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August 2015

SumaGrow Treated Trees Show Towering Gains

SumaGrow® treated pine seedlings showed 32 percent growth increase.

The ability of SumaGrow® treated pine seedlings to overcome vegetative competition and grow an additional 32 percent over the control treatment has significant economic implications for the domestic and global forest industry. The United States alone has a whopping 514 million planted acres and produces $200 billion in sales a year.

Left photo taken June, 2014
Right photo taken June, 2015

The following results of a multi-year trial on a Loblolly Pine stand, now in the eve of its third year, demonstrate how products containing SumaGrow® increase pine seedling vigor, health, and growth without the addition of applied fertilizer and indicate the SumaGrow potential to reduce the time between planting and harvest, minimize tree loss, and increase profits.

Pine growth from 6/2014 to 6/2015 Mean Height (ft.) vs Treatment

The chart (right) reflects the second year growth trend for these ArborGen 2nd generation improved loblolly pines. Pines spend the first year of life establishing a root system and crown and will show a much higher growth rate the second and third year. This growth trend demonstrates the increased root structure and crown mass (young pines will mirror below ground what is above ground) of the trees treated with a SumaGrow® containing product.

Test trees were treated with SumaGrow® at pre-determined rates as a root dip application before planting. Control trees received no application before planting and neither treatment group received any additional inputs, such as fertilizer or herbaceous weed control.

Additionally, these growth data reflect that SumaGrow® treated seedlings had impressive growth despite being planted in less productive soil. Because the treatment area consisted of variations in topography and soil productivity, concentrations of six ounces per gallon fell in a drainage ditch which was inundated for the majority of the seedlings’ first planted year and concentrations of ten ounces per gallon fell in a road bed with severe compaction. Interestingly, the growth data show how the loblolly seedlings overcame these environmental stressors and demonstrated the highest percentage of growth among the treatment groups in this study. And although the seedlings were five to seven percent smaller than the control seedlings at planting, the growth trend suggests they will soon overtake the control.

The ability of plants and trees to overcome environmental extremes begins with the soil. Products containing SumaGrow® build soil health to grow healthy, productive trees. Consider a tree testimonial from the farm of Vernon Pigott, the owner and operator of the largest Satsuma Orchard in Mississippi. Mr. Pigott has 276 Brown Select Satsuma trees that produce anywhere from $300 to $450 a tree.

“Around the beginning of January 2014 we had another of those ‘Killing Freezes’ we dread so much. The temperature dropped to 11 degrees. Most fully mature 10 + year old trees can stand temperatures of around 25 degrees, but not for long periods. Every Satsuma tree that we knew of around the immediate area was dead.

…We lost a total of seven trees.” Read the full story below.

Timber, and trees collectively, are not only an economic boon for first world and developing countries, but also stand tall as one of our most valuable and versatile renewable resources-cleaning our air, conserving our limited water resources, and reducing soil erosion.

The best protection for this life giving resource is high-vigor, healthy trees. It starts with the soil, it starts with SumaGrow®.


Follow Field Services Coordinator Drew Pigott as he gives a firsthand look into a SumaGrow® treated pine tree trial.

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Testimonial - Pigott Satsuma Orchard

Vernon Pigott Pigott Satsumas Pigott Satsumas

“My grandfather, Vernon, has been around agriculture for the better half of 100 years now at 93 years of age. In his time he has seen many things come - and even more go. The makers of SumaGrow®, Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc. most likely have no greater advocate of their product than my grandfather.

Now I will tell you why.

Our Satsuma Orchard which happens to be the largest in the State of Mississippi was established in 1993. We have around 276 Brown Select Satsuma Trees and in the winter of 1996 we experienced a ‘Killing Freeze’. In this freeze we lost the entire orchard. We were fortunate enough to manage to graft every stump with new stock the following spring though.

In the following years after the freeze we have been constantly plagued with the problem of getting the correct nutritional requirements for our trees. My grandfather tried everything in the books and some not there as well! He added several tons of nitrogen per acre, he added very little per acre as well as experimenting with exotic blends of nutrients. The predominate problem we have had has been a certain percentage of the crop has been out-sized and unmarketable. Satsumas typically are slightly smaller than and oranges and because of excessive rainfall and high levels of nitrogen we would routinely produce about 20 to 40 percent of the crop as grapefruit sized fruit.

Completely unmarketable to the general public.

