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Sustainable Agriculture: How EEFs Provide A Clear Path

When shifting away from industrial, chemical-based farming methods towards holistic, sustainable agriculture practices, the path required for a successful transition isn’t always clear. And, finding the right balance between maintaining profitable production yields and implementing new farming techniques can feel risky.

However, it’s not impossible. Here at Greenwave, we are continually helping farmers, gardeners, and agronomists transition successfully from a dependency on chemical fertilizers to sustainably based farming methods. 

In this article, we’re going to share how EEF’s can be instrumental to the success of sustainable agriculture practices that will likely benefit future generations.

What is an EEF?

High-performing, organic-based fertilizers are part of the family of fertilizers known as Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEFs). They are designed to prevent nutrient loss and improve soil quality, both key factors for the creation of more sustainable food systems in the United States, and across the globe.

For farmers, gardeners, and agronomists that endeavour to maintain sustainable agricultural practices, EEFs are extremely useful. This is because these fertilizers can be instrumental in the development of a strong and healthy soil foundation. And, good soil health is necessary for long-term sustainable farming methods to be successful. Additionally, EEFs are known for improving crop productivity as well as enhancing plant health.

Sustainable Agriculture Practices Need EEFs

EEFs are ideal for sustainable agriculture practices such as crop rotations, no-till farming, and management of water resources. They improve soil health, reduce nutrient loss, nourish plants efficiently, and pollute less. Essentially, EEFs support key elements of sustainable farming methods, including:

  • Soil regeneration
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Nitrogen fixation

Soil Regeneration and EEFs

When soil is depleted of nutrients it simply cannot easily grow healthy plants. And, when a soil’s quality lowers, it can have devastating effects on a farmer’s livelihood and food production abilities.

Understand Your Soil’s Health

When looking for a better way to grow crops, organic food, medicinal plants, and other renewable resources, it’s important to review the quality and health of your soil. 

DIY Soil Testing Kit

For home gardeners and small scale farmers, conducting tests on your soil can be easily done with at-home soil testing kits, found at most agricultural supply stores. These simple tests can provide important information about the quality of your soil including pH (acidity/alkalinity), nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

Laboratory Testing

Farmers who want a more in-depth and thorough analysis of their soil can outsource that task to a scientific laboratory specializing in soil chemistry analysis. While the cost of soil analysis by a professional laboratory is more than a simple, at-home testing kit, it will provide a thorough and detailed profile of your soil.

Employ the Right Fertilizer

Once you understand what your soil is lacking, it’s easier to amend it to become well-nourished and fertile again. The use of precision farming systems alongside a quality, organic-based fertilizer is a reasonable and potent approach towards soil regeneration.

Quality EEFs from AgriPOWER are ideal for improving the health of your soil. This is because they assist beneficial bacteria in the soil with the breaking down of organic-based matter present in the land into humus. Also, an AgriPOWER fertilizer provides additional long-term benefits by providing atmospheric nitrogen for plants and nutrients in the soil.

EEFs and Nutrient Cycling

What is Nutrient Cycling?

Nutrient cycling is the name used to describe the natural life cycle of soil. Similar to the water cycle, nutrient cycling involves the introduction of nutrients into the soil by decomposing organic matter, the uptake of those nutrients by plants and organisms from the soil, and the return of nutrients with the return of organic matter in the form of natural biological waste products.

The Importance of Nutrient Cycling and Sustainable Agriculture

Modern methods of farming have relied heavily on chemical fertilizers that have interfered with the natural nutrient cycling process. Examples of this include soils that are lacking in nitrogen, water retention abilities, and the presence of healthy bacteria.

Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers Promote Nutrient Cycling

When soil is healthy, it’s able to fully support and demonstrate all aspects of the nutrient cycle. This inevitably leads to soil that’s able to consistently produce healthy plants without the use of chemically derived amendments.

EEFs are an excellent option to use when regenerating poor quality and deficient soil. AgriPOWER® foliar fertilizer aids in the prevention of soil erosion, increases water retention in soil, and helps maintain a healthy growth (CFU) of beneficial soil bacteria, which in turn increases soil fertility and pH.

EEFs and Nitrogen Fixation

Nitrogen fixation is vital for farmers who employ traditional or sustainable farming practices. According to the Department of Agriculture, reducing the levels of nitrogen-based pollutants that leach from chemical fertilizers is important for the protection of local and global ecosystems.

