Frequently Asked Questions

What is microbe soil amendment fertilizer?

Our Microbial soil amendments and fertilizers are specialized agriculture microorganisms that have been scientifically selected to perform work in the soil to support and promote plant health and crop production.

What does 10 to 12th power mean?

All Microbe Fertilizers guarantee at least 2.0 x 1012 CFU/Gallon of beneficial agriculture microbials.  This equals 2 trillion agriculture and soil health bacteria ready to work in your soil.

Why is organic important? or what is the key challenge that the agricultural industry faces today?

There has been a growing demand toward the use of microbial and organic agriculture and farming products due to the overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that have stripped the land of its essential life giving nutrients.  Treating the farmland with organic microbial products brings the soil back to a state of good health that results in a stronger and more vibrant plant.

What is unique about Microbe Fertilizer that makes it different from other microbes on the market?

Our microbe fertilizer product is a premium and superior microbial product that exceeds all other products in the marketplace.  Microbe Fertilizer guarantees >35 beneficial soil bacteria that works symbiotically to optimize the nutrient uptake potential of the plant, resulting in greater yields and a stronger plant.  Additionally, Microbe Fertilizer is the only product that guarantees 2 trillion agriculture bacteria per gallon.  We have carefully and scientifically selected the microorganisms that are formulated into the product to optimize plant health and nutrient availability in the soil.

What is the advantage of using Microbe Fertilizer vs chemical fertilizers?

Microbe Fertilizer is considered an organic microbial product that is free of salt, toxins and anything else that would strip the soil of its beneficial components.  Chemical fertilizers are non-organic and although they may have NPK, they also contain high levels of salt and other non-beneficial and non-useful components that do not benefit the soil or plant in the long term.

How does the cost compared with chemical fertilizers?

The cost of an organic compares favorably against a chemical fertilizer.  Organic products have both short and season long nutrient release properties.  This characteristic endows the microbial product with a greater value over the course of the season.

What kind of plants can i grow with Microbe Fertilizer products?

Microbe Fertilizer can be used to treat all row crops, commodities, berries, trees, shrubs and all specialty crops.

Do Microbe Fertilizer products need to be applied every year ?

It is beneficial to apply Microbe Fertilizer annually to reinforce the beneficial microorganisms in the soil and to protect the plant rhizosphere.

How does Microbe Fertilizer improve poor soil?

Microbe Fertilizer releases trapped nutrients that have not been available to plants for enhanced availability.  Also, the product produces agglomerations with clays in the soil leading to improved soil porosity and friability.  This leads to better organic matter in the soil and a healthier soil.

How is Microbe Fertilizer applied?

Microbe Fertilizer can be applied as a stand-alone product or can be blended with liquid fertilizers, soil amendments, surfactants or impregnated onto dry carriers.

How much water should be applied per hectare when applied

This varies however we recommend 10-20 gallons per hectare.  It is fine to add more water as lng as a thorough coverage is reached.

Can Microbe Fertilizer products be applied with liquid fertilizer?

Yes, Microbe Fertilizer can be applied with all types of liquid organic and inorganic fertilizers.

What is the best time of day to apply Microbe Fertilizer?

Typically the morning to early afternoon is the best time of day for application.

Can the products be applied with herbicide or pesticide?

Yes, all products can be applied safely with chemical herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and insecticides without harming the microbials.

Are the products safe for pets and children when applied to ground?

Yes all of our products are 100% natural and safe for pets and children

Do i need to wear protective gear when mixing or applying these products?

No, protective gear is not required when administering our products.

Do you make products for organic production?

Yes, the majority of our products are 100% organic and can be safely applied to organic fields for production.

Are Microbe Fertilizer products organic?

Yes Microbe Fertilizer products are considered organic and GMO-free.

Will Microbe Fertilizer liquid plug my spray nozzles?

No, the product consists of very fine and low diameter sized particles that will go through most, if not all in line filters and spray nozzles.

How should Microbe Fertilizer products be stored?

Store Microbe Fertilizer products in a well ventilated area and indoors or under a canopy if possible.

