Yesterday we introduced WISErganic CEO Larry LeSueur who spoke about the uniqueness of the WISErganic product, coming from grocery store food waste. He say they have been doing research and last year they had the product in growers hands on a trial basis.
LESUEUR: On the potato side that's where this gets exciting. Across all of our crops we're seeing in excess of 12% to 14% in crop yields. We're also seeing evidence that healthy soils are definitively helping the plants remain healthy. So for organic growers that's a fantastic story, for conventional growers we're seeing and we're starting to collect the data that says with that healthier soil they need to apply less pesticides and herbicides to address issues that unhealthy soils create complications on.
LeSueur says they are working with some large potato producers in Washington, Oregon and Colorado.
LESUEUR: One grower that I visited here in Eastern Oregon, they did a side-by-side trial with our product last year, we measured on the initial dig roughly a 13% increase. When they later harvested the entire 25 acre compared to the 25 acre control they had an excess of 25% increase in yield but the exciting thing was they had a 30% increase in margin because we were able to shift the quality of the potatoes to a higher grade.
Visit their booth at the Washington/Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick or online at wiserg.com.
And that's Washington Ag Today. I'm Greg Martin, thanks for listening on the Ag Information Network of the West.