Using the Soni-Grow System is Simple
1. Dilution Rate and Application Coverage:
Soni-Grow Nutrients come in a concentrate and must be diluted before use. One pint of product is intended to cover one acre. The ideal dilution rate is 25 parts of water to 1 part of concentrate. However, it is important to remember that the dilution rate is directly related to the spray rate of the equipment you are using to apply the product. For instance, the dilution rate will be different for a field sprayer and an aerial sprayer, but only because the spray rate of each is different. Again, the ideal dilution rate is 25 to 1.
The same amount of product will be used per acre, whether you need to dilute the product 20 to 1 or 200 to 1. It is always one pint per acre, using the least amount of water possible.
Don't be deceived by comparing dilution rates. It is the product coverage that is important. When calculating the cost of using Soni-Grow or any other application, always use the product coverage. When you do this, you can see how inexpensive using Soni-Grow is. We calculate the cost to cover one acre is less than $20 per acre, per spray. Not much when you consider the results.
2. Mixing The Nutrient
Be sure to follow these simple instructions carefully and in the following sequence.
- Make sure the spray tank is clean. Fill partially, add small amount of dish soap and household ammonia. Shake or run circulating pumps and spray out on a dirt surface to remove any pesticide residues.
- Fill the tank 2/3rds full with non-chlorinated water. (If chlorinated water is all that is available, fill tank and let stand open overnight, without a cover.)
- Shake the nutrient bottle vigorously for sufficient time to mix contents that may have settled to the bottom.
- Pour the measured amount of Soni-Grow Nutrient into the tank remembering to take into account the spray rate of the equipment you are using. REMEMBER: 1 Pint Covers 1 Acre
- Continue filling the tank to desired volume.Circulate tank to mix.
- Once mixed, do not leave Soni-Grow Nutrients standing for more than a couple of hours. Do not leave standing in a hot sun. Do not let freeze.
- Avoid using galvanized or rusty tanks.
- DO NOT mix any other chemicals or fertilizers with Soni-Grow!
3. Best Spraying Times
- The best time to spray is early in the morning and/or early evening. It is also advantageous to spray while the dew is still present on the leaves. (Remember, the sound system increases moisture absorption).
- Do not spray when temperature drops below 55 degrees or is above 90 degrees.
- If it is too cold in the morning, then spray after 4:30 in the afternoon. If it is very hot all day, spray in the late evening or just before sunrise. Overcast, foggy or humid conditions can extend the spraying window beyond 10:00AM.
- Never spray in the middle of the day in sunny or windy conditions.
- Never combine other chemicals with Soni-Grow and never spray other chemicals when the Sound Unit is running.
4. Playing The Sound
- Make sure the Sound Unit is advantageously placed so that you can audibly hear the sound while standing next to the target plants. Remember, if the plants are not in hearing range of the sound, it won't be working on those plants.
- It is best to run the Sound Unit daily, for 2-3 hours in the early morning and again for 2-3 hours in the early evening. Playing the Sound every day, even without spraying Soni-Grow, is beneficial to the plants. This will help plants absorb dew, carbon dioxide and nutrients from the air and soil.
- You will only spray every 12-14 days [every 30 days for flowers and other sensitive plants, but the sound should be played every day, if possible.
- Before spraying, run the Sound Unit at least 30 minutes.
- When spraying Soni-Grow, leave the Sound Unit running.
- After spraying leave the Sound Unit on for at least another 30 minutes
- Because playing the sound increases the absorption of moisture, it is extremely beneficial to use the Sound Unit in drought conditions. In drought or very hot conditions, play the Sound Unit at night so as to take full advantage of the dew.
- Do not run units for more than 6 hours in any 24-hour period, and not in hot temperatures above 90ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€Ã¢€â„¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢€Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™ÃƒÂ¢€Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢€Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°F (32ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€Ã¢€â„¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢€Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™ÃƒÂ¢€Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢€Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°C)
NOTE: Never use any other chemicals while playing sound units. If you are due to apply a fungicide and a Soni-Grow spray, first apply Soni-Grow, followed by the chemical spray. Since Soni-Grow nutrients are frequency tuned to the Veges Sound Machine and audio tape, the use of any other foliar product is not recommended.
5. Soni-Grow Spray Program For Field Crops and General Use
- For most healthy plants, spraying every 12 to 14 days is more than sufficient. Generally speaking, you do not want to spray more often than that, because you can over-stimulate a plant. (Remember, playing the sound, even when you haven't sprayed is beneficial.)
