Organic Inputs and Seeds

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Organic Inputs and Seeds

OMRI-Listed Trio (“Organic Trio”)

Source:

Mined Sulfate/Sulphate of Potash Magnesia (aka Langbeinite), New Mexico

Analysis:

0-0-22-11Mg-22S

Product Notes:

Granular format

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Uses

  • A good source of readily-available potassium, magnesium, and sulfur
  • Recommended source of magnesium when calcium/pH is too high to allow for use of dolomitic lime and/or when magnesium levels are below crop requirements (Mg from dolomite releases gradually over 3 years)
  • Not recommended as a potassium source when magnesium levels are already sufficient (use SOP instead)

Application rates

  • Soil testing is the best way to determine potassium and magnesium requirements
  • Long-term goal should be to maintain potassium at 2 to 5% base saturation, and magnesium between 11 and 20% base saturation, depending on soil CEC
  • Magnesium should be a minimum of 100ppm (200lbs/ac)
  • 300lbs/ac is considered a “maintenance level” when soil tests indicate a Mg deficiency
  • 500lbs/ac will gradually build Mg/K levels in the soil
  • Maximum recommended rate is 2200lbs/ac per year – not usually economical
  • Readily-available nature of this product makes it feasible to apply for current crop requirements

Comments

  • Other common names/brands are Sul-Po-Mag and K-Mag
  • Magnesium sulphate can be used to supply magnesium in cases where potassium levels are high/excessive

Liquid Fish Fertilizer

Source:

Fish offal, processed via enzymes and hydrolysis, filtered and stabilized with phosphoric acid

Analysis:

2-3-0

Product Notes:

  • 8.6lbs/US gallon (1.02kg/L)
  • “looks and flows like chocolate milk…with a slight fishy odour”
  • Stable in its concentrated form, but starts to ferment quickly when diluted

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Uses

  • Very good option for liquid starter and foliar applications
  • Can also be applied through irrigation systems (including drip)
  • Supplies nutrients but more importantly feeds and stimulates soil microbial activity
  • Fish oils are fungal food sources

Application rates

  • Recommended to apply 4-5 gallons per acre per application (up to 3 applications per season)
  • Dilute 1:10 ratio for soil application, 1:50 for foliar application

Comments

  • A good way to supply nutrients and stimulate microbial activity early in the season (e.g. on winter cereals, as a starter fertilizer for corn and beans)

OMRI-Listed Sulphate of Potash (“Organic SOP”)

Source:

Mined Sulfate/Sulphate of Potash

Analysis:

0-0-50-18S

Product Notes:

Granular format

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Uses

  • A good source of readily-available potassium, sulfur

Application rates

  • Soil testing is the best way to determine potassium requirements
  • Long-term goal should be a 2% to 5% base saturation of K; woody perennials/vines will benefit from higher levels, even up to 7.5%.
  • The readily-available nature of SOP makes it feasible to apply for current crop requirements

Comments

  • Much lower salt index than muriate of potash (MOP), so considered better for soil life/biological activity
  • MOP a more economical choice where soil test levels/crop requirements indicate high application rates
  • Consider MOP for fall applications and SOP for spring/in-season applications to mitigate potential negative impacts of MOP on soil health

Good n’ Green

Source:

Tek Mac Enterprises, Wellesley, ON

Analyses: various blends

  • 7-4-1
  • 7-4-4-1S
  • 6-4-8-2S
  • 3-10-3-10Ca-1S-0.3Mg
  • 5-6-1-4Ca-0.3Mg
  • 1-29-0

Product Notes:

  • Available as a powder for broadcast spreading or as a “crumble” for application through planter fertilizer boxes (not all blends available as crumble)
  • Product is derived from dried microbes (single-cell proteins)
  • Primarily organic N, very little ammonium-N
  • Blended with bonemeal, SOP, langbeinite, sulfur for different analyses
  • Option to also blend with a microbial product (EarthAlive)

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Uses

  • Top-dress or starter fertilizer, particularly in corn, wheat, and spelt crops
  • Can be broadcast and incorporated, fall or spring

Application rates

  • 200-400lbs/ac as a starter fertilizer
  • Can be broadcast at 1500-2000lbs/ac when economically viable

Comments

  • Much higher in nitrogen and other available macro-nutrients than most other organically-approved products.
  • Some organic corn producers report optimal economic yield gain at rates of 300lbs/ac as a banded starter fertilizer.
  • Company plot data has shown 39 bu/ac yield increases in corn; 7-12bu/ac in winter wheat; 5-6 bu/ac in soybeans when used as a starter.

