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South Texas Farmer Reports Record Five Honeydew Pickings, Off-the-Chart Sweetness Using H2OExcel

South Texas honeydew producer Troy Helle of Green Gold Farms, Inc. is singing the praises of natural water conservation agent H2OExcel™ from Brookside Agra after witnessing off-the-chart sweetness and a record five pickings after using it on his honeydew crops. This season, Helle picked honeydews five times, compared to his average 2-3 times in prior seasons. Some of his honeydews even achieved Brix scores of 20. A Brix score of 14 is considered excellent for honeydews. A higher Brix score indicates better flavor and nutrient value. "We grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, but this...

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Natural Water Conservation Agent H2OExcel Scientifically Proven to Relieve Heat, Drought Stress in Grass

The recent summer heat wave has propelled daytime temperatures across much of the country to an excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result of the high temperatures and drought conditions, cool season turfgrasses such as Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass and Fine Leaf Fescue have gone dormant and turned brown from stress. Homeowners, facility managers and golf course superintendents continue to excessively water and fertilize their grasses, only to see them continue to turn brown and succumb to weeds during the summer months. O'Fallon, Illinois-based Brookside Agra has developed a...

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Have We Really Gotten Too Good at Growing Corn?

Spring 2017 is already dealing us a difficult hand with low market projections. Most growers I talk to are not excited about their crops for the new year, and I have found myself asking them, "have we really gotten too good at growing corn?" For which they reply after a few wild looks, "are you serious?" I have found that we are nowhere near as good as we think we are and nowhere near our maximum potential. Yes, there are some superstar growers out there who are beginning to tap into what we share in this industry as the maximum yield potential of both corn and soybeans, but the majority of ...

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Using Biologicals Combined with H2OExcel™ Digests Biomass Quickly to Release Valuable Nutrients Back into Soil

There are more questions being asked by growers these days about processes that can be utilized to get more out of their soil and biomass after harvest is complete. Ben Elliott, Vice-President of Agronomy Operations at Brookside Agra, says using biologicals along with components that support their growth, such as all-natural H2OExcel™, will break down biomass quickly and effectively, releasing stored nutrients back into the soil for spring planting. "In what I call 'digester-type programs,' we are showing improved break down of biomass when using a biological. If using a biological alone,...

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Brookside Agra Agronomist: Soil Microbiology Key to Crop Health, Production and Yield

VIEW SOIL BIOLOGY VIDEO PRESENTATION: http://www.brookside-agra.com/soil-biology/ In the past, a large percent of crop production was focused on chemical usage, followed by mechanical technology, and lastly biological considerations. Ben Elliott, Vice-President - Agronomy Operations at Brookside Agra/Cardinal Agriculture Services, says the future of crop production hinges on understanding soil biology and structure. "We are learning about a whole new dynamic to agronomy today in growing crops and it is very exciting," said Elliott. "From my time in the industry, I have seen people ...

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Can You Guess Which Two Crops Use More of the World’s Water?

A new report has identified the crops that are using up the most of the world's water resource, and emit the most greenhouse gases. Can you guess which ones they are? This interesting article will tell you. http://gizmodo.com/these-two-crops-use-more-of-the-worlds-water-than-all-o-1782836714...

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The Miracles of Balanced Plant Nutrition

Rising Costs, Falling Commodity Prices and Reduced Availability of Farm Loans Demand Smarter Farming Practices With Higher and More Efficient Production Per Acre Written by: Noel Garcia, CCA, Technical Director, Texas Plant & Soil Lab Typically, most growers have post-harvest or early spring soil tests performed then apply pre-plant fertilizer basedupon the recommendations of the soil report and assume that the one application will pretty much supply the crop's nutritional requirements for the remainder of the season with perhaps supplementing Nitrogen sometime mid-season. There are ...

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Brookside Agra Reports Increased Yield, Protein Levels, Relative Feed Value in Alfalfa Treated with All-Natural H2OExcel™

[caption id="attachment_1135" align="alignright" width="356"] Alfalfa fields.[/caption] Cardinal Agriculture Services, the agronomy/risk management division of Brookside Agra, is reporting higher feed quality in alfalfa treated with all-natural H2OExcel™ water conservation agent in a recent Illinois field trial. According to Ben Elliott, Cardinal Agriculture Services soil and plant nutrition specialist, alfalfa treated with H2OExcel during the field trial exhibited the following results compared to the untreated alfalfa: An increased yield of 2.2 tons and an additional cutting....

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Brookside’s Ben Elliott and Tony Arro Talk H2OExcel with WSMI Radio

Brookside Agra/Cardinal Agriculture Services Agronomy Expert Ben Elliott and Director of Sales - North America Tony Arro recently talked H2OExcel and their recent Illinois field trial with WSMI Radio Station Ag Broadcaster Katie Bowles. Take a listen - http://wsmiradio.com/wire_new/podcasts-ag2/2016/03/03245_NOON_FARM_3-18-16_150638.php...

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Illinois Crop Farmers Reaping Benefits of Using Brookside Agra’s New Agronomy Services, All-Natural H2OExcel™ Water Conservation Agent

On crop farms throughout the U.S. where the government has restricted water use due to drought conditions, and nutrient run-off is closely monitored, water management practices have become increasingly important to growers. O'Fallon, Illinois-based Brookside Agra has developed an all-natural water conservation agent called H2OExcel™ that is seeing promising results in multiple university research studies and recent field trials on corn, soybean and wheat crops in Illinois. Coupled with its new Agronomy Division (Cardinal Agriculture Services), Brookside Agra is helping some Illinois ...

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