In the spring of 2013 we began using products containing SumaGrow® at the rate of 1 gallon per acre sprayed centrally down the rows with a boom type spray rig. We were instructed by Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc. to reduce our fertilizer rate by 50 percent which we did. We had a fairly cold spring which resulted in a decreased amount of flowers being put on but what did come on stayed (which is great) for the most part. What was remarkable was the sheer amount of leaves put on and the vibrant dark green color. If you inserted your hand into the trees after five to six inches you would no longer be able to see your hand - that's how thick the vegetation was.

In the state of Mississippi you are not allowed to sell Satsumas that have a brix content lower than seven. Typically our 100 percent NPK fruit runs around eight to nine brix level. This year in question had SumaGrow® treated trees that were randomly sampled averaging eleven to thirteen brix level! That is high enough to be noticed by even the recreational consumer, and notice they did! We reduced our percentage of out-sized fruit to around eight to ten percent on average as well. We attribute this to the reduced nitrogen applied.

Around the beginning of January 2014 we had another of those ‘Killing Freeze’s’ which we dread so much. The temperature dropped to 11 degrees. Most fully mature 10+ year old trees can stand temperatures of around 25 degrees, but not for long periods. Every Satsuma tree that we knew of around the immediate area was dead. Every one of my grandfather’s trees lost 85 percent or better of their leaves. Thinking our trees were goners we decided to reapply SumaGrow® at the rate of 1 gallon per acre we used last year. Interestingly enough, our soil test showed that there was no need for NPK this year which we thought was interesting enough. We decided to apply 100 pounds per acre of nitrogen in an attempt to provide some extra nutrients to help these trees surpass this stress period if they could.

We are happy to announce that around 90 percent of my grandfather’s orchard has come back to life with only minimal damage to the tops of the trees. We lost a total of seven trees. With each tree producing $300 to $450 each it doesn't take long to see the financial loss we faced. Although we know of no scientific way to prove it, our trees are alive and the trees belonging to our neighbors whom do not use SumaGrow® are dead. You can make your decision on what happened, but as for us we will continue to use products containing SumaGrow®.”

Drew Pigott, R.F.


May 2015

BENEFITS OF SUMAGROW - HEALTHY SOIL HOLDS WATER

In the Western United States, thousands of acres have been left fallow as drought conditions prevail, and in the Southeast, wet and muddy farmland has frustrated producers and delayed spring planting. Both conditions will adversely affect producers’ crop production and earning potential, and both conditions share a common challenge- soil health.

BSEI has been developing its technology to meet both these challenges and according to a recent study conducted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in collaboration with the Audubon Society, it is working.

When comparing soil treated with a product containing SumaGrow with untreated plots, the treated soil experienced a 15+% increase in soil moisture potential.

How does this benefit the producer struggling with drought or frustrated by soggy soil?

The benefit for both is that healthy soil holds water.

Rain and moisture are captured by the soil instead of remaining on the surface to volatize off or run-off into streams and waterways, most likely taking valuable top soil and nutrients with it.

Consider Kevin Delap, a row crop farmer who farms over 2,500 acres in Illinois who benefited from his soil’s increase in water holding capacity in one of the worst droughts in 50 years. His said his corn "made" because of SumaGrow Inside products as the neighboring farms had little to no crop left; "They just burned up." 

For the farmer who is struggling with muddy, over wet soil the ground dries out quicker as the water penetrates the soil instead of remaining on the surface and slowing down planting.

Bob Groulx, a corn farmer in Michigan who grows around 800 acres of corn on corn, experienced this benefit when he got into the field earlier, harvested earlier and received premium pricing for his early harvest.

“Not only did I experience a higher yield, but the 600 acres I treated matured ten days earlier….Because of this, I got an additional thirty-five cents per bushel,” said Groulx. “I was the only person who could supply the local ethanol plant with mature, dry corn.”

In addition, the Audubon study found a 26% reduction in soil compaction in the SumaGrow treated soil. Reduced soil compaction means that the soil is softer and more aerated, so plant roots can grow more easily and reach deeper to tap the water and nutrients held within the subsoil.

BSEI Honored by visit from Governor

We were honored to have Governor Phil Bryant visit Bio Soil Enhancers last month. BSEI President Wayne Wade had the opportunity to meet Governor Bryant in December when BSEI won the 2014 Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting. An aide to the Governor said that Governor Bryant had been desiring to tour BSEI since that time. Wayne led the tour through the laboratories and production facilities as BSEI's scientists and production team explained the technology of SumaGrow and the many benefits of SumaGrow Inside products.


