Mustard Green – Brassica juncea

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Crop: Mustard Green
Result: Improved plant yield, height and weight, number of leaves, and leaf length and width.
Location: Quang Dung Province, China

Agrostim studies were conducted in China using the following experimental design:

Species: Brassica juncea
Cultivar: Mustard Green
Location: Quang Dung Province, Quang Zhow, Tin Hall District, China
Dates: January 17 to March 17, 1997
Experimental Design: 3 Separate Treatments plus Control

CK – Control, 60%of local customary fertilizer (urea)

A. CK + Agrostim 0.45 kilogram/acre soil applied (Dilution ratio 1:2,000)

B. CK + Agrostim 0.225 kilogram/acre soil & foliar applied (Dilution ratio 1:4,000)

C. CK + Agrostim 0.45 kilogram/acre foliar applied (Dilution ratio 1:566)

Study Results:

Table 1. Comparison of Production Rates, Gross Weight Increase, and Percentage of Agrostim Yield Increases over the Control (CK).

Treatment Production by plots Production Production
I II III Ave. per acre Compared to CK
CK 46.65 47.20 47.80 47.22 1,967.5 0
A 47.65 48.75 49.80 48.73 2,026.7 +3.0%
B 52.40 54.05 55.70 54.05 2,247.9 +14.3%
C 54.70 54.65 55.20 54.85 2,281.2 +15.9%
“Treatments B & C are significantly greater than Treatment A and the Control (CK) by Analysis of Variance at the 0.001 Level of Significance.

Table 2. Growth Pattern and Plant Appearance Differentials Between Agrostim Treated and Control Grown Mustard Green.

Treatment Ave. Plant Weight (Grams) Ave. Plant Height (Centimeters) Chlorophyll Levels
CK 236 42.9 40.6
A 244 43.2 40.5
B 270 46.4 42.8
C 274 48.0 42.7
“Treatments B & C are Significantly Greater than Treatment A and the Control (CK) by Analysis of Variance at the 0.001 Level of Significance.

Fig.1. Comparative Growth of Mustard Green. Soil applied Agrostim plants (A) are on the left side, Control (CK) plants are on the right.

Fig.2. Comparative Growth of Mustard green. Soil and Foliar applied Agrostim (B) plants are on the right, Control (CK) plants are on the left.

Fig.3. Comparative Growth of Mustard Green. Foliar applied Agrostim (C) plants are on the right, Control (CK) plants are on the left.

Table 3. Growth Pattern and Plant Appearance Differentials Between Agrostim Treated and Control Grown Mustard Green

Treatment Ave. Number of Leaves/Plant Ave. Leaf Length (Centimeters) Ave. Leaf Width (Centimeters)
CK 10.1 38.6 19.8
A 10.2 39.0 20.4
B 10.8 41.6 21.6
C 10.9 42.4 21.8
“Treatments B & C are Significantly Greater than Treatment A and the Control (CK) by Analysis of Variance at the 0.001 Level of Significance.

Fig.4. Comparative leaf growth for Agrostim treated plants (Left) versus the Control (CK) plants (Right).

Additionally, the report clearly indicates Agrostim’s:

Improved cooked leaf taste
Improved plant growth & spread of roots
Agrostim increased yield by an average of 16%
Agrostim treated Mustard greens were significantly heavier, taller plants than the control plants
Deeper more vibrant green leaf color
Based upon a production increase of 313.7 Kung Gen/Acre, at local prices the average farmer obtained a net profit increase of 3.30X (330%) over the cost of the Agrostim.