EEFs are an excellent way to reduce the levels of nitrogen being introduced through agricultural practices and accommodate natural nitrogen fixation processes. Through a microbiological process known as biological nitrogen fixation (BNF), enhanced efficiency fertilizers may provide atmospheric nitrogen to the plants and microorganisms in the soil.

Sustainable Agriculture and EEFs: Take The First Step

For sustainable agriculture practices to be successful, making the health of your soil a top priority is absolutely essential. Without healthy soil to support and nourish your crop, it can be difficult to grow quality crops without relying on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. However, when an organic-based, high-performing fertilizer is employed alongside precision farming methods, sustainable agriculture and generous yields are both possible.


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A Satisfied Customer in Hawaii at Turtle Bay Golf Course

To Whom It May Concern

 Subject: AgriPOWER

At Turtle Bay Golf, we have been using AgriPOWER fertilizer for a little over 1 year. Upon first use, I was skeptical. The green bottle is not very big and I wondered how that small amount of fertilizer could possibly be more economical than our usual slow-release fertilizers. For one thing, the application rate is extremely low. For new plants, I use a rate of .35oz/gal and for established plants and turf grasses I use a rate of .71oz/gal. It turns out that little green bottle goes a long way.

I applied a first application and within 7 days I noticed my plants were greening up and growing more quickly than usual. I didn’t notice a real change in the turf grass. I reapplied AgriPOWER 10 days after the first application and waited for results. There were more leaves and nodes on the young plants and the established plants had healthier blooms. Gardenias were blooming that I had never seen a flower on before.

Since those first few applications, I have used AgriPOWER on a bi-weekly basis, and almost all of my plants seem to be thriving. The only complaint I have is that with younger plants you have to be careful to avoid spraying the leaves. If they get soaked with spray, they tend to fall off from over-fertilization. The plants do, however, regrow their leaves and tend to be a lot bigger and brighter afterwards. Plants are greener and the flowers are fuller. We have not used it long enough on the turf grass to see a real change, although I don’t doubt it would work. I’ve even tested it on my home garden and my vegetables really seem to like it. I can not recommend this product enough.

Sincerely,

Jen Grella
G-3 Foreman
Turtle Bay Golf

Our Agronomist Bestows Helpful Growing Tips

Dr. Marco Thiruselvam

B.M.E. (University Malaya, Malaysia); BMM (JAMA, Japan);

Ph.D., Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry (TNAU, Coimbatore INDIA)

Hi, this is Dr. Marco Thiruselvam with GreenWave Products and I am going to talk about growing tips with AgriPOWER HGDF.

Before I get into the actual usage tips, I would like to cover some basics on plants’ need for fertilizer.

Soil and sunshine help make plants grow. Dropping leaves, animal and other organic substances that fall on the soil are broken down continually to replenish soil nutrients as food for the growing plants.

Then why do we need to add fertilizers?

The reason is simple, there isn’t enough organic material to provide the necessary nutrients for the plants’ proper growth. Plants compete for nutrients and natural replenishment are sparse, hence the need to add fertilizers to soil or spray over the plants so that the plants keep growing.

According to a survey, less than half of the home gardeners in the US use any kind of fertilizer on their lawns or gardens.

What’s unfortunate about this statistic is that it means gardeners aren’t getting as as much produce as they should.

Disease and insect problems are some of the struggles the farmers face and all these problems could be avoided. Plants that are well-fed are healthier, more productive, less affected by insects and more beautiful.

I’m going to cover the basics of why and how to fertilize your garden:

  • Most soil does not provide the essential nutrients required for optimum growth therefore plants need to be fertilized. Even with great garden soil, as your plants grow, they take up nutrients and the soil becomes less fertile .
  • Those great tomatoes and beautiful roses that you grew last year took nutrients from the soil to build those plant tissues.
  • By applying fertilizers to your garden, lost nutrients are replenished and this year’s plants will have the food they need to grow healthy and give good yields.

Let’s talk about Organic vs. Synthetic

Do plants really care where they get their nutrients?

