An AcresUSA interview that better explains this
Dr. Christine Jones has written an exceptional
article which was published in the March, 2015
issue of AcresUSA. This article does a great job
of explaining how GroPal Balance is able to
accomplish all it does.Click
read her article.
In her interview, Dr. Christine Jones explains
the best way to increase the amount of carbon
(sugars) the plant exudes through the roots into
the soil, and how this is a wonderful way to
increase the RFV and brix of the plant.
How GroPal Balance Facilitates Rapid Topsoil
Dr. Jones says that the formation of topsoil can
be breathtakingly rapid. She explains that the
reason for this is that most of the ingredients
for new topsoil come from the atmosphere,
including carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen.
Plants utilize these to produce liquid carbon,
which they then exude into the soil through
their roots in order to feed soil microbes. It
is this flow of liquid carbon (sugars) into the
soil that is the primary means by which rich
topsoil is formed.
GroPal Balance helps to improve the soil
and the plants growing in it
a host of nutrients, including a rich supply
of the trace minerals found in ocean water.
These nutrients supply the soil with what it
needs so that it cansupply
plants with theenergythey
need to reach their maximum potential.
Balance provides 70+ beneficial bacteria
plus fungi. These micro-organisms
help to create balance in the soil.Balance
balance created causes the soil to possess a
high energy level.
When this energy is made available to
to sequester sugars to feed the
micro-organisms in the soil.
As the micro-organisms are nurtured and fed
by the plant, they in turn make nutrients
to the plant. This enables the plant to
sequester even more sugars into the soil.
This relationship between microbes and plant
result in plants being able to attain their
The Best Way to Form Topsoil
Many scientists have confused themselves — and
the general public — by assuming soil carbon
sequestration and the making of topsoil occurs
as a result of the decomposition of organic
matter such as crop residues.
In stark contrast, Dr. Jones points out that
most of the elements needed to create topsoil
are found in the atmosphere and that the
creation of new soil centers around carbon.
Compost may help, but it is simply not the best
way to create topsoil.
A plant can acquire between 85 to 90 percent of
the building materials it needs from the air to
create liquid carbon. The rest of the nutrients
are provided from the soil. Soil microbes use
this liquid carbon as an energy source to help
them convert tied up nutrients into available
plant food. In the process, the sugars emitted
by the roots act as a glue to create complex
soil structure, which includes stable forms of
carbon and humus.
New topsoil is rapidly created in this
environment. Once GroPal Balance is activated
with at least 1.1” of moisture and a soil
temperature above 45 degrees, almost immediately
plants begin to secrete liquid carbon into the
soil, and it is only a matter of weeks before
new soil begins to form.
This is superior to results seen by using a bio
stimulant, including natural plant or seaweed
extracts. GroPal Balance contains every micro
and macro nutrient needed by the plant, plus
fungi and over 70 species of bacteria that help
the soil to convert nutrientstied
up in the soilinto
Benefits of Sequestering Carbon into the Soil
Carbon is needed for soil structuring and water
holding. As liquid carbon streams into the
aggregates via the roots or fungal linkages, it
enables the production of glues and gums that
hold soil particles together.
Establishing a good soil structure enables
nitrogen-fixing bacteria to function. You will
rarely see a nitrogen deficient plant in a
healthy natural ecosystem. Ammonia that is fixed
from the air is rapidly converted into an amino
acid or incorporated into a humic polymer. These
organic forms of nitrogen cannot be leached or
With rapid carbon sequestering, the growth rate
of plants can quickly increase. That is the
power of properly functioning soil.
Why it is Best to Limit
your Chemical Fertilizers
once GroPal Balance is Applied
As Dr. Jones pointed out, if plants can obtain
nitrogen, phosphorus and potash easily, they
will stop pumping carbon into the soil to
support their microbial partners. This
interruption of the carbon flow to the soil
reduces aggregation and the forming of new
Grains like corn or wheat will probably need
As Dr. Jones stated, including some clovers or
peas with your wheat or some vetch with your
corn is another way of supplying the soil with
extra organic nitrogen. As is mentioned in her
article, in biologically active soils, Dr. Jones
actually found the use of NPK to be
Remember that a soil test can only tell you what
is available to plants by passive uptake of
inorganic nutrients, like those provided by NPK
fertilizers. The other 97 percent of minerals,
those made available by microbes, are not
inorganic minerals and will simply not be
visible on a standard soil test.
By nurturing the aerobic microbes in the soil,
we can increase the availability of a huge
variety of minerals and trace elements — most of
which are not contained in fertilizers.
Maintaining Soil Aggregates
Keep the soil covered and don’t till it
Tilling the soil or allowing soil to remain bare
for a number of months disrupts soil microbial
life, as well as mycorrhizal fungi. Plant a
cover crop and use companion crops with cash
Remember, plants colonized by mycorrhizal fungi
can grow much more robustly even though they’re
giving away as much as half of the sugars that
they make in photosynthesis through their roots.
They photosynthesize faster, producing more
sugars, which can in turn be shared with the
In regions with a hot, dry summer, evaporation
is enemy number one. Bare soil will besignificantly
hotter and lose more moisture than covered soil.
Aggregates will break down unless the soil is
alive. Aggregation is absolutely vital for
moisture infiltration and retention.
Try to minimize chemical applications
This includes fungicides, insecticides and
herbicides. It is a no-brainer that something
designed to kill things is going to do just
Chemical applications can inhibit the soil fungi
that are essential to crop nutrition and soil
building. When soil fungi are kept from
functioning properly, plants can no longer use
them to obtain the trace elements they need to
fight fungal diseases.
When we spray for weeds it creates bare ground
and the weed seed that’s there means the weeds
simply come back.
Some weeds have deep roots that help to bring up
nutrients. Leaving them can mean that better
quality plants will eventually be able to grow
in the improved soil and replace the weeds. A
little patience may be needed while soils
For dry regions, perennial grasses have
incredibly deep root systems and form
mycorrhizal associations that help them survive
during dry periods. They will soon create their
own microclimate to help them overcome a lack of
water and thrive, displacing weeds.
A diversity of plants actually improves nutrient
acquisition and water retention, and helps to
fill in gaps in the soil. Multi-species pasture
cropping can help to displace unwanted weeds.
Rotational grazing can help, too. For cash
crops, multi-species cover crops and companion
crops can help with weed control and soil
improvement, as soils move toward fungal
GroPal Balance is the most advanced
we know of for accomplishing carbon
sequestration and the building of topsoil.
For most applications, just 10 to 40 ounces per
acre is all that is needed.