Posted on 15 Feb 2011, by Quantum Agriculture, quantumagriculture.com
Reprinted from ACRES USA, http://www.acresusa.com
August 2002 – Vol. 32, No.8
By Hugh Lovel
Hugh Lovel is one of the most respected farmers working on the frontiers of agriculture today. Visitors are amazed at the results he achieved on his farm in Blairsville, Georgia, and his concepts and developments have been adopted with success by growers worldwide. His book A BiodynamicFarm has helped countless readers understand this complex and sometimes confusing approach to farming. Although some of the procedures Lovel describes below may seem unusual, they are being adopted by a growing number of farmers throughout the world. Acres U.S.A. is pleased to present this new article by Hugh Lovel as part of the continuing dialogue toward a healthier, sustainable agriculture. At one time I was a cook in Montreal, oneof two great restaurant cities in North America, the other being New Orleans, near where I grew up. We used fresh fruits and vegetables, literally by the ton. And I knew from my chemistry courses that two of the best methods of chemical analysis ever developed are right with us at all times: taste and smell.
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Food of true high quality occasionally surfaced in our restaurant, and it was unmistakable. Not only were the smells and flavors from heaven, but it imparted a special zing to the blood. I imagined that this was what pregnant mothers should eat if there was to be any hope for humanity to lift itself out of dull, helpless, automatic behavior. What could be more fundamental to raising children free of the invalidations and suppressions of their forebears than good food? (I don’t mean to ignore emotional environment — both physical and spiritual nurture are required — but it seemed to me that food came first.) In the beginning I knew little about farming, and most of what I thought I knew was wrong. My formal education was in business, sociology, biology, chemistry, physics and psychology. My parents grew up on farms that I had never seen. Once, in college, I opened an agricultural chemistry book and read its introduction — about how the soil held the plant up while the nutrients were applied as fertilizers. Given the complexity of living organisms, I knew this couldn’t be good agriculture. Maybe it was how things were commonly done, but I knew there had to be more to it. Most of the fertilizers my feed-and seed dealers sold were made of ammonium nitrate, phosphoric acid and potassium chloride. Anhydrous ammonia wasn’t available, although urea could be found. Georgia law required a minimum of 15 percent soluble nutrients before a product could be sold as fertilizer, even though such high salt levels surely harmed plant chemistry and soil microbiology. It occurred to me that in
thousands of years of agriculture it was only after chemical fertilizers came into vogue that pesticides came into use. I knew that China, with a fifth of the world population yet a tenth of world agricultural resources, was at the same time feeding it- chemistry. So I had to wonder if there wasn’t an intimate connection between soluble fertilizers and pesticides.
NOWHERE TO TURN
On my first visit to the Georgia Mountain Experiment Station in 1976, I told the scientists I wanted to grow only food of the highest quality. Of course, I wasn’t going to use poisons. Moreover, I knew the chemistry of living organisms was extremely subtle and complex. Using more than small amounts of soluble salts would force plant chemistry against the wall. Since one couldn’t grow quality food that way, what did I need to do? We were sitting in folding chairs, three career scientists facing me with nothing between us, as friendly as it gets. I was the beginner asking for help, and they were doing their best to give it. When I explained why commercial fertilizers were no use to me, they looked at each other, and the one in the middle said, “We’d like to help you, Mr. Lovel, but we don’t know what to tell you.” It began to dawn on me I was on my own. These fellows were nice guys, helpful as could be. But they weren’t paid to find out
what I needed to know. Looking back, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. Government seems to do more good by accident than it does on purpose. Regardless, one of them took me on a tour of the experiment station, giving me advice on making hay and varieties adapted to the
locality, and much information that truly was helpful. I told him, “You know, I don’t want my nutrients to be soluble. They’ll wash away. I want my nutrients to be insoluble but available.” I thought that was a no-brainer. Why did Georgia law require a minimum of 15 percent soluble nutrients before a product could be labeled fertilizer? My Webster’s Dictionary defined fertilizer as “a substance used to make the soil more fertile.” Soluble salt nutrients, especially chlorides and nitrates, damaged soil biology, ultimately reducing fertility. The law simply didn’t make sense. I knew from chemistry and microbiology that if living organisms held the nutrients, they would be pretty much insoluble. Yet, given the dynamic interplay between the thousands of microscopic soil species, they would also be available. With potassium muriate, 40 percent was chlorine. That much chlorine surely killed soil microbes. And nitrogen salts would inhibit, if not kill, nitrogen fixing azotobacters, which are among the leading indicators of good soil. Phosphoric acid, while not so caustic, would bond with calcium, iron, etc., almost on contact with the soil. Of course, it wouldn’t wander off into the water table, but why not put it on as powdered phosphate rock to begin with? Or maybe solubilize it with ammonia and just not use so much. On the other hand, sulfate fertilizers would stimulate soil biology, so potassium and ammonium sulfate wouldn’t be such bad ways to apply these inputs — unfortunately they weren’t available in my area. Still, the most important missing ingredients for my soils were calcium and magnesium. Lime, gypsum and Epsom salts weren’t considered fertilizers,
OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT
What could I do? I wanted robust soil biology, though I really didn’t know much about how to get it. For years I believed I couldn’t go wrong applying all kinds of organic materials in abundance. To me this meant truckload after truckload of old sawdust, sawmill bark, manure, composts, lime, colloidal phosphate, wood ash, local granite-quarry dusts. I was in a hurry, and
I thought organic matter was organic matter. It never occurred to me that such massive applications of waste would not make haste. Since I didn’t know what balanced, healthy conditions were, I didn’t notice when I created unhealthy and imbalanced ones.
