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Organic Farming Principles & Practices

Written by John A. Biernbaum

Department of Horticulture

Michigan State University

This overview of Organic Farming is very informative and educational.

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  • Peas
  • Avocado
  • Potato
  • Carrot
  • Squash
  • Lettuce
  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Corn
  • Rice
  • Peppers
  • Beans
  • Fruits
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Berries

Below is a partial list of crops that respond positively to plant available silicon. 

Additional Crops

Rate: 50 lbs (22 KG) per acre up to 250 lbs (113 kg) per acre  Depending on Soil: Is the soil lower limiting? If yes increase your rate .

Depending on Crop:  What is the crops best range for silicon in the soil? Contact your local agronomist. 

Alfalfa, a member of the pea family, has the highest nutritional value of any hay/forage crop.  It is known as the “father of all foods"  the name originating in Asia. Alfalfa is now grown around the world because it contains so many different types of vitamins in just one plant that benefit humans and animals.

MontanaGrow is a proud sponsor of the Quinn Organic Research Center in Big Sandy, MTwhere Alfalfa is one of the nine rotational crops.


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The safflower plant is an annual that is related to the sunflower. It resembles a thistle in that they develop petals in a yellow/orange color which eventually drop, exposing the safflower seeds.  Organic seeds are cold pressed and unrefined for their high-oleic oils. 

Quinn Organic Research Center and The Oil Barn in Big Sandy, MT produce this healthy and delicious oil. To learn more about The Oil Barn safflower oil visit their website.

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The organic textile movement is just as relevant to the earth’s air, water, soil, and the health of people as that of organic foods. Growing commercial cotton is also one of the most chemically dependent crops which has proven negative effects on ecosystems where the cotton is grown. 

MontanaGrow helps produce biomass and essential nutrient uptake in the three primary textile crops:  Cotton (the most common textile crop grown in the world), Hemp (one of the most versatile plants on the planet), and Flax (used for both fine linen and nutritious flax seeds).

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The hops plant is a climber vigorously growing 3-6 inches per day and consuming loads of nitrogen and silicon along the way up their trained strings. Hops are used extensively for beer production to add a variety of desirable flavors and aromas while contributing a bitter balance to the sweetness of malts. 

MontanaGrow is proud to be involved in a five year growth trial with 41 hops varieties sponsored by the USDA, FVCC, and Glacier Hops Ranch in Whitefish, MT.  To learn more about silicon research click here.

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KAMUT brand Khorasan Wheat

is an ancient durum wheat grain always grown organically and loved for its sweet, nutty taste and smooth texture. It is high in proteins and minerals, and can be eaten by many people who are sensitive to modern wheat.

MontanaGrow is currently being applied on the KAMUT grown within the Quinn Organic Research Center in Big Sandy, MT. To learn more about KAMUT Khorasan Wheat on their website.

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Organic Farming

Sustainable Agriculture

Organic farmers rotate cover crops to increase nutrients in their soils to benefit the next crop in the rotation. Organic Food is good for you delivering essential nutrients including the element silicon. Organic farmers know that plants, humans and animals need the element (Si) for growing success to stand erect, and stay healthy.


MontanaGrow is a naturally occurring bioactive amorphous silicon fertilizer product readily available for plants to utilize in their uptake of essential nutrients. MontanaGrow is an OMRI listed product for organic farmers to apply anytime they want a natural boost for their plant yields and soils.

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