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Micronoc, SonoAg


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Micronoc See​d Inoculant

If you want your seed to preform the best, use the best.


Micronoc Seed Inoculant is an OMRI listed dry seed treatment that has multiple strains of rhizobium, bacillus, and azotobacter with a combination of necessary microorganisms in a humate powder. Proper amounts of nutrients available to the seed at the time of germination allows for maximum growth and crop production. MICRONOC DRY SEED INOCULANT is the key to enduring that your crop is able to utilize your soils nutrients. You may customize your Dry Seed Inoculant order to fit your soil needs. It is "The inoculant for all planting seeds".


The recommended application rate is 1 pound per 5 acres. Coat the seed and plant the seeds as soon as possible after coating.


Research Papers


2020 MicroNoc Corn Trial Results

(click here to view)

Matt Griggs, President

Griggs Farms LLC


Texas Tech University

College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

Fiber & Biopolymer Research Institute

Micronoc Research (click here to view)

Micronoc Soil Amendment

Micronoc Soil Amendment is an OMRI listed allowed organic fertilizer that is a balanced blend of beneficial microorganisms selected for their ability to decompose organic matter, fight pathogens, diseases, fix atmospheric nitrogen, and increase yields. Micronoc helps to return soils to a healthy and productive state.

The Advantages of using Micronoc Soil Amendment:

  • Uniform Seed Germination
  • Increased Root Formation
  • Higher Nutrient Utilization
  • Earlier Maturity
  • Stronger Fruiting and Blooming
  • Higher Production Grade
  • Increased Yield Volumes

The recommended application rate is 1 gallon per acres.


Microbial Product Line

Fundamentals of the Soil Ecosystems and its Relationship to Plants


To understand how Micronoc works one must understand basic Soil properties. What is soil made of?

Soil is a combination of mineral deposits, gases, water, organic matter, and microorganisms.


Mineral deposits have taken millions of years to form through erosion and sedimentary processes. These minerals are needed by plants in the complex molecules needed for tissue and fruits production. These minerals must be metabolized by microorganisms into plant absorbable form.


Gases are produced during the decomposition of organic matter and through biological fixation of air particles. An example of this is the nitrogen that can be fixed by Azotobactera species. Atmospheric gases must also be metabolized by microorganisms prior to plant utilization.


Water particles are trapped within the mineral pores and spaces created by organic matter and the glues produced by microorganisms.


Organic matter is made of plant and animal tissues that build up in the soil as these organisms die or produce waste. Often microorganisms are overlooked as an animals that produce organic matter. Organic matter is made of gases, minerals, and water but is in a metabolized and more readily available form.


Microorganisms consist of bacteria, fungus and protozoa. These organisms have evolved over millions of years and play complex roles in all soil functions. They are the only living component in soil. Therefor, they are the only component that can take physical actions or play an active role in the plant/soil relationship.


Basic Line-Up

Azotobacter-(multiple species)

Azotobacter(multiple strains) fixes atmospheric nitrogen for all plant types. Has one of the highest respiration rates of all microbes. Known to fix up to 608 of nitrogen per acre in a growing season. The great thing about this critter is that it will fix N independent of a plant relationship.

https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Azotobacter


Bascillus (multiple species)

Bacillus (multiple species) produce digestive enzymes to break down organic matter and process nutrients into plant ready forms. They also act as a natural pesticide for both larval and soil pathogens.

https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Bacillus


Rhizobium (multiple species)

This bacteria works with Legumes to fix nitrogen into the soil. We have a species that fix nodules for most Legumes on the market, including Guar. Unlike Azotobacter, Rhizobium is dependent on a plant relationship.

https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Legume-Rhizobium


Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF- Multiple Species)

AMF process phosphorous, protect roots from pathogens, increase water retention, and develop a communication network among plants in the field. They also give plants more greater access to nutrients.

https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Mycorrhizae


What is Micronoc?

It is an active part of the soil.

