Because heavy fertilizer and pesticides use can basically make your soil sterile by killing off good microorganisms, adding organic material is essential to restoring the soil back to good health. Microorganisms need to eat and digest in order to stay healthy and in turn keep the soil healthy for plant growth. If organisms such as good bacteria, fungi, algae, good nematodes, protozoa, and actinomycetes are missing from your soil, your soil is not healthy enough.
Molasses is an excellent source of organic material or food for soil that will greatly benefit both your plants and the soil’s good microorganisms. Here’s how:
Dry Molasses for the Soil
Dried molasses adds carbohydrates and carbon to soil that microorganisms feed on. It also adds sulfur, potassium, and a variety of other trace minerals that are essential for plants.
- Carbon is the main energy source in soil needed to have healthy microorganisms.
- Potassium helps plants maintain a good balance between root growth and top (leafy) growth and important for ensuring plants have adequate hardness for both winter and summer.
Agronomy experts recommend using 1.5 lb. of dry molasses per 100 square feet. Farmers and ranchers can use it at much lower rates and still get acceptable results. As little as 100–200 lbs. per acre can be beneficial.
Apply when the air and ground are dry to avoid creating a sticky mess. It cannot be mixed with water and sprayed.
Liquid Molasses of the Soil
Liquid molasses is sweet syrup that is enjoyed by humans in baking and for health (see Golden Barrel Molasses) as well as supplementation for animal feed. But it can also serve as a soil amendment to feed and stimulate microorganisms in the soil.
Like the dry molasses, liquid molasses provides food for microorganisms and is a source of carbon, sulfur, and potassium. It is a quick source of energy for the soil life and microbes living in the soil, or the compost pile, and will even help chase away fire ants. Liquid molasses is used in sprays to help organic pest controls and as an ingredient in many organic fertilizers.
Liquid molasses is an excellent agricultural feeding material by itself and can be mixed with other organic liquids. Use this chart for soil application for conventional and organic crops:
|Crop||Usage||Amount (per acre)|
|Corn||In Furrow||3.7 gallons|
|Foliar Application||3-5 gallons|
|Forage Pasture||1-2 gallons|
|Soybean||Banded 2X2||2-3 gallons|
Agronomy Advantages of Molasses
- Simple sugars can be an effective tool in getting better yields for your crops.
- Molasses makes an excellent spreader sticker/surfactant that is ideal for a foliar application and or in farrow during planting.
- Post application with nitrogen can reduce “leaching” of vital soil nutrients as well as accelerate the fodder break down for healthier soil.
- The application of simple sugars to soil application is an inexpensive and effective tool in better application of spray materials thus leading to healthy soil.
Bioremediation Advantages of Molasses
Molasses and sugars are also being used in an emerging field of environmental remediation.
- We offer adjusted brix sweetwaters to feed “bugs” in bacterial reactors.
- Molasses combination for water purification and filtering.
- Can be used in the denitrification process.
- Ideal for manure pit decomposition and odor reduction.
- Offerings solutions in using simple sugars that can propel bacterial cleaning and high ionic exchange.