the Carbon Sequestration Switch
Flipping on the carbon sequestration switch is the best thing that dryland farmers can do to ensure consistent grass production.
In fact, just look at all the benefits that could be yours, once you do what is necessary to activate the carbon sequestration switch in your soil.
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Manure is high in salt. Fertilizers are high in salt. A lot of irrigation water is high in salt.
Good news! Using GroPal Balance to activate the carbon sequestration switch fills the soil with salt remediating microbes, which help to quickly flush salts from the soil.
Click here to see 2 photographs that clearly show that salts have been remediated by Soil Balance.
Every plant releases toxins as a way of competing with other plants for soil space. When carbon sequestration is working well, bacteria break down these toxins. This can result in:
Better yields and better profits
Less time required before growing the same crop again
Herbicides, pesticides, nematicides and insecticides all are harmful to soil life and balance.
Great news! As plants sequester sugars, beneficial microbes multiply. These microbes get right to work, gobbling up harmful chemicals.
What happens to old weed seeds when carbon sequestration explodes beneficial microbes in the soil? Those bacteria work to consume weed seeds.
I have spoken with farmers who have experienced this first-hand. They have been surprised that in the spring they have far fewer weeds!
Weeds are a witness of man's failure to master the soil. Various weeds thrive in drought, acidic soil, salty soil, soil that is compacted or has a lack of humus, poorly drained soil, mineral deficient soil, or soil where minerals are out of balance. (see "Weeds and What They Tell" by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer)
Crops don't do as well in these conditions and find it hard to compete with the weeds.
In many cases, weeds are there to help correct a problem in the soil, and once the problem is corrected, they go away.
Activating carbon sequestration can help to correct all of the above soil problems that weeds thrive in. As soil problems are corrected, weeds can become less and less of a problem.
Sometimes it may take two or three years before you will see the full effect of weed suppression by restoring the soil, but keep sequestering that carbon, be patient, and you will be rewarded.
When the soil doesn't have air spaces, it is easily oversaturated with moisture. When weather turns dry, soil lacking structure tends to try out more quickly.
Activating carbon sequestration helps beneficial aerobic bacteria highly structure the soil and displace disease causing anaerobic bacteria.
In oxygen rich, highly structured soil, harmful nematodes are displaced with beneficial nematodes.
As the soil becomes highly structured due to carbon sequestration, there is less and less standing water in the field. Soil becomes a "moisture bank".
For those with irrigation, it can take 1/3rd the irrigation water to grow a crop, since available moisture is handled so much more efficiently by the soil.
Our customers note that when they get a hard rain, there is much less water standing in the field, and each year the absorption of water into the soil improves.
As carbon sequestration is activated, air flows down into the soil. If there are nitrogen fixing bacteria in the soil (GroPal Balance has these), this nitrogen in the air is converted into urea.
Other types of bacteria take over the work and convert urea into an organic form that will not leach or wick off.
Once the nitrogen fixing process is well established, plants should have no lack of nitrogen.
Carbon sequestration helps to flocculate the soil. This air contains moisture.
Just as nitrogen fixing bacteria latch on to nitrogen in the air and fix it in the soil, one of the developers of Soil Balance claims that some of the bacteria in GroPal Balance latch on to hydrogen and oxygen, converting them to moisture.
This could, in fact, help to explain why some of our customers report good soil moisture that can't be accounted for by rainfall.
Mycorrhizal fungi are required for carbon sequestration to function properly.
GroPal Balance introduces these to the soil, and then activates the carbon sequestration switch.
Once carbon sequestration is activated, mycorrhizal fungi networks greatly expand and help to supply nutrients and water to the plant.
Most soils today have a severe shortage of trace minerals. This negatively affects the soil's ability to trigger carbon sequestration by the plant.
Therefore, supplying needed trace minerals is an intrinsic part activating carbon sequestration.
Trace minerals are a big part of GroPal Balance's success in triggering massive amounts of sequestered carbon.
These trace minerals help to produce healthy plants and healthy livestock.
They can also result in less insect pressure. As plants are more nutritionally balanced they become less of a target for sapping insects.
