PRODUCING MORE WITH LESS FERTILIZER
AS A GRADUATE of BS Agriculture, major in Agricultural Economics, I am familiar with the production function. First, the level of input determines the level of output in the production of any crop. Second, there is an optimum level of input to achieve optimum levels of output. No matter how vast your land area for farming is, if your cost to produce is too high, it cannot be considered ‘productive farming’. Even if you have tons of harvest from your farm, if your expenses are too high, your operations cannot be considered profitable.
We still need to be very mindful of the return on investment, just like with any other business, because knowing the optimum level of inputs needed to achieve optimum output in production is very important for farming to succeed and be sustainable.
Alfredo Yao, a farmer in Wao, Lanao Del Sur, is an organic farming advocate. He believes that in farming, we need to find ways to lessen input expenses without sacrificing production. When his radio commentator friends Rene Centillas and Ronie de Asis mentioned that they were endorsing an organic fertilizer made from fish hydrolysate called “Amino Plus Foliar Fertilizer,” Yao, an organic farming advocate, tried it the product.
In Wao, most farmers use at least 12 bags of inorganic fertilizers per hectare. Yao has been using soil conditioners and organic fertilizers for his previous croppings. Last cropping season, he used 50 sacks of inorganic fertilizer plus a soil conditioner for his 7.5 hectare corn farm (about 6.67 sacks of inorganic fertilizer per hectare). Still, he was able to harvest the same amount of produce as those who used 12 sacks of inorganic fertilizers.
As a promoter of Amino Plus Foliar fertilizer, I was a little bit worried at first that the corn plants might not bear good ears or that it might only result in poor grain filling or at worst, barren ears because the level of reduction in the amount of fertilizer used was too huge, considering that most of the farmers were using 12 to 14 sacks of inorganic fertilizers. However, when I looked at the leaf color, based on the Leaf Color Chart (LCC), there were no symptoms of nutrient deficiency whatsoever. But still, I was a little bit concerned about it.
I told Ricky Sun, inventor of Amino Plus Foliar fertilizer, about my apprehensions, and he had the same worries. Even the other field technicians in the agriculture industry could hardly believe that Yao only used low levels of input.
Thereafter, Yao used Amino Plus Foliar Fertilizer with his newly planted corn at 2-3 leaves at 150 milliliters (mL)
Alfredo Yao proudly showing his corn produce – bigger corn cobs, bigger kernels, filled to the tip.