It’s my first time sharing some knowledge to a group of farmers from Visayas region. It was fun and fulfilling. I am very glad that we all enjoyed it and learned something new. Since we’re not allowed, yet, to sell FullOn by GrowSwitch, we instead gave it to them as samples. I really hope they’ll love it. Extra large W10 pod. This guys are harvesting ripe pods every week. And the visitors are lucky to witness and watch them doing it.A barrel of wet beans can weigh up to 200 kg +-. Pods are just left on the trash ally to decompose and become a source of nutrient and minerals for the trees (Note: Infected pods, should be segregated and properly disposed). Photos were taken: October 19, 2019
At Rosaroso Farm, located in Sirib, Calinan, Davao City, a test site of FullOn by GrowSwitch . Sugarcane, Corn, Vegetables and Abaca (a.k.a. “Manila Hemp”) farmers are shifting to Cacao and Integrated Farming. This farm has already touched the lives of those who visited it and gave an inspiration for farmers who are interested in growing Cacao. I encourage you to give this farm a visit in order to see it personally, and I can assure you that you’ll learn more than what you expect.An example of a well cared W10 pod. You’ll need at least 3-5 pods to get 1 kilogram of wet beans with this variety. After counting the pods of some trees, the visitors were surprised that they counted up to 200+- pods on a single tree.
They’re the grafters here, as you can see they are very good in their work. The recovery rate of the grafted seedlings increased even more when they added FullOn by GrowSwitch to their regimen. It’s almost perfect, seedling mortality is very rare. Beside the fact that the grafters are very experienced, the thickness of the plant’s cell wall is one big factor why water dissipation occurs less likely. If the plant cell can hold water very well, then it’s likely for them to get dehydrated, meaning the greater the chances for the two tissues to bind together. That’s why they’re great in grafting too.Photos were taken on October 1, 2019.
Cacao Farm in the Philippines. A test site of FullOn by GrowSwitch.
This farm was established 25 years ago by Robert Rosaroso and it is until now very productive. Due to their age, some of the trees became less productive. With the method of side grafting and replanting the rehabilitation started 2-3 years ago.
After 2-3 years, the new transplanted trees are already expressing full potential in production.
Is it possible for Cacao trees to bear fruit all year long? The answer is “yes”. How did he do it? By using the correct practice in farm management and the right application of inputs.
But please bear with us, as we are doing everything we can, to the best of our abilities for this product to be legally available in our market as soon as possible.
This is “The Boss” and I made him show us how to harvest some pods using a small very sharp scythe. According to him, the average amount of pods per tree per year that he can harvest is 50. This farm has 3 hectares with around 4500 trees. That means, he can harvest at least 225, 000 pods per year. The price of wet beans is around 35-40 Pesos per kilogram. In average, 10 pods are needed to get 1 kilogram of wet beans.
In this case:
225,000 pods per year = 22,500 kg of wet beans
22,500 kg x 35-40 Pesos = 787,500-900,000 Pesos
We’ll give the final data on Feb 2020, for us to all know if FullOn by GrowSwitch can really increase his production and the quality of his produce. If you want to know if he likes the product, you can call or text him on his mobile no. 0949 658 5783.
But we can give our initial assessment now. And this goes something like this, he told us, that he noticed that the average pods per tree is increased into 80-100 pods and some of the farm visitors are trying to count the number of pods in some tree, and they told us it’s more than a hundred, some can reached 150-180 pods.
I know you won’t believe, and I can’t blame you for that. Because of too many scammers, that are selling snake oils, and claiming more than what they can give, no one knows who to trust nowadays. So to be sure “CALL OR TEXT HIM IS THE KEY” . Cheers!!!
In Europe, which has the largest market for biostimulants globally, biostimulants have been defined by the European Biostimulants Industry Council as:
“Contain[ing] substance(s) and/or micro-organisms whose function when applied to plants or the rhizosphere is to stimulate natural processes to enhance/benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress, and crop quality.”
It’s important to note that biostimulants act only a plant’s vigor, offering no direct action against diseases, insects, or weeds. “And biostimulants are not Plant Growth Regulators”, which are a different class and are regulated by EPA.
Categories of Biostimulants
There are seven main categories of biostimulants according to the scientific journal Scientia Horticulturae (vol. 196, 2015):
Amino-acids and peptides mixtures obtained by chemical and enzymatic protein hydrolysis from both plant sources and animal wastes. The plant-based peptides in particular are the most interesting of the biostimulants due to their multifunctional activity.
HUMIC AND FULVIC ACIDS
Organic acids that occur naturally in soil, resulting from the decomposition of plant, animal and microbial residues. These acids can also come from soil microbe activity.
SEAWEED EXTRACTS & BOTANICALS
Seaweed is the more established extract, having been used for hundreds of years as a fertilizer and to improve soil structure. However, the biostimulant effects of seaweed extracts are a relatively new development. Extracts from other plants are increasingly being studied and used.
CHITOSAN & OTHER BIOPOLYMERS
Several uses have been developed over the years, usually focused on plant protection against fungal pathogens, but recently studies also point toward tolerance to various plant stresses.
These are minerals such as silica, selenium, cobalt and others which promote plant growth, the quality of plant products and tolerance to abiotic stress.
Benefits of Biostimulants
- Improving the efficiency of the plant’s metabolism to induce yield increases and enhanced crop quality;
- Increasing plant tolerance to and recovery from abiotic stresses;
- Facilitating nutrient assimilation, translocation and use;
- Enhancing quality attributes of produce, including sugar content, colour, fruit seeding, etc;
- Rendering water use more efficient;
- Enhancing soil fertility, particularly by fostering the development of complementary soil micro-organisms.
