EnSoil Algae for Forgae & Pasture
Increased ROI * Significant Reduction in Chemical Inputs * Improved Forgae Production *
Improved Forage Quality * Improved Water Infiltration & Retention * Improved Plant Stress Adaptation
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EnSoil Algae for Forage & Pasture
Bottom bales treated with EnSoil. Top bales untreated.
Left side treated with EnSoil.
Reminisce Angus Ranch
Bryan Mussard- Dillon, MT
"We treated half of our ground with EnSoil Algae. We got more tonnage from the ground treated with EnSoil Algae and the cows stay on the algae treated bales. The micronutrient and trace mineral values were significantly better where we applied algae."
Darren Bryant- Moultrie, GA
"We rolled peanut vines for cattle hay this year due to concerns over hay shortages. We had applied the EnSoil Algae to some of our peanut acres during the growing season. After rolling the hay, we tested the peanut hay for forage values. The peanut vines treated with EnSoil Algae produced more tonnage and was higher in protein and TDN values over the untreated peanut vines."
Not treated with EnSoil
Treated with EnSoil
Iron Horse Farm
Allen Reed- Johns Island, SC
"The Stables at Iron Horse Farm instituted a pasture management program that included replacing NPK fertilizer with EnSoil Algae. Over an 18-month period the improvement in both quantity and quality of forage has been substantial. Our horses are enjoying their expanded grazing and feeding opportunities."
Increase ROI * Reduce Inputs *
Increase Yield * Improve Water Holding Capacity
It is well known that the microbial makeup in your digestive system, the biome, has a direct effect on health, and that dietary habits and supplements can affect your biome. The well-being and growth of plants depend on an similar process. Like humans, plants live in a symbiotic (cooperative) arrangement with microbes. The soil around the roots, known as the rhizosphere, is essentially the plant’s biome. The rich mixture of microorganisms living there performs a number of tasks critical to plant growth and health.
Soil bacteria “fix nitrogen”; that is, they convert atmospheric nitrogen into compounds that are absorbed by plant roots and used for photosynthesis and the production of organic compounds like amino acids and proteins. That’s right—plants themselves don’t fix nitrogen. It is a function of soil bacteria. For example, we plant legumes, like peanuts or chickpeas, to enrich soil, to raise the level of nitrogen. However, it is bacteria in the root nodules of legumes that actually process atmospheric nitrogen.
The major benefit to improving soil health is building up drought resistance and decreasing weed infestations. Healthy land management with focus on soil health will improve your soil structure and your water-holding capacity of the land. Increasing your SOM increases the water available for plants to grow and thrive as well.
Healthy land management ensures there is an increase in carbon and nutrient cycling. These better soil conditions create more productive germination rates and a higher seedling establishment. With more nutrients available to the plant you will see increased plant production and reproduction. Increased and healthier plant production means both a more robust rangeland ecosystem and food source for grazing animals.
Feed Crop Nutrition
Use of EnSoil Algae has proven to increase the protein and also crude fat in cane samples. Working to increase the nutrition available to the plants increases the nutrition available to the grazing animal. EnSoil Algae can be used to increase nutrient content in feed crops as well as grazed forages. Read about it in our 2022 Field Report.
Animal Health & Forage
Research shows that extending the amount of time cattle consume grazed forages is better for animal health. Pasture treated with EnSoil Algae has a number of benefits to improve forage, overall, in that it 1) increases protein and crude fat of forage, 2) improves SOM, evening out the cyclical "drops" in forage from year-to-year, 3) may be applied to pasture while animals are grazing, 4) is safe to use in proximity to water sources. Read about it in our 2022 Field Report.
& Water Retention
EnSoil Algae can help reverse the catastrophic consequences of soil compaction and water runoff from decades of chemical fertilization. Fertilizers have destroyed soil biology and consequently soil structure. The outcome is a devasting reduction in water infiltration and soil's water holding capacity.
However, just a 1% gain in soil organic matter (SOM) can represent as much 20,000 gallons of additional water holding capacity per acre. Application of EnSoil Algae--especially when paired with regenerative farming practices like no till and cover cropping--can dramatically improve SOM, improving soil structure. The better the soil structure, the better water holding capacity in the soil, and the easier for plants to utilize the water. As an added bonus, because EnSoil Algae is used in micro-amounts and is particulate, it does not go into solution. It stays lodged in the soil and does not runoff causing watershed pollution.
As drought conditions lead to more strict water usage regulation, it is critical that our soils capture and hold as much rain and irrigation as possible. There is a direct return on investment in soil structure improvement!
Unlike NPK inputs, EnSoil Algae (C. vulgaris) do not go into solution. They are living cells, a suspension of particles in water. After sitting for a few hours, the cells fall to the bottom of the bottle and only disperse uniformly with mild agitation. Because they are particulate, they do not penetrate far into the soil. In addition, migration through soil is hindered by algae’s positive charge. Soil is negatively charged, so the algae lodge in place. Finally the number of algae cells applied is relatively small. Fifty-thousand cells per square foot is a "micro-amount."
EnSoil Algae is safe to use during mandated nitrate blackouts.
EnSoil Algae applications have proven beneficial in tuning plant responses to several types of abiotic stress. Abiotic stress is usually oxidative stress, and plants have natural defenses when exposed to stressors such as drought or salt. They produce antioxidant enzymes that detoxify reactive oxygen species (ROS). Treatment with EnSoil Algae boosts plants' natural antioxidant production, and thus mitigates the effects of drought or salt. A practical corollary is that algae treated plants require less irrigation!
Application Without Moving Animals
EnSoil Algae is completely non-toxic and can be applied onto fields and pasture without having to move horses, cattle, or other livestock.
Greener Greens with Enhanced Chlorophyll
Photosynthesis is the foundation of life as we know it. Plants and algae are able to convert the sun’s energy into carbohydrates. We are beginning to understand the role of microalgae in the process.
When EnSoil Algae is applied to plants and soil, it signals to microbes in the biome, stimulating activity. This is measurable through Haney Testing. The resulting increase in microbial activity results in improved nitrogen fixation and nutrient solubilization, providing more nutrients to plants.
Plants benefit from foliar application of EnSoil Algae. It enhances chlorophyll directly, helping plants capture the sun’s energy more efficiently. Plants treated with EnSoil Algae respond positively. Farmers, ranchers, gardeners, and lawn care specialists all report deeper green colors and improved growth from use of EnSoil Algae. This is photosynthesis at work.
Plants experiencing enhanced photosynthesis put more carbon in the soil to feed the microbial community. Which leads to greater nutrient uptake for the plant!
"As farmers furiously try to price and source fertilizer ahead of the spring rush, a new report from the Texas A&M Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) shows supply chain disruptions are wreaking havoc on nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous prices, costing feedgrain farms the most." Source
Right now because of supply chain and trade issues, NPK is both scarce and expensive! The good news is we have a viable, cost-effective, solution that is made in the U.S.A.: EnSoil Algae. No supply chain hassles or wildly fluctuating prices.