On the other hand, I maintained a lively interest in subtle energy/quantum mechanics, fluid dynamics, chaos theory, fractals, holographics and projective geometry. Having some experience in biofeedback, I was particularly interested in the physics and chemistry of thought. So I found biodynamic agriculture attractive, with its allusions to spiritual science. I’d
sort of always believed in such a thing. No matter that Biodynamics struck me as having a “true believer” flavor, with its veneration of Rudolf Steiner. I found I could tolerate it. Clearly, Steiner was a genius far
With its equal emphasis on both soil and atmosphere, Biodynamics stood apart from all other schools of agriculture. It’s funny— everyone seems so fixed on building soil when plants do the greater part of their growing in the atmosphere. Usually when I point this out, people say, “Sure, but what can you do about the atmosphere? Forget it!” However, biodynamic agriculture has methods of imparting dynamic patterns to the atmosphere — generating living, breathing organization that can be very helpful. For example, if there was no cloud formation, no organization of moisture in the atmosphere, we wouldn’t have life as we know it. Biodynamic remedies, such as the horn silica, help give rise to clouds and rain. In essence, these remedies are homeopathic patterns that among other things improve the organization of the atmosphere.
Consider the patterns of activity in the atmosphere as compared to those of the soil: In the atmosphere photosynthesis, blossoming, fruiting and ripening take place, whereas in the soil there is digestion, nitrogen fixation and the provision of moisture and nutrients.
Steiner saw that the digestive, nutritive patterns of the soil revolve around lime, whereas the
patterns of the atmosphere revolve around silica. His basic remedy for the atmosphere was finely ground quartz crystal, buried in a cow horn over the summer. Normally this is applied at the rate of a gram per acre, stirred for an hour in water, and misted into the leafy, fruiting region above
the soil in the early morning. It provides excellent patterning for the atmosphere. When you think about it, silica forms many of the finest particles in the atmosphere. While it would be dangerous to pump tons of micron zed silica into the atmosphere, spraying a mist patterned with a homeopathic dose of horn quartz has a remarkable organizational effect.
Organization is, after all, the basis of life — organ, organic, organize, organism.
Silica, in its pure form as quartz, is a superb vehicle for patterns. Once I began to understand patterning, I could see Steiner’s remedies were pure genius, as they worked with homeopathic Organizational patterning. The so-called BD preps included silica patterns for the atmosphere and lime patterns for the soil. In between were the patterns of clay, which affected the ebb and flow of sap between soil and atmosphere. Clay was the bridge between the two extremes.
