

 

When he started using AGGRAND, Benson talked with county agents about it and they said it wouldn’t work. “After my first year with AGGRAND, I went back to the county with all the facts and figures from using AGGRAND and they just shook their heads,” he said. “They couldn’t deny how well AGGRAND worked. Over the long run natural fertilizer is much better than chemical fertilizer all around. Saving thousands of dollars a year is big money, especially with the small profit margin any farmer has these days.

 

“AGGRAND is a quarter of the cost of the chemical fertilizers. It’s more economical than anything around and it’s organic. Those are the two main things I really like about AGGRAND.”

AGGRAND Guide To Great Tomatoes

 

organic tomatoes, Plant oats or rye for a cover crop.

 

Mow and till the cover crop into the soil.

 

Soak tomato plants overnight in a mixture of two ounces AGGRAND Natural Liquid 4-3-3 Fertilizer per gallon of water.

 

Remove the bottom two leaves from the plant and bury it up to the place where the leaves were pulled off.

 

Make a round mound of dirt around each plant to direct AGGRAND fertilizer and water directly to the plant.

 

Use strong wire cages to support the plants.

 

Apply a mixture of three ounces of 4-3-3 to a gallon of water on each plant twice a month.

 

When small tomatoes appear, encourage production of larger tomatoes by removing some from the plants.

 

Apply a mixture of three ounces of AGGRAND 0-12-0 Liquid Bonemeal to one gallon of water every two weeks.

 

When plants are about 2-feet high, foliar feed them twice a month until all the leaves are wet.

AGGRAND Produces Lush Plants and Cuts Costs for Growers

 

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizers are increasingly popular for their cost savings and safe, organic formulations.

 

Chemical fertilizer costs have become staggeringly high. Farmers paid an average of 65 percent more for fertilizer in April than they did the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizers cost less than one-third of the price of chemical fertilizers.

 

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizers slowly release nutrients into the soil to produce high quality grain crops and vegetables. Customers report unprecedented yields of their crops, lush flowering plants and prolific green plants.

 

Now is the time for growers to cash in on savings and increase your yields with AGGRAND Natural Fertilizers.

 

 

 

Grower Gets Healthy Blooms, Prolific Strawberries

 

Ken Kerkman of southeastern Wisconsin put AGGRAND Natural Liquid 4-3-3 Fertilizer on his strawberries last fall after bearing and then shortly after he uncovered them this spring.

 

“They are just white with blossoms and it looks like I will be busy picking berries,” Kerkman said.

 

Kerkman also fed the peony bushes that were ailing last fall after a hot and dry growing season.

 

Calla Lillie bulbs“I put AGGRAND 4-3-3 on last fall and again this spring and they sure are healthy this year,” he said. “I planted Calla Lillie bulbs a couple of weeks ago and tried different mixes of AGGRAND 4-3-3, Natural Organic Liquid Bone Meal, and Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash in the rows, so we will see what happens with them.”

 

He has a climbing rose near his house that has borne no flowers for the past five years.

 

“I told my wife Lorna that I will either kill it or make it grow,” Kerkman said. “I watered it several times last summer and again this spring with a mixture of AGGRAND 4-3-3 and it is full of buds.

AGGRAND 4-3-3 Increases Yields and Profits

 

high yield alfalfaThis Indiana hayfield produced 979 extra bales of hay this past summer after Dealer John Gore used AGGRAND Liquid Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 on it.Why should you use AGGRAND Liquid Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3? To improve your bottom line!

 

John Gore, Bedford, Indiana, saw an increase in the number of bales of hay this past summer that raised his income by nearly $3,000. Gore bales and sells his hay to local farmers.

 

“Producing large quantities of high quality hay can often be difficult, but I’m convinced that the addition of AGGRAND Liquid Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 has made it much more profitable,” Gore said. “Plus the improved plant health, stronger roots, and better drought tolerance when moisture is an issue all add up to a long list of reasons to use more AGGRAND.”

 

In late summer, Gore cut an 11-acre field of alfalfa and grass mixture – a field that in the past has produced 400 to 500 50-pound bales. “I knew it was going to be good but I was thrilled when it made 979 bales,” he said.

 

Although the season brought plenty of rainfall, Gore said past experience convinces him commercial fertilizer couldn’t come close to that kind of production.

