Chemical Residue Bioremediation Program

Date:  12/01/2019

Use of herbicides and other ag. chemicals disrupt soil microbiology and many vital soil functions. Plant nutrient uptake suffers, which leads to disease and pest issues. Farmers can reduce the negative effects by reducing application rates and by applying humic acid and other carbon sources. For example, glyphosate use can be reduced 30% to 50% when it’s applied at pH 2.9, and it can be de-activated and the soil remediated by active soil microbes.

Sustainable Growing Solutions of Clarksburg, California, has developed a chemical residue bioremediation program, and has two such programs in progress.  Their strategy is to apply an extremely diverse microbial product MetaGrow ST (including over 20,000 microbe species) together with humic acid, Pacific Gro and their MetaGrow M-Food product.

The microbe diversity enables chemical breakdown by many pathways.  And the humic acid and microbial food sources enable the microbes to grow and establish strong populations.  Even persistent toxins can become inert or digested into harmless substances.  It’s most practical to do this after harvest, and in winter if it’s above freezing.  Winter rains move the microbes deeper into the soil profile.  This program will break down chemical residues, and it also builds beneficial biology that improves soil health and plant vigor the next season.