In 1996, we applied EnviroMax to a potato field. The field was 125 acres. The control side was 63 acres and the treated side was 62 acres. We applied 1/2 gallon of EnviroMax right after the rows closed. Then we applied 1 quart of the product, 7 days later. The advantage of the product was that there was soil moisture at least 2 1/2 feet down on the treated side. On the untreated (control) side, the soil moisture did not exceed 1 foot. It was so dry on the control side, the soil texture was like powder. This test was made on heavy sandy loam (Ritzville silt loam). Had we treated the entire circle with EnviroMax, the farmer could have received more efficient use of his water and reduced irrigations. The threat of diseases would have been reduced due to less moisture, which in turn would have possibly made a difference in yield. We had no way of running a yield test on this circle. However, there was approximately a 3 ton difference in tare between the control side and the EnviroMax side. On the untreated side, the huge clods were unbreakable, bruising the potatoes. On the side treated with EnviroMax, we had about 3 tons less tare, there were no clods, and any little clumps just crumbled.
White Dry BeansIn conjunction with the potato circle, we treated a field of white, dry beans in the same area. The soil was the Ritzville silt loam. One half of the circle was control and the other was treated with EnviroMax. On the treated side, we used 1/2 gallon of EnviroMax at first watering. We applied one quart seven days later. The harvesting operation on the treated side was fast and easy. The untreated side took one full day more to cut and the equipment broke down on the untreated side due to the hardness of the soil. The harvester ran at 2 gears faster on the treated side. We saved fuel, time, and equipment on the treated side. We did not do a yield result, due to the fact that the test was all on one circle.
In 1996, we also treated a circle of wheat with EnviroMax. The farmer had said that he sincerely doubted that any treatment would yield more than 80 bushels, as he had never done so before. The bet was on. The entire circle was treated with 1/2 gallon of the product at first watering in the spring (on fall wheat). We applied 1 quart, 7 days later. That field made 120 bushels per acre and the farmer lost his bet. UAP sales representatives had won and the farmer had won by having a better yield.