CalPhos

Source:

Mined deposits of soft rock phosphate (Florida)

Analysis: 0-3-0-20Ca

  • 20% total P2O5
  • 3% available P2O5
  • 20% Ca

Product Notes:

Spread with lime spreader or similar equipment

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Uses

  • A good option to build long-term phosphorus reserves, particularly when manure or compost sources of P are limited or unavailable
  • Not suited for soils already high in calcium

Application rates

  • Typical soil tests (P1/Olsen) measure available P, but not total P reserves, and what can be made available via biological activity over the growing season; consider P2 analysis, crop monitoring/tissue sampling for a more complete assessment
  • General recommendations based on experience:
    • 500lbs/ac for soils below 12ppm P1 phosphorus
    • 400lbs/ac for soils 12 to 15 ppm P1 phosphorus
    • 300lbs/ac for soils 15 to 18 ppm P1 phosphorus
  • Relatively low percentage of available P makes this product impractical/uneconomical to apply to meet current crop requirements; needs to be part of a long-term soil-building plan

Comments

  • CalPhos is also recommended as an addition to manure (in the bedding or during the composting process) to help stabilize nitrogen; it also increases available phosphorus from the CalPhos
  • Research indicates that it can take 4 to 8 weeks for phosphate rock to reach maximum solubility
  • P availability from phosphate rock fertilizers is positively correlated with AMF and green manure incorporation

Fertoz Rock Phosphate

Source:

Mined deposits of rock phosphate in British Columbia and Montana

Analysis: 0-7-0

  • 20-25% total P2O5
  • 5-10% available P2O5
  • 30-60% Calcium Carbonate
  • 10-20% Silica

Product Notes

  • 56 lb/ft3 bulk density
  • Ground to a 100 mesh particle size
  • Apply with lime spreader or similar equipment

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Uses

  • A good option to supply crop phosphorus and build long-term phosphorus reserves, particularly when manure or compost sources of P are limited or unavailable
  • May not be suitable for soils already high in calcium

Application rates

  • General recommendations based on experience:
    • 250 to 280 lbs/ac based on phosphorus test levels in acidic soils (pH <6.5)
    • 350 to 400 lbs/ac of a 70:30 ratio of Fertoz rock phosphate and elemental sulfur, based on phosphorus test levels in alkaline soils (pH >6.5)
  • Typically broadcast and incorporated in spring (ideally 4 to 8 weeks before crop phosphorus demand peaks, less in highly-deficient soils)
  • Allow 3 years to see the full impact of the amendment application

Comments

  • Fertoz is higher in available phosphorus than other mineral amendments
  • Phosphorus availability can be improved by blending with manure, compost, humates, biologicals, and elemental sulphur
  • An 8-week study in Western Canada on pH neutral, P-deficient soils showed that phosphorus availability doubled with the application of Fertoz, tripled when Fertoz was blended with sulfur, and increased a further 50% with the addition of compost
  • P availability from phosphate rock fertilizers is also positively correlated with AMF and green manure incorporation
  • Fertoz Rock Phosphate is approved for organic use by Pro-Cert Organic

Seacliff Green Organic Fertilizer

Source:

Seacliff Energy Corp., Leamington ON

Analysis: 0.1 – 0.05 – 0.1

  • Liquid anaerobic digestate
  • Typically 10lbs N/mt; 5lbs P2O5/mt; 5-8lbs K2O/mt
  • 4-5% dry matter
  • 1kg/L density

