Ag Trials & Testimonials
Introducing the AQUASORB™ Injection Module (AIM)
SOIL MOISTURE TEST SITES & FIELD TRIALS
Our team of Agricultural experts have conducted extensive research on turf, production crops and ornamental crops across the country.
SNF has created Soil Moisture Test Sites to show results of how utilizing our AQUASORB™ and FLOBOND™ polyacrylamides help better manage water and fertilizer usage during the growing season.
SNF has also reached out to current customers to review results from their use of our products and what they have to say about how our products have worked for them.
The map below represents ongoing trials along with locations where trials and testimonials have been previously conducted.
See sections below to find out more about each site pinpointed on the map.
SNF’s AQUASORB™ Injection Module (AIM)
SNF has designed the AQUASORB™ Injection Module (AIM) specifically for applying our AQUASORB™ superabsorbent polymers directly to the root of grove, orchard, and vineyard crops.
Benefits of utilizing the AIM unit include:
- Targeted placement of solution near the roots
- Improved retention of water and nutrients
- Less plant stress under dry conditions
- Potentially lower water usage rates
- Aeration of compact soil
- Long-lasting treatment effects
See the ongoing trials and related data below to see how you can benefit from AQUASORB™ and utilization of the AIM unit.
Soil Moisture Test Sites - Aquasorb Injection Module
Circle G Farms – Firebaugh, CA
The AIM Unit was used to apply AQUASORB™ to an almond orchard during the last week of February, 2016. Four moisture sensors were installed, each on different treatment areas, including Control, AQUASORB™ only, FLOBOND™ & AQUASORB™, and FLOBOND™ only. The moisture sensors provide real-time moisture readings on the clay loam soil profile.
Dietrich Farms – Madera, CA
AIM was used to apply AQUASORB™ to help with the water holding capacity of the sandy textured soil prevalent on an almond grove in Madera, CA. The lack of uniformity in the field also makes water management and harvest difficult. The application of AQUASORB™ into the root zone should increase the uniformity and reduce the late season watering issues that slow harvest.
JG Avila Farms – Riverdale, CA
J.G. Avila Farms has had its water allocation cut to down severely in the last 5 years. In some districts, no water was supplied at all. The trial block is 9th Leaf Pistachios originally on flood irrigation, but switched to a drip irrigation system due to increasing water scarcity. Seeking new and innovative ways to reduce their water consumption, they are working with SNF to apply AQUASORB™ with the A.I.M.
The section below includes past trial results utilizing both AQUASORB™ and FLOBOND™
polymers in markets ranging from Turf & Ornamental to Production Agriculture. Verification of most results are provided through producer and research testimonials.
Field Trials & Customer Testimonials
Dietrich Farms – Madera, CA
Dietrich Farms experienced issues with water penetration in almond trees utilizing drip irrigation. After applying PAM on a 100 acre plot, the company saw a noticeable difference in water absorption, and registered significant improvements in moisture readings obtained. As a result, PAM was subsequently added to the entire 840 acre farm. Moisture sensors showed an increase of 80% in 2014 vs. 2013 readings “In-Season” and “Post-Harvest,” as shown below:
“We used the PAM product Retention on a trial basis in May of this year in a 100 acre block of Almonds. The almonds are irrigated using double drip line with the ability to apply .024” of water per hour. In the following weeks we noticed a tremendous change to our post irrigation soil conditions and ordered product for all 830 acres of almonds we operate in western Fresno County. In the past irrigation sets were 2 day with 4-5 days between due to irrigation runoff. The water could not infiltrate the soil at the rate of application and would sheet across the road and out of the orchard. After the use of PAM we wee able to irrigate 3-4 day sets with no runoff.” — Bill Dietrich
Acosta Farms – Miami, FL
Acosta Farms in Miami, Florida is looking to improve water management and save on fertilizer usage, as well as extending plant shelf life. A trial was conducted on Roebelenii Palms where AQUASORB™ KB was mixed at 3 lb./cubic yard into the soil. Florican 18-6-8 fertilizer was also used for 180 days at a rate of 51 gr/pot.
Results showed that the palms with AQUASORB™ have healthier root growth and are less water logged.
“The plants with AQUASORB™ have better root systems than the control. Soil is also better hydrated with AQUASORB™. The palms have more foliage and 4-5 weeks ahead in development vs. control.” — Bienvenido Suero
Sweet Corn Crops – Camilla, GA
Information provided by: Rad Yager, Certified Ag Resources, Inc.
In the fall of 2015, AQUASORB™ was added late in the season to sweet corn crops. Soil tension measured in the treated crops were on average 15 kPa lower than untreated crops. This provides for greater infiltration and moisture retention in the sweet corn crops.
The chart below shows the soil tension rates measured in kPa over a 45 day period.
Arnold Farms – Clinton, IL
Mike Arnold – Producer
During the 2015 growing season a soybean producer in Clinton, IL used AQUASORB™ 3005 K2 in-furrow at planting at a rate of 10 lbs./acre. Per the yield map below, there was a 7.4 bushel crop yield increase per acre over the non-treated field (upper portion) after the addition of the AQUASORB™ (lower portion).
“I am very happy with the yield results after applying your product!” — Mike Arnold
A&J Planting Company – Tunica, MS
Buddy Allen – Producer
Polyacrylamide was injected into a well head during initial flood on rice. The PAM was applied on 3-40 acre blocks with checks adjacent. Yield monitor readings showed an average of 5.5 bushels per acre in the fields where PAM was applied.