Large Acreage Farming
OceanSolution Testing Update - June 2013
Received a call from a farmer who is testing OceanSolution on cabbage. The farmer said, "you need to get out here and see these cabbages before someone takes them all thinking they are basketballs."
Mon Yee Ph.D. (Cal Poly University)
Strawberries: Randomized block of four replications were used for each of the growing environments: Pillows of the two substrates were 3 feet by 6 feet placed on top of 40 inch beds; there were 16 plants per pillow; for the indigenous soil, plastic mulch covered the beds with plants in a 12 by 24 spacing. Plants were transplanted in November, of 2010; foliar application at the rate of 1:100 every two to three weeks. The rooting medium for the stackers were a mixture of perlite and standard growing mix. All of the plots were irrigated via a drip system with a house mix nutrient solution.
2-coco husks substrate
3-indigenous soil on farm
4-vertical stackers with peat and perlite
Results: Due to the high C:N ratio of the bamboo substrate, the plants did very poorly except for the plots that were treated with the OS Blend.
The plants grown in the coco husks did well, but were more robust and vigorous with the OS treatments.
The plants grown on indigenous soil had spotty chlorosis on them except for the plots that were treated with OS.
The plants grown on the vertical stackers did exceedingly well with very robust plants and prolific production of berries. Treatment with OS resulted in larger plants and more fruits.
In addition to foliar application every two to three weeks with OS, the strawberries received standard nutrient solutions applied twice daily via drip irrigation.
We did not collect yield data as the campus had U-Pick for all of the berries. We did conduct Brix test on the berries, and in every case, the non-OS treated plots tested out with a brix of 10-12; however, the treated plots exhibited a brix of 20-24.
Wine grapes: The variety was Zinfandel and 4 randomized block replications were used. Foliar application with the OS Blend at the rate of 1:100 were made every three weeks.
Results: The grape clusters were larger on the treated plots, hence a better yield, and the brix tested at harvest was 18 compared to 12 for the untreated grapes. Another important observation: Powdery mildew appeared on the untreated plants except for the treated plants. This is very important for viticulturist.
From: Greg Luthy (Nebraska)
"This is my third year using OceanSolution; and I am seeing overall better plant health. For example, while many in the county lost a lot of their corn crop to Southern Rust, I lost just a little at the very end of the harvest.
This fall my corn yield averaged 210 bushels per acre with some fields averaging 232. Talking to some of my neighbors, they reported hearing of farms that had averaged yields of only 190 bushels per acre.
My soybeans this year averaged 72.5 bushels per acre, and were completely disease free.
I am very happy with the yields this year; and I credit this to using OceanGrown's OceanSolution, which produced healthier plants due to the added nutrients applied on the seeds during planting, and through the pivot during late bloom. My agronomist was amazed how good my crops looked."
From: J. Lack (Canada)
Now that the weather is lousy, I thought I would write to you with some of my experiences with the OceanSolution I bought earlier last year.
We are a mixed farm, certified organic of some 28 acres in southern British Columbia, growing some 37 crops on a seasonal basis - anything from asparagus to zucchini. We grow in the field and in 2 unheated greenhouses (5,400 sq ft.).
All crops in the greenhouse (except spinach) are grown from transplants, and all crops for the field are direct sown. We are low tech, hands on people, and the farm is worked by my wife and myself and we make a good living.
I make no pretence at being a scientist, and the reason for trying OceanSolution is that it just seemed 'correct'. I was brought up in the Far East, and subject to typhoons (hurricanes to you) and always the best crops in the low lying areas were always planted after an inundation by storm surge.
So we tried it on a few things this year:
We grow lettuce in the spring and early summer - about 5,000. We've done the same for a few years so we knew that the optimum trans-planting / seeding schedule for us was 25 days. We use 128 cell trays with soil less organic mix and surface sow seeds, spray misting them to ensure contact with the damp soil.. Each tray is covered by a clear plastic dome and placed under lights with temperature of 60n/70d. This year we decided to use OceanSolution - both to moisten the soil and to mist the seeds. We were screwed!. The seeds surface germinated in 18 to 24 hours, a day quicker than normal, and we had to transplant in 14 to 16 days. This allowed us to grow one extra crop of lettuces this spring. However, maybe a stress health warning on the bottle would be advisable, as we had to completely reschedule our planting program on the fly this year. In addition, all plants were drip irrigated and every 2 weeks OceanSolution Corp. was applied. We used the same seed as the previous year, and we definitely noticed an increase in marketable heads (4.9%), an increase in average head weight (3.1oz.), and a "cleaner" fresher taste. Bug damage was the same - maybe slightly less. Question: Would we use it again on this crop? Yes, the benefit was direct to our pocket to the tune of an extra $327 over the previous year in a year that had far worse growing conditions.
