Farmers face a lot of challenges. Drought, soil depletion, growing conditions that vary from year to year, and other unpredictable environmental conditions make it difficult to feed the world.
At BiOWiSH, we have made it our mission to provide farmers with the tools to sustainably increase crop production. We have spent years developing agronomy solutions that work across a broad range of operating conditions. The result is BiOWiSH® Crop Technology, a robust blend of microorganisms that has powerful effects on plants and soil.
We developed our technology with farmers in mind. That means it’s easy to apply in the field, and it consistently delivers positive results. Here are six ways our BiOWiSH® Crop technology benefits farmers and their crops.
BiOWiSH® Improves Crop Yield
Whether farmers are growing rice, corn, wheat, or walnuts, BiOWiSH® allows them to increase their yield. BiOWiSH® Crop is recommended for all crop types. In one independent third party US study, BiOWiSH® increased rice yield by 36.4%. In a Vietnam study, BiOWiSH® increased bok choy yield by 31.4%. Often, farmers can get yield increases even when they decrease their inorganic fertilizer use. Ultimately, BiOWiSH® Crop helps farmers grow more crops and increase their profits.
BiOWiSH® Crop Increases Nutrient Availability
In the soil, BiOWiSH® changes nutrients into forms plants can use. BiOWiSH® microorganisms convert ammonia into less volatile nitrogen species, convert bound phosphorus into available phosphorus, and produce several enzymes that break down organic matter in the soil.
BiOWiSH® Crop Enhances Root Development
BiOWiSH® microorganisms have demonstrated endophytic activity. That means they associate with root tissue as plants grow. The result is larger, more robust root systems. Larger root systems make it easier for crops to get the water and nutrients they need.
BiOWiSH® Crop Improves Plant Vigor
When farmers add BiOWiSH® to their fertility programs, the result is more vigorous crops. Crops that are more vigorous are hardier and more tolerant to drought.
BiOWiSH® Crop Stimulates Native Microbial Activity in the Soil
BiOWiSH® Crop adds beneficial microbes to the soil, and these microbes stimulate native microbial activity. That means BiOWiSH® promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms that are already in the soil. This shifts the microbiome to benefit the farmer and the crops.
Analysis of the DNA extracted from soil samples collected across various locations around the world continues to illustrate the effect of BiOWiSH® Crop products on soil microbiome.
|Strain||Control Shift (% shift from pre-planting baseline)||BiOWiSH Shift (% shift fron pre-planting baseline)||Significance|
|Novosphingobium||16%||60%||Mobilizes soil nutrients by degrading complex molecules|
|Sphingomonas||57%||174%||Mobilizes soil nutrients and forms biofilms|
|Acidothermus||0%||27%||Breaks down plant polysaccharides in the soil|
|Pseudomonas||-1%||171%||Produces organic compounds known to stimulate plant growth|
|Lysobacter||-5%||110%||Produces enzymes which break down complex polysaccharides and proteins in the soil|
|Sporocytophaga||2%||79%||Produces enzymes which break down complex carbohydrates in the soil|
|Burkholderia||8%||84%||The identified species fixes nitrogen in the rhizosphere|
BiOWiSH quantifies changes in microbial populations using both traditional laboratory methodology and Next Generation DNA sequencing. The percent changes listed in the table represent the change of the specific taxa in each program over time. Accordingly, the percentages do not add up to 100%.
BiOWiSH® Crop Improves Soil Productivity
As BiOWiSH® Crop Technology increases yield, more nutrients are removed from the soil. However, because BiOWiSH® increases the concentration of vital soil nutrients, the soil is not depleted. Instead, BiOWiSH® promotes soil fertility and leaves more nutrients in the soil even after the harvest. With BiOWiSH®, farmers can increase current crop yield while still maintaining the soil for the next season.
If you’re ready to enhance your farm’s fertility program with BiOWiSH®, find a distributor near you!