Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mycorrhizal Seed tests

This seed test commenced on May 7th, 2012. The goal of this test is to check the efficiency of seed inoculation with three different soil amendments, NitroMax manufactured by J&J Agri-products and Services Inc. and System D Manufactured by AgraCo Technologies International, LLC (also known as Potter's Mix) with the addition of Mycorrhizal Applications, Inc. Mycrorize as a dusting, and a control, in this instance water only.

The points of the test will be:
1) Speed of germination
2) Heartiness of plant stalks
3) Size, and count of leaves
4) Size, and count of roots and feeder roots
5) Size and count of nodules

To assure all four tests were conducted evenly, the same seedling medium was used. Eco-co coir, a coconut husk medium was saturated with 6000 ml of warm water.
All three were started in Fast Start seed starter trays. with 24 - 2" cells per tray, in accordance with the manufacturers directions.
The eight trays were filled with 1000ml of warm water, and then sprayed with their respective inoculents.

1 seed  was added to each cell and pushed 1/4"-12" under the surface as per the packet instructions. One packet of each seed was used to assure that there were limited differences due to handling in manufacture.

Dusting seeds per instructions

System D and Mycorrize

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