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Start with a Soil Test (30-40 Acre Composite Grids)
Monitor Acidity (Skip if Organic Matter is 4% or above and Hydrogen levels are below 2%)
Chemically, pH is an accurate assessment of acidity. It, by itself, isn’t a good way to monitor acidity biologically. We will look at the pH:CEC Ratio. Ratios between .4 – .5 are conducive to microbial life. Living Carbon and your soil will achieve optimum performance within this range. The formula is:
pH:CEC Ratio = pH/CEC + ( (OM – 2) /100) )
Correct Acidity/Combat High Hydrogen Levels
If we are below a .4 on the pH:CEC ratio one of several things needs to happen.
Soils with magnesium above 17% base saturation are generally tight and compact easily. We have seen a benefit of applying Gypsoil.
On organic production:
Chloride is an indication of how well water is percolating through the soil. Monitor chloride levels to help determine where compaction located:
the soil is dry
These basic principles need to be addressed before achieving the advantages of a microbial program. Biology is a powerful force, but it needs an atmosphere in which to live. A healthy atmosphere, (soil), environment allows microbes to successfully recycle soil nutrients and reduce farmers’ dependence on commercial fertilizers.
The program centers around structured calcium (calcite) and biology (manure). If you have manure, we will enhance it with Living Carbon or Calcite Turbo GS. If you don’t, we provide it in the form of our Living Carbon product.
Farm owned and applied manure or compost will receive a 500#/Acre application of Living Carbon or Calcite Turbo GS. Organic growers use 275#/Acre of Calcite Turbo Organic.
For best performance, Living Carbon, top applied manures and composts should be worked into the soil within 24-36 hours to limit carbon burn off.
Our manure/compost rate recommendations are as follows:
Liquid Dairy or Beef:
Dry manure, compost, or poultry manure:
Soil CEC 1-5 ————— 2 to 4-ton per acre
Soil CEC 6-8 ————— 1 to 2-ton per acre
Soil CEC 9-35 ————– 1/2 to 1-ton per acre
We will use Living Carbon when there is no owned manure. Living Carbon brings in both the biology and the structured calcium in one package. The rate will vary between 500 and 1000# per acre. It is essential that Living Carbon is either applied onto a cover crop or worked into the soil within 24-36 hours. It is vital that Living Carbon is not sitting on bare soil surface for longer than 24-36 hours. On all soils, but particularly low CEC soils (under 9), we recommend the use of a cover crop. This will enhance organic acids and soil biology. DO NOT TILL IN LIVING CARBON MORE THAN 6” DEEP (sub soiling is okay because the machine isn’t throwing lots of dirt. Disc-chisels deeper than 6” will bury the Living Carbon)
Crop specific recommendations:
Corn planting depth should be 2”
Foliar apply 1.5 gallons of LLC w/1 pint of The Gift before tasseling
Corn on Corn
TKN Nitrogen Credi Chart for Living Carbon Program
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Beans should be planted at 1 ¼”.
New seeding Alfalfa
Last Revised Oct 7, 2019