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Cattle ranchers in Texas are at the mercy of the weather when it comes to raising hay for their herds. High temperatures and seasons of drought take their toll on hay crops needed to feed the cattle.
Roy Cusack of Cuero, Texas gets his edge using AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer. “This AGGRAND fertilizer really works,” Cusack said. He has been diligently applying AGGRAND Natural 4-3-3 to his fields for the past five years.
Cusack has been in the cattle business around Cuero for 10 years. “Right now I have about 1,800 acres, plus some lease land, and run more than 200 mother cows who like to eat year ’round since they are expected to have calves every year so I can make money.
“Anyone in the ranching business knows you need hay if you keep your cows during the winter and that usually means growing, cutting and bailing all the hay you can when the weather cooperates.”
One of his best pastures of Jigs Bermuda hay is a 36-acre patch that typically produces 88 big round bales.
“This year this same pasture, even with the dry conditions in our area, yielded 139 big round bales for an increase of 58 percent more hay. This happened because we were using the natural AGGRAND fertilizer 4-3-3.” Cusack said he applied the fertilizer after the last cutting at a rate of two gallons of AGGRAND mixed in about 25 gallons of water per acre.
“Not only does AGGRAND produce more hay, which is worth a lot of money to me, but it also increases the root development of my grass, improves the nutritional value of this crop, helps to resist the drought that was an issue this year, and builds up the soil quality by increasing the microbial activity and more earthworms in the soil,” Cusack said.
“The cost of using AGGRAND is about one third or less of using conventional fertilizers. Any smart farm and ranch operator who wants to be profitable and increase his grass, hay or other crop yield, plus produce a more valuable crop, and take better care of his land, should be using AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer.”
Cusack’s experience makes him a natural salesman for AGGRAND fertilizers.
“There are a lot of cattle operations in Texas and I plan to spread the word about how good AGGRAND is for hay production,” he said. “Anyone interested in saving money, while growing more hay, can get the facts from me. I am glad to help any rancher get started using AGGRAND.”
Farmers are increasingly frustrated by high production costs and tighter margins in the 2009 growing season.
According to agricultural industry experts, farmers are angry about the skyrocketing costs they face for seed and fertilizers.
Some farmers report paying upwards of $350 per bag of seed for 2009, according to the November 2008 issue of AG Professional, a monthly agricultural magazine. Increased fertilizer prices are another big cost challenge for farmers. While some think the skyrocketing costs of fertilizer will come down, according to AG Professional, sales people expect the cost of DAP to remain at $1,300, potash at $1,100 and anhydrous in the range of $900 through next spring because “they booked all of their materials early.”
Farmers see these prices as “gouging” by the fertilizer companies and some plan to skip fertilization this year, hoping to force fertilizer companies to lower prices, according to AG Professional.
The 2008 Late Fall issue of The Grower’s Solution newsletter reports many producers plan to wait out fertilizer prices because they believe the prices have to come down. However, according to the newsletter, there are no indications prices will soften.
AGGRAND Dealers are in a unique position to offer their customers AGGRAND Natural Fertilizers at prices far below conventional fertilizers and help farmers avoid the risk of planting extremely expensive seed in fields that haven’t been fertilized properly or at the right time. AGGRAND materials come from domestic suppliers, which means AGGRAND does not depend on foreign suppliers.
In this volatile environment, it’s more important than ever to order your AGGRAND Natural Fertilizers early. “We are receiving indications that we’re going to have a high volume of sales and we want to make sure everybody gets their fertilizer on time,” said AGGRAND Manager Greg Sawyer.
Jimmy Cornelius of Auburn, Kentucky discovered for himself this past summer the greater yields he gets with AGGRAND Natural Liquid Fertilizer.
Cornelius used his bumper sweet potato crop as a sales tool to gain a new customer by simply displaying his sweet potatoes, grown with AGGRAND.
