Contributed by Drew Pigott, BSEI Field Services Coordinator
This day began at a painful three a.m. to board my flight to San Diego, California for at 10:30 a.m. meeting with an alfalfa and wheat producer to discuss applying SumaGrow containing products. I then met with one of the largest seed retailers in the Southwest and New Mexico regarding an upcoming trial.
Over the course of the next several days Chuck Grantham, agricultural consultant for BSEI, and I had the opportunity to visit with many dairy producers, soil specialists, and businesses interested in incorporating products containing SumaGrow® into the companies’ product lines.
We met with a very progressive producer of almonds and pistachio’s, among other crops. California is an arid environment with its own distinct challenges. It takes about a gallon of water to grow a single almond and almond production uses around 10 percent of California’s agricultural water supply. One farmer we are working with in California has the additional challenge of expensive salt accumulations. Fortunately, crops treated with products containing SumaGrow have demonstrated effective crop growth in highly saline environments and increased crop brix (quality).
The more I travel the more I see just how different agricultural systems function and how we as a company are making a positive impact for agricultural production and preservation for future generations. So it begs the question, will you join us on this journey?