Product Notes

  • For bulk application on and into agricultural soils
  • Storage facilities and application equipment for liquid manure is appropriate for this product

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Uses

  • Well-suited for crops and soils with high nitrogen demands relative to P and K (e.g. wheat, corn)
  • Not subject to the application timing restrictions imposed on raw manure under organic standards

Application rates

  • Application rates dependent on crop and soil test recommendations
  • Do not exceed application rates above 44,000L/ha (4,706 gal/ac) if applying within 150m (500ft) of surface water

Comments

  • Market territory for this product is currently limited by the transportation costs (from Leamington) for the high volumes of liquid involved; Seacliff is investigating technology to create a concentrated liquid that could significantly expand this potential 
  • Customers are responsible for storage and application of the product; Seacliff has partners and contacts in certain areas willing to store and apply on a custom basis
  • Seacliff Green Organic Liquid Fertilizer is approved for organic use by CSI and EcoCert

Cycle Organic Fertilizer

Source:

StormFisher Environmental, London, ON

Guaranteed Minimum Analysis: 3 – 3 – 1

  • 2018 batch testing shows ~4%N, ~6% P2O5,1% K, 1%S
  • Over 65% organic matter content
  • 11:1 to 10:1 C:N ratio
  • Recent analyses available on request
  • Pathogen-free

Product Notes

  • Cycle Organic Fertilizer is a granular, dried anaerobic digestate
  • 50 lbs/ft3 bulk density
  • ~5% moisture – non-hygroscopic
  • Hard granules of varying sizes (see photo)
  • Flows through dry fertilizer boxes, can be broadcast; blends well with other granular product

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Uses

  • A good balanced fertilizer for broadcast or banded use
  • Economical source of nitrogen and phosphorus
  • A good source of available phosphorus for high-pH, high-calcium soils

Application rates

  • Apply according to soil test recommendations and crop needs
  • Not subject to pre-harvest restrictions for manure under Canadian Organic Standards

Comments

  • Cycle Organic Fertilizer is produced from food scraps and food processing by-products which are first used to generate electricity – helping to close the nutrient loop from field to fork
  • Stormfisher’s biogas power plant uses over 80,000 mt of food waste each year to produce enough electricity to supply over 3,000 homes; waste heat from the electricity generation is used to dry the digestate into a granular fertilizer
  • Cycle Organic Fertilizer is approved for organic use by the Centre for Systems Integration (CSI)
Cycle Organic Fertiliser

Eco-Tea Foliar HDI

Probiotics for the soil.

Source:

Thompsons Limited (under license from Overton Environmental Inc.)

Analysis:

N/A – Eco-Tea™ is a CFIA-registered bio-stimulant/amendment

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Product notes

A)

Eco-Tea Foliar HDI ARRAKIS BREW Option (“Sprayer-Ready”)

Eco-Tea is a 2-part system:

  1. Liquid HDI Inoculum – earthworm castings and plant-based composts brewed locally into a concentrated liquid with added microbial foods – humic, fulvic, and long-chain amino acids, kelp extract, simple and complex carbohydrates, and enzymes designed to feed the specific bacteria, fungi, and protozoa in the tea. (This food is customized to different end uses (e.g. foliar vs. soil vs. seed.)
  2. Catalyst – used just before application to activate the specific disease suppressive groups of microbes in the tea. (Foliar catalyst also contains natural wetting agents and surfactants).
  • Eco-Tea “Foliar” concentrate is “brewed” locally in Overton’s ARRAKIS bioreactor and shipped to the producer in 2 parts: Part 1 is a blended inoculum with microbial foods, aerated 24 hours prior to delivery. Part 2 is the catalyst. The producer adds the catalyst immediately prior to application, along with de-chlorinated water, and tank mixes well. 
  • Greenhouse, high value agricultural crops, horticultural and viticultural operations with their own aerating equipment can also purchase the 3-part system and brew their own foliar product for regular applications. Overton also sells a brewer system for this continual foliar use. (For a disease management program spray every 7-10 days.)
  • Eco-Tea “Foliar” is diluted with 3 parts water prior to application (e.g. 250 gal of concentrate + 750 gal water). It can be further diluted if more water needs to go out, specific to farm/crop needs/coverage.
  • Eco-Tea “Foliar” is an active, aerobic product. It should be continually aerated and used within 24-48 hours of delivery. Provided it is stored out of direct sunlight and continually aerated, the product is good for up to 7 days. Once no longer aerating and the catalyst is added (tank mix) it must be used within 8 hours. Do not add catalyst until ready for application.

