Farm Fuel Pt 1
Taylor Hoover, with Watsonville, California-based Farm Fuel Inc., says mustard seed meal really does the trick ...
HOOVER ... "There's an active chemical in mustard. It's the same chemical you can find in wasabi and horseradish. And, it's a spicy chemical that reacts with water and it is known to suppress pathogens and also stimulate microbiology in the soil. And, that microbiology improves plant growth, nutrient uptake while also feeding the microbes so that they can also help the soil break down and mineralize nutrients more efficiently."
Not that 'organic' is a nasty word, but I asked Hoover if they're seeing more acceptance of 'natural' alternatives like this?
HOOVER ... "Yes, absolutely. We're seeing more and more traction as people learn about it. Obviously, nobody wants to spend money on something they're not sure of, but as mustard seed meal continues to gain traction in the community, people are accepting it as a viable alternative to fumigation."
Hoover says as use of mustard seed meal increases, they're hearing from more and more people excited with the results ...
HOOVER ... "More and more endorsements every year from both companies that are distributing the mustard seed meal as well as the farmers that are using it."
Hoover says at this point the mustard seed meal is labeled only as a fertilizer, but they are working on an EPA label that might expand its effectiveness.
Listen tomorrow for more on Mustard Seed Meal and the chemicals it's replacing in berry fields and orchards.
Farm Fuel Inc. currently sells mustard cover crop seed as well as a mustard seed-based fertilizer product called PESCADERO GOLD. They have been actively researching a new mustard seed meal product that, once approved by the EPA, will be sold with a biopesticide label. This new label will allow farmers to utilize the benefits of Mustard Seed Meal as a potential alternative to chemical fumigation.