“We started using the products late in the season because we only learned about AGGRAND in July and we had already planted our garden.” Cornelius said. “We ordered the AGGRAND 4-3-3 and the Liquid Lime to test it out. My wife grows some of the best looking flowers in our neighborhood so she couldn’t wait.”
Cornelius said he mixed the fertilizer at a ratio of 3 ounces per gallon of water and “started spraying everything.
“I worked on the garden and applied AGGRAND 4-3-3 to our sweet potatoes which were in a poor spot in the garden, so we knew this would be the major test.”
Cornelius applied AGGRAND 4-3-3 to the leaves of the plants in July and a second foliar application in August.
“We went to dig the sweet potatoes and they were already coming out on top of the ground,” he said.
“One sweet potato weighed three pounds, two and a half ounces on a postal scale. I put one in my store and had a farmer sign up to buy AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer for his farm after seeing that potato.“We actually ate the biggest one before we decided to take pictures and weigh them. That one sweet potato fed a family of four.”
Steve Redelman of Decatur, Ind. has been a farmer since he was 14 years old.
“I love farming,” Redelman said. “That’s my first passion. I love animals and I love working with the soil.” Growing up in southern Indiana, he learned farming from his father and uncles.
Redelman used AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 to plant corn, hay and soybeans in the 2008 growing season.
He tested AGGRAND Liquid 4-3-3 fertilizer on a 20-acre field that had never been planted. The field had to be cleared of trees and shrubs, plowed and fertilized, he said. “The ground was nothing but grass, so it was good for plow-under,” Redelman said. “We never thought it would do anything, but it sure did. I harvested 250 bushels of corn an acre last year in that field. That’s an increase of 95 percent in overall yield over the previous year for a 50 percent increase in overall profit for the season.”
He mixed one gallon of AGGRAND 4-3-3 to 20 gallons of water on a 20-acre alfalfa hay field. Typically, the yield for hay is 99 to 100 bales per acre.
“I got 102 bales per acre,” Redelman said. “I was real happy about it. The hay was nice and green. When I cut the bale open it was nice and green and moist inside, even though the outside faded. All the protein stayed in the stems and leaves of the alfalfa and grass.”
He plans to increase his use of AGGRAND 4-3-3. “We’re thinking about bumping up the AGGRAND to two gallons per acre for the hay since I read in the AGGRAND News about the guy who put it on his corn field,” he said.
Farmers around him are asking why he is getting such high yields, Redelman said. “I have a customer who is an organic farmer and he plans to use AGGRAND on everything this year,” he said.
Redelman’s soybean yield increased in 2008 with AGGRAND. “That ground was low on nutrients,” he said. “I sprayed AGGRAND on it a couple of times and my yield was up 10 to 20 bushels an acre. There were more pods on the beanstalks.”
The plants developed strong roots. “We had to use a spade on the beans because the roots were down deep,” Redelman said. “If the roots are shallow the stalks can blow down in high winds.”
During the fallow time of winter, Redelman has continued to put nutrients in the ground with AGGRAND. He expects even greater yields of soybeans in the 2009 growing season.
“I usually get 55 to 65 bushels an acre, Redelman said. “I’m hoping to get 60 to 70 bushels with AGGRAND.”
AGGRAND sales are booming for Jesse and Tina Hull of Prairie Village, Kansas.
“Our family business grew 309 percent from 2007 to 2008,” Tina said. “Last May we received a huge commission check. It was fun deciding as a family how to spend it.”
Jesse Hull became an AMSOIL Dealer several years ago. Tina had little interest in the oil side of the business. Then Jesse attended an AGGRAND seminar at AMSOIL University, and he realized the fertilizer was a perfect fit for Tina’s interest in an organic, all-natural lifestyle.
“AGGRAND has opened up a whole new world for me as a stay-at-home mom of three,” she said. “It has given me a chance to have a successful business that I can work at home with my children and also work together with my husband.”