Jan 2015

SumaGrow Selected as Google “moonshot”

Lou Elwell to present SumaGrow technology at final GDG North Jersey event on February 2

The good news just keeps on coming!

We are excited to announce that SumaGrow technology was selected as a new “moonshot” project by the Google driven Solve for X (SFX) initiative for its potential to change the future of farming!

As one of the four finalists selected by the Google Developer Group (GDG) North Jersey, the microbial technology of SumaGrow was chosen, in part, for its ability to reduce the use of chemical fertilizer, increase the quality and quantity of foods, recover unusable land and protect water resources.

“We’ve been completely blown away by the level of talent that we’ve discovered during the course of this regional search,” said Todd Nakamura, founder of GDG North Jersey.

GDG North Jersey wrote that, "All four concepts employ breakthrough technologies that provide radical solutions to huge, global problems such as food and water shortages, harmful fertilizer runoff, pollution generated by industrial development and the intricacies of personalizing cancer treatment." First introduced in 2012 with two events, the company has since expanded the SFX initiative to 12 events hosted by partners worldwide. Google chose two U.S. sites, one being the East Coast competition spearheaded by GDG North Jersey.

Lou Elwell, CEO of Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc. (BSEI), the manufacturer of products containing SumaGrow, will present the technology at the final regional event on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University on February 2 to an audience of scientists, technologists, policy makers, venture capitalists and visionaries and may be invited to present at a special event in front of an audience consisting of such notables as Google founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin and “Captain of Moonshots” Astro Teller. All the finalists featured in this main event will have their 12-minute presentation posted on the SFX site.

“Being recognized by Google is noteworthy,” Elwell said. “Our company has reached an exciting stage of steady growth in sales and brand recognition. It is very rewarding to see that our hard work is paying off.”

SumaGrow is an award-winning microbial blend found in agricultural products worldwide that allows farmers to successfully transition from chemical based growing methods to more sustainable, biological methods without losing yields. Products containing SumaGrow replace or reintroduce vital soil microorganisms that are lost or damaged by conventional farming methods including the overuse of chemical based fertilizers and pesticides and the removal of organic matter when crops are harvested.

“Our increase in sales and growth is a direct reflection of our product’s performance,” said Wayne Wade, President of BSEI. “We have an excellent team who has worked hard to get us where we are and who continues to ensure that we manufacture the highest quality products for the highest quality crops.”

And what about this latest opportunity with Solve for X? “We have a very real challenge ahead of us and products containing SumaGrow are part of the solution. We look forward to introducing our products to a new audience and developing relationships that forward our mission of leaving a legacy of good stewardship to the generations that follow us,” said Wade.

SFX is a global initiative from Google seeking pioneers in science and technology who have bold solutions for monumental challenges and these life-changing projects are called “moonshots.” To qualify for a “moonshot” the idea has to solve a big problem; has to be a radical, science-fiction like solution; and has to be doable. Google plans to share these pioneers’ stories and projects with the world and inspire others to drive innovation.

About SumaGrow

The technology of SumaGrow was recognized by Popular Science in 2011 as the Grand Award Winner in the Green category for its ability to increase forage yields and decrease fertilizer and water inputs; won the Illinois Yield Challenge in the district it was entered in 2011; was highlighted by Popular Science magazine in 2009 as a solution to address the world’s exploding food needs; and has been recognized by Forbes.com, Hemispheres Magazine, and Corn & Soybean Digest among others.

About Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc.

BSEI, the sole manufacturer of products containing SumaGrow, is headquartered in Hattiesburg, MS in a 25,000 square foot production facility and a 2,000 square foot administration office. There are currently over 25 companies licensed to market products containing SumaGrow throughout the United States and worldwide. Products containing SumaGrow enable farmers to increase crop yields while lowering input costs, promote sustainable agriculture and are environmentally responsible.

BSEI was awarded the 2014 Mississippi Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting in December, and was ranked 2nd and 4th consecutively on the 2013 and 2014 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private U.S companies in manufacturing. BSEI increased international sales by 1,245% since 2013 and recently added Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Greece, Hungary, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania, Thailand and Vietnam to its already impressive list of international exports.


Jan 2015

SumaGrow a Possible Google “moonshot” Project

Lou Elwell presented for GDG New Jersey The Technology of SumaGrow for Google "Moonshot" Project.

