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SOIL Research Trial Results for PASTURE GROW



SOIL TEMPS INCREASE 30% IN 12 MONTHS Sep 2004
Results:
4 inch (10cm) temperature increases over untreated were
4 treatments - 3.0°C or 30%,
3 treatments – 1.8°C or 18%
2 treatments – 1.5°C or 15%
Soil changes: Worm numbers and soil structure have increased drastically.

Key Observations: Plant roots are stronger and deeper. Considerable improvement is still possible.

Treatment: Pasture Grow and Microlife

Trial details: Separate paddocks were treated with two, three and four applications of Pasture Grow and Microlife the previous season. Five readings were taken per paddock and compared with untreated soil. Measured second week of Spring.




SOIL TEMPS INCREASE 25% Sep 2004
Results: Increases of 2.5°C or 25% at 2 inches in early spring

Soil changes: Worm numbers and soil structure have increased drastically.

Key Observations: Plant roots are stronger and deeper. Grass growth was outstanding. Considerable improvement is still possible. Farmer commented how much the grass had grown through winter – most unexpected.

Treatment: Pasture Grow and Microlife

Trial details: A 60Ha pivot was used to apply 4 applications of Biohelp products as part of a on farm trial for replacement of Urea on a dairy farm. Competitive products were used in other areas. We took measurements comparing the Biohelp block with the untreated paddock (with the same soil) next door.




INCREASED TEMP, WORMS, AND DEPTH IN 10WKS AT 2100FT Nov 2004
Results:
10 Weeks after treatment 4 inch (10cm)
Soil temperature increased 2.2°C or 11%.
30 worms were counted in a trench spade full and 4 in untreated areas
Useable soil depth had increased 5cm or 30%
Key Observations: Thatching had decreased. Treated areas contained significantly more moisture. Grass growth was increased drastically. Grass palatability increased and stock wouldn’t eat untreated areas. Plant roots were stronger and deeper and forcing there way into the clay pan. Considerable improvement is still possible. At 6months beneficial fungi was visually evident representing terrific improvement in soil activity.

Treatment: Pasture Grow and Microlife

Trial details: Measurements taken from control and treated. A cover was used to create a control area.




USEABLE SOIL DEPTH INCREASES 400% IN 6 MTHS June 2004
Results: 2 inch (10cm) usable soil profile increased to 8 inches in 6 months. 

Soil changes: Worm numbers and soil structure have increased drastically.

Key Observations: Plant roots were stronger and deeper. Iron crustaceans characteristic of a lack of aeration in the soil went from a 2inch depth to 8 inch depth ie the soil became more aerated. The paddock went from being the undisputed worst performer to nearly equaling the best paddocks on the farm. Considerable improvement is still possible.

Treatment: Pasture Grow and Microlife were recommended along with suspension fertilizer. i.e we made fertilizer recommendations as well.

Trial details: Visual examination of the soil pre and post treatment. Paddock had a history of heavy cropping on good soil. Was in pasture when we started.




USEABLE SOIL DEPTH INCREASES 100% IN 2 YEARS DESPITE HEAVY CULTIVATION Jan 2005
Results: 4 inch (10cm) usable soil profile increased to 8 inches in 2 years on heavily cropped soil inspite of 3 cultivations. 

Soil changes: Worm became evident and soil structure improved drastically. Easy to till.

Key Observations: A 4 inch increase in depth made a huge change to plant root depths and there subsequent ability to utilize water, and applied fertilizer. We had previously observed that a 2 inch increase in soil depth changed onion yields by 300%.

Treatment: Crop Zest and Microlife.

Trial details: Visual examination of the soil pre and post treatment. Paddock had a history of heavy cropping on good soil.





The trials presented here are conducted by both agricultural scientists and clients. Thus a healthy balance exists between formal well conducted studies and on farm field results. Farmers, scientists and consultants have many different views on the usefulness of trials; objections include, efficacy, independence, and the fact that companies only present the good ones etc. Examples supporting these arguments are easy to find within the agricultural industry.

As a company we plan for the bulk of our sales growth to be through repeat business and word of mouth. Thus, it is in our best interests to present trials which represent the potential our products can deliver on a consistent and reliable basis. Biohelp (NZ) Ltd would like to reassure readers that the trials presented here are accurate, contain no bias, and the results have been consistent.