Before AGGRAND, her only experience with fertilizer was the chemical fertilizer her dad put on his lawn that gave her dogs a bad rash. “The toxicity of chemical fertilizer became ingrained in my head when I saw my two cocker spaniels suffering because of it,” Hull said. “If it was doing this to my dogs, what was it doing to my kids? To me, healthy kids and pets are more important than a nice looking lawn or garden or flowers. Once I learned about AGGRAND, I realized I could have both. For the first time my house actually had flowers that bloomed and looked beautiful.
“The more AGGRAND fertilizer I sell the less chemical fertilizer ends up in our drinking water and other products we consume. Helping the environment and saving people money at the same time makes it even more rewarding.”
Sales of organic products have soared from $5 billion nationwide a decade ago to $24 billion today, according to the Organic Trade Association.
“People are looking for natural alternatives that work and will protect the environment, protect their children and their health,” Hull said. “The natural movement is just starting to explode. The best thing to sell is what people are already looking for. I’m selling what people are buying.
Whether they are homeowners with lawns and gardens or farmers with fields they all want similar things.”
What Customers Want
• Customers want higher yields, better quality plants with better tasting fruits and vegetables.
• Customers of all kinds are seeking natural products that are safe for kids and animals and good for the environment. “The environmental movement is huge right now, and growing,” Hull said. “It’s a wave you can ride with AGGRAND organic fertilizer.”
• Cost savings – AGGRAND natural fertilizers are considerably less expensive than chemical fertilizers.
• Convenience – AGGRAND liquid fertilizer is easy to apply with a hose-end sprayer or spray rig.
“Plus, they want to know that it works, that others have been successful using it,” Hull said.
Last growing season was the best for sales of AGGRAND the Hulls have experienced. “AGGRAND is about 75 percent of our business,” she said. “It’s a more consumable market, so there’s better potential for sales.”
Her experience selling AGGRAND has taught her what works to attract new customers. “The biggest thing for me is just understanding the organic market and what people want,” Hull said.
Tips for Growing Your AGGRAND Business
• Let the literature and the stories in the AGGRAND News do the talking. You don’t have to know everything about fertilizer and how to grow every plant. Order the AGGRAND literature pack and spend some time reading through it all. It has information on how to grow just about everything, plus field trials and testimonials. Also read through all the previous AGGRAND News issues (available online). If someone asks you how the fertilizer works for corn or tomatoes or hay, refer them to the stories in the AGGRAND News.
• Use the product yourself on your lawn and garden or on your farm. Learn the benefits first hand.
• Think big and find leverage points in your business. Find inexpensive ways to get people to call you. Advertise locally, set up a booth at the local farmers’ market, use the Internet.
“There are so many potential customers and ways to grow the business using the AGGRAND products,” Hull said. “Dealers are really missing out if they are only selling AMSOIL. The summer 2008 AGGRAND News had some really great sales tips. I have only implemented a fraction of the suggestions and my business is booming.”
If you would like more information on becoming an AGGRAND Dealer yourself, please call 1-800-717-1308 or click here.
AGGRAND Natural Liquid Fertilizers are more popular than ever. It’s not too early to place your orders for the 2009 growing season.
“Because of the overwhelming sales of AGGRAND fertilizers in 2008, we have doubled our manufacturing capabilities,” said AGGRAND Manager Greg Sawyer. “We don’t foresee any back order problems for this season, but it’s still wise to order early to make sure you have your AGGRAND fertilizers available when you need them.”
Sawyer attributed increased sales of AGGRAND to several factors. “Not only are more consumers learning the benefits of natural fertilizers, costs of chemical fertilizers have more than tripled in today’s volatile market,” he said. “Sales more than doubled what they were last year in February of this year, so it’s important for Dealers and customers to order now and help us help them get the products they count on for outstanding crops, gardens and lawns.”
AGGRAND fertilizers can be stored in a cool, dry area for an extended length of time.
HEALTHY WHEAT HEADS - Colorado wheat fields early in the 2009 season thrive with AGGRAND Natural Liquid Fertilizers.Mark Reed of Julesburg, Colorado this season saved about $26,000 using AGGRAND Natural Liquid Fertilizers.