We grow spinach for bagged leaf (about 8,000 bags) and a small amount for bunches. We tried OceanSolution Corp. on some of the spinach grown for leaf in the greenhouse this year. The variety was Tyee and it was direct sown 4 inches apart, 3 lines to a bed 14" wide, 95 ft long. All beds (5) were direct sown on the same day, all were drip irrigated and one bed in the middle was given OceanSolution Corp. at double concentration by watering can. Every 2 weeks we did the same. The OGT (OceanSolution Corp. Tyee) appeared above ground 3 days prior to the other 4 beds. We picked the OCT bed 10 days prior to the others. The other 4 beds were picked for leaf 3 times and the OGT bed 4 times before the plants started to show signs of bolting -interesting that they all started to bolt at the same time. Leaf yield per picking were similar so the extra picking for the OGT was 33%. (39.2 IBS.).
We also did the same for over wintered spinach - planted in October for picking (God willing) starting in February. Again the same seed, OceanSolution Corp. put down at planting on one bed, irrigated one in November, and not touched since. We grow without heat so we expect about 20% winter kill (this is Southern B.C.). To day is the 12th January. We have 4 beds with about a 5% winter kill (It's been a bit warmer this year), and the rest of the plants looking as we would expect them at this stage. However, the OGT bed requires picking and is being picked today, right in the middle of our one month off a year. Question: Will we use it again this year? Absolutely yes.... and all plants that have over wintered will be converted to OceanSolution Corp. plants as soon as I can put the stuff down.
I was going to write about Radishes and Broccoli as well and the small test I did on the sheep pasture, but I've got to go and pick Spinach.
From: Kim Fender (Loxahatchee, FL)
Date: February 2009
"I am writing to you regarding your product OceanSolution which we have been using on our 6 acre property in Loxahatchee for the better part of the last year.
We had planted Neem Trees from seeds, they grew but were scrawny. After using OceanSolution through our irrigation system, the trees took off and began to grow to the heights they are known for (up to 10 ft per year). But, the best of it is, they began to seed, not only once this year but twice! We now have hundreds of new neem trees in pots and they are growing beautifully. Also, our coconut palms are absolutely laden with coconuts nonstop throughout the year.
This is a product that anyone with so much as a small yard to hundreds of acres should be using. Not only does it put the minerals back into nature but the dramatic change in the appearance of all floras and fauna can be seen in a very short time.
We are on a well and know we are doing the right thing for the environment using OceanSolution as our fertilizer.
Thank you for all you do.
From: Bruce Anderson (Minnesota)
"This is my first year using OceanGrown products. I was raised on this family farm, and this year's crops were the best I have ever produced.
Before beginning to foliar feed my alfalfa with OceanSolution (after the first cutting), I had noticed aphids in the fields. Just one day after first applying OceanSolution, the bugs were either gone or dead. The second and third cuttings were the best I have ever had; and the alfalfa looked good going into the winter.
My corn yields were significantly better this year, and the ears had fewer and shallower dents than in previous years. Our good soybean fields yielded 62 bu/acre (more than double what I harvested from these same fields last year). The beans were incredibly green and vibrant looking."
From: A. Filsingerv (Canada)
"To OceanGrown Mineral Rich -
In 65 years of farming all types - animals, vegetables, fruit, grain, etc. - am fully convinced that complete balance is the ultimate in nutrition for all. As early as 1936, Dr. (Charles) Northern proved it in Orlando, Florida.. Read article 'Modern Miracle Men'; an article by Rex Beach, Senate Document 264.
In late part of 2003 became aware of OceanSolution and a way we could apply it to our soil so as to grow better food.. I sprayed it over the orchard soil; also to the foliage in separate areas.
This year I am amazed as to definite improvement in color, flavor, and ability to not drop off tree until fully ripe. The leaves were so much better even to freeze-up time.
I am definitely going to keep using OceanGrown's (OceanSolution)."
Mr. Filsinger (an organic grower), has just celebrated his 50th year in business.
From: B. Gunzenhauser (Iowa)
I'd like to submit this testimony of using OceanGrown Solution for the drawing mentioned in the recent newsletter.
This year I grew a field of soybeans here on my farm in south-central Iowa. The variety was Garst 3624RR/N, a Roundup-Ready variety.
On 7/9/2005, when the soybeans were at R1/R2 stage (just blooming), I sprayed three rates of OceanSolution on the soybeans in one part of the field. I mixed the OceanSolution with the water at 1 gallon OceanSolution to 100 gallons of water. Here is some information:
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 AM
Air temperature: 75 degrees F
Water beginning TDS PPM: 215
Water after being mixed with OceanSolution, TDS PPM: 1300
Strip Rate PSI Yield, Bu/Ac Acres
Check #1 None 0 63.8 5.5
Rate #1 10GPA 25 65.0 6.8
Rate #2 15GPA 40 64.4 6.8
Rate #3 20GPA 40 64.2 6.7
Check #2 None 0 61.8 4.8
As you can see, OceanSolution provided a 2 bu/ac increase over the check strips with no treatment. At $6.00/bushel, this is $12/acre for an application that cost a third of it.