Carbon sequestration and restoring balance to the soil always go hand in hand. Balancing the soil is a means of getting plants to sequester carbon, which in turn helps to bring greater balance to the soil.
Restoring a balance to nutrients in the soil in the best and most cost effective way to balance soil pH.
Although lime is typically used to bring up pH, it is more expensive and less effective. Also, sulfur gets tied up when lime is applied.
GroPal Balance is the best way we know of to both activate carbon sequestration and restore soil balance (resulting in near neutral soil pH).
When plants start to sequester sugars to feed soil microbes, these "chemists of the soil" respond by turning nutrients that have been tied up in the soil into available plant food.
The plants feed the microbes, and the microbes feed the plant. This is a system that our Creator put in place, and it is a good one.
When we choose to bypass soil microbes and feed the plant directly with chemical fertilizers, we really mess things up. Carbon sequestration can really solve a lot of problems, if we let it.
Organic matter IS carbon, and carbon IS organic matter. The best way to build organic matter in the soil is through activating carbon sequestration. Period.
This can build organic matter in the soil up to 10 times faster than green manure, crop residue, mulch, compost, and any other method. One farmer, whose only means to build topsoil, saw his organic matter go from 0.4% to 4.7% in just 8 years.
On the other side of things, nitrogen applications burn up organic matter.
As organic matter increases, so does CEC. Increased CEC means more nutrients available to grow a larger plant and a more abundant harvest.
One of the products produced in the soil by carbon sequestration is humus.
Dark, rich topsoil is built so much quicker through activating carbon sequestration than any other method, including cover crops, crop residue, mulch or compost.
All these items are broken down by bacteria, but with carbon sequestration bacteria produce humus and organic matter that is not easily broken down. It rather turns into dark, rich, new topsoil.
The best way to create protein rich, nutrient dense grass is to activate carbon sequestration.
These sugars feed microbes in the soil, which then make a vast array of nutrients available to the plant. This increases plant sugars, AND protein. An abundance of trace minerals, as found in GroPal Balance, can also help in increasing protein.
Carbon sequestration feeds and nurtures bacteria, which are the chemists of the soil. The reason the plant sequesters sugars for the bacteria is because there is a pay-off.
Microbes multiply and spread throughout the soil and do their work of freeing up nutrients that were previously not available to the plant.
With biological activity making more nutrients available to the plant, seeds become plump and heavy, fuller of nutrients and with a higher test weight. This also makes for better seed for the next year.
So often, different portions of the field will yield differently. Activating carbon sequestration in the soil helps to balance things out, for superior yields in all parts of the field.
Each year that carbon sequestration is activated, aerobic bacteria and fungi carry their work deeper into the soil.
If you have a foot deep of structured soil by the end of the first year, but 1.5 feet by the end of the second year, you have just increased your water holding capacity by 50%.
Mycorrhizal fungi reach down deeper, carrying down sugars from the plant and carrying up nutrients and moisture. Bacteria then highly structure this soil, taking out hardpan.
Activating the Carbon Sequestration switch in plants is the very best thing you can do to highly structure soil and get rid of hardpan.
Month after month, year after year microbes maintain aggregate stability and improve infiltration, but they do more than that. They stretch the boundaries of healthy soil deeper and deeper, which means that hard pan disappears!
Weed control becomes less and less of an issue.
Lime is no longer needed to balance pH. There is a huge amount of calcium in most soils that only needs to be made available.
There is a huge amount of phosphorus in most soils, and no additional phosphorus is needed once bacteria, nurtured by plant sugars, make it available. A vast array of other nutrients are also made available to the plant.
As nutrients in plant tissue become balanced, sapping insects go somewhere else - no need to fight them!
Harmful nematodes disappear, as good nematodes displace them.
Harmful fungus flourish in an unhealthy soil environment. As carbon sequestration and good bacteria turn this around, fungicides become unnecessary.
Activating carbon sequestration will cause the soil to continually improve.
Even GroPal Balance will cost you less, because it takes less to keep things moving in the right direction than it does to get it all started.
