In drought years, it can be difficult to run trials and try new products because of the uncertainty of low yields.
Does ACF-SR make sense in a full program during a drought year? Should you wait for moisture and good environmental conditions before looking at running a trial?
We believe it should be the opposite. Here's why:
Obviously, your plants need water to give you an ROI on your input costs. Where does that ROI come from though? We tend to look above the soil to determine how much your farm makes in a year. In reality, we should be looking under the soil.
Why is it that we always see better root development using ACF in our trials? That's because we are feeding the soil and plant roots with biology, rather than feeding what's above the soil. It IS important to feed your plant, but it's equally as important to not forget about your soil and the biology that creates large roots systems.
What does this mean for drought tolerance?
ACF-SR actually makes amendments to the soil structure, allowing water to go deeper. The bacteria in ACF-SR help the roots grow deeper while creating more hair roots so they can absorb water from deeper soil.
In general, the plant is healthier and able to uptake more nutrients as the bacteria help in transforming inorganic nutrients into organic, water-soluble forms. ACF-SR also improves nitrogen and phosphorous uptake.