Renewable Farming

Research shows Vitazyme can remediate glyphosate impact on beneficial soil microbes

New USDA/ARS research on soil health shows “Soil microbial diversity based on polyphasic microbial analysis was restored by Vitazyme in soils planted to maize and soybean treated with glyphosate. A high microbial diversity is essential to maintain a stable ecosystem and crop productivity.”

Dec. 18, 2017 — Field trials in 2014-17 by Ag Research Service scientists based at the University of Missouri showed substantial benefits for soil health. The fact that glyphosate decreases beneficial bacteria and amplifies fungal growth on roots has been documented since 2009.

We’ve searched for means of “remediating” glyphosate damage — mostly by trying to inoculate soils with beneficial organisms that might break down glyphosate and its metabolites including AMPA. The soil studies on Vitazyme, headed by USDA/ARS researcher Dr. Bob Kremer, are the first carefully researched results we’ve seen to show positive benefits on beneficial organisms.

Several scientific papers will emerge from this research. The first summary is shown as a poster displayed at the International Biostimulant Congress in Miami in November.  The poster inserted below is a somewhat lower resolution version for computer screen display. 

Paul Syltie, research director for Vital Earth, the makers of Vitazyme, sent us this poster along with these comments:

It is very well done, and tells a most excellent story of how Vitazyme remediates the damage done to rhizosphere microbes and roots, especially to reverse the outbreak of Fusarium root rot. The data speak for themselves. This information will be published in a journal in due course, after all of the data have been compiled for this year. 

“The results here can very likely be applied to other herbicides as well, though we do not have direct evidence at this time. We are planning to carry our longer term studies on the ability of Vitazyme to help detoxify soils of the long-term accumulation of glyphosate and its highly resistant breakdown products. Comments on the study and future plans are most welcome.”
 We’ve field-trialed Vitazyme here at Renewable Farming, and found consistent benefits on both corn and soybeans. Also, including WakeUP with the tank mix of Vitazyme enhances the performance of Vitazyme. We’d long been curious to know if WakeUP will help mobilize biostimulants as it does mineral nutrients and crop protection products. It apparently does, at least for Vitazyme. 
We learned that when using Vitazyme in-furrow on corn with a WakeUP formula, it’s essential to use WakeUP Spring. This is a soil microbe-friendly formulation, which is also longer-lasting in plant metabolism.  For foliar applications of Vitazyme, use WakeUP Summer, which is a highly effective surfactant, penetrant and nutrient mobilizer. 
Vital Earth Resources is research-oriented like us. Their studies of Vitazyme on corn began around 1997. You can download a PDF of their corn research at this link. Just keep scrolling down to go back in history of this series of field tests!
Renewable Farming LLC began offering Vitazyme for sale to conventional and organic growers in the 2017 season. We’re hearing positive reports from our farmer clients.  They’re planning now to include it in their crop budgets for 2018.
Here’s that poster mentioned above: