Wednesday, January 27, 2016

'TerraPro fixes Soil Compaction and Improves Pistachio Nut Crop

Here's a followup to a story we posted a year ago, where Soil Secrets proves its Bio-Identical Humic Acid product TerraPro  can fix a major problem of agriculture. Compacted Soil. However the Mechanism of Action that caused this change to the soils structure can only happen if the Humic Acid characteristics are Supramolecular. Soil Secrets owns the molecular description of those carbon rich molecules that provide this benefit. 

Our Distributor John Miller just sent this letter to me today, concerning the Pistachio orchard in California that tested our TerraPro product.  They measured for changes in soil compaction using a penetrometer where huge changes took place in a short period of time.  See our  blog story from January 2015 where images of Don and the owner of the orchard are testing the compaction of the soil.

Photos from January 2015

Michael Martin Meléndrez
Managing Member of Soil Secrets LLC

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Carbon Sequestration Into Soil Will Build Healthy and Productive Top Soil

Soil Secrets ( has applied a technology of molecular biology onto the grounds of the Arboretum Tomé in Los Lunas New Mexico that has exemplified how fast soil can be fixed. The images I've attached show the poor condition of the clay soils at the arboretum in 1986 when we started. The soil was originally a saline, sodic, alkaline clay, called White Death or White Alkali by many, that causes the clay to collapse or disperse. Under this condition the clay will seal and not allow water or oxygen to penetrate and the water just sits on the surface until it evaporates. The soil will show cracks as it becomes dry as seen in the photo. Once we've added the high carbon supramolecular humic molecules, the Mechanism of Action of these high Dipole Moment molecules causes the soil to form aggregates and structure. The soil will also get darker in color as the carbon concentration increases. You can see the aggregates in the second image I've attached which was taken on the same spot as the first image, only 29 years after starting this Journey to Better Soil Health. What did we not add to the soils of this site? We did not use compost, manure, mushroom compost, green manure, bio-char, or vermiculture compost. What we did add was mycorrhizal spores (EndoMaxima) to help inoculate the vegetation we planted. We added vegetable protein (Protein Crumblies) to help provide a nutritional calorie to feed the soil microbes the amino acid building blocks they need to grow more microbes, and we fortified the aromatic chemistry of the soil by adding the supramolecular humic molecules using TerraPro, an exclusive and unique product of Soil Secrets LLC. In 1986 the site of the future arboretum could grow only a limited number of plants tolerant of the sites high pH (9.2) soil and salinity, but today the Arboretum Tomé has hundreds of species of trees, including timber bamboo, redwoods, oaks and maples from all over the world.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Does the vineyard’s dirt really affect the taste of what’s in your glass?

This article is a good start to explaining a bigger problem, which agriculture growing food containing empty calories. There have been many studies over the years showing that the food we eat today contains dramatically lower levels of mineral and vitamin nutrition, when compared to what we were eating in the early to mid 1900s. While in college almost 40 years ago I recall while taking a class in Integrated Nutrition (which is bio chemistry) reading a study that showed the nutrient levels of an orange at that time contained 1/5 the vitamin C, Calcium and other nutrient values that an orange in the 1950s  contained. Yes, you would need to eat 5 oranges in 1978 to match a single orange my grandparents would eat, so it begs the question of what the nutrient levels are today.     Soils of agriculture are certainly far worse in 2016 than they were in 1978!  And we wonder why we are getting fat, as we eat foods of empty calories trying to get enough vitamin and mineral value from lousy food! 
So what's the difference? Are soils lower in minerals or is something inhibiting the nutrient uptake of the indigenous minerals of our farm soil.  Maybe it's both, but my gut feeling is that with the use of high yield acidified fertilizers, soil acidifiers, increasing salinity, herbicides like RoundUp, and our plows roughing up the soil ecology, the microbiology and the Humic chemistry that Nature uses to extract these minerals from the soil are missing, or at a very low functional level.   Elements of plant and human nutrition, such as phosphorus, zinc, iron, copper, calcium, selenium, etc., require a solutioning and solubilizing process to liberate them in order for a plant to take them up. That's done primarily by bacteria, mycorrhizal fungus, and the supramolecular chemistry of the humic molecules  (incorrectly called humic acids).  Soil Secrets LLC, is a soil ecology company that provides in our BioPack Soil Probiotic the microbes that have that mode of action to solubilize phosphorus, silica, sulfur, zinc, copper and iron from soil.  We also formulate TerraPro, a product with the humic molecules making them bio-identical with supramolecular aromatic characteristics. When these inputs are put back into the equation, the nutrient density of the food will increase, the yield of the crop will increase, the sugar concentration in the plant juices measured as Brix increases, the health of the plant increases and the health of the animal eating that plant will improve. Our goal as a company is to fix the soil of agriculture, grow more nutritious food, sequester atmospheric carbon back into the soil, and make our environment a cleaner better place for everyone concerned.

I've attached a report form a wine grower in Baja Mexico who has applied our TerraPro technology to his vines and measured some of these changes.  The details of this farm report are seen in the chart as original from the engineer running the operation, however I needed to interpolate and extrapolate some information in the text to make the information more meaningful for us.  

From the Desk of Michael M. Melendrez, Director of Soil Secrets LLC

Monday, January 18, 2016

Undeniable Results!

TerraPro by Soil Secrets can fix saline sodic soil Across the globe irrigated farms and urban soils are becoming saline, a problem caused by the irrigation water and fertilizer.  This site shown here is located in Utah, the farmer a client of Soil Secrets in Logan Utah called Circle Irrigation.  The site soils are naturally salty, to the extreme condition that you can see the salt on the surface.  See the first image.  The second image shows the crop of wheat struggling to grow on the site.  The third image shows a Proof of Concept study we are doing at the New Mexico Consortium Labs with the technical assistance of Los Alamos National Laboratory staff. For this test we selected some hyper saline soil from a farm in Vegita New Mexico, so salty that even the most salt tolerant weeds will not grow. We filled numerous trays with the salty soil and treated the surface of the soil with various increments of TerraPro, looking for the sweet spot. The photo shows 4 trays of which the last tray on the left had the least amount of TerraPro. The forth image shows us collecting the plants from the trays to perform a forensic study of the biology of microbes found on the roots. The fifth photo shows wheat plants washed of soil and ready for the next step. The sixth photo shows the Utah farm after treatment with TerraPro and now able to grow a Wheat Alfalfa mix, and the final picture shows Dale from Circle B Irrigation holding plants pulled from the treated field. The larger plant had more TerraPro than the smaller plant in Dales right hand.

Dale of Circle B Irrigation on salty Utah farm site.

Utah farm growing a poor crop because of hyper saline soils

New Nexico Consortium Laboratory Proof of Concept research for Soil Secrets LLC. tray on the left had zero TerraPro aded to the hyper saline soil collected from the Sanchez Vegita farm. The tray on the right is also from the Vegita farm, but has been treated with a higher increment of TerraPro, helping the wheat to grow.

Performing a biomass study of the wheat roots grown on the hyper saline Vegita farm soil. Soil is cleaned from the roots so a forinsic study of the microbiology can be done, including performing a gene sequencing of those microbes associating with the plant root exudates.

Wheat after extracting from the hyper saline soil.

Utah farm after treatment with TerraPro, now able to grow a whieat alfalfa mix. The site s not perfect and the farmer should do another application to completely remediate the salinity of the site, but its far better than before.

Dale holding wheat pulled from the Utah saline soil after TerraPro treatments. The plant on the right had more TerraPro than the plant on the left.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Winter Yard Chores, Planting Trees and Fixing Your Soil

Winter is an excellent time to plant your new shade and fruit trees, as long as the ground is not covered with ice, snow or frozen solid.  That's most of the time for clients living in Albuquerque and Valencia County's.    It's very important to also make sure the tree was grown locally, as only then will it be best adapted to the seasonally changes and  winter cold.  Since Trees That Please is the only retail nursery in the Albuquerque market that grows its own trees, so we are your best option.  Also, during the dormant winter months its easy to transport a tree, as you don't need to worry about protecting the plant as you buzz down the freeway. 
For making your soil the best soil possible, use the exclusive product of Soil Secrets called TerraPro.  This product is rich in the right stuff that will make your soil the best soil, as its full of Nature's miracle substance called Supramolecular humic chemistry.  There's nothing else you can buy that has this substance as only Soil Secrets owns the molecular information as to what these molecules are,  how they work, and how to manufacture them.  To be clear, you cannot do the same thing by just adding compost, peat moss or other soil additives as they don't contain this molecular characteristics.   Add TerraPro now so the winter freezing and thawing can help it work deep into your soil.  It's great for existing or new lawns and trees love this stuff. 
Fighting pesky rodents who are eating the roots of your shrubs and trees, called Gophers.  Try blood meal by dusting the soil around the plant until the surface looks black and dusty.   Then water it in.   How does it work?  Simple, to Gophers or rabbits the smell of blood makes them think there's a predator around, so they avoid that spot.   A side benefit is that Blood meal is a rich source of soluble nitrogen, which plants can use.  But because of that characteristics its important to not use too much or too often as you can kill plants with excess nitrogen fertilizers even from a natural organic source like blood.    Trees That Please  has blood meal available in handy size bags. 
Michael Martin Meléndrez
Managing Member of Soil Secrets LLC

Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Success Story

Here's a great story about the planting of the highly sensitive Palo Verde submitted by one of our distributors..