 

Gore was especially happy when he did the math on his increased hay yield. He charges $6 per bale.

 

“After using AGGRAND on just this one cutting I produced more than 23,950 pounds more hay,” Gore said. “That means I’ll earn an extra $2,874. When you figure that the cost of the AGGRAND was much less than the commercial fertilizer which is more than $100 an acre in our area, along with the increased production, it is certainly a winning program.”

 

Gore followed directions from AGGRAND literature that will help his production remain high for next year. “I applied AGGRAND 4-3-3 about 10 days after the last cutting at the rate of one-and-a-half gallons of 4-3-3 in 20 gallons of water per acre using large flood type nozzles,” he said.

 

Gore plans to use AGGRAND on more of his fields next year to continue to increase his yields and his profits.

 

AGGRAND natural fertilizers not only cost significantly less than chemical fertilizers, they improve soil conditions by providing necessary nutrients that cause organisms and microorganisms to re-establish themselves and greatly increase their numbers, accelerating the natural process that increases fertility, nutrient availability and water-holding capacity in the soil. AGGRAND natural fertilizers bear the USDA Organic Seal, which signifies the products meet USDA-NOP (National Organic Program) approval for organic crop production.

Organic Fertilizers Help Maintain Natural Balance

 

Traditional fertilization practices have certainly caused surface and groundwater pollution, but banning the application of certain nutrients is not the answer.

 

The application of both nitrogen and phosphorus can be problematic. Chemical fertilizers that are highly concentrated cause water pollution even when they are applied at the recommended rates when followed too soon by a heavy rain or too much irrigation.

 

The answer to this dilemma is to start using more sustainable practices and natural products, such as AGGRAND fertilizers. The recycling of nutrients through the return of grass clippings (using a mulching mower) stimulates soil biological activity and supplies at least two pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year without causing any pollution. The application of low levels of AGGRAND fertilizers that contain fish, kelp and humates, plus adding corn gluten meal, stimulates the proliferation of microbes and earthworms, which readily fix these forms of nutrients before they ever get into lakes, rivers or streams. As the creatures in the soil multiply, they excrete nutrients and die or are eaten and digested and excreted by other organisms, which releases nutrients slowly as plants need them.

 

An actual comparison of two types of fertilizer, AGGRAND 4-3-3 and one that is chemical, illustrates the difference. One homeowner applies 30-5-10 fertilizer to his or her lawn at 20 pounds per 5,000 square feet and a neighbor applies one quart of AGGRAND 4-3-3 (2.3 pounds) of fish-kelp humate fertilizer per 5,000 square feet. The natural fertilizer puts .0184 pound of nitrogen and .013 pound of phosphate per 1,000 square feet into the soil. The naturally fertilized lawn is more drought and pest resistant and uses less water so it needs less frequent irrigation. The AGGRAND fertilizer stimulates biological activity, which creates stable soil aggregates enabling the roots to go deeper and become better developed, keeping nutrients in the root zone.

 

The chemical fertilizer puts 1.2 pounds. of nitrogen and .2 pound of phosphate per 1,000 square feet into the soil (65 times more nitrogen and 15 times more phosphate than the natural fertilizer). The chemically fertilized lawn and/or pasture is water hungry and needs constant irrigation because the grass relies on the chemical to supply the nutrients. The chemical toxifies the soil, inhibiting biological activity, which results in compacted soil and an unhealthy root environment. Most of the nutrients are free to flow over the compacted surface into the surface water or past the restricted root zone into the ground water. Research shows that up to 96 percent of high analysis chemical fertilizers are not taken up by plants.

 

Fertilization is not inherently bad, but the type and amount of fertilization is the key to producing healthy lawns and pastures and eliminating water pollution. Remember, nitrogen and phosphate are present in all ecosystems, but nature knows how to hold them and make them readily available when they are needed.

AGGRAND IMPATIENS

Steve Smith of Topeka, Kansas sent in this photo of his Impatiens in early September. This overflowing pot is the result of fertilization with AGGRAND Liquid Natural Fertilizers. He uses a mixture of AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Potash and AGGRAND All Natural Organic Liquid Bonemeal throughout the summer. “Most times it was just what was left after using the 8 gallon sprayer on our tomato and pepper crops,” Smith said. “The impatiens turned out much hardier than ever before.”

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.