What role do biologicals play in my crop/lawn?
Nutrients in our soils are widely unavailable to plants for uptake in their given form. Soil bacteria break these nutrients down, making them readily available for plant uptake through their digestive processes. Additionally, some of these bacterium offer the developing plants some disease resistance. For seedlings and younger plants with under-developed root systems these bacterial activities are essential, but often under-expressed.
What creates a need for biologicals in seed treatment?
Any disturbed soil is likely to be deficient in beneficial soil biology. Tilling, plowing, flooding, compaction, and fumigation are a few of the practices that greatly deplete beneficial soil biology. Additionally, a lack of humus (dead plant stuff) will result in depleted numbers. These depleted numbers mean insufficient plant-available nutrients unless continuously compensated by crop inputs. With healthy populations of beneficial bacteria, however, macro and micro-nutrients are consistently being produced, whereas the benefit of a crop input is short-term.
We offer the following Biologicals:
|EXCEED® Bacillus for Grasses||Use to produce thicker stands, increase plant vigor, and provide lush growth.||MSDS|
|EXCEED® Inoculant for Alfalfa||MSDS OMRI Certificate|
|EXCEED® Inoculant for Arrowleaf Clover||MSDS OMRI Certificate|
|EXCEED® Inoculant for BirdsFoot Trefoil||MSDS OMRI Certificate|
|EXCEED® Inoculant for Cicer Milkvetch||MSDS|
|EXCEED® Inoculant for Pea-Vetch-Lentil||MSDS OMRI Certificate|
|EXCEED® Inoculant for Sanfoin||MSDS OMRI Certificate|
|EXCEED® Inoculant for Subterranean Clover||MSDS OMRI Certificate|
|EXCEED® Inoculant for True Clover||MSDS OMRI Certificate Peat MSDS|
|MycoApply® Ultrafine Endo||Four species of endomycorrhizal fungi can greatly increase the effective rooting area of plants, thereby enhancing plant growth, vigor, and tolerance of environmental extremes.||MSDS OMRI Certificate Product Specs|
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium are the primary nutrient components responsible for plant growth. Deficiencies in these nutrients will result in plant development that lies somewhere south of its potential. Deficiencies in these primary nutrients are more common than not. Soils without organic matter inputs will typically be quite low in all 3 components.
The addition of macronutrients to our coatings will ensure the seedling has adequate nutrition during critical stages of growth and development. Smith Seed Services offers nitrogen and phosphorus sources to satisfy both the conventional as well as certified organic markets.
We offer the following Macronutrients:
Micronutrients are commonly overlooked in terms of their level of contribution towards root and plant development. Minerals such as zinc, iron, copper, molybdenum are all essential in early plant development, namely root development, which is the lifeblood of any plant. Though these minerals can be found in varying concentrations in our soils, their availability for uptake may be limited by a lack of soil biology. Chelation is the process of combining a mineral molecule with a protein molecule. This process makes the mineral available for immediate uptake by the plant. This is a naturally occurring process, but for soils without adequate bacterial populations, seedlings are challenged not only from a nutrition standpoint, but also from a disease resistance standpoint as well.
Micronutrients in seed coating makes perfect sense. These are the components most critical to the early stages of seedling development. How rapid a plant is able to develop a healthy root system will be the primary factor in the health of the adult plant. Smith Seed Services micronutrient packages are chelated minerals for both conventional and certified organic coatings. These products will leach into the soil immediately surrounding the seed upon germination, right where it is needed most.
We offer the following Micronutrients:
Color is a cost effective tool to identify and strengthen your own branding in the industry and send the message to your customer that they are receiving a product of the highest quality. The varieties of colorants available and the option of mica to give your product a brilliance will give your valuable seed a distinctive look and visibility that helps to differentiate your product from others in the market.
We have numerous colors available for application or we can work with you to create the custom color that will best suit your needs. Our standard colors are blue, brown, green, natural, orange, red, and yellow. These can all be adjusted to provide a rainbow of options.