B)

Eco-Tea Foliar HDI “Self Brew” option:

Eco-Tea Foliar HDI ”Self Brew” is a 3-part system: HDI + MF + Aerate + Foliar Catalyst

Eco-Tea Foliar HDI “Self Brew” Instructions: (Aerate in tank for 24 hours)

  1. Place 50 gallons (200 L) of HDI into a 200 gallon (750 L) or larger tank/tote/mixing unit with aeration hookup.
  2. Add EcoTea Microbial Foods at a rate of 4 kg for every 50 gallons of EcoTea HDI.

    2.1. Place 4 kg of Microbial Foods into a 5 gallon (20L) pail with de-chlorinated water and mix well
    (until product is dissolved), pour ‘slurry’ into the mixing unit or spray tank, ideally while aerator is
    running. (Note: Remove all screens in sprayer and use proper nozzle setting, see specs below.)

    2.2. Allow 24 hours for the tank solution to aerate, maintaining approximately 80-120 L/min of
    aeration, (6 mg O2/L) throughout the process.

  3. Add EcoTea Foliar Catalyst at a rate of 4 L for every 50 gallons of aerated EcoTea HDI. Add Foliar Catalyst to sprayer, mixing vigorously. (Note: Adding Foliar Catalyst will greatly decrease the shelf life of EcoTea, add it when you are ready to apply!)
  4. Add de-chlorinated water to EcoTea with a minimum dilution of 1:3 (1 part EcoTea : 3 parts de-chlorinated water). You can dilute much more if need be (coverage etc), as long as the concentrated EcoTea rate of 2 Gal/Acre, is maintained.
  5. Apply EcoTea tank solution at a rate of 8-18 gal/Acre (diluted product) to achieve 70% or more coverage.

Uses

  • Eco-Tea “Foliar” is ecologically engineered to reduce and suppress pest and disease pressure, fungal and bacterial pathogens and some insects
  • Certain microbes consume pathogens, others produce small amounts of antibiotics in the presence of pathogens
  • Beneficial microorganisms in Eco-Tea Foliar, colonize the leaf surface, decreasing plant stress and out-competing pathogens for space and resources (competitive exclusion)
  • Eco-Tea Foliar is biologically engineered to provide specific beneficial disease suppressing microbes to the food web/biome.
  • Eco-Tea Foliar is bacteria-focused to colonize leaf surfaces; 20 minutes.

Application rates and timing

  • Timing is similar to conventional fungicide applications; early morning or evening ONLY, never in full sunlight, very overcast is okay. 
  • Eco-Tea Foliar works best if the beneficial microorganisms are present just before the pathogen has a chance to attack: 
  • Field Crops: apply at 2 gal/ac; a 250 gal tote of concentrate will cover ~125 acres:
    • Wheat: at heading (T3)
    • Corn: 6-7 leaf stage and/or at tasseling
    • Soybean: just before or at flowering
    • Oats: at heading
    • Alfalfa & Hay: after first cut
    • Ginseng: 21 day program, starting early June to Sept
    • Cranberry/Blueberry/Strawberry: 5 apps, mid-May to mid-Sept
    • Sunflowers: At flower, (late July/early Aug), could warrant 2 applications
  • High Value Crops: apply at 6-10 gal/ac; a 250 gal tote will cover 25-50ac
    • Spray every 7-10 days for disease management, based on weather and disease pressure,
      from mid-June to early September 
    • All new foliage needs to get covered every 7-14 days

