SOURCE: Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc.

August 28, 2012 15:53 ET

Despite Severe Drought, Farmer Says Crop Produced Due to SumaGrow Microbial Product

BROUGHTON, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 28, 2012) - In one of the worst droughts in 50 years Kevin Delap, a row crop producer who farms over 2,500 acres, says his corn is "making" because of the microbial formulation in SumaGrow. According to Delap the neighboring farms have little to no crop left, "They just burned up."

Delap initially purchased products containing SumaGrow, a pioneering microbial technology developed by Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc. (BSEI) to improve soil fertility and plant health, in 2011 in an effort to increase his bottom line. According to Delap, "Producers can expect to reduce their fertilizer input costs by a minimum of 50% in most cases." Skeptical the first year, Delap continued his conventional fertilizer program along with the SumaGrow product. "They were without a doubt the best beans I've ever grown." 

After his initial success, Delap followed closer to recommended 50% fertilizer reduction schedule for this year's corn rotation and is delighted with the results. Delap said he used zero potash and phosphate and reduced nitrogen by 20%. Conventional fertilization programs can cost upwards of $162 per acre for corn and other row crops. For Delap, that could translate into over $400,000 per year, not including pesticide costs.

For Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc., fertilizer reduction when using products containing SumaGrow is a pivotal benefit for both producers and consumers. Research points to the overuse of chemical fertilizers as the root cause of much land degradation, reduction of the nutrients in foods and grasses, and water eutrophication and pollution. Microbes naturally increase the success rate of fertilizer inputs therefore decreasing the amount needed and the frequency of its application.

Wayne Wade, president and co-founder of Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc., said he believes that microbial products are the key to the next green revolution. "We cannot continue to produce in unsustainable methods and expect to meet the global demand for food and water. We have limited resources and are quickly running out of time."

So how can microbial products help reverse the damage done to once arable land? Microorganisms play a vital role in nutrient cycling and disease suppression. Microbes capture nitrogen from the atmosphere, make it available to plants, and carry out processes responsible for soil fertility. Wade points out that SumaGrow contains the highest microbial content that he knows of on the market today. "The microbes in products containing SumaGrow were selected for their abilities to work together to increase crop production while reducing fertilizer inputs and water use. BSEI's microbial formulation restores and maintains a healthy and fertile soil environment." Wade points to years of university research.

Michigan State University conducted three years of testing on the SumaGrow technology and concluded that, "To the best of our knowledge there is no microbial formulation on the market today that is specifically designed to contain a comprehensive set of microbial groups with multiple complementary functions and with documented efficacy for substantially increasing productivity of such a broad spectrum of important pulses, cereals, vegetable, and forage crops as reported here. Heavy use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that are often employed for increasing crop productivity now result in leaching of nitrates which at high levels pose a health hazard to humans."

Since then the technology of SumaGrow has been tested by numerous universities, specialized research facilities and independent producers on various crops. Currently, products containing SumaGrow are in well over 100 national and international trials, including Italy, Canada, Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Honduras. These trials include a broad spectrum of crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton, coffee, rice, bananas, energy cane, oil palms, and tomatoes. 

"We are working with major universities and food producers to gather the vital field data needed to continue to grow the scope of our technology and to demonstrate the significant contribution SumaGrow makes in improving crop quality and yield, and reducing fertilizer inputs."

But for producers like Delap, whose family has been farming since they stepped off the Mayflower, seeing is believing. Delap had to see it work on his farm first and now his neighbors are talking. "It took me 1 1/2 hours just to get from inside the bank back to my truck," Delap said. "They all want to know what I'm doing."

And he is happy to tell them.

About SumaGrow:
The principals of Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc. began cultivating microbes in the early nineties. After three years of research and development for soil products, Dr. C.A. Reddy, an internationally known microbiologist and professor emeritus at Michigan State University was recruited to expand the technology for soil health. Dr. Lalithakumari Janarthanam, distinguished microbiologist specializing in plant pathology, joined Dr. Reddy as the lead scientist for this aggressive undertaking. SumaGrow products were born from the dedicated efforts of Dr. Lalithakumari and Dr. Reddy. Through the committed efforts of Dr. Lalithakumari and her team, Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc. will continue to develop new products and ensure that the highest standards for quality control are maintained at all times.

About Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc.
Bio Soil Enhancers, the manufacturer of SumaGrow, is headquartered in Hattiesburg, MS in a 25,000 square foot production facility. There are currently 15 companies licensed to market products containing SumaGrow in 13 countries and throughout the United States. Many SumaGrow-containing products are available as acceptable for all forms of organic production by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). SumaGrow products are environmentally friendly, promote sustainable agriculture and enable farmers to increase their crop yields while lowering input costs. Additional information about SumaGrow is available by calling (877) 888-2744, via email at info@sumagrow.com, or visiting the web site at sumagrow.org.

Contact Information

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    Aimee Murry
    Phone: 01 (601) 582-4000
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    Email: info@sumagrow.com

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    Hattiesburg, MS 39401