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Forum: Organic Soil 08-31-2016, 11:32 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Hey Robrites- The subject of the thread was...

Hey Robrites-

The subject of the thread was balancing soil minerals until this single troll came in and started slandering and libeling me, and is now offering to give away copies of my...
Forum: Organic Soil 08-31-2016, 11:21 PM
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Posted By m_astera
As I recall, mainstream agronomy recognizes 16...

As I recall, mainstream agronomy recognizes 16 soil minerals as essential for plant growth and reproduction, and Nickel is one of them Humans and animals need at least 31 minerals besides C, H, O...
Forum: Organic Soil 08-31-2016, 08:58 PM
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Posted By m_astera
I remember when you wrote to me whining that...

I remember when you wrote to me whining that "your" ideas about calcium weren't attributed to you. Though it was obvious to me that both Albrecht and Tiedjens had covered high Ca saturation much...
Forum: Organic Soil 08-30-2016, 11:21 AM
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Posted By m_astera
Reply to a Troll, Part 2

More quotes from “slownickel” in this thread

“From your posts Michael A., it would seem that you are selling fertilizer and “your” book, which from the reviews on Amazon don't seem very well...
Forum: Organic Soil 08-30-2016, 10:59 AM
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Posted By m_astera
Reply to a Troll, Part 1

Much as I dislike the poor use of my time, it appears I need to address some of the erroneous statements from “slownickel's” posts in this thread.

“I have his books. I am in the first one.”
...
Forum: Organic Soil 01-08-2016, 07:42 AM
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Posted By m_astera
FWIW, Cesium chloride does it for me. Incredible...

FWIW, Cesium chloride does it for me. Incredible head rush, and knocks out cancer because it is the most alkaline element. See periodic table.

Blessings y'all, and credit to Jim Beam. No weed...
Forum: Organic Soil 01-08-2016, 07:36 AM
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Posted By m_astera
I'm Thinking

No wait, :-) You get off on boron?
Forum: Organic Soil 01-06-2016, 07:23 PM
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Posted By m_astera
More on Boron

I have yet to see a follow-up soil test that didn't show a need for more Boron, even if luxury levels were supplied before the crop was grown. Plants love B and suck it right up.

In humans, Boron...
Forum: Organic Soil 01-05-2016, 06:09 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Agreed. What I meant was that a pith filled stem...

Agreed. What I meant was that a pith filled stem could absorb water into the pith and provide moisture to the cambium from there. A hollow stem filled with air wouldn't have that ability.
Forum: Organic Soil 01-05-2016, 03:46 AM
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Posted By m_astera
Sounds reasonable. Na 23 + O 16 = K 39.

Sounds reasonable. Na 23 + O 16 = K 39.
Forum: Organic Soil 01-05-2016, 03:39 AM
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Posted By m_astera
Thanks for the link to Hugh Lovel's article. It's...

Thanks for the link to Hugh Lovel's article. It's not dated but must be a newer piece. I've had a lot of discussion with Hugh over the years on the BDNow yahoo forum (Biodynamics).

Lovel's ideas...
Forum: Organic Soil 01-04-2016, 08:16 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Boron would make sense, as it is responsible for...

Boron would make sense, as it is responsible for Calcium relocation, and Ca is the main transport of sugars into cells. The saying is that Calcium is the truck, Boron is the driver.
Forum: Organic Soil 01-04-2016, 08:02 PM
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Posted By m_astera
I haven't seen enough tissue tests vs soil tests...

I haven't seen enough tissue tests vs soil tests of any crop to come to any conclusions. It's a big empty area in research, probably because the focus in agronomy and horticulture has been mostly on...
Forum: Organic Soil 01-04-2016, 07:14 PM
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Posted By m_astera
From the Purdue U link that MicrobeMan posted in...

From the Purdue U link that MicrobeMan posted in post 172 and was quoted in TheyCallMeJay's post above:

"Highly selected forms of the fiber cultigen possess features maximizing fiber ...
Forum: Organic Soil 01-03-2016, 08:07 PM
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Posted By m_astera
CBD strains

MM-

I was referring to a strain called CBD Therapy:
CBD Therapy

...
Forum: Organic Soil 01-03-2016, 07:46 PM
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Posted By m_astera
MJ- No I'm not. If the soil or media is set...

MJ-

No I'm not. If the soil or media is set up well there should be no need for any other inputs. I'm suggesting a balanced fertilizer for recharging the media between grows. I don't imagine that...
Forum: Organic Soil 01-03-2016, 07:38 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Hi MK- Nice to know I'm so important to you...