Until this year, Reed used chemical fertilizers at a cost of about $30,000 on 773 acres of hard, red winter wheat, commonly used for bread flours. He spent $4,000 on AGGRAND fertilizers this year. “That’s a cost of only $5 an acre,” Reed said. “It’s a huge savings.”
He started planting his wheat on September 15, finishing in late October or early November. The planted rows were side dressed, or banded, with AGGRAND 4-3-3 Natural Liquid Fertilizer and AGGRAND 0-12-0 Natural Liquid Bonemeal. Reed mixed 40 gallons of AGGRAND to 1,000 gallons of water and applied the mixture at five gallons per acre.
“In the beginning of the season the wheat looked just as good as everyone else’s,” Reed said. Then he noticed the plants were healthier and the root system was better. “The better the root system the better the uptake of water and nutrients out of the ground. The plants are more sustainable and thrive better,” he said. Reed was getting 32 seeds per wheat head compared to 28 seeds per head on his neighbor’s crops.
FIELDS OF WHEAT - Acres of winter wheat fertilized with AGGRAND fertilizers.Reed is a third-generation farmer who knows Mother Nature has the last say about crop yields. Northeast Colorado got hit with more than 30 inches of rain this season, more than double the typical rainfall. “Eight major hail storms came through here this year,” Reed said. “We took a 40 percent loss. Some farmers got nothing.”
Despite the extensive damage from the weather, he harvested between 21 and 31 bushels of wheat per acre, which is about average.
“It would have been up to 45 to 50 bushels an acre before the hail,” he said. Although he suffered a big loss, Reed credits AGGRAND with helping him to make it through a tough growing season.
“We can survive better with the better bottom line in costs for the fertilizers,” he said.
Reed, who also grows millet used for bird feed, started experimenting with AGGRAND fertilizers last fall.
“I sprayed the edge of one field with AGGRAND and its taller, thicker and really dark green,” he said. His straw fields are thicker and heavier than ever before, as well, he said. “I’m going to foliar feed in the spring.” Plants typically absorb up to 20 times more nutrients through foliar feeding of AGGRAND fertilizers.
Although price is one big reason Reed is sold on AGGRAND fertilizers, he also uses them because of their benefits to the environment. “I think it’s important to leave less of a carbon footprint,” he said. “I just think it’s the thing to do.”
He recalled his youth when water out of the hose tasted great and never left spots on things. Now, he doesn’t drink water from the tap. “It tastes nasty,” he said. “The ground water has become hard as a result of over fertilization with chemicals.”
LARGE WHEAT PLANTS - The ruler in the photo above shows the size of the wheat seed heads on the winter wheat field earlier this year.He has a son coming up to start farming and he wants to be part of preserving a way of life. He is sold on AGGRAND fertilizers and has “recommended them to several others,” Reed said.
“I’m hoping everything will still be there in the future,” he said. “AGGRAND fertilizers are better for the environment and replenish the soil. It’s natural and the pH is better. And we get a better yield. I feel real good about contributing to that.”
He will use AGGRAND fertilizers on all of his fields this fall. He’ll continue to plant 160 acres of millet, but the rest of his 2,100 acres will be planted with wheat.
Reed also has a small vegetable garden that did better this year than he expected. “The tomato plants are three and- a-half feet tall and we have a bunch of tomatoes,” he said. “It’s our best year ever for tomatoes.”
The beans, peppers, zucchini and watermelons also did well. “I’m actually amazed the garden is doing as well as it is,” Reed said.
He planted nine rose plants this year, starting with soaking the hole for the rose bushes overnight in a solution of AGGRAND fertilizers. He also did a couple of foliar feedings during the season. “I haven’t lost a single rose plant,” Reed said. “Usually I have to replant them every year. And they’re planted in an area that was all gravel.”