This illustrates that OceanSolution can provide benefits to non-specialty crops.
Thank you for your consideration,
FROM: G. Korvne
October 21, 2005
Dear Sir or Madam:
As someone who successfully oversaw greenhouse projects in a large public university (greenhouse), my use of OceanSolution put many horticultural experiments over the top. Utilizing proper controlled practice methodology, I can forcefully attest to its ability as a superior fertilizer. For example our green rubber plants grew at least twice the rate of control, with much larger leaves and whose coloring developed a rich green.
I would recommend this product to professionals and amateurs alike. Test and be convinced.
Yours with enthusiasm,
Written on behalf of Norris Farms (Wauchula, FL)
Norris Farms is a 900-acre citrus producer based in Wauchula, Florida that manages additional farms for other owners of approximately 6000 acres. Trials began in late spring of 2009 with 30 acres of young trees and have been expanding to 85 acres and currently 105 acres in the third year of tests. The trials are conducted using Norris’ full traditional, conventional protocol and adding the OceanGrown protocol to their own. As there was no reduction in the conventional Norris protocol yields had to improve to justify the additional expense of adding more nutrition. This early 2012 crop was generally better than the year before, however, the OceanGrown trial Valencia crop picked from January 2012 through February showed an improvement from 450 boxes last year to 600 boxes. Although the count for the non-trial control blocks is not yet counted, the owners feel that quality, appearance, and yield are better than the control. Norris has informed OceanGrown that it is now stepping up the program once again and is applying OceanGrown products over more acres with increased frequency beginning in March 2012. Conclusive multi-season evidence of improved performance will allow Norris Farms to expand the OceanGrown program to the Norris managed groves as well.
Mon Yee Ph.D. (Cal Poly University)
Two varieties of citrus were used: Cara Cara oranges, and Golden Nugget mandarins.
4 replications were used with the trees being about 2years old. Spacing of the trees were 8 feet between trees and 10 feet between rows.
Prior to foliar application with the OS Blend, all of the trees’ leaves appeared dulled and exhibited signs of chlorosis on the leaves. Application rate was 1:100 every three weeks.
Results: After treatment with the OS Blend, all of the citrus trees appeared more vibrant and the new growth were dark green instead of chlorotic looking. Again, because the campus has U-Pick, yield data were difficult to obtain, and due to time constraints we were not able to test the fruits for their brix content for this initial trial. The treated trees were definitely more healthy looking; ocular estimates indicate that fruit set was more prolific compared to the non-treated trees.
From: Tammy Soik (Hillman, MI)
Date: February 2009
"The over use of land without mineral replacement has been a personal pet peeve of mine. As a nurse, I know the importance of lack of nutrients in the body. Owning land, I know the importance of getting nutrients into soil. Several years ago I borrowed a book from my chiropractor's library. It was Dr.Murray's story. I researched the subject more and decided to try OceanSolution on my produce garden. I had excellent results. Abundant crops grew. I had a decrease in weeds, spoilage, and nasty bugs. I had increased crops. I sold and gave away all I could and still had more. Vegetables kept longer without spoilage. I rotated my garden to a different plot and started over. My husband put in a hay field utilizing the garden site and adjoining land. The difference in nutriton became obvious as the hay began to grow. The land with several years of proper nutrients had fewer weeds. We continue to use OceanSolution. I mix it with my potting soil and also apply it to my garden. It is applied to our hay fields to provide nutrition needed for animals and ultimately people."
From: Thelma Carlysle
I am excited about the potential for growth for OceanSolution Corp.. The "new growth" on those old YTD (young tree decline) sick trees represents a reversal at the tissue level. This is a positive sign for the citrus grower. Perhaps your treatment could be used just as well on other food crops, e.g., to retard insect infestation also. A vigorous tree or plant is definitely more resistant than less healthy plants.
Good nutrition = good thoughts = more peace.
Biol. Res. Technician
Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
From: Dane and Kip Scofield
Dane and I wanted to personally thank you for giving us some valuable insight on plant physiology and nutrition. We, being among the brainwashed in traditional, conventional and commercial methodologies of plant health, have benefited greatly from the knowledge you have generously shared with us. It is quite an amazing thing to be in the citrus business for over 30 years and not be aware of the quickest and healthiest way to grow a citrus tree. By taking your advice and following your instructions, we achieved some fantastic results.
