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Saline and Sodic Soils

Extensive research in the lab and field demonstrates that Ag1000® has tremendous potential in helping to improve soil structure, cation exchange capacity (CEC), balance soil pH, chelate salts, make nutrients available for plants, and increase moisture retention in soils. Ag1000® is a liquid culture of non-GMO beneficial microorganisms from 4 genus including Lactic Acid Bacteria, Bacillus Bacteria, Yeast, and Photosynthetic Bacteria that is generally applied through an irrigation system or sprayer.

Compared with conventional methods of reclamation, which generally take 2-3 years to fully reclaim such lands Ag1000® can play a pivotal role in the reclamation of saline-sodic land in the first year. In the presence of organic matter the microbes in Ag1000® begin to synergize with other indigenous species of bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes and soil fauna and flora. During the decomposition of organic matter these microbes synthesize and release useful substances such as organic acids (amino acids, nucleic acid, citric acids, acetic acids, lactic acids), alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, bioactive substances (vitamins, enzymes, hormones), sugars, polysaccharides, enhanced release of phosphates, fixing atmospheric N forming NH4 and NO3, break down highly complex and resistant compounds (cellulose, starch, gums, lignins), release antibiotic (streptomycin, actinomycin, neomycin), produce humus (fluvic acid, humic acids, humic) and release macro-and micro nutrients such as (N, P, K, S, Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu etc) and other products (fatty acids, chelates) into the soil solution.

Some reclamation projects have achieved reduction in pH from 9.8 to 6.8, ECe from 67 to 5 dSm-1and SAR from 79 to 11. This means that harmful soluble salts present in the saline-sodic soil and Na +present formed soluble salts NaCl and Na2SO4, which leached down to the lower layers of the loamy soil, the permeability of which is said to be moderate.

Microorganisms excrete organic acids, a type of chelant, which form ionic changes within salts and other contaminants so that they cannot interact with other elements or ions in the same manner. These reactions require carbon. Therefore we use a concentrated humate (Carbon) in either a liquid or a granular form. This is combined with our Ag1000® microbial solution at time of application. The Ag1000® is applied on the area. Tillage is not required the humate will naturally penetrate the soil with the next irrigation. The results are not only accelerated chelation of salts, but and increase in polysaccharides, increase in beneficial fungi growth, and overall increased soil tilth. This is all done with a relatively low input and labor cost.

Aggressive Program (1-year program):

  • 100 gallons of Ag1000® to the soil per acre in irrigation water
  • 200lbs of granular humate per acre to the soil after irrigation

Moderate Program (2-year program Each Year):

  • 60 gallons of Ag1000® to the soil per acre in irrigation water
  • 100lbs of granular humate per acre to the soil after irrigation

Low-Grade Program (4+ years program):
40 gallons Ag1000® per acre per year added in irrigation water applied with water trucks during growing season.

½ gallon per acre Ag1000® in each foliar feed, added to other nutrients in nutrient program.

Call TeraGanix for Availability and Pricing of Ag1000®: 866.369.3678.