BUMPER MELON HARVEST - Troy Klump of Castroville, Texas has used AGGRAND Natural Fertilizers for the past seven years. He displays the huge, sweet watermelons and cantaloupes he grew this past summer even during an unusually dry growing season.Castroville, Texas had a dry summer, but Troy Klump grew the giant melons on this page using AGGRAND Natural Liquid Fertilizers.
“It was an awesome challenge to get them to grow with very little water,” Klump said. “It was more expensive to water than it was to buy the AGGRAND fertilizers.”
Klump grew the melons in a 20-foot by 20-foot garden. He watered the ground, then tilled it. He applied a mixture of one gallon of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer, 4-3-3, one quart of AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash, 0-0-8, and one quart of AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal, 0-12-0, to 25 gallons of water.
“I tilled it in about five inches and planted the seeds five feet apart,” Klump said.
During the blooming period, Klump foliar fed an added mixture of one gallon of AGGRAND 4-3-3 and one quart of AGGRAND 0-0-8 in 25 gallons of water to the plants.
It took 124 days for the melons to mature. “I didn’t think any of them were going to get ripe, Klump said. “They were green forever. But, finally I got 36 cantaloupes, and only one of them wasn’t sweet. The watermelons were the sweetest, sweet as sugar.”
The cantaloupes averaged about 28 to 30 pounds. “One of the watermelons was 50 pounds, but the average was 35 to 40 pounds,” Klump said. “I could barely fit it into the refrigerator.”
Farmers often are slow to try something new, Klump said. “I didn’t want one drop of AGGRAND until they saw what I was growing,” he said. “Seeing is believing, every time.”
Last year’s high fertilizer costs sent Tom Hicks of Montrose, Colorado to the Internet to find cheaper, yet effective, fertilizers.
Hicks manages K-M Ranch, located in the Colorado mountainside above Montrose. The ranch is at 7,500 feet average elevation.
Online research led Hicks to AGGRAND Natural Liquid Fertilizers for the ranch where they grow and sell “alfalfa and grass hay and 12,000 beautiful Colorado Blue Spruce trees,” Hicks said. There are 200 acres of irrigated land, 860 total acres.
Last year’s production for the first cutting of hay was 160 tons, Hicks said. This year’s first cutting found the yield much improved. “With the AGGRAND 4-3-3 and AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash 0-0-8, we had an increase in our first cutting of hay production from 160 tons to 232 tons,” Hicks said.
Last year, the field was fertilized with 28 percent liquid nitrogen at four gallons per acre at a cost of about $39 an acre, Hicks said.
“This year, using AGGRAND 4-3-3 and 0-0-8, the cost was lowered to about $33 per acre and lowered our cost by $6 an acre over the time-released liquid nitrogen product used last year,” Hicks said.
Hicks said the fields have been unfertilized for years before he took over management. “We’ve done quite a bit of experimenting,” he said.
Soil analysis revealed a need for more sulfur, but they couldn’t afford to put in the granular sulfur that needs time to work into the soil, Hicks said.
“AGGRAND got nutrients into the grasses right away,” he said. “Within a few weeks I could see the difference. For our first try, it was pretty impressive. I’m really quite pleased with the AGGRAND.”
He sprayed his mixture of AGGRAND fertilizer at a ratio of five gallons of solution to 100 gallons of water on part of one field and could see where the grass was four inches taller in the section sprayed with AGGRAND.
“The biggest increase we saw was in 70 acres of mixed alfalfa,” he said. “The yield went from 70 tons last year to 142 tons this year.”
Tony Zilar of Kennewick,Wash. has the ingenuity of a true entrepreneur. Zilar designed and created his own boom sprayer to apply AGGRAND fertilizers.
“After purchasing three barrels of AGGRAND 4-3-3, I wanted to build a boom sprayer that would help maximize the effectiveness of the AGGRAND products,” Zilar said. “Most spray application equipment is not designed for the most efficient use of AGGRAND products because they are designed for liquids with minimal particulates. Fertilizing is typically done with dry matter because of the expense and difficulties that arise from spraying fertilizing products.”
