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IFD “Soil Product”

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Using Virgen soil products actually feeds the soil better than chemical products with natural elements that have been depleted with over decades of the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.  IFD SP helps bring farmers “back the earth” to health and balance in their soils and pruducts.

Many farmers and growers across the country believe fertilizers feed the soil too.  However, In reality chemical and petro-based fertilizers do help growth but can and do  damage the top layers of the soil.

There are many different types of soils across America and in the world at large.  Most soil conditions can be corrected by activating the soil bacteria.  A good active healthy soil will resist and reduce disease, fungus and insect problems.  It will help balance the ph factors and permit all fertilizers and chemicals to do a more effective job at lower application rates.  To activate soil bacteria, one must apply a good energy source for it.

Most people who understand Mother Nature and her work realize that healthy soils will produce healthier plants and better yields.  Healthy soil will also produce plants with greater resistance to stress conditions.

Soil with good bacterial activity will build a more humus layer substantially building the water holding capacity.  Humus also helps to warm the soil earlier in the spring encouraging spring seeding.

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Beyond ‘a New Lease’ on Water

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It might be argued that water is the most important tool in farming. Without it seeds will not germinate. If seeds don’t germinate, crops will not grow.

Farming exists because water exists, yet, there is far more to water than is evident to the eye.

Less obvious with water is the fact that, related to its ability to enable and enhance crop growth, all water is not all the same. Any comparison of crop growth after a rainfall will bear testament that rainwater is a very “special” state of water.

Given the unpredictability of rainwater, IFD is pleased to introduce VirgenTM water technology, a line of devices that actually adds rainwater’s special qualities to the source water in a direct in-line form factor for line sizes from standard one-half inch that fit a standard garden hose, to eight inches that apply to large-scale overhead sprinkler (pivot) systems.

The benefits to farmers of implementing Virgen technology, is more than getting a “new lease” on water. It’s more like getting new water. It water that is more potent, more efficient and more easily absorbed by plants and animals and causes higher yields and productivity with up to 50% less water for all desired purposes.

Imagine having your water allocations cut in half and yet seeing your crop yields and nutrient density increase while soil input requirements and their associated costs actually decline!

That’s the Virgen water  difference with the Virgen BIO-AG growing systems.

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Back Into The Future

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No matter where we travel on the earth, we are all uncomfortable with what we see and instinctively feel. We see polluted water, smell bad air and see poverty and starvation. Better and more available food is the answer.

IFD’s programs include going “back to the future,” remembering the food, water and other simple systems used to feed the people in days gone by. A steak had wonderful beef flavor. Fruits and vegetables were a sweet and a delicious treat. Now, unfortunately, harsh chemicals and pesticides have depleted the quality, nutritional values and flavors. This is now thought to be causing problems with the health of our population, especially in children. Scientists, doctors, farmers and most all of humanity are becoming aware of the resulting negative impact of these chemicals on the earth.

Good food and water = good health.

These ingredients given to us in natural ways by our earth is what we must all protect. We all need to recognize these problems and unite to confront them.

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Soil Testing

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What is a Soil Test?

A soil test is a process by which elements (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, manganese, copper and zinc) are chemically removed from the soil and measured for their “plant available” content within the sample. The quantity of available nutrients in the sample determines the amount and type of fertilizer that is needed. A soil test also measures soil pH, humic matter and exchangeable acidity. For example, these analyses indicate whether lime is needed and, if so, how much to apply.

Why Do You Need A Soil Test?

Soil testing improves plant growth by providing the recommendations specific for the soil testedIt allows IFD to prescribe and provide what is actually needed for the desired crop to be at its best.
When growers guess about the need and amount of lime or fertilizers, too little or too much is likely to be applied. By using a soil test report, the grower does not need to guess. The exact requirements are met.
For Example: When applying too much lime, soil pH may rise above the needed level. This causes nutrients such as iron, manganese, boron, copper and zinc to become less available to plants, and production suffers. It is also common to see homeowners purchase one bag of lime when they purchase one bag of fertilizer. Based on an average lawn size of 5000 square feet, one bag of fertilizer may be enough. Applying one bag of lime over 5000 square feet, however, will have little effect on soil pH.

Thus we need to –

Diagnose whether there is too little or too much of a nutrient
Encourage the environmental quality of the items being added

When gardeners apply only as much fertilizer as is necessary, nutrient runoff of surface or ground water is minimized and natural resources are conserved and t he results are much better.This saves money that might otherwise be spent on unneeded lime, fertilizers and other elements.

One good example is that growers of flue-cured tobacco often routinely apply phosphorus. In areas where soil levels are high in phosphorus a good soil test could save these farmers up to $60 per acre.