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The Importance of Elicitors in All-natural Agricultural Products

The secret to growing healthy crops and increasing yield with all natural agricultural products lies in the science. There are numerous components that factor into how well a product works. At Vegalab we have invested years of research to break down these important components and use them to create products that are not only highly effective, but also environmentally responsible. Elicitors are one of these components.

Elicitors are a type of biostimulant that facilitates naturally occurring functions in plants. Using these compounds and ideal management practices can result in higher yields and faster growth rates, through the manipulation of the plants mechanisms to ward off pathogens and enhance any metabolic process within the plant itself.

Our hydrolyzed protein is an amino acid powder derived from a structural protein that breaks down into a wide variety of amino acids. These broad spectrum amino acids act as an elicitor of the Krebs cycle, facilitating the synthesis of Adenosine Triphophate (ATP), the source of energy for plants.

For a great animation on the Krebs Cycle click here.

Another compound utilized from the skin of red grapes is a phytoalexin that facilitates the plants defense mechanism when the plant undergoes an attack from a pathogen. This produces a natural antimicrobial compound that protects against further pathogen intrusion, building a natural Systematic Acquired Resistance (SAR) against specific pathogens in the plant. This all-natural phenol compound acts as an antifungal substance against Botrytis cinerea, providing the plant with a natural immunity against Grey mold.

For more information on Elicitors and other components found in Vegalab products. Please reach out to us.

Fight Slugs with Vegalab Slug Control

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Vegalab recently traveled to Costa Rica and visited numerous farms that were growing a variety of crops such as pineapples, yams, and melons. At one particular pineapple farm, the growers showed us a pineapple that was destroyed by slugs. See this video below.

Slugs feed on a variety of living plants and on decaying matter. They are attracted to cool and moist areas and can wreak havoc on crops.

In order to combat this pest naturally, Vegalab developed the Slug Control product. Vegalab Slug Control is an all-natural pesticide made with plant extracts and is applied directly to the leaves. This product is effective against a variety of slugs. It functions by interrupting the slugs mucus and salivary glands in such a way that it prevents the slug from moving, eating, or reproducing. It was tested on strawberry fields with 85%-95% efficacy.

Slug Control is made with a tea saponin. Tea saponin is a glycoside compound well known for its surfactant effect, demonstrating the ability of forming foams and emulsions. Slug Control is formulated with Saponin extracted from the tea tree. Saponin derived from this source has insecticidal, slugicidal, and fungicidal properties. Plus, its also effective against worms.

To learn more about Slug Control and how it can help you do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Protect against pathogens with Armour Boost Fertilizer

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Maintaining healthy crops can be challenging. Plants become sick when they get infected with pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Though plants can defend themselves to some degree, like humans, plants can often times can use an extra boost. Plants however dont have an immune system like humans do, and thus taking extra protective measures can help keep crops free of pathogens.

Armour Boost is a supplement that provides an easily absorbed silica. Silica is a mineral product supplied to plants as a nutrient that provides rigidity and structural endurance for crops. It is the second most abundant element comprising 25.7 percent of the earths crust and its considered important to plant and animal life.

After applying Armour Boost, it is quickly absorbed into the roots and leaves. Being an integral part of the cell walls, silica provides, rigidity and structural endurance for crops, adding needed resilience during harsh weather and against harmful pests. Applied on the leaves as a thin silicate layer, it keeps the leaves erect, stimulating photosynthesis and creating a mechanical barrier against pathogenic fungal diseases and insects.

Armour Boost has the ability to enhance soil fertility and increase calcium absorption. Its effective towards building resistance to abiotic stress in crops, promotes active root growth in lawns, and resorts damaged and weakened grass/lawns.

Count on Armour Boost to protect your crops against pathogens.

To learn more about Armour Boost and how it can be used to protect your crops please do not hesitate to contact us.

Vegalabs Four Product Categories for Sustainable Agriculture

At Vegalab we create sustainable products that provide an all-natural, environmentally safe approach to pest management and soil fertility enhancement; leaving behind a better Earth for future generations to come. We have developed four product categories to meet a variety of farming needs and serve as a solution to agricultural challenges. Our four categories are BOOST, CONTROL, PRO, and BIO. Each category serves a unique purpose and they were created with our proprietary micronization and amplification technology.

The BOOST line is a combination of very unique all-natural fertilizers, soil amendments, and beneficial substances, that promote healthy plants and crop enhancement. These products are uniquely formulated for specific plant needs, utilizing natural compounds and substances to facilitate plant growth. By harnessing the power of natural and organic compounds, our BOOST line allows crops to achieve maximum potential while eliminating poor fertility in the soil and rejuvenating the microbial ecosystem.

