Bioril’s farming customers consist of small and large scale row crop, fruit and vegetable farmers, forage production farmers, cattle ranchers, horse owners, organic farmers and community gardeners.
The best approach to improving the health, productivity and fertility of the soil in your operation is a three-step approach:
- First, a Bioril representative will either meet or correspond with the farmer to understand their crop type(s), operation and production goals.
- Second, a soil test should be taken to determine the presence and amounts of existing nutrients and minerals, along with the organic percent of the soil. As a minimum, the soil should be tested for potassium, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, pH, cation exchange capacity (CEC), and organic matter percent. As a result of this test, the soil may need to be amended to correct for deficiencies. The various amendments may require application during specific times of the year. Some customers may already have good soil tests for us to review that will allow skipping of this step.
- Third, once the soil fertility plan is established, a representative from Bioril will advise the farmer on the best and most cost effective application of the biofertilizer and nitrogen. Soils that have good fertility and organic content require less nitrogen and biofertilizer, and soils with poor soil fertility need higher rates of nitrogen and biofertilizer.
The benefits of using a biofertilization program will show up in the first growing season, but the long term benefits compound every year. A good biofertilization plan will improve the soil health year after year, resulting in the need for less nutrient and mineral inputs, more stable pH, and more drought and stress resistance plants.
Sandy soils can present a challenge for improvement of fertility and consideration should be given to using a soil nutrition and conditioner such as BioEngyn or BioChar in addition to biofertilization.