GETTING IT RIGHT
Even as I continued massive hauling, huge compost piles, and the like, I kept finding that using the Steiner pattern remedies to organize the environment was the most effective thing I was doing. A pattern remedy that really woke me up was horn clay. Horn clay stimulates plants to feed more of their sap to the soil as well as improving nutrient uptake. Steiner hadn’t fully worked out the details of horn clay before his death. It was when Greg Willis woke me up to this “missing” Steiner remedy that I really began to see the drawbacks of using large quantities of compost. Before working with horn clay, I had no idea there were any such drawbacks. It took more than 20 years to dawn on me that a little well-made compost with high populations of azotobacters and other beneficial organisms was far more important for the nitrogen-fixing capacity it gave the soil than for the actual nitrogen contained. Often in good soils there are bacteria that free-fix nitrogen as long as they get enough sugars. Under favorable conditions, plants will feed sap to the soil as complex, sugary root exudates. Large-seeded plants such as
corn and beans can feed large amounts of root exudates into the surrounding soil as their seeds germinate, before their leaves ever break the surface. Then, robust nutritive activity occurs, and nitrogen fixed a fraction of an inch of feeder roots can easily be many times higher than the surrounding soil. For roughly 100 years it was believed that plants could only absorb nitrogen in crude form as ammonium, urea and nitrate. In fact, when a plant takes in water, these salts are so readily absorbed that they may block the uptake of more complex nitrogen compounds. But plants exude complex sugars and amino acids into the soil, and as long as conditions permit, they can also absorb them.
Horn clay also stimulates the mycorrhizal relationship between plants and symbiotic fungi on their feeder roots, which maximizes plant-nutrient uptake of such things as lime, potash and phosphorus. By feeding carbon compounds — mostly sugars — to the soil’s teeming micro-ecology, plants ensure their nutrient uptake will be as near to the needs of their protoplasm as
possible. Raw manure, of course, is notorious for producing soluble phosphorus levels that are toxic to mycorrhizae, which really defeats the system. But even stable compost,
when applied in large quantities, is everywhere, whether the desired crop has any roots there yet or not. Its nitrogen compounds tend to oxidize into nitrates, and if these aren’t tied up by living organisms, they contaminate the water table. Plants absorbing nitrates develop bitter flavors, as
is common in spinach, collards, mustard greens, etc. Even compost-fed organic vegetables may contain levels of nitrates that affect flavor and nutritional quality. I found that this was particularly true of turnips when I clean-cultivated them, so I learned to plant turnips in with winter rye cover crops on beds with grassy paths in between. The vegetation then sucked up any nitrates and kept the soil food web healthy. Even under these conditions, however, too much compost was a no-no.
Nitrate uptake makes plants salty and watery— they must convert crude nitrogen into amino acids before they can use it. Their cells, bloated with water and salt, are then susceptible to diseases.
Moreover, their chemistry is shifted to short-chain amino acids, which insects require. In general, flavor and nutrition suffer, and such crops fall short of their genetic potential. I found that by applying the basic patterns of horn quartz, horn humus and horn clay, photosynthesis was more organized, the soil food web was more robust, and the ebb and flow of sap in the plant was improved. Crops more fully realized their genetic potential. Interestingly, obtaining abundant high-quality crops was also cheaper and easier with the use of these energy patterns than it was with applications of salt fertilizers. Not even much compost was required to get the highest quality, and lots of it. Amazingly, less really was more! I could see this method needed to be taught far and wide.
It has always been obvious to me that stirring each remedy for an hour before spraying was impractical for farmers with 16- hour days. The full sequence takes a minimum of two days back-to-back, and if one’s acreage is large, it could take weeks. Plus, to get optimum results, the horn manure and horn silica need to be applied in the evening and morning, back-to-back, in tandem with each other, requiring at least two extra hours both morning and evening. It just wasn’t going to get done. If farmers couldn’t see how the remedies worked — or even if they worked — where was the incentive?
Galen Hieronymus, who lived about 65 miles from me in Lakemont, Georgia, invented a method of inducing patterns intothe soil. He called it a Cosmic Pipe, andcalled the mode of organized energy involvedeloptic energy. The terminologymight seem obscure, but I could seeHieronymus’ invention worked with theorganizational energies of Steiner’s remediesand could induce patterns over largeacreages. No stirring, no spraying, no heavytractors in wet weather belching dieselfumes, with nozzles clogging up. To makea long story short, I made trials of
Hieronymus’ cosmic pipe on my farm and market garden for 10 years. His design worked exclusively on the soil, however, which threw everything seriously out of balance. The downward patterns built
up so strongly that magnesium, potash, boron, copper and zinc flushed into the water table, along with the nitrates and chlorides. Digestive patterns climbed above the soil into the atmosphere. My tomato crop rotted before it ripened for six straight years, a week earlier each year. Peppers kept getting leggier, and fruit set declined. At the worst point, ripening was delayed by six weeks. My wheat, barley and corn had bad fungal problems. Eventually, I realized I had to make a two-stage broadcaster — after all, the patterns in the atmosphere were just as important as those in the soil.
