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Soil Borne Diseases

Last year was one of the wettest years on record. What that means is that the amount of disease pressure was at alarmingly high levels for longer periods of time than we would typically have to deal with. One of the most common complaints we heard about here at Fertrell was the diseases and how bad they were and how we could help contain the issue. A fair amount of what we were dealing with were the soil borne diseases. To which there are several types that can be substantial damage to both yield and quality. Nearly all of these can make or break a produce growers season if let unchecked. There are different types of soil borne diseases and I want to familiarize you with them and how we at Fertrell can help deal with them.

How to use Kelp Meal

Our Fertrell North Atlantic Kelp Meal can be used both as a soil amendment and for livestock. Below you will find the ways we suggest using our Kelp Meal in both scenarios.

Preparing your Orchards

Growing peaches in the Northeast organically has presented a challenge to orchardists for years. Peaches, in my opinion, are the perfect example of what it means to farm organically. It is all about preventing a problem rather than reacting to one when it arrives. The trouble with growing peaches is that typically by the time you see an issue, it is already too late to fix it. Here at Fertrell we realize the hardships that growers are having with not just peaches but apples, stone fruits, and grapes as well and we’ve worked hard to figure out a complete program to give the farmer’s a fighting chance to produce these commodities organically.

Boron Matters

Healthy crop growth depends on the right balance of nutrients in soil. Soil needs macronutrients - nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium, and magnesium - but they are only one piece of the puzzle. Just as important are micronutrients, such as iron, copper, zinc - and boron. It may be hard to imagine a nutrient found in such small quantity could be so impactful, however it is vital to many plant functions.

Natural Lawn Care

Here at Fertrell we have seen an increasing number of people looking to take a more natural approach to lawn care. From questions on lawn fertilizer to weed control, we’ve got all the answers you’re looking for!

Fertrell Liquid #3  2-3-1

From February 1 - 27, 2019 enjoy 10% off our Fertrell Liquid #3  2-3-1! All sizes!
See details at the bottom of this post.

Purchase the Quart size of Liquid #3  2-3-1 from our e-commerce site! Use the code Feb10 at checkout for the discount!

Fertrell Liquid #3 2-3-1 is a combination of Liquid Kelp and Liquid Fish.  It is able to be used as a foliar spray or in your fertigation system without any issues of clogging.  Fertrell Liquid #3 is also a product that is great in any transplant solution. The Liquid Kelp is able to help a plant during periods of stress because the plant is able to uptake a hormone called a Plant Growth Regulator (PGR) which is a hormone that all plants create.  The Hormone has several significant benefits that all plants will thank you for. But why would you use this product?

aragonite vs. limestone

The Aragonite that Fertrell supplies to customers is essentially a mineral form of calcium that comes from the sea.  Generally it runs from 33%-39% readily available calcium.  What this really means is that the calcium is immediately available, at a high percentage, and starts working with the soil right away.  Therefore, Aragonite can be applied in fall or spring.

Starting Organic Hops Production

Hops production is a rapidly growing sector of the organic marketplace; with a great opportunity for profit. Fertrell has a fertility program that if used in conjunction with soil testing and good management will provide good yield and high quality hops cones. We bring this up now to give you plenty of time to plan and ask questions before production starts - Giving you the maximum time possible to get ready to start your own organic hops!

Farm Green Year Round with Cover Crops

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The Newest Trend: Zeolite

     One of the newest trends in organic agriculture is the use of Zeolite on fields and in fertilizer blends. Previously, we used Greensand in many of our fertilizer blends but the mine closed last year and we have been in search of a good replacement ever since. We turned to Zeolite this past year and we haven’t been disappointed. I’m going to get technical in this next paragraph, but then I’ll get back to layman terms after that.

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