Foliar Applications on Alfalfa to Increase Yield and Quality

Hay Quality can be easily improved with foliar nutrients following each cutting At ISP, the first step in assembling a crop recommendation is to study the crop and how it grows.  From standing alfalfa, we’ve identified several key aspects of plant physiology that will have a significant impact on both tonnage and quality.  First, is … Read more…

2016 Horse Progress Review

ISP has enjoyed the opportunity to work with many Amish communities across the past several decades, and the Amish remain one of our most important growth areas.  Many have embraced the opportunity of vegetable production, and have become very good at growing high quality tomatoes, peppers and other important vegetable crops.  Yields are often impressive … Read more…

Growing With ISP Summer ’16

Summer has arrived, and fortunately the longer day length gives us almost enough time to get our daily tasks completed.  Unfortunately, the important word in the first sentence is “almost”.  Caring for our crops is a never-ending task … watering, ensuring nutrient is available at optimum levels, checking and preparing for potential disease and pest … Read more…

MetaboliK Seed Boost – Ensuring Early Vigor

Gary Shafer, Research Director MetaboliK SB showed a very strong response in the 2016 outside peppers and tomatoes trials at Howe, Indiana.  (Data published in the Winter issue of this newsletter.)  Seeing this, we decided to do further experimentation this spring, and are performing a couple of research projects with MetaboliK SB, studying emergence and … Read more…

Soil Solarization: Using the Sun as the Ultimate Biofumigant

Steve Bogash, Vegetable Crop Advisor Are you growing more intensively, but soil-borne diseases seem to keep getting ahead of you?  If the answer to this question is “yes”, please read on.  Diseases, insects, nematodes and other pests have many methods of finding their way into your soils.  Sometimes the plants or media on transplants is … Read more…

There is More To Your Potting Media Than Just Peat Moss and Perlite

Steve Bogash, Vegetable Crop Advisor Growing vegetables indoors in high tunnels and greenhouses often provides opportunities to produce longer season, higher quality crops at higher densities and greater yields when compared to ‘outdoor, in-soil’, production.  Many growers successfully use the soil in their greenhouse or tunnel, but there are some major advantages to growing in … Read more…

High Tunnel Bell Pepper Research 2016

Steve Bogash, Vegetable Crop Advisor Producing fully colored bell peppers in the field can be a challenge due to diseases aggravated by weather conditions.  Weather often causes fruit rots just as the peppers begin to reach full color.  The simple practice of growing peppers in a high tunnel is often enough to “flip the script”, … Read more…

Water, Water, Water … Too Much Is Not A Good Thing!

Gary Shafer, Research Director We’ve discussed soil compaction, poor drainage, and the negative effects of excess water for several decades.  Several of the ISP products have very positive effects upon all of these potentially serious situations.  These include MetaboliK HV-1, Phytogro Xtra, Pow’rPak, ReStore 3g, and even to a lesser extent MetaboliK SB.  We used … Read more…