In the long term, I believe that field broadcasting can revolutionize agriculture. Through its use, fertilization would gradually decline, particularly the use of nitrogen fertilizers. Moreover, we have been able to broadcast patterns that “turn off” specific weed and insect pests, so field broadcasting could also foreshadow the end of toxic agriculture. Its safety, simplicity and low cost should ensure that anyone who uses it appropriately will refuse to go back to the dangerous, arduous and expensive practices of the past. As with many discoveries and inventions, if this one were patented, certain industries would try to sit on it. Who knows what they would do to suppress it? Life is fragile, and my life expectancy won’t increase by keeping what I know secret. I don’t want to be indispensable to this technology, so I’ve made public everything I can. We produce reliable, well-constructed field broadcasters that can cover up to 2,000 acres, and I am one of several who will set them up and consult for a reasonable price. I sell them wholesale to anyone who can do the reagent work and installation.
Before I go any further, there are some concepts and terms that need to be defined so readers unfamiliar with this subject will be able to understand what goes on.
Reagent: Webster’s defines this as a substance used in preparing a product or in developing photographs. In radionics and subtle energy circles this definition is extended to indicate not so much the substance itself as its pattern of energy. Every substance from the most rudimentary hydrogen atom on up has its pattern or signature, as with hydrogen’s emission and absorption spectra. Thus, “reagent” in this context means the pattern used in creating an effect rather than the substance used in preparing a product. Some examples are colors, sounds, mandalas (symbolic circular patterns), homeopathic remedies and written intents. Water is renowned for its ability to carry such patterns, so it often is used as the medium in making reagents. However, it is the pattern, not the water, that is actually the reagent. Morphic Fields: This is a term introduced
by the scholar Rupert Sheldrake to describe the formative, organizational patterns of energy permeating all things, connecting all things, and belonging to various organized entities of wide variety, from level of chemistry and micro-biology to people, planets and galaxies. These organizational fields, systems or interrelationships have been variously described.
Steiner referred to morphic fields as “formative forces,” “ether,” “astrality,” etc.
Wilhelm Reich used the term “orgone energy,” Hieronymus, “eloptic energy,” and Tiller, “subtle energies.” In one of Sheldrake’s books, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, he relates morphic fields to quantum physics as follows:
“According to quantum theory, there is an inevitable link between the and that which is observed, breaking down the sharp separation between subject and object. . . . Far more surprisingly, according to quantum physics, particles that come from a common source, like two photons of light emitted from the same atom, retain a mysterious interconnection, so that what happens to one is instantaneously reflected in the other. This is known as non-locality, non-reparability, or entanglement, and is also referred to as the Einstein-Podolsky- Rosen Paradox, or as Bell’s Inequality. No one knows how extensive is this instantaneous interconnectedness.”
Dowse: In common parlance, this term refers to the use of a dipping or divining rod, as in search of water, ore, etc. In the present context, “dowsing” has been extended to include any means that will enable the human nervous system to act as an antenna and interact with morphic fields.
Some examples are pendulums, rubbing plates and muscle testing. Stanford researcher William A. Tiller in his book Science and Human Transformation calls the dowsing response, “The most common example of human response to external radiation fields.” Because of the interconnectedness (non-separability) of all things, it is possible to dowse a place or individual from a map or a picture of it — the map or picture having a unique, instantaneous connection with the whole it represents. Map-dowsing is commonly done with a pendulum, which is used to indicate a yes/no or positive/negative response to dowsing questions.
Radionics: During the early part of the 20th Century, radionics grew out of the work of the wealthy and forward-looking San Francisco physician Dr. Albert Abrams. Radionics involves the use of mechanical equipment to detect and modify morphic fields by employing specimens representative of a place or being, along with reorganize/ reinforce a wave pattern, it must be in synch with the overall existing waves. To cancel a pattern out, the remedy must be out of phase with what is there already. For each place or individual it is important to determine the appropriate potencies needed to create a desired effect. An example of this is applying biodynamic remedies
— small amounts of materials whose specific patterns are transferred to large quantities of water and then applied to whole fields or farms. Applying biodynamic remedies has been refined and extended by the use of full complements of combined potencies specifically tailored to each circumstance and induced into the environment by field broadcasting over entire farms.
