CASE STUDY – CROP YIELD ENHANCEMENT
Five Year Trial at Jim Brubaker’s 600-Acre Farm
At the recent World Hog Expo in Iowa, one of the largest CVFF Contract Growers, Jim Brubaker, reported his experience using MICROBE-LIFT IND over the last five years in his deep pit barns on his 600-acre farm, and was extremely pleased with the results he has seen with MICROBE-LIFT.
He reported that MICROBE-LIFT completely eliminated problems with the surface and bottom solids in his deep pits (1.9 million litres) eliminated almost all of the odour in the barns and significantly lowered odours when applying the treated manure to his farm land, while reducing flies which he attributed to the improved health of his swine.
However these were not the only benefit, as he closely monitors his crop yields and realized that he had increased corn production from 120 bushels per acre, to 180 per acre from the land treated with MICROBE-LIFT manure. Jim said that this was a significant benefit, generating more than enough increased income to cover the treatment program. In addition he tracked the nitrogen content of the soil and found that MICROBE-LIFT helped stabilized and fix the nitrogen for a much longer period of the crop cycle. He is working with a University at this time to further document the specific mechanisms involved, but the benefits are clear today.
In simple terms, the University is studying MICROBE-LIFT to more fully understand and document how its biological cultures help the natural process in establishing a bio-mass that breaks down the organic waste in the manure pits, convert the solids into cell structure. The microorganisms require nutrients for their cell synthesis and growth. In this process they actually store the nutrients, which allow the nutrients to remain available to the plants over a much longer period of time, as well as allow the microbes to attach to soil and carbon (organic) matter lowering nutrient loss through run-off and oxidation.