What is the best temperature range for the storage of Microbe Fertilizer based products?

The best temperatures for storage range from 8C – 33C.

Will the product be less effective if left in the spray tank for several days before applying?

It is best to tank mix and apply the same day, however when that is not possible the product is fine if left in the tank for approximately 1 week.

What is the shelf life? Liquid? Granular?

The shelf life of the liquid and granular products are both 2 years.

Will rats eat the granular formula if i store then in a warehouse?

It is best to secure the products when not in use and left in a warehouse.  Always keep the lids closed on the liquid products and close all bags when not in use.  This will prevent rodents from targeting the products.

Can I mix granular formula with water?

Yes, pre-mixing with water is acceptable.  Mixing with water will begin to release the microbials and activate them to do work in the soil

What kind of dry materials can i use with granular microbes?

The granular microbials can blend with any organic and inorganic dry materials life NPK fertilizers, humic acids, soils, mulches, sand, compost and manures.

If the microbes are dormant, when do the microbes become activated? by water, by mixing it with organic matter? when i place it on the ground?

Yes the bacteria are in a dormant and stable spore state when suspended in water and in the container.  They come out of sporulation and become actively growing once they are applied to the soil and come in contact with organic matter and sugars in the soil.

If i premix with organic matter how long do i have to use it?

If the organic matter or the final mixture has a moisture content less than 15% then you have at least a year before you have to use it.  If the final moisture rate is above 15% then I would recommend using it within 3-6 months.

Do i need any fertilizer? Why?

It is beneficial to apply fertilizer at the same time or around the same time to jumpstart the bacteria into their growth phase. Once they begin to divide then they will work to convert un-useable nutrients in the soil into plant useable forms.  The plants will then require much less fertilizer over time.

Can i apply directly to the soil without mixing it with organic matter?

Yes, the microbials can be added as a ‘stand-alone’ product direct to the soil without pre-mixing with organic matter.

What is the role of organic matter? Is some better than others?

Organic matter acts as a source of potential nutrients for the bacteria and plants.  It also acts as a structure in the soil whereby the microbials can attach themselves to.  Microbials require organic matter to attach onto and begin mineralization and conversion of nitrogen and P and K into useable forms.

How long do the microbes last in the soil?

The microbials will absolutely last throughout the planting season and over winter. Once harvest has occurred then they will gradually decline in numbers because of a reduction in sugars in the soil.  That is why we recommend to re-apply the following planting season.

What is the different between liquid or granular?

Just the carrier.  The liquid is an easy form to spray apply the bacteria to other carriers and to mix with liquid fertilizers and water.  The dry carrier is an easy form to blend with other dry fertilizers, dry amendments, mulches, soils and any dry material to quickly add large volumes of biodiversity.

Should i soak the roots when transplanting? What is the dilution rate?

It can be a good process to pre-soak prior to transplanting, if possible.  Many times this is not possible.  You can use 6 ounces of bacteria per the total soak tub volume.

Can i apply to flooded (rice) field?

Yes you can.

Is it better wet or dry?

Either form works well.  Most customers will spray apply our liquid bacteria (Soil N-Lock) onto dry fertilizer and add to a rice field (pre-flood).

When applying the bacteria can be added to an existing flooded field.  If the dry granules are used then they will fall to the bottom of the field and will release the microbials slowly to begin metabolizing the nutrients.  The liquid product can also be applied as well, but the dry granules work better because of their heavy density and ability to fall towards the bottom of the field.

Should I soak the seeds in a microbe solution?

Yes if this is possible it would be a good process.

Is the application rate the same?

Yes it is.

Can I use both granular and liquid formulas to the flooded rice field?

Yes you can.  If the customer wants to treat with urea fertilizer, then they can spry apply our liquid microbial Soil N-Lock onto their urea and then treat the rice field pre-flood.

How long do the microbes live in the soil?

They live for the entire season and gradually decline in numbers after harvest…because of the decrease in sugars in the field.  Most of the bacteria will become dormant spores, but some of them will die off.  This is why it is a good idea to re-apply at the next planting season.