Important

  • Apply with coarse nozzles only, *maximum screen size of 300 micron (50 mesh)* 
    • 50 psi or lower
    • TeeJet Nozzle/Floodjet 0.08 (white) or larger
    • Boomless Nozzle 0.10 or larger 
    • Greenhouse; conventional track systems, spray emitters, hanging basket emitters, dosatrons,
      backpack sprayers etc.
    • For berries with foliar applications high pressure (blast sprayers) is not recommended, can also
      have the option of using catalyst as a biostimulant
  • All of these rates are in concentrated tea (pre-dilution)
  • DILUTE Eco-Tea HDI  in 3:1 or more with DE-CHLORINATED water
  • Eco-Tea HDI is double screened to 300 microns (50 mesh) and can be applied via any application method at 50 psi or lower
  • For foliar tea (greens & tees/greenhouse/high value crops) self brewing, make sure to double screen @ 300 microns/50 mesh – Overton retails screening bags
  • We recommend to keep EcoTea agitating and/or aerating in tank during application
  • Use de-chlorinated water ONLY when tank mixing with EcoTea
    • Chlorine water (municipal) needs to be aerated for 1 hour or sit for 24 hours
    • Chloraminated water needs to aerated for a minimum of 48 hours 

Clean up

  • Make sure to wash out equipment with clean water, take nozzles off and let flow. Citric acid, acetic acid, or ammonium solution are best as a cleaning solutions.
  • DO NOT let sit in sprayer after application, clean immediately.

Self brew kits for CSAs and intensive agriculture

  • Available in 5 gal, 50 gal, 250 gal Kits (depending on operation size)
  • For a full disease suppression program on high value crops, spray every 7-10 days using self brew kits and a 50-75 gallon bioreactor (or similar).
  • Self Brew Instructions:
  1. Fill 50 gal bioreactor with de-chlorinated water. To dechlorinate water leave sitting out in open tank for 24 hours or aerate for 30 minutes. 
  2. Place Eco-Tea Microbial Foods into bioreactor and allow to dissolve
  3. Place Eco-Tea Inoculum into filter basket and allow 24 hours for brewing. 
  4. After 24 hours, filter off product from bioreactor with another 300 micron screen for sprayer applications
  5. Add Eco-Tea Foliar Catalyst and mix thoroughly. 
  6. Apply Eco-Tea Foliar to 70% of leaf surfaces via, backpack sprayer, conventional sprayer equipment etc., or apply as a drench to root zone if not screened to 300 microns/50 mesh. 

*Once Catalyst is added to mix you have 6-8 hours to use the product. 

*NOTE: We recommend removing inline screens & filters that are finer than 50 mesh/300 microns. Filter end product with secondary 300 micron/50 mesh screening bag if using conventional equipment or drip tape.

Comments

  • EcoTea “Foliar” is a relatively coarse product; some equipment modifications are necessary to maintain the integrity of the microbiology during application (nozzle setting, psi, and taking out screens are vital to maintain integrity) 
  • Remove all filters from the sprayer as precaution (300 micron/50 mesh )
  • Clean the sprayer thoroughly before and after use
  • Overton Environmental stocks nozzles and other specialized application accessories and can ship to producers who cannot source parts locally
  • Eco-Tea “Foliar” pricing is dependent on the volume ordered and shipping
  • EcoTea products are approved for organic production by Pro-Cert
  • Foliar EcoTea is biologically engineered to stimulate or ‘wake up’ specific functional groups of disease suppressive microorganisms through the 24 hours aeration process and when the foliar blend of catalyst is added. 
  • The foliar blend of catalyst contains Yucca (spreading action, ‘non-toxic’ soap) as a surfactant, but contains no molasses.
  • In conventional systems EcoTea must have a 5-7 day window between fungicide applications (before and/or after EcoTea use)

Eco-Tea Soil HDI

(in-furrow, soil drench, residue management)

Probiotics for the soil.

