"I fertilized for $6 per acre"
Spreading Sea Mineral on my fields increased production while decreasing fertilizer costs
Although Lynn Buhr has always had an interest in ranching and organic agriculture, it has not always been his career. In fact, he graduated from college with a degree in mechanical engineering and 8 years later earned his doctor degree in chiropractic. He then spent 27 years as a practicing chiropractor. However, Buhr is now living his dream as the proud owner of Rocky Springs Ranch.
Lynn and his wife Pat moved from Davenport, Iowa to Springdale, Ark., in 1972 to open a chiropractic office. Five years later, they moved to a 40-acre farm near Elm Springs, Ark. While raising two children, the couple eventually increased the size of their farm to 140 acres.
"We were always looking toward better quality--better living conditions for the animals and better soil conditions. So we've been interested in natural soil improvement, organic farming and grass-fed beef all along," Buhr said.
They built up the soil over 25 years with repeated applications of calcium phosphate colloidal clay, dolomite-free lime and small amounts of chicken, horse and cow manure several times each year.
"We started over there with red clay and rocks, but after those 25 years, we had 8 or 9 inches of black loam soil in most places," Buhr said.
They sold the Elm Springs acreage five years ago and moved to their current home six miles east of Siloam Springs, Ark. The couple owns several Arabian horses and 160 commercial Black Angus cows that they keep on their 500 acres of pasture and grassland, plus 200 leased acres. Buhr said they are working hard to build up the soil on their new place.
"I have found that one of the major factors in replenishing the soil on our land at this time is the use of sea minerals as fertilizer," Buhr said. "Seven years ago, I started reading about the use of sea minerals to build the soil in Acres USA, a national organic farming publication. I then started reading more and more books about how sea minerals were a perfect fertility enhancer."
Buhr experimented for a few years with the sea minerals and started to realize the impact they were making on his land. He said he first treated 50 acres of Bermuda grass with the sea minerals and saw a significant difference in the color and amount of the grass compared to the untreated area. Garden vegetables and grains did much better also. By year two, he was sold.
"We had a 50 percent increase in hay produced on every field where the product was used," Buhr said. "We were also surprised when the cattle would eat every bit of the bales from the treated fields before even touching the others."
The Buhrs were so impressed with the sea minerals, they became a distributor for a company in January 2007 and later began selling their own product--Sea Minerals from Arkansas--in early fall 2007.
In addition to the positive impact sea minerals made on the land, Buhr said it was a less expensive alternative to commercial fertilizer. He is able to fertilize an acre for $6 per application with a maximum of 3 applications per year for $18/acre/year.
"Not only is it a cheaper method, but sea minerals have a lasting effect on the microbes in the soil as compared to commercial fertilizer that is gone from the soil after one growing season in most instances," he said. "These sea mineral nutrients stay in the soil from year to year and build and enhance the soil back to the way it was before this area was highly inhabited."
Buhr said sea minerals also make great free-choice mineral for cattle. The cows will consume less than two pounds per month. It has been shown to decrease cell count in dairy cattle and plays a key role in producing better quality organic milk and butcher beef.
The Buhrs are busy setting up distributors in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Illinois where they are licensed and have applications pending in several other states.
"We see this material source and its different applications making revolutionary changes in agriculture across the Midwest, and we're going to be growing healthier foods because we don't have to apply as many single-quantity chemicals to the soil."
For more information, contact wholesaler for Sea Minerals F.A., Rocky Springs Ranch, Siloam Springs, AR or visit www.SeaMineralsFA.com. Phone number is 479-524-8921.