Dr. Hesser said he wished the Dr. Borlaug who won the Nobel Prize could see these Wheat fields.
Farmers best ever was 70 bushels an acre but now expects to run mid 90's and on some good land saw the monitor hit 160 bushels acre.
Transciption of Interview!
Dr. Hesser-Doub-Matthews Best Wheat Crop 100+ Bushels Acre
Dr. Hesser: Bud, I'm a former Indiana farmer who has retired to Florida, and I've been hearing about this soy soap stuff
that you've been spraying on the crops and the result you get. I didn't believe it, so I decided to come down and look at it. Tell me, what do you think of what it's doing for your wheat crop?
Buddy Matthews: It's the best wheat crop I've ever had. I've never seen the wheat make 100 bushels an acre.
Dr. Hesser: 100 bushels an acre?
Buddy: Occasionally, the monitor will go up to 150-160.
Dr. Hesser: What kind of seed are you using?
Buddy: Pioneer on part of it and Southern states on part of it.
Dr. Hesser: Well, that's great. I'm sure they're happy to see the result here.
Buddy: Yes sir. It's good wheat.
Dr. Hesser: Great! How about your buddy here? He's been telling me some stories too.
Freddie: Yeah. We've been using it on beans and oats and wheat. We're seeing results on all of it and how much better it's doing. We haven't got a monitor working, but we can tell by how much we're getting off with the truckloads and off the fields here.
We're cutting oats and it's just unreal. They're standing where we've been having trouble with them being down. You know, where they'd make good oats and all. So we've seen good results on everything we've put it on. We're going to put it on corn, beans and all this time.
Don Wilshe: Buddy, you said you're averaging about how much on the wheat and you think you have a better field somewhere else?
Buddy: I'm doing at least 90. I've cut about 60 acres now. Some fields are a little better than others. It's all outstanding.
Don Wilshe: What's your average, you think, running when you put the 90's and the other ones together?
Buddy: I'm going to say I'm running in the mid 90's now.
Don Wilshe: Okay.
Dr. Hesser: What was your highest yield before?
Buddy: 70 bushels an acre was the best I'd ever seen before. This is excellent wheat.
Don Wilshe: Your monitor is pretty accurate, so sometimes you're getting into some pretty high rates there, huh?
Buddy: Oh, yes. You can tell where there's better land; it runs up pretty good.
Don Wilshe: How high has it gotten have you seen?
Buddy: 160 is the highest I've seen.
Don Wilshe: They need to get more of that land!
Buddy: Yeah. That's the little dips in moisture, I guess, and the dirt's healthy, too.
Don Wilshe: Anything else you'd like to add about other things you've noticed about the soap, pest-wise or other attributes?
Buddy: Well, the insects didn't bother wheat, which I didn't know at the time. I put some karate with it when I sprayed the wheat, but there's some I didn't spray and it didn't have insects either, so…
It's good stuff! I sprayed all my corn with it when I used the post spray on it, and I like it good enough now I'll keep using it.
Don Wilshe: So if it's green you might be growing with it, huh?
Buddy: I did find out when I washed my spray tank out like I always did, with water and flushed it out and sprayed and cleaned my lines out and put my post spray in to spray corn, it took the Round-Up loose what was stuck to the tank. So be careful to clean your tank, that's for sure.
Don Wilshe: Do you think it cleaned anything else out from that spray rig? That's probably a few years old, wasn't it?
Buddy: Yes. I guess it cleaned everything out of it. You can tell its soap, too. It wants to foam a little bit, and it smells like soap even.
Don Wilshe: Well, we'll try to sweeten it up just for you, Bud.
Don Wilshe: Anything else, Freddie or Leon, you want to ask that you can think about?
Dr. Hesser: I just wanted to say that you guys are making a believer out of me.
Buddy: Well, I saw what Freddie had last year on those soy beans and I bought 50 gallons of it. I thought if it was good enough for them, maybe I'd get in too. So, I believe it now. It works!
Don Wilshe: Leon, you go way back in the wheat days back with Dr. Norman Borlaug who got the Nobel Prize. When he started with the wheat down in Mexico, I think he was getting about 5-10 bushels an acre?
Dr. Hesser: Yes, and they had a terrible wheat stem rust problem. In a few years, he developed some high-yielding varieties, short-strawed, responsive to fertilizer. We helped to introduce it in India and Pakistan in the mid 1960's and relieves starvation there. So he was called the "Father of the Green Revolution" and in 1970 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
He's 94, still active. I wish he could come out and see what's happening here. I think even he would be surprised!
Don Wilshe: Well, I wish he could see it too. We appreciate all of you. Keep us informed and we'll be checking back with you Bud to see what the yields were and other things you've noticed over the rest of the year.
Buddy: Okay. I've got a strip up there where I didn't put any on. When I check it, we'll know for sure.
Don Wilshe: If I ask you to give me a control next year, what are you going to probably tell me?
Buddy: I'll probably spray it off. [Laughter]
Don Wilshe: So you ain't about to subsidize me with a control strip, huh? As long as I pay for it, right? Okay, well thank you.