We are starting to get our early summer growth reports back from our farmers. With these reports, we also get pictures, showing what our treatments have done. In every instance, the treated seeds have outperformed the untreated seeds. The farmers who planted test fields for comparison have told us that next planting, all seed will be treated. It works, and it has been working for years. Here are some samples from this year.
Dryland Sunflowers - Billings, MT
One of our most amazing fields this year was this field of sunflowers from one of our farmers near Billings, MT. These are dryland, dependent on whatever rain comes their way, and there wasn't very much through the summer. According to our Abe, he has people coming from as far as 50 miles away to look at his field. The most common comment he hears is "that's impossible!"
It's not. Abe used our dry seed treatment on the seeds at planting and he used 1 gallon of Bio Release with 8 gallons of 10-34 per acre, in furrow at planting. The seed treatment gave the seeds a strong germination boost, and the Bio Release held the phosphate and kept it available for the plants as well as extracting potassium, sulfur, and other trace elements from the soil and holding them in suspension for the plants as they grew. The difference is easy to see. The first picture shows the treated field and the second picture shows a normal field.
This is the treated field, with Abe proudly showing his crop.
This is a normal field in the same area. The difference is easily noted.
Oats - Cache Valley, UT
This is a small, irrigated field of just under 3 acres, planted by one of our new employees. They raise the oats to feed to their herd of bison.
Prior to planting, the seed was treated with our standard seed treatment protocol. While the shoots were still young enough to get a sprayer on the field, he applied a foliar nutrient spray, using Compost Mineral Tea as the base, combined with Foliar Micro Boost, Bio Release, and OII-YS. His plants are over 4 feet tall, and the growth is thick and consistent across the field.
They harvested 400 bushel of oats on 2.73 acres (146.5 bu/acre).
Barley Hay, Augusta, MT
This farm uses the Bio Minerals Seed Treatment products for all their seed at planting. They have been working with us for several years and nothing goes in the ground without first being treated. The pictures below show both the main field of barley hay and a smaller portion of the hay field that received an extra foliar nutrient application after it started growing.
The image on the left is the base treated field. The growth is outstanding, with very nice color. They are very happy with this field.
The image on the right is a small piece of the same field that received an extra foliar nutrient application we provided. You can see how much taller it is on the young boy who is the measuring stick. The additional nutrition and stimulants make a significant difference in addition to the seed treatment.
Winter Wheat 2018
This example also comes out of Montana. When they planted dryland winter wheat last fall, they treated half of the seed with our seed treatment protocol and the other half with the local coop products. We went up in the spring (early May) and checked the seedlings and this is what we found. The plants on the left are the coop seedlings. The plants on the right were treated with the Bio Minerals Technologies seed treatment.
In July, they sent us the following picture of the almost mature heads. In this image, the Bio Minerals-treated plants are on the left and the coop plants are on the right.
We don't have their harvest results yet, but we anticipate yields of 100 Bu per acre or more on the treated field, and this is dry land, without irrigation!
The pictures below come from a planter down in Florida. The corn was planted late, and the seed was not treated, but they did apply Bio Release in furrow at planting. They also applied a Bio Minerals Technologies foliar mixture to the corn while they could still get on the field. For late corn, the root growth and stalk height are impressive. These pictures were taken at the end of July.
All of the farms who treated their seed have received significant yield increases over the average, and over the surrounding farms. Some of the results reported have been:
- Dryland barley harvested at 120 Bu per acre (Montana)
- Dryland Durum wheat at 90 Bu per acre (Montana)
- Dryland canola harvested at over 3,000 lbs/acre (No. Dakota) - 2017 state average was about 1,500 lbs/acre
As we get more results, we will add them to this page, so check back for additional information as the season progresses.