  • Micronoc is a balanced blend of beneficial microorganisms selected for their ability to increase soil structure, retain water, decompose organic matter, fight pathogens, stimulate root development, and fix atmospheric nitrogen.
  • It is the symbiotic relationships and the strength it creates that is the power of Micronoc. This is accomplished by using Mycorrhiza, Bacillus and Azotobactera strains along with proprietary aerobic strains isolated from virgin soils.
  • Aristotle's principle holds true in all areas of science and nature, including soil ecosystem and microbiology.

No other biological product has the balanced populations and effectiveness Micronoc. This has been proven over the last 40 years.

N-P-K "Passive Soil Components”

It is important to know that each of these nutrients requires microbial processing prior to plant utilization. These are the universally known nutrients need by all agriculturally grown plants. Other minerals such as zinc, boron, and molybdenum "trace minerals” are also needed. These must undergo the same microbial processes that N-P-K must go through to become available for plant use. Commercial NPK and trace minerals products do come in plant ready forms. However, up to 60% of these fertilizers will be lost to evaporation, leaching, or they are bound up by chemical reactions within the soil. Many of these also contain harmful metals.


The following slides will demonstrate how microorganisms take the active role in making these nutrients available to the plant.

Nitrogen Utilization

Nitrogen is the first major element responsible for the growth of plants above ground. With a good supply, plants grow sturdily and mature rapidly, with rich, dark green foliage. (N) is primary to plant growth. Plants convert nitrogen to make proteins essential to new cell growth. Nitrogen is mainly responsible for leaf and stem growth as well as overall size and vigor. Nitrogen moves easily to active young buds, shoots, and leaves and slower to older leaves. Deficiency signs show first in older leaves. They turn a pale yellow and may die. New growth becomes weak and spindly. An abundance of nitrogen will cause soft, weak growth and even delay flower and fruit production if it is allowed to accumulate.


78% of air is Nitrogen. Over millions of years, nature figured out that it is a good source of fertilization. Microorganisms such as Azotobactera and Rhizobium have been found to fix this massive source through enzymes produced during feeding and reproduction.


Azotobactera is NOT limited to legume plant relationships. It works in relation with grasses, tubers, and broad leaf plants. This characteristic was discovered in the early 1900's. It has been found to fix up to 90 pounds of nitrogen per acre in a growing season.


Soil stored Nitrogen is another valuable source. Nitrogen that has been chemically bound to salts or that is contained in organic matter must be processed by microorganisms in the soil to become available for plants use. We utilize several species of Bacillus bacteria to this purpose. They have good digestive characteristics without being overly aggressive to fellow microorganisms. Several of these species also work as natural pathogen fighters as well.

Phosphorus Availability

  • The second major element in plant nutrition, phosphorus is essential for healthy growth, strong roots, and greater resistance to disease.
  • (P) is necessary for photosynthesis and works as a catalyst for energy transfer within the plant. Phosphorus helps build strong roots and is vital for flower and seed production. Highest levels of phosphorus are used during germination, seedling growth and flowering. Deficiencies will show in older leaves first.
  • The process in which Phosphorus is made available is called mineralization. This is a process in which microorganisms process mineral deposits, bound molecules, or introduced fertilizers into a plant ready form.

Potassium (Potash)

  • The third major plant nutrient, potassium oxide is essential for the development of strong plants. It helps plants to resist diseases, protects them from the cold and protects during dry weather by preventing excessive water loss. (K) activates the manufacture and movement of sugars and starches, as well as growth by cell division. Potassium increases chlorophyll in foliage and helps regulate stomata openings, so plants make better use of light and air. Potassium encourages strong root growth, water uptake and triggers microbial enzymes that fight disease. Potassium is necessary during all stages of growth. It is especially important in the development of fruit. Deficiency signs of potassium are: Mature leaves mottle and yellow between veins, followed by whole leaves that turn dark yellow and die. Flower drop are common problems associated with potassium deficiency. Potassium is usually locked out by high salinity.
  • Potassium requires the processes of AEROBIC microorganisms to gain the oxygen needed to be in a plant ready form. Soils that are highly compacted or that have high anaerobic bacteria may suffer from a lack of this nutrient.

Phosphate solubilizing bacteria growing on a specific medium. The clear zone indicates that the growing bacteria can solubilize calcium phosphate.

Nitrogen fixing Azospirillum bacteria growing in Azospirillum medium, note the blue color development due to production of NH4+ during nitrogen fixing process.

