Glyphosate Degradation

Glyphosate was developed by Monsanto in the 1970s, and sold under the brand name Roundup. Today, glyphosate-based products are the most widespread herbicides. Glyphosate does not breakdown in water, air or sunlight and accumulates in many environments. There is increasing evidence that it is toxic, not only to plants, but also for animals and bacteria. While glyphosate is harmful to many microbes, there is hope for the future. There are a number of soil bacteria and fungi which break the chemical bonds of glyphosate. We recently read an article which reviewed which soil microbes were able to break down from the … Continue reading Glyphosate Degradation

Cows, Compost and Lessons from 2018

Biofertilizers are a billion dollar industry with a 40% CAGR , driven by the growth in demand for organic food. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization believes that, at the current rate of soil degradation in farmland, there are only about 60 crop cycles in humanity’s future. Furthermore, biologically active soil amendments, like SymSoil™ Robust Compost, is the only cost effective way to roll back global warming. But I knew these factoids when I incorporated SymSoil in 2017. So, what was the big lesson of 2018? Language matters. Hay and Cows are obviously different, but the organic matter that people … Continue reading Cows, Compost and Lessons from 2018

1,500 cubic yards in March 2019

Batch Two is expected to be ready for delivery in March 2019. The price will be $300/cubic yard, plus shipping. Futures are available! Purchasing today, and pay $200/cubic yard.  Includes shipping within 100 miles of Santa Rosa, Vallejo or Hollister. SymSoil cultivates regionally-specific soil microbes, trapped in the wild, and blends these microorganisms, minerals and proprietary materials into low value commodity compost, creating an engineered soil for specific crops and conditions.  Batch Two is expected to exceed Batch One, which had these characteristics: Total Fungi 525.7 m/g (goal >300 m/g) Fungi to Bacteria Ratio 0.99 (goal 1.0) Fungi Hyphae size 2.85 … Continue reading 1,500 cubic yards in March 2019

Biofertilizer Industry Size and Growth

With organics now 5% of all U.S.  food sales, growers are increasingly pressured to use “natural” stimulants and biofertilizers. Microbial based ag biologics are showing fast revenue growth, with an estimated at a 40% CAGR, with an estimated market size for biofertilizers  of $11B by 2025 (according to DunhamTrimmer, an agricultural market research and consulting firm focused on biological products.)  SymSoil™ is participating in the rapidly expanding subsegment, microbial soil amendments, which currently is about  60% of the biofertilizer market.   CropLife® magazine recently published an article, Biofertilizers 2018: Finally Making Inroads, which described the rapid increase in demand from … Continue reading Biofertilizer Industry Size and Growth

Recent climate change vs. historic trends

Products like SymSoil used in conjunction with regenerative agriculture practices, including he soil restoration and woodland regeneration, no-till farming, cover crops, nutrient management, manuring and sludge application, improved grazing, water conservation and harvesting, efficient irrigation, agroforestry practices, and growing energy crops on spare lands can change the trends shown below. According to an article in Science, an increase of 1 ton of soil carbon pool of degraded cropland soils may increase crop yield and enhance food security.  It also potentially could sequester carbon at a rate of 0.4 to 1.2 gigatons of carbon per year. Continue reading Recent climate change vs. historic trends