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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 6:27 am 
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HG recommends fertilizing Feb., June and September. But Dr. Elaine Ingham's followers spray compost tea four times a year? Do you know the time schedule for the four sprays on pastures?

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 11:42 pm 
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What type of liquid fertilizer do you recommend? A combination of compost tea and nutrients or a particular name brand?
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 6:47 am 
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Kathe, HG recommends molasses as the most for your $. The liquid is about $1/gal and you can use as little as one gallon/acre.

Compost tea, with additives, @ 20 gallons/acre, is about $10/acre--depending on the cost of your additives.

With each you have the cost of water added and a sprayer to apply. But these two methods seem to be the more used liquid fertilizers...

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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 11:06 am 
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Pakin,
Thank you. I'm well versed in all those and have been for a long time.
It always amazes people what a difference just adding molasses at a gallon an acres does to the soil. I've been a big time advocate of that for a long time and believe fully that it is one of the best soil amendments for the money. I put it on my soil at least once a month and I'm pretty sure it is a large part of what keeps fire ants out of my yard - and has for the last ten years.

Regarding the fertilizer, I wasn't clear about who I was addressing - Bluestem - as he is an award winning hay farmer. So tell us, Mark, what fertilizer you'd recommend or nutrition combination? Please, share your methods!

Kathe :D


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Take a look at

http://www.rossfarm.com and

http://www.compostteatexas.com/

Betsy Ross sprays her 500 acres of pasture in the spring at 20 gallons per acre and at 5 g/a for 3 more sprays during the season.

There's a low-till, Panhandle, cotton farmer who sprays molasses at 1 gallon per acre 4 times a season. He's stopped irrigating his crop because his mycorrhiza are holding the water for him.

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 Post subject: compost tea
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 3:39 am 
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I am trying various combinations but I use 1 gal/100gal
of spray of seawater (best source of 92 trace minerals,
amino acids, enzymes, and bacteria from the ocean)
and liquid humates. The first spray this year we added
1 gal/acre of molasses but it was a pain in the neck.
There are so many fines and little chunks that we
stopped up the sprayer screens and had to clean
them 2 or 3 times per 200gal of mix.
I haven't purchased yet but Rem Cor in Howe has new
sprayer tips that will not plug up as much and wind
will not be as big a problem. They (2 left and right)
push the liquid down and out with less getting up in
the air and drifting back on me - thank God I am
not using toxic chemicals, can you imagine what
gets into farmers lungs and on their bodies? The
spread is 24 ft.
Question - compost tea when made is considered a
concentrate, so why would you delute by 3 or 4 to
one and then put 20g/a when you could delute by
2 and put 10 g/a and save work?
Charles Walters has a new book on restoring land
and health from the sea using sea water.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 10:42 am 
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Your explanation is the same as mine. I was given
advice from a friend that has been doing compost
tea for some time. Her procedure was to make tea
and dilute it by taking 1 gal of tea to 3 gal of water
and putting 20 gal to the acre and arguing that her
way will not burn the plants, but my way of 1 gal
of tea to 1gal water + a few additives was to strong
and that I would burn the plants. My question is -
did I miss something? I believe my way is the same
concentration with less work (filling the 200 gal
spray rig 1/2 as many times).
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 10:52 am 
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I have 250 gal of aerated compost tea that I was
supposed to put out on my hay guys meadows
today and he has never got back to me. Is there
any one who wants 250 gal of tea? I sprayed my
land last week and it doesn't need any more for
a while.
Robert D Bard


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2005 2:01 am 
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I have tired various amount of molasses, but 1
gal/acre the "stuff" was plugging up screens and
nozzles 3 to 4 times with 200 gal spray rig. I just
tried putting the molasses in the compost tea and
there was no plugging at all. and nothing in the
bottom of either tank when i was done.
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