Hi MK-

Nice to know I'm so important to you that you follow me around the web with your vapid comments. I'm also flattered that you bother to sign into Amazon under two different accounts just to...
Forum: Organic Soil 01-03-2016, 07:26 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Hollow Stems

I mentioned hollow stems a few pages back and got some replies and questions. My introduction to the hollow stems idea came from reading Carey Reams, who said IIRC that grasses and legumes should...
Forum: Organic Soil 01-01-2016, 04:51 AM
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Posted By m_astera
OK, I went to the John Innes center website. You...

OK, I went to the John Innes center website. You may wish I hadn't.

What bullshit. They are doing nothing except worn-out academic "what pays my funding". Get a grant.

Why is cannabis the...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-30-2015, 09:37 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Fish Bone Meal

MM-

It was fish bone meal for a P source, not fish meal. If you need a large quantity, ConcentratesNW sells it, as does Wilbur Ellis if you set up a wholesale account. Or you can order small...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-30-2015, 07:37 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Phosphate, Fungus, Radioactive Elements

Second point first: I aim for *all* of the nutrients to be at optimal to luxury amounts. If high P is leading to fungal problems, what are the Cu, Zn, Fe, and Mn levels? Without balanced Zn, P will...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-30-2015, 06:30 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Transmutation of Na to K

OK, I'm really interested now. Seems to me if Tainio's crew has this worked out they would say something. Unless they are afraid of stirring up too much controversy. But if it works, and can be...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-30-2015, 06:25 PM
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Posted By m_astera
4-8-4 vs Coot's mix

50 YL-

I haven't used Coot's mix, or the Rare Earth mix, so I can't compare. Ag's 4-8-4 is what I've put together after fifteen years of studying soil minerals and plant nutrition, along with 20+...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-29-2015, 04:34 AM
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Posted By m_astera
Transmutation

I don't have any real problem with biological transmutation of elements, I've just never seen it demonstrated.

The only problem I would have is if the element entirely disappeared. Hypothetically...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-29-2015, 04:24 AM
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Posted By m_astera
The above quote from post 282 on p 19. Also in...

The above quote from post 282 on p 19. Also in post 264 orechon writes about a conversation with Graeme Sait where Sait says he would not go above 10ppm Zinc.

Let me tackle Sait's claim first....
Forum: Organic Soil 12-29-2015, 02:52 AM
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Posted By m_astera
Spectrum Extra

First I've heard of this, milkyjoe. Did a search and found it on Tainio's website

Quoting from the link above:
"Inevitably we are asked, where do the mineral salts go? To show that they do not...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-27-2015, 09:41 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Recharging Grow Mixes

Back on p 14 of this thread, vitamingreeninc asked "So adding the ideal mineral mix kit to let's say 33% Peat, 33% perlite, 33% compost would be enough for a water only grow it seems like?

Also,...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-25-2015, 03:21 AM
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Posted By m_astera
Spreadsheets for Calculating Soil Minerals

orechon-

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you too, and to everyone here at ICMag forum.

Many people have sent me versions of spreadsheets they have created to calculate soil minerals based...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-24-2015, 04:13 AM
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Posted By m_astera
Humphrey D- In my experience offgassing of...

Humphrey D-

In my experience offgassing of ammonia N is an indicator of Sulfur deficiency, or an imbalanced S:N ratio. Methionine, cysteine, homocysteine, and taurine are the 4 common...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-23-2015, 06:38 AM
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Posted By m_astera
HD (reply to post #195) You were answering a...

HD (reply to post #195)

You were answering a question about Logan Labs testing above, and bring up the paste test again. I quoted this one because the other mentions of the paste test were in much...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-23-2015, 05:40 AM
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Posted By m_astera
I'm replying to this question from page 7 of this...

I'm replying to this question from page 7 of this thread. I think it's #106.

CEC is supposed to be a measure of negative charge per weight or mass of soil, not volume of soil. The original...
Forum: Organic Soil 12-23-2015, 01:17 AM
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Posted By m_astera
Thank you kindly, Ratzilla. All the best to you...

Thank you kindly, Ratzilla. All the best to you and yours as well. :yes:

Michael
Forum: Organic Soil 12-22-2015, 11:17 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Average peat moss analysis

Hi All-

Been gone for a few months, diving back in now to catch up with this thread.

I've had peat moss analyzed a number of times, and the results above are typical.

pH ~5.0
Ca saturation...
Forum: Organic Soil 10-23-2015, 03:26 AM
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Posted By m_astera
HD- I think I'm following your reasoning...

HD-

I think I'm following your reasoning here. If the assumption is that the top 6" of an acre of soil weighs 2 million lbs, hence 92 lbs per cubic foot, then the conversion to metric works out to...
Forum: Organic Soil 10-21-2015, 11:52 PM
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Posted By m_astera
The amount of soil organic matter measured in a...