Crafted to target the most damaging pests and diseases of essential crops, the CONTROL line is formulated entirely from plant extracts. These natural fungicides, larvicides, acaricides and nematicides eliminate harmful and destructive pests while protecting crops from unwanted pathogens. By controlling pests and fungi, our CONTROL products naturally promote crop activity to stimulate growth and maximize productivity for any farmer.

The PRO line of fertilizers is a powerful and extensive range of macro, secondary, and micronutrients. They provide the essential elements to maintain optimal crop growth. These fertilizers are constructed with organic acids and natural complexing agents that aid in the absorption of nutrients to greatly reduce the amount of chemical runoff and volatile compounds inside the soil. This in turn stimulates necessary crop growth and ensures the safety of important beneficial insects and microorganisms.

The BIO line introduces important microbial organisms to establish symbiotic relationships that modern farming practices exclude. Our goal is to reunite nature with modern and future agricultural practices. By using in vivo breeding techniques to produce biological inoculants, pesticides, and fungicides, Vegalab is delivering the sustainability our future generations need… today.

How to control Powdery Mildew

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Powdery mildew is a common disease that affects many types of plants and crops such as tomatoes, beets, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants, pumpkins, lettuce, artichoke, and many others. Powdery Mildew can grow in different environment; moist conditions are not always necessary. Most seasoned farmers have experienced powdery mildew at some point.

The first signs of powdery mildew are white, powdery spots that form on the surface of leaves and can also appear on shoots. These spots then spread over the plant and causing damage. Spores make up most of these spots and act as the means of dispersal. Powdery mildew can significantly reduce crop yields and leaves the plant vulnerable to other environmental stressors.

Vegalab's Mildew Control is the all natural fungicide that is highly effective at controlling and preventing powdery mildew and other types of fungi. Mildew Control uses natural extracts of geranium plants to reach the highest efficacy while reducing the environmental impact. Using geranoil as one of its ingredients combats mildew by deactivating the spores and consequently reverses the diseases process.

For more information on Mildew Control, feel free to contact us.

The Importance of Nitrogen for Crop Growth

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Nitrogen is one of the main elements attributed to vigorous vegetative growth by promoting cellular reproduction and division. The plant transforms nitrogen into proteins and amino acids, distributing these essential compounds throughout the plant (mainly stem/node and leaf growth). Thus, it is essential for plant growth and is associated with increasing plant mass.

A plant with nitrogen deficiency will have reduced plant growth and yellowing in theleaves. In a severe case, the affected area ultimately turns brown and dies.

Providing plants with adequate nitrogen can be done quickly, effectively, and naturally by using Vegalabs Nitrogen Pro. Nitrogen Pro is a liquid fertilizer that contains nitrogen and other micronutrients designed to be absorbed quickly through leaves and root systems.  Proving the essential quantities of nitrogen assures growth and elevated yields.

Nitrogen Pro also contains important micronutrients such as boron, copper, iron, molybdenum and zinc that work togther for efficacy.  Boron has an important role in the circulation of sugars. Copper promotes photosynthesis in plants and is beneficial to building enzymes. Iron takes part of the respiratory process and contributes to the formation of protein. Molybdenum is an essential element in plants for the synthesis of amino acids from nitrogen absorbed. Lastly, zinc acts as an activator of important plant functions such as the formation of auxins and growth hormones.

Nitrogen Pro is effective at preventing deficiencies. Dont wait until its too late. Reach out to learn more of how Vegalabs Nitrogen Pro can help you grow healthy robust crops.

How to get rid of Spider Mites

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Spider Mites are known for spinning webs of destruction on plants. They indiscriminatelyfeed on several hundred species of plants and attack healthy vegetable and fruit crops. Spider Mite symptoms include brown/yellow flecks on the leaves, scorched leaves, and spider-like webs.

An easy an natural way to tackle this pest is with Vegalabs Spider Mite Control. This powerful all natural alternative to harsh pesticides, effectively combats spider mites and keeps them from returning. Spider Mite Control uses ingredients like natural cotton seed, rosemary oil, and geraniol, to reach the highest level of efficacy. Spider Mite Control kills the pests on contact by blocking their breathing holes so that they die of suffocation. It also deactivates the eggs and prevents hatching.

Spider Mite Control is effective against all spider mites including the red and two-spotted kind. Its been tested on Tetranychus urticae which is known to attack beans, corn, peppers, potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes, and ornamentals such as roses.

Like all of Vegalabs products, Spider Mite Control is safe for the environment and the pests will not create resistance development after continuous use.

When combating a spider mite problem make sure to keep it away from other plants to prevent them from exposure.

To learn more about Spider Mite Control, feel free to contact us.