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Garden Program

Fall

Step 1 - Obtain a Soil Sample
Take a soil sample every two to three years.

Step 2 - Manage the Residue
Chop or shred the plants immediately after harvest is complete.

Step 3 - Apply D-Compose
Apply D-Compose at the rate of 1 quart D-Compose to 2 gallon water per 1000 square feet. Or D-Compose can be mixed with the quantity of water that is easiest for you to apply and distribute across your garden and residue.

Step 4 - Till the Soil
Shallow incorporate the plant residue and D-Compose into the soil with your choice of tillage method. We recommend no more than 6-inch deep tillage.

Step 5 - Apply Fall Dry Blend
Apply Blend C (calcium), Blend M (magnesium), or Blend P (phosphorus) according to Lancaster Ag’s recommendation.

Step 6 - Seed Cover Crop
Note: If you are growing certified organic, please use all organic versions.

Spring

Step 1 - Ground Preparation

  • Till the cover crop and let soil rest.
  • Work garden into a finished seedbed.

Step 2 - Pre-plant

  • Apply SeedGro at the rate of 1 gallon per 1000 square feet.
  • Apply Garden Top Dress at the rate of 25 pounds per 1000 square feet.
  • Till soil lightly.

Step 3 - Side Dress

  • Apply SeedGro at the rate of 1 pint SeedGro to 2 gallons water per 200 foot-row every 2 weeks during the growing season or as needed for energy or growth.

Step 4 - Foliar System
Alternate the following two products every 5-7 days during the growing season:

  • 1.5 ounce Fruit Mix with 1 gallon water per 1000 square feet
  • 1 pint F-1 with 1 gallon water per 1000 square feet

Note: If you are growing certified organic, please use all organic versions.

Greenhouse Program

Biological = Fruit Mix
Organic = SeedGro & Premier

Step 1 - Pre-planting System

  • Broadcast SeedGro 1 gal. SeedGro with 5 gal. water per 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Broadcast 25 lb. Top Dress per 1,000 sq. ft.

Step 2 - Foliar System
Alternate the following two products every 5-7 days during the growing season:

  • 1.5 oz. Fruit Mix with 2.5 gal. water per 1,000 sq. ft.
  • 1 pint F-1 with 1 gal. water per 1,000 sq. ft.

Step 3 - Drip Irrigation

  • Apply 4 oz. SeedGro per 100 ft. row once a week
  • Apply 2 oz. Premier per 100 ft. row once a week
  • After fruit sets to the size of a marble or golf ball, apply SeedGro and Premier twice a week
Field and Vine Program

Biological = Force & Fruit Mix
Organic = SeedGro & Premier

Step 1 - Pre-planting System

  • Apply 750 pounds Top Dress per acre
  • Apply Force or SeedGro at the rate of 30 gal. with 30-40 gal. water per acre

Step 2 - Drip Irrigation

  • Apply 4 oz. Force or SeedGro per 100-foot row once a week
  • Apply 2 oz. Premier per 100-foot row once a week
  • After fruit sets to the size of a marble or golf ball, apply SeedGro or Premier twice a week

Step 3 - Foliar System
Alternate the following two products every 5-7 days during the growing season:

  • Apply Fruit Mix at the rate of 2 qt. of Fruit Mix with 20 gal. water per acre
  • Apply F-1 at the rate of 5 gal. F-1 with 20 gal. water per acre
Grapes Program

Step 1 - Apply a Fall Blend
Apply a Fall Blend according to Lancaster Ag’s recommendation, which is based on the analysis of your soil test. For best results, apply before the end of December.

Step 2 - Apply Garden Top Dress
In early spring (April) apply 2.5 lb. Garden Top Dress per 100 sq. ft. on the soil under the branch area of your grape stalks. Suggestion is 3-foot band the width and length of the branch area.

Step 3 - Apply SeedGro
Monthly during the growing season, mix 2 pint SeedGro with 2 gal. water per 200-foot row and apply on the soil with a watering can under the branch area.

Step 4 - Apply Fruit Mix
Each week mix 1.5 oz. Fruit Mix with 2.5 gal. water. Apply as a light mix.

Step 5 - Apply F-1
Mix 5 oz. F-1 with 1 gal. water and apply thoroughly to the grape plant as a light mist.

Step 6 - Water!
Throughout summer and fall, make sure grapes have sufficient water. Grapes begin preparing for next year’s crop by replenishing root reserves after harvest ends this year.

Tip: Foliar applications are best in very early morning or late in the evening.

Note: If you are growing certified organic, please use all organic versions.

Fruit Trees Nutritional Program

Step 1 - Apply a Fall Blend
Apply a Fall Blend according to Lancaster Ag’s recommendation, which is based on the analysis of your soil test. For best results, apply immediately following harvest. For those with 24+ trees, call Lancaster Ag for a custom recommendation.

