Crop Residue Treatment

A few years ago, we were at a conference in the mid-West. As we were talking with one of the agricultural representatives, they commented on how difficult it is to get rid of corn residue between seasons. Without even thinking, we said, "Oh, that's easy!" They have been struggling with this problem for many years, and didn't believe us, so we set up a trial. We treated one field, and left an adjacent field untreated, and then the next year, as they approached harvest time, we compared the two fields. The results can be seen below:

Treated Field   Untreated Field


Note the lack of residue in the turned soil. Everything from the previous year has been digested.



In this section, you can easily see all of last year's residue virtually untouched. There has been no breakdown.


The treated soil actually has earthworms, a significant indicator of biological activity. The farmers had not seen earthworms in these fields for 30 years or more.



On the untreated side, there was no sign of biological activity, no earthworms, and the soil was very hard and compacted, with plenty of undigested organic matter still sitting in the soil.


The most significant result was in the corn itself. The ears in the treated field were larger and more filled out and the plants were healthier. The additional biology in the soil was converting the crop residue and soil components into food for the plants.



It is easy to see the difference in the untreated field. The ears are significantly smaller and they are not filled out. The plants are less green, and not as healthy.

Crop residue? It really is easy!

The best way to deal with crop residue is to apply Compost/Mineral tea after harvest, when the crop has either been rolled into the ground or tilled. The Compost/Mineral tea contains billions of microbes whose job is to break down organic material. The microbes in the tea will boost any latent microbes still in your soil and help to repopulate the soil microbes with the balances needed for healthy soil and healthy crops. The results are much more than just less crop residue. For example:

  • digest crop residue
  • build positive soil biology
  • improve soil condition
  • convert organic material into plant-available nutrients
  • reduce and control pathogenic microbes without toxic chemicals
  • increase crop health
  • increase crop yields

Call us today at 435-753-2086 and let us help you handle your crop residue!

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