The high sediment content of AGGRAND products make it necessary to find a solution to typical spray applications. However, basic understanding of four points can make equipment conversion or design simple and inexpensive, Zilar said.
Nozzle Tips - Nozzle tip selection is important because many are designed for no to low sediment solutions. AGGRAND fertilizer has much higher sediment content than herbicide and pesticide solutions. “I find the nozzle tips designed for large droplet dispensing and wide angle distribution provide the best means for applying AGGRAND products,” Zilar said. “My personal preference is TeeJet Turbo FloodJet tips. They provide excellent spray distribution for uniform coverage. They are designed with a pre-orifice resulting in larger droplets for less drift. They also have a large, round terminal orifice to reduce clogging from the product sediment.
Agitation - “Most folks think they can produce an adequate solution mixture from the agitation caused by the motion of the spray unit as it bounces along the pasture or crop field,” Zilar said.
Product suspension and uniform mixture is adequately maintained in the holding tank. Agitators provide a well-designed current. Holding tank foaming can be controlled without adding chemicals by adjusting the free-flow return with a simple valve.“This is not the case with high-sediment solutions. It’s like panning for gold. The water swirls but the gold sediment stays at the bottom of the pan.”
The same thing happens in the holding tanks of sprayer units unless there is a source of internal circulation at the base of the tank. It is important to keep the sediment suspended in the solution to maximize the effectiveness of the AGGRAND products. Zilar uses the hypro jet agitator. “It provides thorough mixing even in large spraying units,” he said. “It can inexpensively increase output flow for agitation up to five-and-a-half times.” Snap-in orifices in various sizes optimize inlet flows in accordance with pump pressure and tank capacity. “I use two opposing jet agitators on a single inlet in my 500 gallon tank,” Zilar said. “The result is a figure-eight solution circulation pattern within the tank that is not disturbed by the motion and bumpy terrain. There is never a sediment build-up in the bottom of my holding tank.”
Power of the pump and driving source - Whether the pump is driven by a combustion engine, electricity or a PTO, you need more power and pressure capability than the system maximum output requires. “I’m no engineer so I just keep it simple,” Zilar said. “It’s easier to control more power than you need than to deal with not enough power from the start.”
agitation pressure needed to keep the solution suspended
enough pressure to effectively utilize a combination bypass/in-line filter
enough power to allow the pump and agitators to work together with the constant pulverizing of the sediment through shearing action
INGENUITY LEADS TO SUCCESS - Tony Zilar stands next to his custom designed boom sprayer at his A2Z Ranch in Kennewick, WA.Zilar uses the ACE GE-660 centrifugal pump and Honda GX160 gas engine. “I can pull the unit with tractor, truck or ATV. With this combination, I can use my spray unit with any solution, tip or environment I may need. The solution remains in constant suspension and the particulate matter is in a constant recirculation mode. Anything that may plug a screen or nozzle is pulverized well before it gets to the tips.”
Combination bypass/in-line filtering system - A multifunctional screening device makes a big difference in the performance of spraying equipment for high-sediment solutions. Zilar used a flush-out in-line strainer. It’s designed as an in-line strainer with a flushing port at the base of the strainer body. It provides a quick flush of the strainer by removing the flush port cap allowing particulate matter build-up on the screen to be purged. “I simply plumbed my free-flow return to my tank agitators directly from the purge port on the strainer,” Zilar said. “The large particles do not build up and plug the screen as they are pushed out the purge port to head back to the source. The particles remain in constant suspension and end up pulverized by continuous recycling through the system.” Remember, it’s important to place all the strainers/filters on the output side of the pump to maximize the power and pressure capabilities.
Remove nozzle screens - Nozzle screens are simply strainers at the nozzle tips. The nozzle screens are very small and do not allow much surface area for straining the solution. They plug quickly as a result. “I believe secondary strainers should be used after the combination straining unit I mentioned previously,” Zilar said. “But it should be in-line and of adequate size to provide enough surface area to allow for continued flow of solution even if debris is caught up in the strainer. I check them before and after doing a spray job. I have had zero incidents of plugged strainer screens or nozzles.”