The microbial technology of SumaGrow was selected as a candidate for a Google driven Solve for X “moonshot” project. Lou Elwell, CEO of BSEI, presented the technology of SumaGrow at the preliminary SFX event at Montclair State University in New Jersey in December. SFX is a global initiative from Google seeking pioneers in science and technology who have audacious solutions for monumental challenges and these life-changing projects are called “moonshots.”

"Presenting to professionals from science and technology fields who have a working knowledge of what we do is exciting. It was very encouraging to see that the audience "got it" and understood the significance of what our products can do," Mr. Elwell said.

According to New Jersey Tech Weekly, Todd Nakamura, founder of GDG (Google Developer Group) North Jersey, said that out of the submissions, a few could be “considered true moonshots, and pretty impressive.” One of them, he said, involves using microbes to increase crop yields over and above what fertilizer can achieve, solving the ecological impact of runoff.

Sounds familiar.

“It was very rewarding to see that our hard work is paying off -- one of the members of the audience had already been using one of our products!” Mr. Elwell said.


LOU ELWELL PRESENTED FOR GDG NEW JERSEY THE TECHNOLOGY OF SUMAGROW FOR GOOGLE PROJECT

Mr. Elwell said he expects to receive a response from GDG North Jersey in the next couple of weeks.

Google is hosting a series of four preliminary SFX events followed by the main event at Rutgers University on February 2nd. The pioneers featured in the main event will have their 12-minute presentation posted on the SFX site and may be invited to present at a special event in front of an audience consisting of such notables as Google founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin and “Captain of Moonshots” Astro Teller.

Google plans to share these pioneers’ stories and projects with the world to inspire others to drive innovation.

We'll keep you posted!


Jan 2015

We Are SumaGrow!

We couldn't have done it without you!

photo of the SumaGrow team

2014 was a highly successful year for BSEI, filled with record-breaking growth, realized achievements and unexpected opportunities. We are thankful to you, our customers, our licensees and our friends, for your unwavering support and encouragement.

We credit our growth and success to superior product performance. Customer satisfaction and product performance remain central to every decision we make and every goal we set. Our number one priority is to ensure that our customers grow the highest quality, highest yielding crops with a significant reduction in inputs costs- both monetarily and environmentally- season after season.

We want to celebrate with you some of the accomplishments and achievements we are most proud of from 2014.

  1. Ranked 2nd on the 2014 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private U.S. companies for the state of Mississippi and #4 overall for manufacturing.
  2. Sales increased by 1,245% since 2013 and we recently added Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Greece, Hungary, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania, Thailand and Vietnam to our list of exports.
  3. Awarded the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting for Mississippi.
  4. Expanded our team by 33%! This includes a microbiologist, an environmental scientist, an in-house CPA, a international strategist and liason, a graphic designer and a consulting engineer.
  5. Completed renovation of our conference center into an administration building consisting of 5 new office spaces and a conference room.
  6. Created a video tour of our plant including production techniques, bottling and R & D. Watch it now!
  7. Participated in a video testimonial for the Mississippi Development Authority's launch of a new campaign to attract new business and talent to Mississippi. Expected launch is February. We'll keep you posted!
  8. Added two indoor greenhouses for expanded R & D.
  9. Launched a completely redesigned corporate website!
  10. Traveled, traveled, traveled! BSEI representatives participated in independent and business to business development missions organized by the Mississippi Development Authority to Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay.

We are looking forward to even greater growth and additional opportunities in 2015. For more information about our products and licensing opportunities, please visit our website, call us at 877-888-2744 or email us.

2014 Headlines That Captured Our Attention

Wal-Mart Pushes Plan to Reduce Fertilizer

Whole Foods to Roll Out Rankings for Produce

Study shows differences in understanding sustainable agriculture.

2014 Best News Stories

Inc 500 Award

BSEI Hosts International Training Seminar

Results From Around the World

California -- The California Celery Research Advisory Board reported an increase in profit of $4,853 per acre with a 25% reduction in fertilizer.

Greece -- StandUP, SumaGrow Inside reports a 27.1% increase in cotton, after saving 150 Euros per hectare on the net input costs.

Vietnam -- Earthcare, SumaGrow Inside reports an increase in profit of $573 USD per hectare on rice, with a 15% yield increase.

2014 Pictures We Loved

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