I just did a e-book on this but do not have it
on the web yet. Doing organics doesn't have
to be expensive.
Cheapest is 1 gal of molasses per acre $1.00/gal.
Problem os sprayer. Many feed stores will rent
them but they usually have had chemicals in them.
Humates are very reasonable. Dry is about
$220.00/ton. Liquid is less but needs to be put
on more times.
Sea water is best fertilizer because of trace
minerals. About $50.00/gal but one gal of
concentrate does 10 acres.
Compost tea is cheap but you have to have a
couple of tools but $3000.00 is way out of
site. I am buying a 360 gal tank this week. It is
about 47 inches in diameter and 5 ft 10 inches tall
with large opening at the top. I am having a fitting
put in the bottom to drain fluid out. I am buying a
pump and tubing and 3 6 inch air stones. The tank
is under $300.00 and a quality pump with stone is
about $260.00. I have cows and horses and static
compost pile (You can make compost very cheaply
with visit to horse farm - it doesn't take much. Also
grass clippings from someone who doesn't know
how important this is to their lawns).
I am going to take burlap bag and fill with finished
compost and put in water (I will also add a small
amount of fresh horse manure for extra bacteria). I
will let this soak for a while, then put stones in to
add O2 and then drain off into sprayer and go to
fields. This is cheap and works well.
Everyone needs to know some sources. Remcor in
Howe Tx is one of the best for sprayers, and tanks
of all kinds.
I carry the seawater and humates from our farm. Dry
humates can be ordered through your feed store,
co-op, and/or fertilizer store (you can pull spreader
behind truck if necessary, they will loan one to you
if you buy humates through them)
I know Chandler does a great job but I am suspect
of sulphur and or lime. Sulphur will cause increase
in acid content of soil and you need to get to alkaline.
If you use organic methods you will not need lime as
the ph goes to netural in a couple of years.
You can use salt to get some trace minerals but it is
easy to over do. The salt you would need is from
Redmond Minerals in Utah. Rabbit Hill Farms has
this. This has about 70 trace minerals where the
seawater has 92 trace minerals + beneficial
bacteria, enzymes, and amino acids and is fool
proof. (Go to www.acresusa.com
and buy book
by Dr Murray's book on why the sea helps build
soil and prevents many health problems).
It is late, but if you have any questions e-mail me.
Robert D Bard