Garden & Greenhouse July 2017 Issue - Page 51

such as phosphorus. In other cases, they convert at- mospheric nitrogen into a form of nitrogen that can be used by the plant (Azos). In all cases, bio-fertiliz- ers use existing nutrients more effi ciently thus reduc- ing overall traditional fertilizer usage. Reduced Irrigation and Water Usage Using bio-fertilizers can reduce irrigation. This happens because the benefi cial soil microbes reduce the compaction of the soil, creating micropores in the soil. This reduced compaction, increases the ability of the soil to retain moisture. An increased soil moisture content, reduces runoff and wasted water. ally, bio-fertilizers can be used in organic farming. Check with your Organic certifi er. GG Bill Baugh is a product manager for Custom Biologicals, Inc. a manufacturer and distributor of innovative microbial products. You can visit their website at and he can be con- tacted at 561.797.3008 or Visit www. Replenishes the Soil Benefi cial microorganisms and soil nutrients are the keys to healthy soils. Each year benefi cial mi- crobes are lost to fl ood, freeze, fi re and toxic chemi- cals. Replacing and maintaining the soil biota is an important function of bio-fertilizer usage. Increase Farm Profi tability through an In- creased Return on Investment (ROI) The key to running a successful farm is profi t- ability. Bio-fertilizers maximize crop production and reduce traditional fertilizer costs. This combination allows bio-fertilizer usage to produce an outstanding return on the investment dollar for the farmer. Supports Ag Sustainability and Can be Used in Organic Farming Agricultural sustainability is key concept for mod- ern farms. Bio-fertilizer usage reduces traditional fer- tilizer (N,P,K) usage and runoff. Controlling fertilizer runoff is a key in many sustainability plans. Addition- July 2017 51