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“Silicon: A Plant Nutritional Enigma"
Video Power Point by Dr. Emanual Epstein
Professor Emiritus, U.C. Davis
This powerful presentation reiterates the benefits of silcon to crop productivity.
Below is a partial list of crops that respond positively to organic silicon amendment..
Rate: 50 lbs (22 KG) per acre up to 1,000 lbs (454 kg) per acre on an annual basis for best results
Depending on Soil: Is the soil lower limiting? If yes use a higher rate at seeding.
Depending on Crop: What is the crops best range for silicon in the soil? Contact your local agronomist.
Known as maize in spanish. Corn is a monocot and thus accumulates silicon in large quantities. This prehistoric cereal grain produces ears used for human and animal food, and for ethanol fuel additive. Most corn in the Americas is genetically modified making it susceptible to pests and disease and a perfect candidate for silicon supplementation during its lifecycle.
This silicon accumulating legume has numerous uses in food products and in a wide variety of industries. Soy beans are a very significant source of protein for people and animals. Soybeans are susceptible to pests and disease since 90% of all varieties are genetically modified. Known as the "miracle bean" for its richness in plant protein that can replace fattier animal-based foods.
Wheat is grown on more land than any other commercial crop for its high vegetable protein and excellent long term food storage ability. Each classification of wheat: Hard Red Winter, Hard Red Spring, Soft Red Winter, Durum, Hard White and Soft White are all big accumulators of silicon. Silicon applications can boost yield quality and increase resistance to lodging.
No crop is dependent on silicon more than sugar cane as it needs large quantities to survive and complete its reproduction cycle. For sugar cane silicon is a strengthening aid critical to standing erect, a hardening armor shielding it from pests, and a transporter of nutrients to build CO2 receptors in leaf tissue reducing the negative impacts caused by pathogenic fungi.
Human populations rely on rice as their primary form of nutrition and calorie intake, more than any other grain. Silicon helps rice grow to successful outputs, an absence of which leads to a host of well researched issues including increased lodging, susceptibility to pests and fungi and other problems. Rice can accumulate silicon in surprisingly large quantities similar to maize and sugar cane.
Most commercial fertilizers contain very little if any silicon, yet many plants take up silicon in large amounts, which causes the depletion of plant available silicon from the soil. The amounts of silicon plants uptake will often exceed the levels of many essential nutrients in plants.
Growing an acceptable crop is possible on many soils without adding silicon. Adding MontanaGrow plant available organic silicon can help grow an exceptionally healthy crop with increased stress and disease resistance, and higher yields. The added benefit for farmers in reaching your production goals is reduced demand for pesticides and other chemical inputs.