2009-2016 OceanSolution Testing Overview
OceanGrown continually strives to test and research OceanSolution (OS) with professional organizations and universities. We would like to share the following highlights from our latest trials and testing. As we conclude further testing and research projects, we plan to continually update this page.
Alfalfa Field Trials: Indiana 2014
OceanSolution Ag Bradcast was used against a conventional fertility program on an Indiana alfalfa farm. Products were applied after cutting to 4 inches. Ag Broadcast doubled growth rate and raised the quality of the crop in almost every category.
See detailed results here.
Vegetable Nutritional Analysis: Kennesaw State University 2014
Kennesaw State University tested to compare the nutritional contents of produce grown both hydroponically and in soil with OceanSolution and compared the nutritional content to that of standard store-bought equivalents. Check out the results from the first round of testing below.
See the results of the nutritional analysis.
Pasture Grass Tissue Analysis: University of Florida 2013
University of Florida is currently testing the effects of OceanSolution on limpograss used for cattle grazing. Though the overall test is not complete, an early tissue analysis of the limpograss was taken to compare the internal composition of grass treated with OS to untreated grass. OceanSolution significantly increased the quantity of 9 out of 10 essential plant elements tested.
See the results of the tissue analysis.
Sprouts: The Natural Health Place 2013
In 2013 The Natural Health Place conducted an experiment to determine the effect of using OceanSolution 2-0-3 on cabbage, clover, and radish sprouts. Sprouts were grown using only filtered water and were compared to sprouts grown using the same filtered water supplemented with OceanSolution 2-0-3. In all three cases, OceanSolution 2-0-3 increased yield by roughly 10%.
Learn more about this test - The Natural Health Place Sprouts.
Sweet Corn: Confidential Client 2010 - 2011
A global food company conducted sweet corn field trials in 2010 and 2011 in Wisconsin. The company's agriculture manager conducted the trials and determined that the OS program out-yielded the conventional program in both years trials, while significantly reducing synthetic Nitrogen. In the 2011 trial, the standard OS protocol yielded 1498 more pounds, over 10%, more corn per acre, while reducing synthetic N applied by 50%. Additionally the OS protocol corn samples provided looked healthier, having a better fill and averaged 17 - 18 rows of kernels vs. the conventional program corn samples, which averaged 15 - 16 rows of kernels.
2010 - The 2010 trial compared a conventional program featuring a full rate of standard synthetic fertilizer program with an OS program featuring a 33% reduction of nitrogen. The OS program again out-yielded the synthetic program by 0.1% ton/acre.
2011 - The 2011 trial compared the results from a conventional program featuring a full rate of a standard synthetic fertilizer program with two OS programs (Standard - 4 gallon and Heavy - 6 gallon protocols), both of which featured half-rate nitrogen. The control yielded 7.1 ton/acre, the 6 gallon OS protocol yielded 7.489 ton/acre, and the standard 4 gallon OS protocol yielded 7.849 ton/acre.
Conclusions: 2 years of trials with this confidential client repeatedly demonstrated that OceanSolution programs can produce the greater sweet corn yields with significantly reduced nitrogen rates. The 2011 trial indicates benefits in the extra cob fill and amount of kernels per cob.
Learn more about this test - Sweet Corn.
Sweet Corn: Confidential Client 2009
A top five global food company conducted sweet corn field trials in 2009 in Minnesota. The company’s senior agronomy researcher conducted the trials and determined that the OS program out-yielded the conventional placement by 800 more pounds per acre while reducing synthetic N applied by 50%. Additionally, the researcher’s professional sensory panel was given a taste test and the primary super taster picked the OS sweet corn. Ear Leaf tissue analysis conducted at the University of Minnesota soils lab proved that the OS sweet corn plant had less manganese and aluminum – a sign that the plant is stronger (and less stressed) than the conventionally fertilized plant. Of even greater importance, Thermo Fischer Scientific Labs, Shaumburg, Illinois, conducted a full spectrum elemental analysis. The analysis showed that the OceanSolution sweet corn had seven times the Daily Value for selenium, which was twice the amount available from the synthetically fertilized samples. The analysis also measured the trace and ultra-trace amounts of aluminum and lead in the sweet corn itself, and the OS growing protocol sweet corn had 92% less aluminum and 64% less lead compared to the levels found in the synthetically grown sweet corn. This implies that the OS sweet corn was healthier and less stressed than the control corn.
Learn more about this test - Sweet Corn.
Field Corn: University of Missouri 2010-2011
The University of Missouri conducted trials at their Delta Research Center using OceanSolution with varying rates of N. Trials brought in equal or increased yields and even with a 50% reduction of N. On average, OceanSolution increased the yield of an acre of field corn by 15% over the control conventional synthetic application. In addition, corn grown with OS was noticeably more market ready with differences such as ear length and fullness of the kernels.
Learn more about this test - University of Missouri Corn.
Corn Seed Coating: Confidential Client 2011
A leading agricultural science company performed a trial to evaluate the use of OS in corn seed- coating applications. In most cases, OS treatments outperformed both their current standard treatment and their standard treatment combined with other biological products. The most striking advantage was that the OS program corn developed a fungus 3 weeks after harvest, while the conventionally grown corn developed the fungus 1 week prior to harvest. This result has given rise to a continuing study by the company to see if there is a role that the OS program may have in terms of “Integrated Disease Management.” A discussion on the potential of the company seeking a joint-patent for the product as a seed treatment technology was raised and is being pursued.
