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

Soil Assessment Now Available

Members of SymSoil’s Science Team are available for consultation. We suggest that you send in a soil sample, SymSoil Assessment Order Form Katharine Hinson, SymSoil’s lead on the Science Team, has more than a dozen years of experience with improving Soil Health.  She is available for on site consultation in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.  She lives in Watsonville and is often working with SymSoil clients in the Salinas Valley.   Peter Hirst, wears two hats at SymSoil. He is our Biochar expert and member of the Science Team.  He also is the company’s President over Logistics and Products.  He is also a … Continue reading Soil Assessment Now Available

Healthy Living Soil Explained

In this 3 minute video, Dr. Ingham describes how plants interact with biology in healthy soil.  SymSoil™ reseeds the soil microbes, that she describes, so they can feed the plant the way nature intended. All farmers want healthy soil, and SymSoil’s products and services are designed to revive dead dirt back to healthy, living soil.   Many farmers think that compost is the “solution”, as it adds organic matter to their soil. These farmers don’t realize that the manufacturing process of commercial compost kills most of the components of the soil microbe ecosystem.  It is designed to kill pathogens, a necessary step, … Continue reading Healthy Living Soil Explained

Invest in Carbon Sequestration

If you are looking for ways to impact climate change and increase carbon sequestration, please come hear the SymSoil pitch at Hanson Bridget in San Francisco on July 19th. At the end of the day, improving soil biology is the only way to  significantly roll back the carbon dioxide PPM – and it has to be economically make sense to farmers.  Come here the SymSoil story! We increase crop yields for farmers using organic methods, and have want to help them get carbon credits. We use the Microbiometer to measure organic matter in the soil    #FeedtheSoil #climatechange #SoilHealth #SoilFood … Continue reading Invest in Carbon Sequestration