Source:

Thompsons Limited (under license from Overton Environmental)

Analysis:

N/A – Eco-Tea™ is a CFIA-registered bio-stimulant/amendment

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Product notes

Eco-Tea™ is a 3-part system:

Inoculum – earthworm castings and plant-based compost “brewed” on-site into a concentrated liquid (“HDI”)

Microbial foods – humic, fulvic, and long-chain amino acids, kelp extract, simple and complex carbohydrates, and enzymes designed to feed the array of beneficial bacteria, fungi, and protozoa (this food is customized to different end uses–e.g. foliar vs soil vs seed).

Catalyst – used just before application to activate the biodiverse populations of plant beneficial microbes in the tea.

  • Eco-Tea™ “HDI” inoculum concentrate is “brewed” in Dorchester and shipped to the producer in 3 parts: 1) HDI (liquid inoculum) 2) microbial food, and 3) catalyst. A typical “HDI unit” is a 250Ga tote of HDI, a 20kg bag of microbial foods, and a 20L bucket of catalyst. The producer tank mixes the microbial foods and catalyst prior to application to “activate” the microorganisms, along with de-chlorinated water.
  • Eco-Tea™ “HDI” is diluted with 3 parts water prior to application (e.g. 250ga of concentrate + 750ga water + 20kg microbial food + 20L catalyst)
  • Chlorinated water needs to be aerated for minimum of 1 hour or sit for 24 hours before mixing with the EcoTea Foliar concentrate
  • Chloraminated water needs to aerated for a minimum of 48 hours before mixing
  • Eco-Tea™ “HDI”concentrate has a shelf life of 60 days (undiluted and before the addition of the microbial foods and catalyst) given it is stored out of direct sunlight.
  • Eco-Tea™ “HDI” is screened to 50 mesh/300 microns; foods and catalyst are water-soluble. (Greenhouse applicable)

Uses

  • Eco-Tea™ “HDI” is an abundant source of biodiversity for your soil. (billions of microbes of 129,000 different bacteria alone) These are plant growth promoting and ecologically functional microbes, including bacteria, fungi, and protozoa that give your root system a competitive advantage
  • EcoTea restores biodiversity to soils, increases nutrient availability, makes for better nutrient use efficiency, stimulates plant growth (especially at the root level), improves soil nutrient retention, and increases pest resistance and disease suppression
  • Eco-Tea™ “HDI” can be applied in-furrow or as a soil drench at seeding
  • Eco-Tea™ “HDI” can also be applied after forage cuttings to improve re-growth of both shoots and roots
  • Eco-Tea™ “HDI” can be applied post-harvest to aid in the fungal decomposition of residue, reducing pest and disease carry-over and improving nutrient retention; spray and incorporate so that organisms are not exposed to sun and can populate the residue and topsoil. Incorporation by a light harrow is best. Full till works as well

Application rates and timing

  • Typically 2.5 gallons per acre of concentrate diluted 3:1 with water; a 250 gallon tote of concentrate will cover 100 acres

Apply:

Apply with a coarse nozzle at low pressure (50 psi or lower)

  • TeeJet Nozzle/Floodjet 0.08 (white) or larger
  • Boomless Nozzle 0.10 or larger
  • Liquid Kit Seeding (Discs) 30 or larger
  • Drip Tape, Compatible
  • GreenHouse Emitters 300 microns or larger
  • Disc Seeder: ¼” line is best (e.g. Alpine kit – b/w 20-60 orifice)

Overton Environmental stocks these nozzles and other specialized application accessories and can ship to producers who cannot source parts locally.

Clean up

  • Make sure to wash out equipment with clean water, take nozzles off and let flow. Citric Acid, Acetic Acid, Ammonium solution is best as cleaning medium.
  • DO NOT let sit in sprayer after application, clean immediately.