Rice: University of Missouri 2010-2011
The University of Missouri Delta Research Center ran a test combining and OS program with different rates of N to determine effect on rice yield, chemical composition, and taste. The 2010 test was corrupted by an unusual bird attack on the rice, though we found it significant that the birds attacked only the OS rice without touching any of the synthetic rice. The 2011 test yielded the following results: yield was increased by about 15% compared with controls, grain protein content was lowered with the OS treatment (this is preferred by both processors and consumers), and taste was found to be maximized by the program that combined OS with a 50% reduction of N.
Learn more about this test - University of Missouri Rice.
Soy: University of Missouri 2010
In a very unique experiment, the University of Missouri sought to determine the efficacy of Roundup PowerMAX, a market-leading conventional herbicide, when used with an OceanSolution growing program during soy production. The result was that the OceanGrown program reduced the rates of common weeds such as annual grass, common waterhemp, and common ragweed 8 to 31% when combined with Roundup PowerMAX compared to Roundup PowerMAX applied alone – an indicator that the OS program can stimulate strong plant growth while improving the efficacy systemic herbicides.
Tomatoes: University of California Davis 2010
The University of California Davis Extension Service conducted processed tomato efficacy trials in 2010 in Merced County California that compared an OS stand-alone program with conventional applications that included the internationally recognized Miracle-Gro. The results show an outstanding yield of over 18% more than the yield from Miracle-Gro, in this case 31.6 tons per acre from the OS program versus 26.7 tons per acre. Additionally, the overall nutrient and pest management input costs were lowest with the OceanSolution program.
Learn more about this test - UC Davis Tomato.
Beans: Swank Specialty Produce 2012
Swank Specialty Produce is a hydroponic and organic farm located in Loxahatchee, FL. In 2012 testing was conducted using OceanSolution (OS) on green and yellow beans. The two groups received the exact same nutritional program with the only difference being that one group had foliar applications of OS once a week. When Brix was measured, it was found that OS increased the average Brix of the yellow beans by 20% and the green beans by 27.5%.
Tomatoes: Utopia Farms 2010
Utopia Farms in Utopia, Florida performed a trial to test the effect of growing tomatoes using an OceanSolution stand-alone program compared with a traditional synthetic program. The results were that the OS program produced a 50% increase in tomato yield while at the same time reducing all-around input costs. In addition, the OS program resulted in a 15.8% increase in Vitamin C, a 48.6% increase in Vitamin A, and a 3% increase in BRIX (sugar content).
Learn more about this test - Utopia Farm Tomato.
Blueberries: Valley Blue Farms 2010-2011
Valley Blue Farms in Cornelius, Oregon performed tests using OceanSolution on blueberries under the supervision Mon Yee Ph.D. of Cal Poly University Pomona. The test compared their standard synthetic protocol with an OS protocol combined a 50% reduction in N. BRIX, a measurement of sugar content, was the focus of the test, and the OceanSolution protocol increased BRIX by 52% in 2010 and 22% in 2011 relative to their normal synthetic program.
Learn more about this test - Valley Blue Blueberry.
Flowers: PAT2H 2011
PAT2H Horticultural Research Services Inc. in Rydal, GA performed testing on marigolds and geraniums using OceanSolution products in stand alone applications compared with an industry standard 20-10-20 control. According to the lead researcher, the marigolds and geraniums grown with the OceanSolution protocols achieved the same commercial acceptability as the synthetically fertilized control group.
Learn more about this test - Pat2H Marigold and Geranium.
Bentgrass - Dollar Spot Mitigation: Rutgers University 2010
OceanSolution (OS) was included in a Rutgers study comparing over 50 different commonly used fungicides and related inputs. In one application, OS was tank- mixed with a half rate application of a standard synthetic fungicide, and another application featured the full rate of this fungicide combined with another common synthetic fungicide. The OS treatment decreased the number of lesions of Dollar Spot by 25% and increased the judged overall quality of the grass by roughly 22% compared to this application. Further, on a scale from 1-9, turf treated with the OS program was judged to have the highest quality (7.3) of all 60 total applications at the end of the trial. This documents OS's ability to assist with disease mitigation when tank-mixed with fungicides.
Learn more about this test - Dollar Spot Mitigation.
Bluegrass - Anthracnose Mitigation: Rutgers University 2010
OceanSolution (OS) was included in a Rutgers study comparing over 50 different commonly used fungicides and related inputs. In one application, OS was tank-mixed with a half rate application of a standard synthetic fungicide. Compared with the full rate of this synthetic fungicide, the OS treatment decreased the percentage infected grass by 10% and increased the judged overall quality of the grass by roughly 10% This OS application also performed acceptably well relative to a good proportion of the synthetic and natural disease-control programs in the trial. This provides further documentation of OS's ability to assist with disease mitigation when tank-mixed with synthetic and natural fungicides.
Learn more about this test - Anthracnose Mitigation.