Starting the Agriculture Season with Microbes

On the right, soybeans treated with CropPro+, microbes with NPK, grew to 35 inches. The soybeans on the left were not treated. The treated soybeans can be seen in the background of the untreated soybeans.

On the right, soybeans treated with CropPro+, microbes with NPK, grew to 35 inches. The soybeans on the left were not treated. The treated soybeans can be seen in the background of the untreated soybeans.

With the new year beginning, so does the search for the perfect agricultural program. A program that will increase yields, lower fertilizer needs, and aid soil health. As microbes become more mainstream and a viable additive in agricultural programs, the market is seeing more and more companies selling a myriad of products that contain microbes. Just like any market segment, some products work well while others, don’t. CoreBiologic believes in providing superior microbial products at an affordable price so farmers get the most out of every acre.

Often, farmers think of microbes as pests, but many microbes are beneficial. They help to increase yields as well as improve fertilizer efficiency, and often enable a farmer to reduce the amount of inputs. Some microbes help to form relationships with plant roots, through hormones, while other nitrogen fixing and phosphorous solubilizing microbes provide important nutrients. There are also microbes that produce vitamins and help release iron. Soil microbes (bacteria and fungi) are essential for decomposing organic matter, recycling crop residue, and can even help with soil compaction. CoreBiologic offers such a product, making fields easier to work in the spring, plus it saves tires from the hard stalks. By degrading the crop residue, organic matter and nutrients are returned to the soil for a better humus. There are even fungi that are beneficial to agriculture, “good guy” fungi so to speak. They colonize upper parts of plants and provide many benefits, including drought tolerance, heat tolerance, resistance to insects and plant diseases.

CoreBiologic has put together a consortium of microbes in a full suite of products for agriculture, including OMRI listed products, that use these beneficial fungi and bacteria to help forage and row crops reach their full potential. When it comes to microbes, it is important to have the correct species at the right CFU (colony forming unit), more isn’t always better. CoreBiologic has found a balance that works well with crops as well as your wallet. When putting together a fertilizer program, using microbes is a great way to increase yields, increase fertilizer efficiency, and increase soil health.