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PROTOCOL FOR
POTATOES, TOMATOES, EGGPLANT and CHILIES

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
A. APPLICATION IN NURSERY:
Mix BioVam as an amendment to bedding soils at a rate of 8 lbs (one gallon) per cubic yard.  Do not add fertilizers or chemical fungicides to soil mixes.

Caution: If you pasteurize your soils, keep in mind that temperatures above 110 F (45 C) may be lethal to the Mycorrhiza in BioVam.

B. APPLICATION IN THE FIELD FOR NEW PLANTINGS OR TRANSPLANTING:
A minimum of 1 teaspoon of BioVam per plant is recommended when transplanting uninoculated plants. Place BioVam in the planting hole directly under seedling, ensuring that physical contact between BioVam and roots is established. Application rate for seed drilling or banding is 16 lbs. (2 gallons) per acre.

C. FERTILIZERS:
We recommend the use of well-composted materials added to the fill soil at a ratio of 10% compost to soil. Materials high in fulvic and humic acids are the most advantageous to successful union of BioVam and root.

Mycorrhizal inoculation is usually most responsive at low fertility levels. To assure inoculation the University of California recommends that the nutrient levels should be below at least one of the following with the phosphorous level being the most critical:

Nitrogen* 50 ppm approx 95 lbs/ac = 105 kg/ha
Phosphorous (Olsen) 34 ppm approx 64 lbs/ac = 71kg/ha
Manganese 27 ppm approx 50 lbs/ac = 55 kg/ha
Zinc 12 ppm approx 23 lbs/ac = 25 kg/ha
Organic Matter    

* Nitrate forms of nitrogen are preferable to ammonium forms especially in peat mixes.


Caution: Do not use pre-plant fertilizer or fertilizers in the hole at time of planting. Added chemical or organic fertilizers will impair the BioVam's ability to establish itself in the root of the plant and delay or destroy the beneficial effects of BioVam on the plant.

D. FREQUENCY OF USE OF FERTILIZER:
Two applications of Biosol or another organic fertilizer equivalent to NPK 7-2-1 should be adequate for the crop production cycle.  This fertilizer should be applied at a rate of 1/3 less than recommended by the manufacturer.

E. MISCELLANY:
All recommendations about dosage represent a minimum amount. Increased dosages will add to speed and effectiveness of BioVam's work on the roots of your plants. Soil should be treated with organic compost, not to exceed 10% to promote streptomyces soil bacteria, tricaderma fungi and other bio-control agents.

Insect control should be achieved by using effective integrated pest control measures (IPM) whenever possible. This means the use of beneficial insects, botanical insecticides or other environmentally sensitive alternatives are recommended. Refer to the approved product list in the Questions and Answers Sheet for chemicals compatible with BioVam.

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