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"NEMATODES" - the word nematode is derived from the zoological phylum Nematoda which includes thread-like, unsegmented worms, found in both the plant and animal kingdoms. The nematode is one of the oldest existing life forms dating back millions of years.

Nematodes as a group vary a great deal according to species. Nematodes not only differ greatly in size, shape, and habitat, but in their feeding habits as well. The first group of nematodes feeds only on dead and decaying organic material in the soil. This group is very beneficial, helping to breakdown the organic matter into humus. Organic matter is not usable by a plant until it is broken down into humus. The second group of nematodes is the Predatory Nematodes. These Predatory Nematodes feed on tiny organisms including Parasitic Nematodes. Predatory Nematodes can help to keep Parasitic Nematode populations under control. The third group are the Animal Parasitic Nematodes which cause illnesses in animals and humans alike. The fourth group, the Plant Parasitic Nematodes, are a major concern to agriculture as they feed on living plant tissue.

The Plant Parasitic Nematodes do not only physically damage the plant itself, but also acts as a vector (carrier) for many types of viral plant diseases. Most nematodes in this group primarily attack the root systems, but some attack the stems and the buds as well. It is estimated that this group of Parasitic Nematodes cost farmers millions of dollars annually in the United States, and billions of dollars annually worldwide. It has also been estimated that most growers lose 10% or more in crop production annually due to these Parasitic Nematodes.

Why have the Plant Parasitic Nematode infestations become such a major problem in agricultural crop production in the last 20 to 30 years? To answer this question, let us look at what changes have taken place in the farming industry throughout the world during this period of time.

smldybug.gif (924 bytes)1.) Pesticides and Insecticides have become the primary source of controlling insects, weeds, fungus and most other agricultural pests. Pesticides are non-selective. They not only kill pests and weeds, but also kill many beneficial organisms. Insecticides for example, do not distinguish between harmful, or beneficial insects. They kill most insects they come in contact with, good or bad.

smldybug.gif (924 bytes)2.) Secondly, farming has become more intensified with the use of modern farming practices. We are demanding more out of the soil than even before. With the introduction of chemical fertilizers to increase production, the critical balance of the soil has been destroyed.

Prior to the modern age of chemical farming, Parasitic Nematode populations were held in check by Predatory Nematodes and micro-organisms in the soil. With the use of pesticides, many of these natural predators were destroyed. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides also create a salt build up in the soil. The majority of agricultural chemicals and fertilizers are salt based. As the salt content of the soil increases, many of the Predatory Nematodes and other micro-organisms that naturally control the harmful Parasitic Nematodes, are eliminated. Parasitic Nematodes actually thrive in saline conditions, while their natural predators are eliminated, allowing Parasitic Nematode populations to increase unrestricted.

How can these Parasitic Nematodes be controlled? Nematicides kill only the Nematodes they contact directly, as well as other microorganisms. The problem is Nematicides do NOT effect the nematode eggs themselves. These unaffected eggs hatch and start the life cycle all over again. The life cycle of Parasitic Nematodes from egg to reproducing adult takes as little as 7 days in some species and as long as 4-5 weeks in others. The larvae stages can be as destructive as the adults themselves. Nematicides are extremely expensive, and repeated applications may be required during a growing season to attain even minimal Parasitic Nematode control. Nematicides are also dangerous to health and the environment. This is why many of these nematicides have been banned by the EPA and other regulatory agencies. The ONLY WAY to effectively CONTROL Parasitic Nematode populations is TO BREAK THEIR LIFE CYCLE.

The best way to break the life cycle of the Parasitic Nematode is by creating an environment that is not conducive for their reproduction, while at the same time creating a conducive environment for Predatory Nematodes, aerobic bacteria and other beneficial micro-organisms. This is the ONLY EFFECTIVE WAY to keep Parasitic Nematodes under control. After years of research Native American Pharmacy, Inc. developed an organic product that sets up a conducive environment to effectively control Parasitic Nematodes.

How does Native American Pharmacy's Organic Growers agricultural formula create an environment to accomplish Parasitic Nematode population control?

Super Kelp Agro Formula is a totally organic formulation made from plant extracts. The special plant extractions and special blending processes are the secrets of Native American Pharmacy's success. The agricultural formula is a non-homeopathic formulation with increased substance plus high energy product that acts to help balance the soil quickly. It works to break down the salts that have built up in the soil over years of using salt based fertilizers and chemicals, breaking down the sodium and chloride salts into cell and tissue salts. Sodium and chloride salts retard and inhibit plant growth, while cell and tissue salts promote and accelerate plant growth. Natural sugars in the soil and the plant are increased, thus there is less problem with insect infestation, as they cannot digest sugar. Since too much sugar will kill plant parasitic insects, they tend not to feed on crops that have a high sugar content. Since Native American Pharmacy's Organic Growers Super Kelp Agro Formula helps raise the sugar content, there is less insect damage to crops using the Organic Growers program.

Our formula adds humus to the soil, immediately. The form of Humic Acid in the Organic Growers formula is different from most other forms of Humic Acid based products available on the market today. The Humic Acid in the Organic Growers formulation is an ACTIVE Humic Acid, which is available to the soil and plant immediately. Most Humic Acid products on today’s market are originated from mineral deposits, generally lignite (low grade coal deposit). These lignite based deposits contain only a small percentage of a PASSIVE Humic Acid, of which only a small amount of Humic Acid is actually available to the plant. In sharp contrast, the ACTIVE Humic Acid contained in the Organic Growers agricultural formula is nearly all available to the soil and plant immediately.

Native American Pharmacy's agricultural formula increases micro-organism activity in the soil, as well as increases and re-establishes earthworms in the soil. The earthworm is one of the best fertilizer manufacturing plants available to the soil. Our formula helps improve the soil by creating a healthy aerobic environment for the beneficial aerobic organisms to function. This insures that the crop residues will break down into organic matter quickly and then proceed to further break down into humus, and the natural cycle continues as it was designed by nature.

These are the processes by which our agricultural formula creates an environment that is conducive to beneficial organisms that naturally control Parasitic Nematodes in the soil and on the plant itself.


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