Comments

  • Soil “HDI” Eco-Tea™ Program consists of three parts, 1) liquid inoculum 2) Microbial Food 3) Liquid Catalyst + de-chlorinated water (3:1)
  • Soil-applied Eco-Tea™ is biologically engineered to activate a more diverse functionality of beneficial microbial groups. For example, siderophore producers, phosphorous solubilizers, acetic acid producers, phytohormone production, iron scavenging etc.
  • This type of a diverse population of microbes stimulates tertiary and quaternary root systems and gives the plant a head start in growth, supplying your plant with vigor.
  • Soil “HDI” Tea adds “Tilth” to soil overtime, reducing crusting and creating stable soil aggregates.
  • ‘Bombarding’ soil system with as many biodiverse beneficial microbes as possible is the biologically engineered success of Eco-Tea™.
  • With seed treatment, good results so far, still in the testing phase.
  • Eco-Tea™ “HDI” pricing is dependent on the volume ordered and shipping costs
  • Eco-Tea™ products are approved for organic production by Pro-Cert

Eco-Tea “Liquid Seed Treatment”

Probiotics for the soil.

Source:

Thompsons Limited (under license from Overton Environmental)

Analysis:

N/A – Eco-Tea™ is a CFIA-registered bio-stimulant/amendment

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Product notes

Eco-Tea™ is a 3-part system:

Inoculum – earthworm castings and plant-based compost “brewed” on-site into a super-concentrated liquid (much more concentrated than soil or foliar products)

Microbial foods – humic, fulvic, and long-chain amino acids, kelp extract, simple and complex carbohydrates, and enzymes designed to feed the array of beneficial bacteria, fungi, and protozoa (this food is customized to different end uses–e.g. foliar vs soil vs seed).

Catalyst – used just before application to activate the biodiverse populations of plant beneficial microbes in the tea.

  • Eco-Tea Liquid Seed Treatment is shipped to the producer in 3 parts: 1) concentrated liquid inoculum 2) microbial food, and 3) catalyst. The producer tank mixes the microbial foods and catalyst prior to application to “activate” the microorganisms.

  • Eco-Tea concentrated inoculum has a shelf life of 60 days (before the addition of the microbial foods and catalyst) given it is stored out of direct sunlight.

  • Eco-Tea Liquid Seed Treatment must be used within 3 days of mixing.

  • Treated seed must be planted within 3 days of treatment (the sooner the better).

Uses

  • Eco-Tea Liquid Seed Treatment inoculates seeds with abundant populations of diverse plant growth promoting and ecologically functional microbes, including bacteria, fungi, and protozoa.

  • These microbes improve root development, nutrient use efficiency, and disease tolerance.

Application rates and timing

  • Cereals: 500ml treats 70-115 lbs of seed (i.e. 250ml/unit)

  • Beans: 500ml treats 50-70 lbs of seed (i.e. 500ml/unit)

  • Forage & Small-Seeded Crops (alfalfa, canola, etc.): use EcoTea HDI in-furrow

  • Mix the 3 components and apply to seed within 3 days.

  • Plant treated seed as soon as possible, no later than 3 days after treatment

  • Beans do require some time after inoculation to dry or else seed may bridge or become challenging to work with. Treating the seed one step before making the final transfer to the seeder will help eliminate bridging potential. Use “HDI” in-furrow treatment for best results with beans.

Comments

  • Compared to EcoTea “HDI” soil treatment, the liquid seed treatment is more economical but will have less of a beneficial impact on overall soil health: this product inoculates the seed rather than the soil
  • ‘Bombarding’ the developing root system with as many biodiverse beneficial microbes as possible is the biologically engineered success of Eco-Tea.
  • Experience has shown a positive impact on root development even in seeds that are also treated with conventional fungicides and insecticides
  • EcoTea products are approved for organic production by Pro-Cert

Eco-Tea “Liquid Seed Treatment”

EcoTea™ Liquid Seed Treatment: conventional treated corn seed, spring 2017, Manitoba. (Left) no EcoTea. (Right) EcoTea liquid seed treatment.

EcoTea liquid seed treatment

Conventional treated corn seed, spring 2017, Manitoba.
(Left) no EcoTea. (Right) EcoTea liquid seed treatment.

Organic Seed

Organic soybean seed
Organic corn seed
Organic grain seed