95% of insects found in your fields are beneficial. When the carbon sequestration process restores a healthy soil, all the members of the Soil Food Web feel at home and flourish, including bacteria, fungi, beneficial nematodes, protozoa, earthworms, arthropods and beetles.
Each one has its own unique contribution to soil health. When the Soil Food Web flourishes, it has the power to create a perfect growing environment for plants.
When the Soil Food Web is functioning properly, earthworms and dung beetles will be abundant and greatly enrich the soil. Harmful soil life will be replaced by those that do better in healthy soil.
The more that carbon sequestration does its work, the greater the ability the soil has to provide moisture for plants even when it turns hot and dry.
Bacteria, using sugars from the plant as gums and glues, develop aggregates (air gaps) in the soil.
This keeps the soil from becoming water logged, while at the same time allows the soil to efficiently store moisture.
Organic fertilizer can be expensive. Most organic farmers can't afford to put out the fertilizer they need to meet their goals.
But as carbon sequestration does its work, it becomes easier and easier to achieve amazing, nutrient dense yields on organic land.
As fertilizers become unnecessary, profits can continue to increase.
Many chemical farmers would love to use fewer chemicals. Well, here is a way to help you transition to more and more nature friendly ways.
Even when chemical applications are made, there is a way to keep carbon sequestration activated, gradually improving the soil.
As the soil improves, there becomes less and less need for chemicals even as yields increase. This can result in a much better profit margin.
The potential of not enough grass during dry spells can keep grass farmers from increasing the number of cattle per acre.
As carbon sequestration does its work, rainfall becomes far less critical, opening the option for higher stocking rates.
More cows on the same amount of acres means less time spent per cow, and more dollars in your pocket!
When carbon sequestration is activated, a vast array of micronutrients become available to the plant.
High mineral content in grass means that calves tend to be stronger at birth, increasing their ability to survive.
One of our customers told me that before using GroPal, it would take about 2 hours for one of his new-born calves to get to its feet. But with GroPal he said they were on their feet almost as soon as they were born.
When there is good mineral content in grass, as is the case when there is strong carbon sequestration, it makes breedbacks much quicker.
One dairy farmer who used GroPal said that it normally took him 3 months to breed back half of his herd. But with GroPal it only took him 2 weeks. He was amazed at this.
Delayed breedbacks are especially frustrating for both dairy and cow/calf operations. Trace minerals really do make a difference in getting a quicker breedback.
A calcium deficiency in milk cows can be caused by a calcium deficiency in grass.
When the carbon sequestration switch is activated, microbes free up large amounts of calcium in the soil, making it easy for plants to get enough. This can help to prevent milk fever.
Where trace minerals and a host of other nutrients are available in the soil to help activate the carbon sequestration switch, those trace minerals can make for a mighty nice looking cow.
Roger in Wisconsin experienced this.
He applied GroPal (one of the ingredients in GroPal Balance) to his fruit trees, then turned the cows out on the pasture surrounding the trees.
A few months later his veterinarian said to him, "Roger, your cows used to be some of the sorriest looking in the county, but now they look great! What did you do?"
The only thing that Roger had done was to mineralize his grass with GroPal. When you apply GroPal Balance, you are doing the same thing! Yes, better looking cows, and more money at auction!
As we burn more fossil fuels, we release huge amounts of C02 greenhouse gases that once were locked away underground.
You don't have to connect this with the global warning scare to see that the continual release of more C02 from the ground into the atmosphere probably isn't a good thing.
When you activate the carbon sequestration switch in your crops, it captures a lot of these greenhouse gases and returns them to the soil.
Not only does this greatly benefit your soil, but you also become a part of the solution to greenhouse gases. If 1/3rd of the farmland in the world were to "activate the switch", it would pretty much balance out the extra C02 released through fossil fuels.
What does GroPal Balance help to provide? A recipe for success!
GroPal Balance is a wonderful tool for activating the carbon sequestration switch in plants and to keep it activated. As this article points out, this can result in so many wonderful things.
When is the best time to apply GroPal Balance? As soon as possible!
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An article by Carbon Sequestration expert Dr. Christine Jones