Dane and Kip Scofield
Half Circle L Ranch Partnership
From: Dean Steeves - Rancho Santa Fe (San Diego CA)
Before the spring:
The property is located in Rancho Santa Fe, California (San Diego Area). The botanical garden (lawn, palms, trees, potted plants, citrus trees, flowers) is an on going project and a continuous enhancement to the property.
The organic garden, which consists of five raised beds (6' x 12'), was started in 2003 and is really the reason why I am writing this testimonial. Let me first tell you a little about our raised beds: The soil: Organic formula topped by 2 inches of worm casting and organic compost.
The irrigation system: 8 sprinklers per bed with independent valves connected through food grade PVC pipes to a DOsatron injection box, which dispenses a liquid organic nutrient called Biolink 333.
The seeds: Organic seeds, mostly heirloom, from Seeds of Change.
It seemed like all the perfect ingredients for a successful garden. It was a good harvest with some crops better than others in spite of the pests that we controlled, as you may have guessed, without chemical pesticide or any other kind of poisons.
Spring 2006, and after:
It is not until we discovered OceanSolution Formula that we realized what real potential this gardening adventure had. We hooked the concentrated solution to our Dosatron system (at a 100 to one ratio) and started watering the beds this spring and noticed some incredible changes right away such as:
After turning the soil in each bed (post harvest), I could not find a single cut worm, where before the beds were full of them.
The quality of the soil itself improved - the color was deeper, richer and looked healthier.
The best news was - practically no bugs! Using OceanSolution resulted in healthier veggies, growing to their full potential and tasting even better.
Fruit trees (citrus) - Seem to have twice the amount of fruits - again No Bugs!
Flowers - Roses, hydrangeas and impatients increased in growth --- with the hydrangeas blooms tripling this year. And, after cutting, by placing the cut flowers in holding vases containing the same ratio of clean water to OceanSolution as was used to feed them while they were growing (100 parts clean water to 1 part OceanSolution), they stayed fresh-looking up to twice as long as the same variety cut flowers that had been grown without OceanSolution. The 'holding vase mix' was changed once every other day.
Potted Plants - Fuller and greener.
Palm Trees - after watering a practically dead palm tree for 3 weeks, I was able to revive it and transplant it successfully.
We are just beginning our fall planting and we will be experimenting with different dilution ratios to see whether certain crops prefer more or less of the OceanSolution. But either way, there is no doubt in our minds that OceanSolution far exceeds any other option that one may have to achieve the best results.
From: Annette Larkins
OceanSolution wins my vote as the best plant nutrient provider yet! It gets the job done with minimum effort - requiring one part solution to 100 parts water; so a little goes a long way, making it cost effective. It is organic in nature, so there are no harmful chemical effects. It is clear and odorless; there is no fishy smell, which I have experienced with other sea nutrients. It contains nature's 92 elements, allowing plants to choose the ones they need.
I use OceanSolution to grow plants with and without soil. I am secure in the knowledge that my plants grow in a healthy, balanced environment, conductive to minimizing the possibility of bug attacks. Healthy plants stand a better chance of surviving infestation from disease and insect invasion. A good analogy is that of healthy human body cells; cancer and other diseases are not likely to thrive under homeostatic conditions. Well, bugs are not apt to ravage a healthy garden.
My garden includes a beautiful variety of greens, herbs, mints, peppers, tomatoes, and peas. What a wonderful feeling it is to pick and eat food fro my back yard, and how reassuring it is to consume such delicious bounty without fear of ingesting dangerous pesticides.
Although I grow the aforementioned plants with soil, I prefer to grow wheatgrass hydroponically. For years I had a love/hate relationship with wheatgrass juice. I knew it's beneficial value; I even wrote about it in my first booklet "Journey to Health". Nevertheless, when drinking it I abhorred the nauseating, heaving sensation that lingered, especially when burping. As a result, I seldom drank it.
On the other hand, in addition to enhancing the flavor of the juice, OceanSolution also eliminates the repulsive after taste. OceanSolution has shown me that all wheatgrass juice is not equal. I now enjoy at least an ounce a day.
Also, I am confident that the quality of crops from the new fruit trees that I have planted will be just as impressive since they, too, are drinking in nourishment from OceanSolution.
Author of the booklets "Journey To Health" and "Journey To Health 2" , and the 12-part television series "Health Alternatives with Living Foods"
From: A. Newhouse (California)
Dear OceanGrown Team,
We did a 1/2 acre garden for the first time this year and our Sweet Keeper squash averaged 12 to 23 lbs. in size with excellent taste and color. Typically these are 8 to 10 lbs. in size.
We are also trying it in our Hydroponics system and so far it seems the salad greens are greener, tastier and hardier than in commercial hydroponics solution. We did have to add KNO3 it seems as we are using Fl seeds. It was a mix up as the source was thought to be a heritage store.