One of the most exciting aspects of field broadcasting is reagent work. We map dowses to evaluate the current status of each farm in a variety of categories. We also locates a favorable spot on the farm for the broadcaster and determines the unique mix of homeopathic potencies for
both the up and down broadcast wells for that property. Each farm has its own unique blend of
morphic fields. We have found that homeopathic potencies work well in achieving a higher blend and better balance, as well as supplying missing components so as to achieve the optimum health for that farm. We rarely use the lowest potencies because their patterns are too cluttered up with the substances from which they are derived, and the phase relationships aren’t clearly separated. Results are therefore uncertain and tend to be overwhelming. Raw substances may also be toxic. But many toxic substances, such as arsenic — which is harmful in a coarse, substantial way — can be desirable at the appropriate potency in a fine, homeopathic form.
In general, when a raw substance rather than a potency is placed in the
Fieldbroadcaster well there is no way to fine-tune its pattern so it fits a particular environment’s needs. With homeopathy one can select the appropriate potencies so that undesirable patterns are eliminated or desirable patterns are established. agents used to treat those places or beings in keeping with the principle of non-locality. As long as they are firmly established, even slight changes in a dynamic system can result in large-scale changes over time. This is also referred to as “treatment at a distance” and is included among or used in conjunction with various other forms of energy medicine, such as homeopathy, acupuncture and color therapy.
Homeopathy: Modern homeopathy, the treatment of disease using like to affect like, grew out of the work of German physician Samuel Hahnemann. The original definition involved the neutralization of a disease by the introduction of a corresponding pattern in a phase or mode that neutralizes it. However, it is also possible to introduce a new pattern or strengthen an existing pattern by using a phase or mode of that pattern which reinforces it. The modes or phases of homeopathic medicines are determined by serial dilution and potentization, commonly using water as the medium. Other hydrogen-bonding media such as alcohol, vegetable oil or milk sugar are also used. In general, anything that hydrogen-bonds has a memory for patterns. These dilutions are called “homeopathic potencies.” The pioneering work of Lily Kolisko shows that each successive potentization step introduces a phase or mode change in the pattern. If we think of these patterns in the simplest two-dimensional fashion, we can represent them as waves.
I often think of a call we received
from a fellow who said, “I built one of your Cosmic Pipes,” and I put Black Flag in it.
Do you think that’ll take care of my insects?” This guy was imaginative, but Black Flag is poison. It would surely take care of his insects — as well as his earthworms, his dog and cat, goats and cows, wife and kids . . . the whole ten yards. This is something you do not want to do I want to caution against careless experimentation. The results of inducing patterns of energy into the medium are subtle and often go unnoticed. One needs to become a keen observer to see the effects and whether they are beneficial or harmful. One doesn’t want to continue on a harmful track any longer than it takes to identify it. It’s also important to use good common sense: dog urine may keep the deer out of the watermelons, but who wants their watermelons to taste faintly of dog urine? Here is another example I would consider suspect: Early radionic experiments in
Pennsylvania showed that radionic applications of insecticides were as effective or more effective in preventing corn earworm damage than if the insecticide was physically applied. But insecticides are not patterns I would want anywhere near my corn — especially if I had to eat it. And if I wouldn’t eat it, I wouldn’t want to sell it to anyone.
WHERE TO NOW?
It’s disappointing that more folks aren’t interested in the unsurpassed quality attainable by field-broadcasting biodynamic remedies, but most cash grain growers are selling their corn, wheat, soybeans, etc., without any quality premium. Their biggest problem is weeds, which reduce yields. Elevators also penalize farmers if weed seed is present in their grain. It doesn’t help
that herbicides are expensive, dangerous and undependable — weeds often come right back. What about eliminating weeds with field broadcasting?
It can be done.
Rudolf Steiner pointed out it takes both moisture and warmth for any plant to grow.
Moon patterns govern moisture, while Saturn patterns govern warmth. The specific pattern of each weed is strongest in its reproductive parts, usually its seeds. The seed has the DNA pattern for that specific plant and no other. How can we use this knowledge?
One can drive off all the moisture from a handful of seeds by heating them in a cast-iron skillet on the stove. The charcoal left behind contains the carbon framework for that weed, severed from
moisture. Broadcasting a potency of this pattern can interfere with the target weed’s moisture connection without harming other plants or animals.
CURRENT STATE OF THE ART
I started on this line of research with a tough weed, Johnson grass. Since the moon channels all patterns related to moisture, I dowsed to find the moon constellation this energy receives its energy from. I found it was Gemini — so, during a Gemini moon, I charcoaled my Johnson grass seed, cooking it until a small amount of the charcoal turned to ash, ensuring that all the moisture
was driven off. The result, ground with a mortar and pestle, looked like black pepper, from whence comes the name “weed pepper.” By serial dilution and succession of one part in 10, repeated eight times, I took this pepper to a homeopathic potency of 8x. With my Hieronymus analyzer, a radionic instrument, I copied the 8x Johnson grass pepper onto a vial of sugar
tablets. Lorraine offered to test it on her Determination Board.