For more information on this boom sprayer set up, visit the Boom Spray Project page.
Gary Bailes uses AGGRAND Natural Liquid Fertilizer in patented hydroponic stackers to grow a bountiful garden on the patio of his home in Orlando, Florida.
“The stackers are soil-less top fertigated growers and are automated with a seven-day timer and pond pump to run two minutes a day,” Bailes said. “It supplies AGGRAND fertilizers mixed in rain water that I recover from the roof gutter to two barrels. One is used as a drain back recovery to reuse the nutrients and water that drains from the bottom of six-high stackers mounted on pipe poles, to create a space-saving vertical organic vegetable and herb garden.”
Every month, Bailes adds two quarts of AGGRAND NOF, one quart of NKP and one quart of NBM.
“I foliar feed every 10 to 14 days early or late in the day,” Bailes said. “All vegetables are only sprayed with organic insect control as needed. I operate 50 growers in the back yard patio garden.
“I’m growing tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, strawberries, squash, green beans, collards and peanuts.
Bailes is experimenting with a new hybrid sweet corn in the lower units this summer. “In the field it takes 55 gallons of water to produce one corn stalk and pounds of fertilizer,” he said. “This method makes it easy to plant, maintain and harvest. It’s a good hobby for seniors and kids alike, organically grown tomatoes fed with AGGRAND 4-3-3 have a flavor unmatched in the supermarkets.
“I’m looking forward to fall now. Spring was a great success growing with this system.”
Tomato plants thrive with AGGRAND natural fertilizers
Tomatoes ripen on the vine
Lush Lettuce Plants
AGGRAND FERTILIZER OUTGROWS COMPETITOR - These photos document early results in comparison gardens - one fertilized with AGGRAND Natural Liquid Fertilizer and the other with Miracle Gro™.Conrad Baker of Gramercy, Louisiana shared early results of his comparison gardens between AGGRAND Natural Liquid Fertilizers and Miracle Gro.™
Baker planted one garden with okra, corn, tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers and large pumpkins. “It is very overloaded now and I know what to change next year,” Baker said in early May.
He planted a control garden next to it using Miracle Gro™ fertilizer. “This control garden used the same soil as the AGGRAND fertilizer,” he said. “It receives the same amount of sunlight and water. The same seeds were used to start off in the house on April 1.”
He first measured the plants on May 26.“My AGGRAND fertilized cucumbers were three inches longer. As you can see in the picture, they are much healthier looking, darker green and are not scarred. The vines for the control garden were 32 inches long and the vines for my AGGRAND cucumbers were exactly twice as long, 64 inches.”
The tallest cornstalk in the control garden was 45 inches, and there was only one, Baker said. The other control corn stalks were about half the size.“I am wondering if the 45-inch control stalk may have got wind-blown AGGRAND fertilizer on it as I sprayed the garden,” he said. “The tallest cornstalk on my AGGRAND garden was 52 inches with my shortest being 45.5 inches.”
Lea Collins of Winter Park, Florida conducted her own growth comparison with two avocado plants.
She started both from seeds. “When they got good roots, I planted them in pots,” Collins said. “The smaller one (see photo) I planted in Miracle Gro™ potting soil,” Collins said. The larger plant she placed in regular potting soil and fertilized with a dilution of two ounces of AGGRAND Natural 4-3-Liquid Fertilizer per gallon of water.
“They were sitting in the same place, got the same amount of sun and water,” she said. “I watered them every other week.”
Collins reports a “tough winter” in Winter Park. “It got down below freezing one night for six hours,” she said. “I couldn’t bring the plants in, so wrapped them and left them in the porch. The one with AGGRAND fertilizer did better because it was healthier.”
Typically it takes nine months for an avocado to bear fruit. She potted them in July and picked avocados from the AGGRAND fertilized plant in December, she said.
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.