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Old 09-06-2012, 01:11 AM
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I've been out of pocket the last few days, but when I was able to read some of these responses, I found them fascinating. Some guys, like replenish, would rather disregard science and opt, instead, to grow their plants based on faith. These people ignore what we know to be true about plant growth and choose to think that if they believe hard enough, any old snake oil will make plants grow. At this point, we're no longer professionals -- we're only guessers.

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Originally Posted by replenish&subdue View Post
I came away from the video of the professor as a jerk whose weight he liked to throw around was his 30 some years of specializing in microbiology and being a professor at a reputable college.
Are you offended by someone explaining science and how his subject of specialization works? It sounds like you're taking this personally, not objectively.


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I leave the studies for someone else to take apart.

Maybe this is why you're experiencing some personal anguish over the subject. If you delve into the studies, you will learn the truth and not follow blind statements or "beliefs."


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Inspite of what professor blah says I believe the soil feeds the plant and not the other way around as he says.
He has scientific evidence to prove his statements. Do you have any scientific evidence to prove your statements?


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It is the way the Lord designed nature to work verses man using synthetic to feed the plant.
The way the Lord designed nature to work? Apparently your understanding of nature is skewed, since we can observe that it does not work in the way you describe. You can rebel against people all you wish, but nature works how it works, wether you believe it or not.

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In our area of learning we are humbled by the complexity of it all. Soil is as different as a human to another. Sure there are the general loams and soil profiles but in comes the soil chemistry,conditions and a number of other factors.
Soils have properties that can be learned and explained. They are NOT a mystery. Those who choose not to learn about them will forever be an easy target for exploitation.

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I wish the organic world had an easy system like it is in the traditional with P.N,K with pre & postemerges and fungicides for each kind of fungus,insecticide for each pest.
N, P, and K are not unique to conventional management systems -- plants need those (and other) elements, regardless of the original source. Remember, plants can only take up nutrients in their INorganic forms.


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I am not shaken by that professor but I am not convinced about these two new avenues of approach.
Shaken? There's nothing to shake, here. The science is clear. If you would rather not believe the science, you must be looking to pull something over on your customers.

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This sort even thinks that the science of plant nutrition and soil microbiology exists on every property but their own, ie

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Originally Posted by phasthound
I showed Dr. Zubarer's video to several LCO's & landscapers. A common response was, Bring him to my properties and tell me it's hogwash!
Why some folks think that a single un-scientific, uncontrolled, and unreplicated application trumps thousands of controlled, replicated studies conducted over many years and in many hundreds of growing conditions across the US is certainly beyond me. At this point, objectivity has gone out the window and an overpowering bias toward a product is evident, regardless of actual performance.

It seems as though those who advocate microbial products and management want so badly to believe in a paroduct that they overlook the science and understanding of how plants actually operate. Saying how much I like these products doesn't make them work better. Dr. Zuberer summed up very concisely that conventional products don't harm microbial populations, microbial products don't help microbial populations, and that the best way to encourage microbial populations is to do the conventional things that help to grow healthy plants.
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