It would seem that in Ohio a company started up awhile back that focuses on using sap like we use blood tests to determine nutritional issues in plants.
Does anyone have any experience with sap analysis?
Plant sap analysis technology was developed in the Netherlands equipping growers with the diagnostic equivalent of a blood sample for plants. Results allow growers to identify nutrient deficiencies 4-6 weeks before the plant exhibits signs of nutritive stress.
Popularity has spread as more growers reap the benefits of precise nutritive screening and saved costs with exacting use of inputs.
AEA is partnered with Crop Health Laboratories to bring this technology to you, our valued customer.
“The precision of the screening is remarkable,” states Michelle Gregg, Program Director.
“Imagine an assay that yields results within eight days, detailing exactly which nutrient deficiencies and imbalances the plant is experiencing, not just the tissue or the soil, but the actual plant. The savings on inputs is significant.”
Dale Hodgins wrote:This technology helps plants to be grown in some very unnatural ways. Growers who feed a chemical stew can check to ensure that it's absorbed. Hydroponic growers and those growing in a sterile medium with foliar feeding use every available aid. I suppose there are probably other uses for sap testing. I only test sap after it has been boiled down and is poured on my pancakes.
If you look at the users of this you will see a number of Amish farmers.
They wanted a means of using the health of the plant to resist diseases and insects.
Sort of like increasing the imune system of humans with supplements.
I know in my area there are several minerals that are missing compared to the needs of my animals.
So I use things like seaweed, oyster shell, etc.