A new frontier in biostimulant research in the USA is the use of biostimulants to alleviate stress caused by the application of postemergent herbicides over the top of crops.
Because biostimulants are relatively new, metrics and data are necessary to sort out the reliable technologies from the gimmicks. Biostimulants are lightly regulated. Many product claims are made from a wide variety of merchants and all sorts of concoctions that purport to be a biostimulant. Make sure you are given an explanation as to “why” something works. If not, find another product or supplier.
The science around biostimulants is advancing rapidly, and careful measurement of results is key to determining what products can create real results for growers. Next time you apply product, take a look at our detailed guide to getting the most out of your farm’s applications.
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Definition – What does Biostimulant mean?
Biostimulants are made up of a variety of biological substances, microorganisms, and compounds that can be applied directly to plants, seeds, or soil to improve a plant’s vigor, increase crop yields, and relieve plant stress.
The use of biostimulants can start in the seed germination phase and continue throughout the plant’s life cycle.
Biostimulants work by enhancing the plant’s ability to absorb nutrients so it can develop properly. When applied to soil, biostimulants improve the soil’s complementary microbes that help a plant’s roots thrive and form a beneficial symbiotic relationship.
MaximumYield – explains Biostimulant
Biostimulants are called a variety of things, such as plant strengtheners, plant conditioners, enhancers, phytostimulants, and bioactivators. Unlike typical fertilizers, biostimulants are all natural and biologically derived.
Plants benefit from biostimulants by creating higher yields, stronger growth, enhanced water absorption, better overall appearance, and an improved tolerance for heat, cold, and transplanting.
Depending on the manufacturer, biostimulants can contain a bevy of biological ingredients that are believed to aid in a plant’s growth, such as humic acids, biochemical materials, microbial inoculants, fulvic acids, amino acids, and seaweed extracts.
The continued use of biostimulants is believed to enhance fruit colors, taste, sugar content, and more readily fruit seedlings.
This is our micro Cacao R and D garden. Houses 5 cacao trees, 3 kinds of variety (W10, PG610, PBC123) in just +-15 sqm area. Spacing of the trees are at 2-2.5 meters.
Note: Ideal space/distance between trees is at least 3 meters.
This garden is 100 % cide free (no pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc), although sometimes I use small amount of synthetic foliar NPK, but at a very minimum rate at less than 50% of the suggested feeding rate. I apply ones per month or sometimes 2-3 months interval, so since I only apply very little amount of synthetic input, it maybe safe to say it’s more likely organic (at least 90%-95% organic).
If you noticed that leaves are just left underneath the trees, which in the basic good practice of cacao growing is not ideal, because they say “it can cause pest and diseases”, yet I don’t have any serious problem about it (by far) at all.
The common term of this practice is “Permaculture”, but the right term is called biome (microbiome).
Since this is 100% cide free garden, the insect kingdom here is so dense, meaning it’s very biodiverse. Microbes and fungi help breaking down organic matters more easily. Composting process is much faster than the normal rate. And plants are so healthy, happy and vigorous, one of the reason why pest and diseases are not a big deal here.
Forest frogs thrives here so well that they’ve even created this area their home. They reproduced so fast that they’ve even attracted so many predators, like stray cats and snakes. Yes, snakes.. Finally saw snakes living or just hunting here. But can’t blame the snakes, it’s a lovely place to be for them. 🙂
Birds also visits the area everyday, every morning they come here like it’s their one stop shop for worms, insects and some more foods that they can eat. I should say that growing organic and not putting salt based NPK directly to the soil, or not using any kind of cide helps nature do its thing efficiently and effectively. This is a perfect example of nature at its best. Growing your foods (as much as possible) naturally. Making your soil so healthy, once it is, all that lives there will also be so happy and healthy leading to good quality produce.
Remember, “Nature doesn’t need people, but we, the people, need nature” .
Turmeric experiment, grown geoponically using mix method.
From November 30, 2017- June 23.2018. In just less than 7 months, from transplant. This plant produces at least almost 3 kilos (2.850kilos) of clean, fresh, organic, cide free produce.
A few days from transplant.
At this point the plant shows some signs of maturity. And decided to give her at least a few more weeks to finished.
FullOn keeps on giving amazing results.
Never expecting this
Cleaned, and it all weighed almost 3 kilos (2.850kilos)
“What I reap, is better than what I sow.”
Ginger transformation in less than 6 months.
From April 9, 2018 – September 9, 2018. Plants are already showing signs that it’s almost done. Usually it will take at least 8-12 months to complete its cycle. But when you take good care of them better, could probably cut it down to almost half. Enjoy!
A few days from/since transplanted.
6 weeks later, fruits are already emerging up.
Everything seems growing just fine.
10 weeks later, the ginger has already taking over almost all of the grow bed’s area.
16 weeks later (4 months), the plant has already exploding.
20 weeks later (5 months), harvest time.
In just almost 6 months from transplant, we decided to end its cycle, and got 4.25 kg of #fresh #organic #cidefree produce. Another display of how the juice works its magic to plants for optimum performance. Fullon helps the plants to efficiently and effectively utilizes nutrients available in the growing media/medium. So, imagine if we took it down at its primal stage (at least 10 months) we could probably get twice as much.
Anyway, I hope this will help you guys, and hope you did enjoy!