Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Using Supramolecular Humic Molecules To Improve Saline Soils

A common malady of irrigated agriculture in arid parts of the world is the gradual accumulation of sodium, salinity, or both.  This is often compounded by arid climate soils being high pH where many of the mineral nutrients such as iron and phosphorus are chemically tied up in the soil.  In the case of excess salinity, water will move in the wrong direction away from the vascular system of the plant resulting in dehydration.  What many of us call burning.   Where water is expensive and a limited resource, the last thing a farmer needs to contend with is excess salinity and sodium that robs his crop of water. 

This story is a Case Study in Merced, California where a raspberry grower is experiencing salt burn and where TerraPro was applied as an experiment to try and remedy the situation. 

TerraPro the product used on this project is not organic matter like compost or manure.  It's a formulated biologic substance that we developed with the help of a Technology Transfer Program of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories under an exclusive 'Commercial Proprietary Information Contract'.  TerraPro is a sole source novel product of my company Soil Secrets LLC.

The farm in Merced, California that grows Raspberry Plants is seeing an increase in soil salinity.  Each year the damage is worse as the salts accumulate in the soil.  The first image shows a close up of what the leaves start to look like as the growing season progresses and the third image shows a close up of the foliage of the treated site.   The forth image shows the vigorous canes of the treated site.  Driscoll, the company that owns this farm has several thousand acres of berries and provides fresh fruit to many grocery chains in the US. 


This second image shows our test plot treated with our Supramolecular Humic molecules contained in our product called TerraPro, where the site was treated with 2000 pounds of active ingredient.  The treated area is on the left and to the right of the flagged stake you can see the untreated area, plainly still damaged by the salinity while the treated area is not damaged.  The odd thing about this test plot is that the soil tests we conducted on the treated site still don't show a change in the E.C., ppm of Sodium or pH.  The biologic molecules of TerraPro are doing something to protect this crop from the salinity issue but we don't understand how or why! Nature is sure a mystery.




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Michael Martin Meléndrez
Managing Member of Soil Secrets LLC
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