Step 2 - Apply Lime Sulfur
When trees are dormant, spray with lime sulfur.

Step 3 - Apply Dormant Oil
Also, when trees are still dormant or have up to ½” green growth and temperature is above 40 degrees, apply a dormant oil of choice.

Step 4 - Apply SeedGro
Mix 1 gal. SeedGro with 2 gal. water per 1,000 sq. ft. and apply one time on the ground in the branch area of your trees.

Step 5 - Apply Garden Top Dress
Monthly from April to August, apply 2 lb. Garden Top Dress on the ground in the branch area of your trees. The rate can be increased to boost energy levels in poor or wet soils.

Step 6 - Apply Fruit Mix
From spring greenup until 2 weeks after harvest, mix 1.5 oz. Fruit Mix with 2.5 gal. water per 1,000 sq. ft. or mix 2 qt. Fruit Mix with 20 gal. water per acre and apply as a light mist every 5-7 days.

Step 7 - Apply F-1
Mix 16 oz. F-1 with 2.5 gal. water and apply thoroughly to the trees as a light mist every 5-7 days.

Tip: Foliar applications are best in very early morning or late in the evening.

Note: If you are growing certified organic, please use all organic versions.

Asparagus Program

Fall Months

  • Apply recommended Fall Blend amount before the end of December.

Early Spring

  • Apply Garden Top Dress at a rate of 25 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Disc patch to aerate and control weeds.

Harvest Season

  • Apply SeedGro at the rate of 1 gal. per 1,000 sq. ft. on or before April 1.
  • Apply SeedGro at the rate of ½ gal. per 1,000 sq. ft. just before harvest begins

After Harvest Season

  • Apply 75 lb. of Asparagus Mix per 100 feet of row by August 31 for best results.

Summer and Early Fall

  • Water well to replenish root reserves after harvest. Asparagus needs sufficient water throughout the summer and early fall as it prepares for next year’s crop yield.
Berries Program

Fall Months

  • Apply recommended Fall Blend amount before the end of December.

Early Spring

  • Apply 1 gal. SeedGro per 1,000 sq. ft. in a 3-foot band at the base of the plants before leaf bud break.

One Month Before Harvest

  • Apply ½ gal. SeedGro per 1,000 sq. ft.

Two Weeks After Leaf Bud Break

  • Mix Fruit Mix at a rate of 1.5 oz. per 2.5 gal. water. Apply per 1,000 sq. ft. as a light mist beginning two weeks after leaf bud break and once a week thereafter.
  • Mix F-1 at a rate of 5 oz. per 1 gal. water. Apply thoroughly to plants as a light mist beginning two weeks after leaf bud break and once a week thereafter.

Summer and Early Fall

  • Water well to replenish root reserves after harvest. Berries need sufficient water throughout the summer and early fall as they prepare for next year’s crop yield.

Tip: Foliar applications are best in very early morning or late in the evening

Alfalfa Program

Lancaster Ag’s recommendations will help farmers establish a healthy, nutritious stand of alfalfa. In the fall, apply Dry Blends to your stand. If you want consistent early growth in the spring, we recommend applying MPM or Cal-Phos with a liquid application at greenup and approximately every 45 days thereafter. In summary, the following is the Lancaster Ag’s Foliar Spray Schedule for optimum growth.

  • At green up
  • After first cutting
  • After second cutting
  • After third cutting
Pastures/Grasses Program

Lancaster Ag’s ultimate program for pastures includes one dry application in the spring and three liquid applications thereafter.

  • Dry blend in the fall
  • 150 lb. dry Top Dress in mid-February when the weather is still cold
  • 10 gal. MPM or Cal-Phos at greenup, March 25 - April 1
  • 5 gal. MPM or Cal-Phos approx. May 15
  • 5 gal. MPM or Cal-Phos approx. July 1
Produce Program

Spring & Summer

A very basic ingredient in growing produce is water. It is the most important nutrient that you the grower can apply to your acres of produce. Water can play a key role in the success of your produce. Success or failure can depend on the lack or excess of water. If you miss with irrigation, it does not matter how many nutrients you have applied up front, your yield in the end will be affected.

Please review the following steps carefully. This is a handy guide to help you plan for a successful growing season in your produce fields.

Step 1 - Tilling
If you have followed the fall program, shallow till the soil of your field by your preferred method to prepare the soil for planting.

Step 2 – Pre-planting

  • Spray apply SeedGro at the rate of 30 gallon SeedGro to 30 gallon water per acre.
  • Caution: Till only as much as necessary.
  • Apply Garden Top Dress at the rate of 750 lb. per acre or 25 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft.

