Dr. Robert L. Ellsworth, Ph.D., Plant Genetics, one of the scientific minds at ViTech summarizes his approach to improving agriculture. The ViTech program begins by rebuilding the biological health of the soil. Many types of micro and macro-organisms live in the soil in an interdependent situation. The five major types are bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, protozoa, and algae. The bacteria are the most prominent because of the many different populations in a given soil. When one becomes unbalanced it adversely affects others. The higher the number of micro-organisms, in a related balance to each other, that exist in a soil, the more rapid and complete the cycle of rollover of plant nutrients from old organic tissue to new growing tissue. Another key to this process is carried out by enzymes.
The first step to rebuilding is the application of ViTech’s Soil Products. When the solutions contact the organic matter in the soil, they begin the orderly breakup of the complex substances contained therein. As the procedure continues, the soil microbes multiply in number dramatically, thus increasing their activity until the organic matter is returned to a condition suitable for assimilation by growing plants. This results in the release of many of the elements contained in the residue of the previous crop. Many of these minerals are attached to or are a part of organic molecules that improve the ability of the root to absorb them. (Example: It is estimated that 40% to 70% of the phosphorus used by a plant is in the organic state.)
A good “healthy” soil contains up to 14 billion bacteria, 560 million actinomycetes and 28 million fungi per ounce of soil. Most soils have less than 50% of optimum microorganism numbers. Some tilled soil is totally lacking in one or another of these organisms. With numbers near the optimum level it is estimated that 60 to 80 % of the organic matter in soil will be turned to humus which is the slow release reservoir of plant nutrients. The remainder will become unusable forms (humin). At low microorganism levels of activity, less than 20% of the organic matter returns to the reusable form.
The ViTech system utilizes natural chelating agents that are produced by living organisms. The quantities needed to correct a deficiency are relatively small when compared to the need for salts or soil applied elements. Health and yield of crops are frequently further improved with judicial use of the ViTech Foliar Feeding Program in addition to the Soil Bio-remediation Program.