The amount of soil organic matter measured in a sample of virgin forest or prairie soil in a given location is probably the ideal. This will vary with climate, from 1 or 2% by weight in the tropics...
Forum: Organic Soil 10-21-2015, 10:26 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Unless I'm trying to displace another cation,...

Unless I'm trying to displace another cation, such as excess Mg, K, or Na, I go with the calculated amount. If I am trying to displace another cation I may go higher, but 6000 lbs/acre of Ca is a...
Forum: Organic Soil 10-21-2015, 02:06 AM
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Posted By m_astera
Logan uses ICP testing, not HPLC (high pressure...

Logan uses ICP testing, not HPLC (high pressure liquid chromatography). They charge ~$25 to test for 11 elements + pH, estimated CEC, and soil organic matter.

From your linked post (#11 in this...
Forum: Organic Soil 10-21-2015, 01:47 AM
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Posted By m_astera
The microbes and fungi feeding on the organic...

The microbes and fungi feeding on the organic matter produce many different acids, e.g. malic, citric, carbonic, as do plant roots. These acids are what can etch minerals from rocks. My understanding...
Forum: Organic Soil 10-20-2015, 09:21 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Sounds good. I will wait and see if/what input HD...

Sounds good. I will wait and see if/what input HD has before contacting Logan.
Forum: Organic Soil 10-20-2015, 07:29 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Milky Joe- This is an important point and...

Milky Joe-

This is an important point and one I haven't given enough thought to before now. I believe you are correct; when Logan (and most labs, I'm sure) measure out a sample for testing they...
Forum: Organic Soil 10-20-2015, 04:43 AM
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Posted By m_astera
Biology + minerals is what I work with. The...

Biology + minerals is what I work with. The mineral based fertilizers that I have developed for soilminerals dot com and others have always included beneficial fungi and bacteria. The problem comes...
Forum: Organic Soil 10-19-2015, 02:43 AM
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Posted By m_astera
" The amounts indicated in the Rx are only for...

" The amounts indicated in the Rx are only for the first 6" of soil and not the entire 18"? So if that is the case and you desire to add the amendments to the entire 18" of new soil mix top to...
Forum: Organic Soil 10-19-2015, 01:46 AM
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Posted By m_astera
If soil biota were essential for mineral and...

If soil biota were essential for mineral and nutrient availability hydroponics would never work. Don't mean to be flippant, but for the past 65 or 70 years "alternative" agriculture has been fixated...
Forum: Organic Soil 10-18-2015, 11:33 PM
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Posted By m_astera
I'm Here

Hi All-

Apologies for neglecting this thread. I have been traveling for the past three months; started this thread when I was settled in for a couple of weeks, now I'm stationary again for a...
Forum: Organic Soil 09-11-2015, 11:35 PM
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Posted By m_astera
RZ- I am not well informed or experienced...

RZ-

I am not well informed or experienced with using zeolite, so take this with a grain or so of salt.

Generally zeolite is used in agriculture to increase CEC. As mentioned elsewhere in this...
Forum: Organic Soil 09-11-2015, 10:17 PM
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Posted By m_astera
MilkyJoe- The feather meal we stock is...

MilkyJoe-

The feather meal we stock is approved/allowed for USDA NOP organic use, so I would assume it is antibiotic and hormone free. We do not sell 50 lb bags because we have never gotten a...
Forum: Organic Soil 09-11-2015, 09:56 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Good questions, especially the second "why aren't...

Good questions, especially the second "why aren't we publishing mineral content of the produce, etc... to confirm that the minerals ( including trace minerals) are actually getting to the plants...
Forum: Organic Soil 09-10-2015, 09:34 PM
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Posted By m_astera
NF4/20- You probably know as much about the...

NF4/20-

You probably know as much about the nutritional importance of silica as I do, maybe more. I haven't done much with it as a separate element/nutrient.

Si has largely been ignored in...
Forum: Organic Soil 09-10-2015, 07:20 PM
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Posted By m_astera
Robrites- If you got a Logan standard M3...

Robrites-

If you got a Logan standard M3 soil test that included N, ignore the N. The Mehlich 3 solution is not a good extractant for N, and the Logan reports for N are always ridiculously low.
...
Forum: Organic Soil 09-09-2015, 01:16 AM
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Posted By m_astera
When aiming for maximum growth of annual...

When aiming for maximum growth of annual vegetables I use a ballpark number of 100 lbs/acre [100 kg/ha] added N. This works out to 50 ppm N in the top 6-7" (15-17cm) of soil. To apply that to...
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