The Determination Board’s main feature is a 360-degree wheel. Lorraine places a sample in the board’s specimen circle and dowses to see how many degrees around the wheel her pendulum swings. A full 360 degrees is basic balance, though sometimes a sample will dowse two or more times around. I watched, and the Johnson grass reagent only went 70 degrees. It hit me that what I’d made was a reagent to simply kill Johnson grass — but even this weed serves some function, and nature abhors a vacuum. I wasn’t doing nature a favor by eliminating Johnson grass.
As one pattern of energy in our environment, our thinking is powerful, but it changes so rapidly that it often has little effect on things. Thus, to fix our thoughts and steady them, it is often helpful to write them down, creating a stable thought form. I sat down and wrote out the following intent:
“If it be Thy will, let the powers of nature converge to sever the connection between Johnson grass and the Moon’s forces of moisture wherever this reagent is used, and to replace its function with the best means available for now and in the future for as long as is appropriate. Amen.”
I didn’t need to know what the best means available would be, but it struck me that there were means, and then there were better means, and so forth.
Hieronymus analyzer with dials set at 0-0 for copying reagents. Four-card Malcolm RAE pontentizer with extended range interrupter for treatment at a distance. It makes homeopathic potencies from magneto geometric cards, such as the two resting in the instrument’s cover, and can make up to four homeopathic patterns on one reagent vial at a time. of my Hieronymus analyzer and made anew reagent. This time when Lorraine put the reagenton her Determination Board, the pendulumtraveled 360 degrees. At the end of August 2001, we sent the Johnson grass pepper to the farm the seeds came from in Arkansas to be tested.
I’d like to try a remedy many times in a wide variety of places before I’d say it is proven. Steiner suggested that using weed peppers could take as long as four years to be effective. . I suspect that this is because the plant’s morphic field, which exists above and beyond the individual weeds,
is in many cases firmly established and not easily disrupted. Our Johnson grass reagent did not kill off the weeds in the first six months, as I had originally hoped. But the farmer has recently
said that he thinks it may be working. If it takes four years I won’t be too disappointed — Johnson grass undoubtedly has a lot of stored vigor. During the winter, Lorraine and I collected
many weed seed specimens, including Canada thistle, redroot pigweed, apple of Peru, ragweed, water hemp, velvet leaf, cocklebur and smartweed, to name a few.
We are collecting samples from all quarters. So far we’ve peppered over 40 weeds and sent the results off to England to have Malcolm Rae cards made. With a Malcolm Rae card, anyone anywhere in the world can make standardized reagents of any homeopathic potency for any particular pattern. Each potency is set up by dialing the appropriate number on a digital 1-999 variable resistor, and variations in each practitioner’s methods are eliminated. We hope to make this reproducible by farmers and researchers anywhere in the world. They only need a Malcolm Rae pontentizer and cards for the weeds they want to work with.
Running our seven-acre market garden and greenhouse, along with pasture animals, corn, hay and forest herbs, allows us to observe fine changes in the environment and crops that others tend to overlook. We have seen significant reduction of eight target weeds on our farm since starting to broadcast weed reagents in early April 2002. Our worst weed problem has been apple of Peru, which we call Chinese lantern. We still have this weed, but this year its growth has been much sparser and slower. Usually it can beat corn. The same can be said of redroot pigweed. We have it coming up, and in some places it is still pretty thick, but it appears to be less robust. Several others, such as common ragweed, cocklebur, smartweed and velvetleaf are suppressed.
If these pest plants can be eliminated in four years, we can consider this method to be a great success. No one wants to pay big money to apply toxic chemicals at the risk
Moreover, we believe the same method can be applied to insects. Anyone who has weed problems and would like to see them addressed, please contact us. If you have seeds for a weed
that we haven’t made a pepper for yet, we’d love to make one, with a corresponding Malcolm Rae card, so that this research can proceed. Keep in mind that each weed-reagent card needs to be proven numerous times under a wide variety of circumstances to establish the effectiveness of this method. In the long run, we believe that field broadcasting will revolutionize agriculture.
Reprinted from Acres magazine