The first rule of thumb is to apply early and often. The need to establish a hardy root zone is the most important step to improving a plants vitality. Our philosophy is two fold; we want to improve the soil so the plant has what it needs when it needs it, and secondly, supply as many of the beneficial bacteria and fungi we can so we don't have to outguess the plants needs. The product cannot be over applied, but certainly can be under applied.
CALCULATING THE AMOUNT OF PUREAG PRODUCT TO BE USED
- Decide the number of acres/hectares to be treated
- Multiply acres/hectare by 8 (see application guidlines below for recommended applications) to determine the total number of acres/hectares treated per season
- PureAg product sizes/amounts
1 gallon container (16 cups) = 160 acres/64 hectares
16 oz container (2 cups) = 20 acres/8 hectares
8 oz pouch (1 cup) = 10 acres/4 hectares
1 Test Tube (1 Tablespoon) = 45 plants
BREWING PUREAG PRODUCT FOR APPLICATION
PureAg microbial products are a freeze dried powder, that are combined with clean water, and brewed or aerated with oxygen for 24 - 36 hours. Brewing the product allows the bacteria to propagate (doubling many of the species in population every seventeen minutes). This robust mixture is then released through irrigation to your plants.
We recommend one cup of our PureAg product to be added to every 100 gallons of water in your tank. Please see specific product labels for exact measuring.
Apply via drip, flood or pivot irrigation. Can be used in combination with other fertigation product applications with no danger of over use. There is no field access restrictions after application. PureAg products are safe and easy to handle and apply.
Do not brew or apply in conjunction with anti-bacterial products.
Rate: 160 acre / 64 hectare pivot
- Add 1 gallon (16 cups) of PureAg product to an aerated tank and brew for 24 - 36 hours. Apply at per acre/hectare dosage. The total water volume is less important than the biology per acre/hectare. You can use the necessary water volume to irrigate, without any loss of efficacy, by staying with the per acre/hectare rate of the biology. Check labels for specific instructions.
Rate: 1 cup per 10 acres/4 hectares, with the highest rate of water possible, when spraying.
- Let product aerate in water for 24 - 36 hours for best results. SPRAY APPLICATION IS A DIFFERENT RATIO AND NEEDS TO BE WATERED INTO THE SOIL PROFILE.
This method is quite simple. You will need a liquid storage tank, between 300 and 1500 gallon capacity, depending on the size of the field, a way to put water into the tank, and either an injector pump or a metering device to regulate the flow into the irrigation water. Applications require aeration, through compressed air, or a circulation pump with a venturi in the tank.
Each scoop of product is full of beneficial bacteria and fungi that is designed to keep tanks fresh, and the biology active. To start a tank, pour the appropriate amount of your PureAg product into a tank, and fill with water. Let the tank culture aerate for 24 to 36 hours. If ample water is not available, a culture solution may be started in the bottom of the tank, with 50 or so gallons of water. A culture can also be started elsewhere and brought into the larger tank. Aeration in the tank is important in order to maintain an oxygen rich environment.
When the tank is down to 10% - 20% remaining solution, add the appropriate amount of the PureAg product to the tank, fill back up with water, and continue applying to the field until irrigation is complete. Once a tank is active, 90% of the tanks capacity can be harvested a day. If a 2,000 gallon tank is being used, 1,800 gallons of solution can be applied a day, or 75 gallons per hour. This can be dripped directly into the irrigation water.
Example: If you are using a 2,000 gallon tank to apply a PureAg product on 100 acres/40 hectares, and it takes 24 hours to irrigate 40 acre/16 hectares, you would start the tank with 4 cups of product. After letting it aerate for 24 to 36 hours, set the drip hose to put approximately 75 gallons of solution per hour. At the end of 24 hours, add 4 more cups of PureAg, and top off with water to continue application. Repeat every 24 hours until irrigation is complete.
PureAg treatments are easy to apply through flood irrigation. A recommended rate for application is, 1 cup of product added to water and activated for every 10 acres/4 hectares. 10 gallons to 30 gallons per acre of PureAg product is applied per month. The application rate used to mix will vary depending on the size of the tank being used, and the number of acres being irrigated. However, at least 1 cup of a PureAg product concentrate should be mixed in for every 10 acres/ 4 hectares of field. It is important to aerate for at least 24 - 36 hours before metering it into irrigation water. Aerating the product allows the bacteria to propagate (doubling many of the species in population every seventeen minutes). For consecutive field applications, add product and refill tank before tank level goes below 100 gallons. YOU CANNOT OVER APPLY PUREAG PRODUCTS. Repeat with every irrigation.
Rate: 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons of tea.
To get a better idea of the advantages of teas, consider that a teaspoon of compost contains about one billion beneficial microscopic organisms. However, a teaspoon of organic tea is populated by about fourteen billion. Teas are not only beneficial for your plant roots, but also for leaves. When you apply the tea foliarly the beneficial bacteria out compete the pathogenic microbes for space on the leaves.
Different plants need different types of organic tea. Annual plants, such as vegetables, prefer a more bacterial-dominated soil, whereas, trees prefer a more fungal-dominated soil. Having the ability to inoculate with PureAg products gives you the flexibility to deliver high count bacteria and fungi. If you feed the media the plant can choose what, when, and how it needs to be nourished.
The most important ingredient in determining which type of tea you produce is your nutrient mix. Different types of nutrients are determined by their initial ingredients. Bacterial teas begin with materials that have a lower carbon to nitrogen ratio (C:N); whereas, fungal teas begin with materials that have a higher C:N. Fungi like to attach to the surfaces of various ingredients while they grow. So having enough organic matter becomes important to teas and ultimately soils.
Most teas are bacteria-dominant. However, in flowering, fungus is a tremendous benefit to your plants. If the fungi aren’t present, there is no way to push your plants to the limits of yield and quality. Fungus takes longer to grow than bacteria, so when brewing fungi-dominant teas, the fungi will need a head start, which means inoculating your plants early and often. If you're growing in really sandy soils, your plants will benefit from applying fungi, which helps to build soil structure.
Organic teas need continual aeration. There are two types of bacteria that can develop in these teas: Aerobic and Anaerobic. Anaerobic doesn’t need oxygen, and will stink of sewer. They can also manifest E. Coli, and introduce things, like alcohols, which can kill your plants fast. Aerobic activity will smell like very rich soil (the kind that is teaming with earthworms). Good aeration is not just a supply of oxygen to your plant roots, it is also a catalyst that teases the microbes and protozoa out of the compost or earthworm castings, without killing them. These microbes then consume the nutrients, simple sugars and multiply, giving your soil the optimum microbiologic community.