  • Yes, because organic and synthetic fertilizers provide nutrients in different ways. Organic fertilizers are made from naturally occurring mineral deposits and organic material, such as bone or plant meal or composted manure or seaweed or humic acid or fulvic acid.
  • On the other hand, Synthetic fertilizers are made by chemically processing raw materials.
  • AgriPOWER HGDF stimulates beneficial soil microorganisms and improves the structure of the soil. Soil microbes play an important role in converting organic material in AgriPOWER HGDF into soluble nutrients that can be absorbed by your plants. AgriPOWER HGDF will provide all the secondary and micronutrients your plants need.

This is because AgriPOWER works in 3 ways when sprayed onto the leaves and stems and also on the soil.  First as a foliar fertiliser where the nutrients are absorbed immediately, second as a soil rejuvenator and third by supplying the nutrients via the roots in more slow acting form.

Think of synthetic fertilisers as steroids as they give plants a quick boost but do little to improve soil texture, stimulate soil micro-organisms, or improve your soil’s long-term fertility.

Because synthetic fertilizers are highly water-soluble, they can also leach out into streams and ponds and cause considerable damage.

Feeding your plants by building the soil with AgriPOWER HGDF will provide long term health benefits to your garden. This will give you soil that is rich in organic matter and teeming with microbial life.

Foliar Feeding

Plants can absorb nutrients 8 to 20 times more efficiently through their leaf surfaces than through their roots. As a result, spraying foliage with AgriPOWER HGDF liquid nutrients can produce remarkable yields.

For best results, spray plants during their critical growth stages such as transplanting time, blooming time and just after fruit sets.

For detailed application instruction, please check with your local distributor or the application instruction that came with your purchase of AgriPOWER HGDF or online under “Information Avenue” and then Application ratios.

A lot of people ask me about pH and its relationship to soil nutrients…

Some nutrients cannot be absorbed by plants if the soil pH is too high or too low, even if your soil has enough nutrients in it. For most plants, soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0. A soil test will measure the pH of your soil. You can send a sample to a lab  or buy a home kit and do it yourself. Lime or wood ash can be used to raise pH; sulfur or aluminum sulfate can lower pH.

Keep in mind that it’s best to raise or lower soil pH slowly over the course of a year or two. Dramatic adjustments can result in the opposite extreme, which may be worse than what you started with.

Once again, a helpful solution is to apply AgriPOWER HGDF. AgriPOWER HGDF moderates soil pH and is one of the best ways to maintain the 6.5 ideal.

Fertilizers offered by Greenwave Products are either all-organic, or contain primarily organic materials.

To build the long-term health and fertility of your soil, we recommend using AgriPOWER HGDF. AgriPOWER HGDF ensures that your plants have the nutrients they need when they’re in active growth.

Now that you have purchased AgriPOWER HGDF and would like to know some important tips on maximizing AgriPOWER HGDF’s usage and potential, I am going to tell you how:

  • First and foremost, ensure that you only dilute the recommended dosage as per the packing or as detailed in the resource page
  • Some of you might feel that it is too little, but trust me, using more than the recommended dosage will only stunt the growth of your plants.
  • When spraying on your plants, make sure that you give it a light spray rather than wetting the plant.
  • Spray about a third on the leaves and stems and the rest onto the soil around the plant. DO NOT spray on flowers or buds.
  • You can either spray before watering the plant or after. Remember, do not wet spray the plants. AgriPower is highly concentrated and even in its diluted form is very potent.
  • The time of the spraying is vital too. Make sure you spray early in the morning before the sun gets hot or during sunset. This is because in the early morning and during sunset, the pores or stomatas in leaves are open and able to absorb the fertilizer more effectively.
  • Do not spray during midday sun as this would cause spotting on the leaves as the liquid will dry up fast and concentrated nutrients will remain on the leaves and this can cause burn or spotting.
  • If by accident, you over-sprayed or used higher dosage than the recommended dosage, flush the plants with water. The plants should be fine.

As for storage, do not store AgriPower HGDF under direct sunlight, best would be to store in a shed under normal temperatures.

AgriPower HGDF in its powder form can be stored during winters without any need for a heated room.

I guess that’s about it for growing tips with Greenwave Products. Please consult with your distributor or contact Greenwave Products via our website if you have any questions with regards to the usage of AgriPower HGDF.

Bye for now….Dr. Marco Thiruselvam