By Kaitlyn Ersek on Oct 29, 2021 10:15:00 AM
“The three big things I noticed about using Holganix Bio 800+ on vegetables was that it allowed me to reduce my fertilizer use, helped break down the organic matter, and reduced disease occurrence,” explains Dalton Fashik.
Dalton is the owner of Mighty Fine Farms LLC, a regenerative farm in Oklahoma that aims to rebuild soil organic matter and restore degraded soil biodiversity. “The result of these practices is carbon drawdown from the atmosphere into the soil and improve the water cycle.”
Mighty Fine Farms grows a little bit of everything, from vegetables to cover crops, to livestock, such as sheep and rabbits. According to Dalton, “You can think of Mighty Fine Farms as a kind of market garden or ministry to help small farmers learn about improving soil health through regenerative practices.”
Dalton first started using Holganix Bio 800+ in the spring of 2021, after researching new methods of introducing soil microbes to the farm. His goal was to use the product on his vegetables but to also study the results carefully via an experiment with his sweet potato crop.
Results on Sweet Potato
Dalton inoculated the soil at a rate of 2 tablespoons per gallon prior to planting. About six weeks into the season, he started to have some disease issues and the vegetative growth stopped. He applied Holganix Bio 800+ heavily to the soil at 8 ounces per gallon for two consecutive days. “Within a week, I had no more disease issues and really had no damage as it seemed to have repaired the disease wilt that had occurred,” explains Dalton.
After the recovery, the crop “produced so heavily, vegetatively, that I had to prune a few days a week because the growth was explosive,” says Dalton. “The crop gave me bountiful weekly harvests of leafy greens for my livestock, as well as producing a harvest of sweet potatoes yielding over one pound per square foot.”
“I didn’t have a control group,” admits Dalton. “But I did recently look at a sweet potato experiment at a nearby University that implemented standard farming techniques and conventional fertilizer.” According to Dalton, “There was a significant difference in yield. By using Holganix Bio 800+, we produced about 2-3 more sweet potatoes per square foot compared to the University-led experiment.”
Results on Vegetable Gardens
Dalton also used Holganix Bio 800+ in his garden beds. He reported that “Holganix Bio 800+ really breaks down the organic matter.” Dalton implements a deep mulching method. “The soil microbes within Holganix Bio 800+ help speed up the process of breaking down the organic matter.”
Aside from a breakdown in organic matter, “I also saw a reduction in fertilizer. For larger areas, Holganix Bio 800+ decreased the need for fertilizer but in the garden beds, I was able to eliminate fertilizer. I could just use Holganix Bio 800+ and still have thriving plants with a bountiful harvest.”
For his vegetable gardens, Dalton applied Holganix Bio 800+ at 8 ounces per gallon in three applications. The first was during soil prep where he inoculated the soil prior to planting, the second was via foliar application halfway through the growing stage and a third was applied during the fruiting stage.
Why Should Your Farm Use Holganix Bio 800+?
It all comes down to soil health and investing in the legacy of your family's farm. Holganix Bio 800+ harnesses the power of over 800 species of soil microbes to increase yield, improve crop resilience against stress and boost soil health.
At Holganix, we believe that by charging soil with diverse microbes, we help our farmers improve the health of their soil, and in turn, invest in the legacy of their farm for future generations.
Plus, farmers using Holganix Bio 800+ see a yield improvement in just one season!
- Develop soil health
- Increase yield
- Faster establishment
- Boosts roots; contributing to soil organic matter
- Maximize uptake of nutrients, minerals, and water
- Improve plant resilience against stress from tillage, weather, fungicides, and other stressors
Dig Into the Data: University and Commercial Grower Trial
Over the years we have compiled data on several different crops, in different geographic zones, to deepen our understanding of how Holganix Bio 800+ can help farmers maximize crops. Click on the button below to access a sample from our 2017 - 2021 collection.