Information and photo from D.Hettiarachchi Consultant Industrial Microbiologist B.Sc(Biol.).PGD (Indust.Mcb),M.Sc.(Indust.Mcb)

Examples of when proper microorganisms made these nutrients plant ready.


In the following photos you will see examples of crops that had nutrients made available. All of the examples are third party grow, production crop photos. These are not lab samples. The only way to test a production product is under real world situations and production growing methods.

Example: Increased Nitrogen Utilization from Atmospheric and Soil sources.



Spring Wheat North Dakota 2014 Perfect example of atmospheric nitrogen fixation and utilization.



100 pounds anhydrous ammonia application

Micronoc Application

Example: Increased Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium


(N)(P) are both need for increased fruiting.


Corn Halfway Texas August 2014 Corn is the same variety and planted on the same day, in the same field, with the same fertilization program excluding the use of Micronoc. The crop is still out.

6 ear average of 497 kernels per ear.

6 ear average of 724 kernels per ear. (K) Helps water retention within the plant.

Cotton Barwise Texas, 2010


Micronoc out yielded the control 3.6 bale to the acre verses 2.1 bale to the acre.


This is another but more profound example of more total nutrient availability in a crop that requires higher P-K levels for production.


Larger Root Mass


Higher Fruiting

Carrots Southern California 2013


For a plant to maintain energy for healthy growth it must have a good combination of all required nutrients. It is simple, better nutrients means a better plant and better fruits.


The control plot had to cull 36 out of 100 carrots sampled. Micronoc had 23 culled carrots from 100. That is 13% higher quality yield.

Mi​cronoc Treated

Control

Corn IFR Test farm Yuma Co, 2013


In the 2013 test Micronoc out yielded the control by 6.9 bushels per acre. Photo was taken on August 13, 2013


Control


Micronoc

Root formation Yuma Co. Soybeans 2012


Notice the development of the Micronoc plants both in the root and tissue. It is clear to see that a better root makes a better plant. The field trial Micronoc yielded 6.9 bushels higher.


Control


Micronoc

Third Party Testing

Sono Ag Chart

Brownfield Texas 1975. Alfred Lee Reynolds Developer of Micronoc.


As seen in this photo from 1975, the use of microorganisms to increase soil effectiveness has been done for many decades now. Over the last 40 years Micronoc has been used on millions of acres all over North America on all kinds of crops. Micronoc usage has primarily been in production agriculture.

The utilization of soil biology is the future of agriculture.


The awareness of soil health/biology was made mainstream by the organic food movement in the early 2000s. This market cannot use standard NKP fertilizers. As organic production became more efficient and profitable the awareness of soil biology moved into mainstream agriculture where it was once disregarded.


The internet has made the exchange and availability of biological information much easier to gain. In the first 35 years of Sono Ag products, this information was only spread by word of mouth. Mainstream fertilizer companies did not put out this information.


Private and government agencies alike have started to realize that the current agricultural model is not self-sustaining and cannot provide healthy and abundant food for the growing world population.


Most businesses and universities are still focused on plant and seed varieties to help solve this problem. Mainly due to the profitability of selling and developing GMO seeds. Which is like curing cancer with hair plugs! It may hide the problems but does not fix them. Why would they want to have a cure for poor /sick soil when the farmer is forced to purchase disease GMO seed at a premium repeatedly.​

Barriers to Competitors Isolation of Microbes

  • Sono Ag Products utilizes microorganisms that were isolated from virgin soils. Many of them have been reproduced from specimens isolated in the early 1970's.
  • Virgin soil is difficult to find in agricultural areas. Once soil is exposed to high very tillage and chemicals the biologic profile is permanently altered. Therefore, the likely hood of isolating the proper microbes to replicate Micronoc is very unlikely.
  • Because the agricultural community has not focused on soil biology for the last 40 years, most microbiologist are trained on pharmaceutical applications and have little knowledge of soil microbial or isolation processes.

Disease control by biological means!


The slide was inoculated with Trichoderma viride and Fusarium sp at the same time. AS you can see the green Trichoderma controlled the spread of the Fusarium. This is just one of the many bio controls available.


