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I get asked a lot about our Vitalize Seed mixes.

I love our mixes and this is why we put so much effort into the carbon to nitrogen ratios and nutrient cycling. We strive to be different because the scientific evidence is out there and growing!!

In summary
This study shows the importance of pfla testing and how we must focus on achieving more fungal dominated soils over time (reducing disturbance is key here as is diversity). This helps to create aggregates that help “hold” the soil together and cycle nutrients (both plant and bacterial aspects).

As you optimize biology through diversity, you optimize mineralization of both OM and rock in the soil profile. This study further points out the cycling of bacterial to fungal C/N (and others) uptake and release into the system, further maximization of nutrient cycling. Literally cycling the microbes back into the system to feed other plants and microbes!!!

Hope you all enjoy Willie Pretorius’ work as much as I enjoyed it.

Happy New Year!!

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The benefits of highly diverse mixes. No matter the deer pressure - you almost never wipe the plate clean. We continue to see growth and soil benefits every-time we get a warm day. The deer and the soil benefit.

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at1010

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Really excited to have produced this mix - pre orders are open!! Shipping in March! Dealers have also expanded throughout the US.

 

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Soil Health Thursday - Thatch Creation:

As we close in on Spring - we start to take on a lot of questions about our mixes.

One common concern is thatch - too much or too little.

The key to our system is microbial nutrient cycling.

As we plant our mixes & implement the 6 soil health principles (to the best of our ability), we further enhance our fungal networks. These networks break down higher carbon to nitrogen crops, fast and efficiently.

This helps us release these nutrients faster for our next Vitalize crop. Having a diverse mixture of plant species in our mix also helps balance the nutrient release into the soil profile.

So when using the Vitalize System, we must continue to focus on the process!

NitroBoost is our Spring planted mix that is formulated to have a lower C:N ratio than our Fall mix (Carbon Load). Nitro-Boost has enough diversity to simulate the soil biology for added nutrient density (better taste), more nutrition per bite (healthier), and breaks down quickly to feed the fall mix (Carbon Load) for maximum tonnage. We do all of this without relying exclusively on inputs.

If interested in more - give us a call!

VitalizeSeed.com

Albert and Jared
 

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I strive to never stop learning. I truly love helping people with all of their soil needs and question. Whether they use our mixes or not, I always love the dialog to help influence and educate on better soil health practices and understand. I always learn from these conversations as well.

None of this would be possible without learning from folks like Dr. William Albrecht (and many others). Dr. William was born in the late 1880s and was centuries ahead of his time!!! I am truly humbled to get to read his work and books!! This passage hit the nail on the head in his book “Soil Fertility and Animal Health”.

I promise to never stop learning and sharing information!!
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I cannot wait until Spring!

Spring can be a tough time on wildlife and soils. By ensuring we have green plants, we ensure we have adequate photosynthesis capture. This helps to feed the soil microbes and our wildlife - when the rest of the whitetail world is still waking up from winter.

Pictured is carbon load - planted fall of 2021 and photographed Spring of 2022.

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This book continues to drive my desire to learn. The complexity of dietary decisions made by ruminant animals is fascinating!!

Let animals highlight soil fertility and the species they desire - not the other way around.

Diversity is king!
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Dr. A was far ahead of his time. This isn’t an easy read but we’ll worth it if you are interested in soil and ruminant animals (domestic or wild).

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Here we are, half way through Feb. in a high dpsm area and deer are still feeding in our Carbon Load, Vitalize Seed fields.

The reason is because of the diversity!!

Here in Ohio we’ve had some warm days- every time that happens, the high quality grains grow as do the clovers, vetch, etc. they seemingly “pop” out of ground when exposed to sunshine!

This will be very noticeable this Spring as our plots bolt and work to reduce weed pressure, also photosynthesizing - helping prep the soil for our NitroBoost planting.

We will still add more food next year and continue our work at keeping our deer population well below carrying capacity.

As you can see by the body weights of the deer, they are very healthy thus far!
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