I planted this tree in May of 2013 and as you can see the tree went into severe shock, dying back from the ends of all of the branches.  The tree was boxed and did not have a very good root system, probably from being recently transplanted into a 24 inch box from a 15 gallon bucket by the local nursery to improve their profit. Well the root ball
fell apart from no structure and I thought I was going to have to replace it.  
At planting I had included; EndoMaxima mycorrhiza, TerraPro and Protein Crumblies into the planting protocol.   With the planting problem I extended the treatment protocol to include an application of EA, EN, and B1 every week for 4 weeks.  

Well the tree survived very well and you can see the results of the tree in December 2015.  A little wind damage from a very violent summer storm but the tree has more then doubled in size,  The one gallon Soil Secrets treated verbena also have matured nicely that are around the tree.

Soil Secrets successful again…..


John Miller
Soil Secrets Distribution
520-240-1841  cell
SPEC Internaitonal, Inc.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

John Kemp, owner of a competing company of ours, posted a Facebook report defending foliar feeding with some elements as proof that the tool worked in solving a problem.
The John Kemp post on Facebook said this: Please check out this outstanding explanation of the photosynthetic process, and the function of carotenoids and other compounds. Clearly describes the functions of manganese, iron, and copper, particularly for needed oxidation and reduction reactions. We find these trace minerals to be consistently inadequate in many of the crops we work with, and get a very strong crop response when they are address with foliar applications.

He's basically saying that by foliar fertilizing a crop with manganese, iron and copper elements the plant needs for conducting photosynthesis, he's provided a solution. Here's my reply to this post:
The weak link of a plant uptaking (getting out of the soil) manganese, iron and copper plus all the other essential elements of plant and animal nutrition is contingent upon a mutualistic relationship between the plant and a Mycorrhizal fungi. At Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium Labs, we (Soil Secrets LLC) are looking at the synergy between soil bacteria and the mycorrhizal plant relationship, isolating exactly who's who and who's doing what and most importantly which microbes will associate with other microbes. This also requires looking at the microbial genome, the DNA foot print and performing gene sequencing. We are also working on the best procedures for multiplying and propagating these microbes, for commercial inoculant products. Most of the time the major and the trace elements are present in soil, however when the synergy relationship involving soil microbes and the aromatic chemistry provided by the supramolecular humic molecules is weak or out of whack, the native elements in the soil will fail to be delivered to the plant. Another weak link of agriculture is our soil labs don't have standardized methods of analysis that are accurate at finding what's really in the soil, in terms of how a plant is suppose to get them out of the soil. The plant in Nature uses Nature's Soil Ecology, which is a Bio - Geo - Chemical process in order to harvest those elements and also to build a carbon rich top soil. This is when supplementing additional elements will present a benefit which is really just covering up the symptom but not curing the problem. Its kind of like having a headache which is caused by a tumor and when you take an aspirin the headache goes away. You stopped the symptom but you did not cure the problem. At Soil Secrets LLC we focus on curing the problem, by priming the Bio - Geo - Chemical process using molecular biology, where we've hired the best Science labs on Earth to participate with us in Proof of Concept Research examining, developing and manufacturing the microbes, and the aromatic chemistry carbon rich molecules that make soil a fertile and productive place for everyone concerned. We've been doing this at improving levels of competency since the mid 80's, and are now using this science to restore some of the most toxic mine tailing sites on earth. Mine tailings so chemically corrosive that if you hold the stuff in your hands it will burn your skin. In a matter of weeks we can grow vegetation on these sites and begin the process of soil carbon sequestration, where formerly nothing has grown for over a hundred years. On these same sites, decades of testing have failed to find success, using products such as compost, bio-solids, bio-char, compost tea, etc. The process of sequestering atmospheric carbon, turning that carbon into useful caloric molecules of Protein, Fats and Carbohydrates is accomplished because of RuBisCo, the most common protein on Earth, taking place in the Calvin Cycle, shown in the image below.