Friday, January 11, 2013
To put it simply, some farmers are structuring their water by using reverse osmosis by Vatche's unit at Pursonova water in San Francisco. The final step is spinning the water backwards as it enters the spray tank.
So, one unit reversis the osmosis of water, the second unit structures the water and the third piece is a cone that spins the water backwards from normal gravitational flow of water. The results I see is less water needed for a pesticide or fertilizer to work to full capacity. These folks are killing weeds with a fraction of the amount of chemical I am using and the fertilizers look many more times effective.
I don't have time to add links to this blog today but hope to later or discuss it later here if there is enough interest of my readers. Reverse osmosis I basically understand but structuring water is new to me. Normal water looks like a blob under the microscope but structured water looks like a crystalline structure, more like a snowflake looks like under magnification. Remember no two snowflakes look alike? We are wasting and misusing our most precious resource.
I am interested because years ago I remember learning about the neutralizing of some pesticides like glyphosate and many insecticides by pouring the chemical in typical spray water from a well. Some farmers caught their own rain water and claimed improved results. I am sure they did. This Monsanto technical water said use a water pH of 5 or risk losing the herbicide. I know for sure much glyphosate has been sprayed that had no power. I remember helping an orchard farmer get control of mites by acidifying is water for Guthion insecticide.
Imagine the implications to agriculture by just structuring our spray water. Imagine we could pick up 300 or more percent effectiveness of our fertilizers and pesticides? Ponder that awhile. That is a statement like I should apply a half ton or so of gypsum on my fields every year or should I spray tank cleaner on my fields every year to control weeds and expect better results?
This looks like another very important addition to my farm or any farm. I understand it enough to know I must do it remain sustainable and econonomically competitive.
In the coming days, let's learn more about structured water. Ask questions and share results.
Todays picture is of the Quebec notill farmers who visited our farm the summer of 2010. They can be proud of their "Queen of Conservation," Odette Menard. Her presentationis linked on my Crop Talk post called NNTC. One of the farmers even posted a picture of my bean field on Crop Talk from their visit.