The Dirty Work: Table Grapes Case Study

Mar 14, 2017

BioFlora Works with Table Grape Growers to Enhance Crop Quality

BioFlora® began a trial on table grapes in Coachella, California to determine if our products would enhance the soil microbial population, Brix levels, shelf life, and the grape size of the treated crop. For this trial, we worked with the following varieties of table grapes: Flames Desert, Thompson Seedless, and Summer Royal.

Humega® enhances root protection by stimulating the growth of beneficial microbes.

BioFlora treated Flames Desert grapes, measuring at 15/16ths

BioFlora Seaweed Creme® increases flowering, fruit set, and fruit cell density while improving the balance between sugars and acidity.

Fulmega™ 1% Mg assists with higher yield even with less chemical fertilizer input.

GOgreen® buffers the plant roots from sales and other soil contaminates.

DynaMega® 2-1-1 increases cane density to produce more dense and hardy wood, result- ing in more bunch producing spurs and less cane breakage during harvest.

Our Method

For the soil treatment, Humega was applied through the irrigation system at pre-bloom, followed by a second application of Humega, BioFlora Seaweed Creme, and Fulmega 15 – 30 days later. After 20 days and again at 30 days, this application was repeated. GOgreen was also applied with every irrigation cycle. Rates of application varied per product.

For the foliar treatment, DynaMega and Fulmega were applied at pre-bloom (at the first sight of bud swelling). This application was repeated 15 days later. After fruit set (pre-veraison) DynaMega, Fulmega, and BioFlora Seaweed Creme were also applied. Rates of application varied per product.

BioFlora treated Thompson Seedless grapes, measuring at 14/16ths

Our Results

Diversity of soil microbes increased, causing a noticeable decrease in disease pathogens.

Even fruit set and ripening throughout all varieties tested.

The Brix levels were heightened throughout the trial.

Shelf life distinctively increased in all varieties

Fruit sizing was extremely favorable:

  • Flames Desert: 15/16ths
  • Thompson Seedless: 14/16ths
  • Summer Royal: 15/16ths

 

A Bit More About Our Products

BioFlora treated Summer Royal grapes, measuring at 15/16ths

Humega
is a biologically active humic acid, which facilitates soil tilth and boosts microbial activity. We utilize a proprietary extraction process that is unique to our business, which aids our approach in maximizing the amounts of humic acids we are able to procure.

BioFlora Seaweed Creme
begins with hand-harvested, sun-dried Ascophyllum nodosum, a seaweed found in the cold waters off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. This seaweed is homogenized, processed at ambient temperatures and then enhanced with our patented ionic minerals.

Fulmega 1% Mg
in enhanced with ionic magnesium which has the unique ability to enhance photosynthetic activity, slow chlorophyll degradation, activate cellular energy, and improve the bioavailability of traditional chemical fertilizer inputs.

GOgreen
is a proprietary liquid mixture of freshwater microalgae that includes algae species in the genera Chlorella, Nannochloris and Scenedesmus. These species are beneficial to both plants and soils by creating a healthy growing environment.

DynaMega
is the perfect combination of fish solubles and seaweed that has been formulated to maximize the development and formation of a wide variety of crops. Its ingredients create the ideal balance of amino acids, proteins, auxins, micronutrients and growth stimulants.

About BioFlora

BioFlora was founded in 1972 with a goal to conceptualize, develop, manufacture, market, and deliver a proprietary product line to the agricultural community. Through our innovative products and programs, we provide solutions to our customers in both domestic and international markets. Today, we have over 30 unique proprietary products that benefit growers, retailers, and consumers. Our organic and sustainable agricultural programs maximize the efficacy and efficiency of traditional agricultural inputs, while being mindful of their environ- mental impact.