Correcting the Cause of
Weeds tell us a story. These plant species are undesirable to the farmer because they compete for resources. On the positive side, they are excellent indicators of soil problems.
Weeds thrive in soils that are low in oxygen, carbon, calcium, and phosphorus. They work to put life back into the soil. Many weeds can utilize excess potassium, magnesium, and salts. The weeds use these minerals to build sugar. If you are faced with super weeds, you most likely have a soil imbalance which is feeding the super weed. A healthy weed can resist chemical herbicides. Weaken the immunity of the weed and it will be more susceptible to the herbicide. You can check the health of your weed by checking the carbon content of plant sap. If the weed has a higher carbon content (BRIX) than your crop, your soil is unhealthy.
Weeds are pioneer species. They inhabit an environment in order to change it. Most weed species have a deep tap root which can penetrate up to 600 psi into the soil. When soils are compacted, weeds species inhabit the environment to break through the compaction. If compaction is not an issue, check the carbon level as well as the biological activity of your soil. In these soil types, weeds are often nature’s way of adding carbon (plant exudates) into the soil. It’s nature’s way of correcting the cause.
Farm managers and stewards of the land can accelerate nature’s healing process by breaking through the compaction and/or introducing carbon and microbes into the soil system. As the soil ecosystem naturally improves, these pioneer species will become extinct, allowing a higher level of plants to colonize the environment. Eliminating super weeds and accelerating the healing process of the natural ecosystem. Learning from nature how to correct the cause.
Weeds indicate a soil imbalance.
Super Weeds Program
The following are general recommendations for reducing soil compaction, improving biological activity, and managing high salinity, all which can potentially cause increased weed pressure. Depending on the severity of the irrigation water or sodic soil, multiple applications of the Soil Conditioning/Dormant program may be required as well as micro-dosing GSR Dormant Calcium to also treat the irrigation water. THESE ARE GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS it is important to work directly with the Soil Works staff and/or with a trained Soil Works distributor to correctly diagnose your field. Every farm, field and soil type are different, please contact us directly to provide you with the optimum program for your operation. Application rates may vary depending upon your penetrometer readings and the quality of your irrigation water.
90-120 grams GSR Dormant Calcium
2-4 lbs Pure Cane Sugar
2-4 lbs Micronized Soft Rock Phosphate
2-4 gallons Fish Fertilizer
10-15 gallons Bio-5 Soil Conditioner
- Product is intended to be applied post-harvest mixed with water at a minimum application rate of 20 gallons/acre. MORE WATER IS RECOMMENDED. Optimum efficacy is achieved when soil applied and immediately followed with irrigation or before precipitation.
- Direct soil contact is recommended. Enhanced efficacy is achieved when the soil is tilled to a depth of one inch below the aerobic zone or following vertical tillage.
- If applying over a layer of dense mat of crop residue, the products efficacy may be reduced. As the residue decomposes the products applied may be utilized for residue decomposition rather than soil remediation. Multiple dosages may be required as well as increasing the amount of water applied with the product which can help the product reach the soil. Please consult directly with the Soil Works staff before application.
- Application rates vary based on needs of the individual field or soil type. High CEC soils with excess Magnesium and/or Potassium require higher rates for optimum efficacy. Please consult directly with a trained professional for customized application rates.