Fusarium sp


Bio-pesticide Trichoderma viride



Information and photo from D. Hettiarachchi Consultant Industrial Microbiologist B Sc(Biol.).PGD (Indust Mcb), MSc Indust Mcb)

Barriers to Competitors

Reduction Science and Application

  • Agriculture loves to find "silver bullets or smoking guns." When a problem arises, a single pest is determined and destroyed but the full environment is ignored. When a yield increase is seen, one practice is determined to be the reason even if other factors are involved.
  • The current soil biological research is focused solely on Mycorrhizae Fungi. As usual, agriculture professionals are stuck in the practice of reduction science and applications. Though Mycorrhizae is important, it is only one part of the whole system. “The whole” is not being researched by others.
  • Sono Ag Products developed Micronoc knowing that "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts."

Barriers to Competitors Manufacturing Processes

  • Sono Ag Products uses very specialized techniques in the manufacturing processes that took years to perfect.
  • Without these techniques, keeping the proper balance of species is impossible and the product looses viability.
  • Understanding the proper balances of species is vital. The slightest change can un balance and cause degeneration of the finish product.
  • Some of the other variables that must be correct are food source and timing, Ph, temperature, and timing of product blending. All of these variables took years of trails to correct. If a single variable is altered the product will not be the same.

Micronoc competitive advantages over the competition.


The main competition to Micronoc products is “biological products." Biological products come in the following forms:

  • Soil Amendments
  • Compost Tea
  • Seed Inoculants

Micronoc Competitive Advantages Soil Amendments

  • Most Biological soil amendments focus on a single soil function. One of which is the release of stored nutrients. They break down organic matter at very high rates and release bound NPK. The downfall is that most are made up of over aggressive bacteria that are not soil born bacteria. This can have severe long-term effects by destroying the natural populations of the soil. Also, when soil organic matter is broken down to very low levels, the soil loses the ability to hold moisture, run off increases, natural nitrogen fixation drops, and more fertilizer will be required.
  • Other Products focus on Mycorrhizae Fungi. These are very important but do not promote nitrogen fixation. Micronoc products contain Mycorrhizae spores as part of the balanced product and does not rely on them solely for soil enrichment.
  • Micronoc uses only soil born organisms which support multiple soil functions such as, nitrogen fixation, decomposition, disease protection, growth stimulation, water retention, and root formation.

Micronoc Competitive Advantages Compost Tea

  • Compost teas have been used for centuries and have some agricultural benefits. However, since the introduction of animal antibiotics compost tea is not the same. 60% of all antibiotics given to production animals is excreted out in the manure. Unless these antibiotics are thermo digested they will be passed onto the soil. Furthermore, the bacteria found in compost tea cannot be more diverse than the bacteria found in the feed. If the feed is not raised on biologically diverse soil, then the manure will not be diverse.
  • The manufacturing processes of most Compost Teas are not regulated. If they are using open air tanks, they could be culturing several soil or airborne pathogens from numerous uncontrolled sources. These can be harmful to plants and people. Recently, there have been new restrictions placed on the use of compost tea on food crops due to the risk of illness and death by consumers.


"When you are running cows in the desert of West Texas, you need all the help you can get. By planting a drought tolerant grass and incorporating the Sono AG product for past year, I have seen a huge difference in my pasture. It requires less fertilizer, less water, and my cattle are much more productive."


Jim Ridenour, DVM


"Great Products Increased my grade production Significantly.

Provides a longer boost in growth than a single fertilizer application."


E.C. Harlin

Micronoc Competitive Advantages Seed Inoculants

  • All other know seed inoculants on the market focus on Rhizobium species needed for legume production
  • Micronoc SI takes inoculation to new levels by adding more than just Rhizobium.
  • Mycorrhizae Fungi increases water utilization, potassium uptake and fight root disease.
  • Azotobacteria fixes atmospheric nitrogen for both legume and non-legume plants.
  • Micronoc SI uses bacillus strains to utilize soil nutrients early in the growing season.
  • Micronoc uses specifically isolated Rhizobium for Guar production. Micronoc is the only inoculant to repetitively and consistently show nodulation on Guar in the US.