2024 Commodity Classic: What's New and What Does It Do? Farming with Biology on Your Side
12 Apr 244m 31s

Temple and Matt talk about some trials they did last year to build better biology in their field.

00:00 Hey guys, it's Temple Roads. We're here at Commodity Classic 2024. I'm with Extreme Ag. I've got Brian, I got Brian Hensel with me, 00:08 and I got Matt Miles with me. We're really excited today to talk about this product. This is Hogans. 00:13 So I feel like Brian, I am the poster child in Chesapeake Bay for what I'm trying to accomplish. 00:21 What I'm trying to accomplish on my end is I need, I need to improve my soil. 00:28 My soil quality's. One thing I really need to do is I need to figure out a way to reduce more nitrogen. 00:34 I'm trying to get my efficiency score way better than what it's ever been before. And I feel like this is the product for me. 00:40 So the whole dynamic of how you actually get nutrients to your plant is, is, is microbes. I mean, it's biology that makes 00:47 that transaction happen, right? So if you put the right amount of biology, soil, and it's the right types in the biodiversity, 00:54 they naturally, as that plant signals those bugs, they're gonna go take that, that fertilizer put and make sure it gets there. 01:01 Unfortunately, when we sit with so many farmers that don't have functional soils, they're just throwing the kitchen sink at it, 01:06 hoping enough finds its way to the plant with our product. We actually are going to put that, that that input inside 01:13 of the bacteria in our product. And then the bacterias predators, which are the fungi and the produce, are gonna consume it 01:19 and release it back to the plant. So nature's got a food chain and we're reintroducing it to most farmers' fields. 01:25 So you absolutely can get to that efficiency. So what I'm thinking is, Matt, like in, in our area, we're on this big sustainability quest, you know, 01:33 regenerative agriculture, and I think that this is important to talk about and I'd like your input on it as well. 01:39 In extreme Mag, we're starting this new CI score, all these different things. Every little thing that we can do to check that box, 01:45 we get better at our job. And you had tremendous results of this year, last year. What do you think this is going for us? 01:51 I, I'm, after, after talking, you know, today I, I figured it out. I think is reducing our fertilizer. 01:58 You know, I was the guy putting the same fertilizer on there when they told me at Chads field down Alabama, 02:02 that it would control root knot in to, I was all in at that point. 'cause root knots, we got a terrible, put it out, 02:08 didn't change anything, put it out, got a 54 pound line increase, which is about $45 an acre, pretty close to two to one return, 02:16 or over a two to one return on product. So it opened my eyes a lot back to the su sustainability issue. 02:23 It will check boxes that we need to check. We don't want to put out a lot of fertilizer, right? Right. We don't, I don't want to, one thing costs money, 02:31 next thing is not as good for the environment. So we can take products like this that are safe and, and, and utilize those and reduce our fertilizer. 02:39 It's a win-win. Well, What I was thinking about for, for you and the guys down south, 02:42 that it seems like when we've gone down this sustainability road journey together, 02:48 it seemed like you always didn't have a box to check. Like you didn't have as many boxes. I feel like this is one box that you can check that you, 02:56 it adds to your program. Right? That's exactly right. I mean, we're, we cover crops no till, no till's, almost non-existent 03:03 for me with fur irrigation cover crops. I'm learning to work with that. Something like this fits right in my wheelhouse. 03:09 Alright, If you're trying to get biology on your side, right, which everybody needs, and I don't think we've really appreciated 03:15 how much we've needed it, but the, the trick has been how do you do it right? Again, in my neck of the woods up in Iowa, nobody, 03:21 everybody tills, right? But they, they say, you know, if you're gonna ever do regen, stop tilling, you know, and add cover crops. 03:28 That's been your two options. When we take over a thousand living species of, of truly bio, 03:33 there's a whole microbiome that should be in your soil. Put it in a product that you can apply, you're gonna get benefit. 03:38 But to your point, if you keep feeding your plants like you always have, that plant's not motivated 03:43 to feed me, they're lazy. If you can cut that back to where you're saying that plant's saying, I don't have enough food, 03:48 it will use the energy that it has to feed my bugs to go find it food. And that's the win-win. So you're using glass fertilizer 03:55 and I'm guaranteeing you, you're getting it to the plant and we're opening up the tilt 03:58 of your soil, we're rebuilding it. So you got more organic matter, you're moisture better, 04:03 all those things. It's just good biology. You know, this all speaks to the total theme of everything that we heard here at Commodity Classic this year. 04:10 And we're gonna wrap it up with this. We're talking about reallocating money, cutting down fertility, replacing it with this, 04:17 getting more back, checking the box for, you know, the sustainable sustainability journey that we're going on. Okay guys, you've heard it here.

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