OR

  • Apply Garden Top Dress at the rate of 5 lb. per 200-foot row after the seed is covered if it was not applied pre-planting

Step 3 – Planting
When the soil is ready, plant your seeds. Apply Garden Top Dress to the soil surface if it was not applied before planting, then lightly incorporate via cultivation. When it is time to plant your transplants, prepare a solution of RootPro (soil drench) and water by mixing them in a 1:1 ratio. Place this solution in a small bucket, then dip the entire root mass of transplants in the solution before placing them in the soil.

Step 4 – Tissue Sampling
The foliar feed and drip systems should be custom formulated according to the needs throughout the growing season via tissue samples taken every 2 to 3 weeks. Contact your Lancaster Ag Representative to have your leaf samples tested.

Step 5 - Observation
Thoroughly observe the plants in your produce acreage once a week. This will help you correct problems before they are out of control. Observe each type of plant for proper general appearance, structure, color, growth and reproduction. Also observe your plants for insect problems. Many insect problems begin on the underside of the leaf surface.

Step 6 – Foliar Feeding
Alternate the following two products every 5-7 days during the growing season:

  • 2 qt. Fruit Mix with as much water as possible (20 to 50 gal.) per acre
  • 4 gal. F-1 with as much water as possible per acre

Step 7 - Weed Control
Control weeds throughout the growing season with plenty of perseverance by the method of your choice.

Step 8 – Water Irrigation
Regulating your water irrigation continually throughout the growing season is of utmost importance. If your plants are dry or excessively wet, the results can be disastrous. Water is the most important nutrient that you can apply to your produce.

Step 9 – Drip Irrigation

  • Apply 4 oz. SeedGro per 100-foot row once a week
  • Apply 2 oz. Premier per 100-foot row once a week
  • After fruit sets to the size of a marble or golf ball, apply SeedGro and Premier twice a week

Note: If you are growing certified organic, please use all organic versions.

Fall

Step 1 – Soil Sample
Obtain a soil test kit from your Lancaster Ag Representative. Take a soil sample between July and September following the kit instructions. We recommend soil sampling your soil every two or three years and that each following sample is taken during the same month of the year. Send your soil sample to your Lancaster Ag Representative for testing and yearly product recommendation.

Step 2 – Plant Residue
Chop or shred the plants immediately after harvest is complete.

Step 3 – D-Compose
Mix 4 gal. of D-Compose with 20 gal. water and apply to one acre of soil. Or D-Compose can be mixed with the quantity of water that is easiest for you to apply.

Step 4 - Tilling
Shallow incorporate the plant residue and D-Compose Mix into the soil with your choice of tillage method. We recommend no more than 6-inch deep tillage.

Step 5 – Dry Blend
After tillage, broadcast apply the Dry Blend at the recommended rate per acre with your choice of spreading method. This application should be done between August and December or before the ground is frozen.

Step 6 – Cover Crop
Sow the cover crop seed using your choice of spreading method.

Residue Management Program

Step 1 - Chop the Plant Residue
Chop or shred the plants immediately after harvest is complete.

Step 2 - Apply D-Compose
Apply D-Compose at the rate of 1 qt. D-Compose with 2 gal. water per 1,000 sq. ft. or 4 gal. D-Compose with 20 gal. water per acre. Or, D-Compose can be mixed with the quantity of water that is easiest for you to apply and distribute across your garden and residue.

Step 3 - Till the Soil
Shallow incorporate the plant residue and D-Compose into the soil with your choice of tillage method. We recommend no more than 6-inch deep tillage.

Step 4 - Seed Cover Crop

Sweet Corn Program

Step 1 - Pre-planting System

  • Broadcast 500 lb. Corn Row Starter. This amount varies depending on the amount of manure and Fall Blend that was previously applied and whether there was a cover crop.
  • Spray broadcast Force at the rate of 10 gal. Force with 20-30 gal. water per acre pre-plant.

Step 2 - Foliar System

  • Spray Force at the rate of 5 gal. per acre every two weeks during the growing season.
Field Corn Program

There are different stages that a corn plant goes through during which it needs support to grow upward. Lancaster Ag has both dry and liquid Corn Row Starter for you to use to influence your corn crop. Your choice depends on the equipment you have available.

Lancaster Ag’s recommendations for applying dry fertilizer:

  • Broadcast up front
  • Alongside the row
  • Broadcast after the corn is up
  • 250 lb. dry Corn Starter up front
  • 5 gal. @ 12” and 5 gal. @ 24”-36”

Lancaster Ag’s recommendations for applying liquid fertilizer:

  • Broadcast up front
  • 2x2 alongside the row
  • Side dress at cultivation time
  • Foliar spray
  • Drop nozzle at tasselling
  • 15 gal. MPM or Cal-Phos
  • 5 gal. @ 12” and 5 gal. @ 24”-36”

Remember, Lancaster Ag has both biological and organic Corn Row Starter.