- Spray both sides of the leaves (where possible) until fully coated.
- For Sick Plants or severe plant condition, spray 2 days in a row, and then every 7 days until condition improves. When condition improves go back to once every 12-14 days.
Specific Spray Program
||5th or 6th Leaf Stage
||1st Bud Stage
||1/3 -1/2 pod fill (this is the largest energy draw down in the growth period)
Spray every 2-3 weeks thereafter as possible
Specific Spray Program For Fruit And Nut Trees
To Get More Fruit and Nuts
7 SPRAY PROGRAM
||Petal tight (tight cluster)
||Between 35-45% petal fall
||2 weeks after the abortion stage
||3 weeks later
||3 weeks later
Additional spray times can be added in the weeks prior to harvest if increased size, quicker maturity, or higher brix levels are desired.
To get Larger Fruit / Nuts (Instead Of More Fruit/Nuts)
|7 SPRAY PROGRAM
||2 weeks after fruit drop stage
||3 weeks later
||3 weeks later
||3 weeks later
||3 weeks later
mixing, spraying and sound application instructions as above.
Grape Spray Program
This program is specifically good for grapes because it will provide for rapid vine development, earlier and higher production, higher brix levels and improved disease and frost protection.
- To promote early growth and root establishment, Soni-Grow can be sprayed every 10 days, or three times per month at a dilution rate of 50:1.
- Always make sure that there is adequate spray coverage of all leaf surfaces, top and bottom. If conditions are really dry, higher water rates are advised.
|5 SPRAY PROGRAM (minimum)
||When shoots are 3" to 5" long
||Pre bloom at tight petal stage
||At full bloom
||At approx. 40% petal fall
||Approx. 3 weeks later
For additional size increase, brix level increases, induced maturity, additional sprays towards harvest time are strongly recommended.
Propagation with Soni-Grow
There are tremendous benefits to be derived from using SONI-GROW during this crucial germination period. They include:
- Faster germination - There is a strong possibility of highly accelerated germination times with many different types of seeds. This can lead to earlier maturity and crop turnaround times.
- Higher Strike Rates of Seeds and Cuttings- This is especially true with difficult to strike seeds and cuttings.
- Hardier Seedlings and Cuttings- Hardier seedlings and cuttings can withstand difficult conditions and disease better.
- When you treat seeds and cuttings with Soni-Grow, they produce plants that are more receptive to the Soni-Grow System much sooner.
THE TREATMENT FOR SEEDS
- Soak seeds in a solution of 1 part Soni-Grow nutrient to 50 parts water.
- Seeds should be left to soak for 6 hours with Sound Unit running continuously.
- Seeds should then be immediately planted. The solution the seeds have soaked in can then be used to water the seeds when planting.
Seed Treatment Alternatives
- If seed is required to be dry before planting with machine, seeds can be laid out on black plastic sheeting and placed in the sun until dry.
- If seeds are very small, e.g., flower seeds, they can be planted into cell trays, watered with 1:50 mix solution of Soni-Grow Nutrient and the sound played daily.
- With large seed in broad acre situations: mix a 25:1 solution of Soni-Grow, pour or squirt a small amount of it into a half full sack of seeds. Then seed can be tipped/poured into empty sack. Repeat process and refill bags to original contents. In this way, seeds will be lightly damped with Soni-grow which should absorb into the seed by the time the treating is completed. Another method is to inject solution into top of bag with a hypodermic needle and then invert bag to let it trickle down across seed. Operate the Sound Unit for 6 hours close to seeds prior to use.
When mixing Soni-Grow nutrient with water for propagation, first pour the water into an empty container, then add the nutrient mix thoroughly.
The Treatment for Cuttings
- If possible, the plant that you are taking cuttings from should be sprayed with Soni-Grow and sound played a day or so prior. A Soni-Grow treated parent plant should produce superior cuttings.
- As with seeds, a 50:1 (one half label rate) solution of Soni-Grow Nutrient and water should be made up.
- Cuttings should be sprayed at least once a week-preferably twice a week-until they are established.
- Once established, the regular solution mix can be sprayed every 12-14 days. The frequency of spraying can be altered to suit the propagator depending on what rate of growth or health maintenance program desired.
Herbicide Reduction with Soni-Grow
One of the wonderful side benefits of using the Soni-Grow System is that there will naturally be a decrease in the need for harsh chemical rescue products because plants will be healthier.
