For nearly 40 years, Midwest Bio-Tech has been helping farmers boost their bottom lines biologically. We believe in the Chandler crop and livestock products because we’ve tested them extensively on farms across the United States. Over the years, we learned two main lessons from the combined results of these tests.
First, we still need good quality inputs in adequate amounts to profitably produce crops and livestock. However, the recommended applications rates for some inputs (e.g., fertilizers and pesticides) provided by commercial sources are typically too high. For example, biologically active soils can generate more nitrogen and other nutrients than expected from organic matter, so we don’t always need more fertilizer to produce higher yields. In general, many of our customers find that they can achieve higher profits from moderate levels of applied fertilizer. Although some folks are now recommending lower fertilizer rates due to concerns about the environment, we have actively promoted lower input use to our users for years.
Second, we learned that biological products like Chandler Soil, Biocat 1000, Foliar, Dry Seed Treat, and Organic can build healthier plants that make more efficient use of nutrients to generate higher grain and forage yields. However, the most substantial gains from using biological products are realized after two or more years of continuous use. For example, many of the farmers who have used Chandler Soil for at least two to three years in a row have substantially improved their soil structure and organic matter levels over time. These improvements in microbial activity and soil health can pay long-term dividends, including reduced water runoff and surface erosion, increased water holding and nutrient bonding capacity, improved root penetration, and removal of soil compaction.