Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Result: Increased Cocoa bean yields by approximately 30% to 36% over control trees,
Location: Santander, Colombia
Cocoa trees are almost evenly divided between two primary species, Theobroma cacao v. sphaerocarpum (called the Forastero lines) and T. cacao v. cacao (called the Criollo lines). The Criollo varieties, which are native of Mexico, lack growth vigor and are more susceptible to diseases, but yield a bean of lower acidity and higher flavor quality than the Forastero varieties.
Agrostim, as a highly concentrated, balanced organic-based fertilizer, has been successfully used in the Caribbean (Haiti) and South America (Brazil) to:
Increase Cocoa bean yields by approximately 30% to 36% over control trees, increasing bean yields from approximately 2,600 kg/ha to approximately 3,100 kg/ha.
Increase natural immunity to attack by insect predators and microbials, especially black pod (Phytophthora palmivora), witches broom (Marasmius perniciosus), Bacterium aceti and B. xylmoides.
Significantly decrease the poundage requirements for synthetic chemical pesticides.