Warning: Do not play sound when using selective herbicides over an economic crop as you will not only be increasing the absorption rate of the weeds, but the economic plant absorption as well. Even though selective herbicides are represented not to harm economic crops, there may be a more intense reaction in the economic crop, so exercise caution.
On the other side of the equation, using the sound part of the system in conjunction with non-selective herbicides may also increase absorption, and the amount of herbicides needed to be used to kill weeds may be decreased.
Weeds stimulated by the sound may increase their absorption capacity many times over.
So, play the sound unit prior to non-selective herbicide spraying of weeds. Reduced herbicide rates may effectively equal or better the normal kill rate.
Increased Frost Protection
- If frosts are anticipated, a spray of Soni-Grow with the Sound Unit operating through the night can greatly aid frost resistance. If unable to spray Soni-Grow in time, some benefit can still be derived by operating the Sound Unit at night. The degree of frost protection offered by the sound and Nutrient program varies. Avoid running the Sound Unit 24 hours a day by switching off the unit in the morning when units have been running at night.
- One of the theories behind this frost protection is that the increased sugar levels and the rapid stimulated translocation of the Nutrient by the Sound Unit "exercises" the vine and induces production of plant sugars and alcohol. Alcohol does not freeze. Also, a healthy plant will translocate water out of the cell interiors into the intercellular spaces. Ice crystals in the intercellular spaces will not damage cell structure.
NOTE: Be sure to turn off sound units whenever a fungicide or pesticide is applied
Some Simple Questions and Answers
Q: Will the sound affect my animals or annoy my neighbors?
A: Animals usually like the sound and most people do not consider it offensive, even when standing near the Machine. The Veges Sound Machine is a commercial unit intended for commercial use and so should not be situated near a house. There is no volume control on the unit. From a distance the sound just becomes a back-ground noise, but if too close, it could annoy neighbors.
Q: Are fertilizers still necessary or is Soni-Grow a substitute?
A: Soni-Grow is not a substitute for ground fertilizer. It is a plant growth stimulator and enhancer with a small nutrient content. We always recommend that the grower continue to fertilize as usual. Good soil testing, replacement of missing nutrients and biological activation are also recommended. After Soni-Grow treatment, you can expect more rapid growth, earlier maturity and yield increases on top of what you would normally expect. You can experiment later with reduced fertilizer inputs, but initially, it's best to continue as you normally would.
Q: Is Soni-Grow a cure all?
A: Soni-Grow can be used to help sick plants heal themselves, but it is not a cure all. If you have a problem, we recommend soil and plant tissue analysis. Soni-Grow will not overcome a major soil deficiency. It may help the plant deal with the deficiency, but ultimately, the deficiency must be corrected.
Q: Can you give a plant too much of a good thing and overdo it?
A. Yes, you can. It is important to follow directions, because you can over stimulate a plant and do harm. Soni-Grow is a very "high energy" product. Plants grow from energy, not fertilizers although fertilizers supply energy and may be incorporated into the plant structure. The Spray Programs are designed to provide the right amount of energy, stimulation and nutrients for the plants and provide excellent results. You can "overspray".
On the other hand, playing the sound unit throughout the season at designated times is a recommended practice. Just try not to stray dramatically from the prescribed programs
Veges® Sound Unit
Testimonials & Observations
85 Day Delectable Sweet Corn Tasseled in 49 days and eaten at 65 days. Reported by Dave Weber of Iowa, owner of 3 units.
Soybeans planted on June 28 in Iowa still yielded 35 bu/A. Reported by Dave Weber.
Soybeans were 25 to 30 percent larger. Harvested 18 brix alfalfa. had to spray alfalfa for insects for several years, even though neighbors spray repeatedly right across the fence line or road. Reported by Kurt Uhlenhake of Iowa.
Can hear the sound of a unit up to a mile away. This means it is affecting crops on about 2000 acres. Reported by Eric Leight, Canadian grain farmer from Saskatchewan, Canada who owns 6 machines.
Sweet potatoes with infestation of army worm. Two days after placement of Veges® unit, worms stopped feeding, fell off and died. [Due to change of brix/sugars of plant sap] Reported by Bob Benson, consultant from MN working in southern state.
Garlic in treated plot in California had 12 inches of growth greater than check as reported by J. B. Meyer, consultant from Oregon/Washington area.
The Veges® Sound Unit will increase nutrient uptake through the roots as well as through the leaf. The root uptake will be primarily mineral nutrients and the foliar uptake will be primarily CO2 or any other nutrient used as a foliar feed while playing the unit.
Dr. Philip A. Wheeler