Orchard Grass: Mike Johnson North Carolina, 22 year Surry County, Orchard Grass, Millet, and Deer Plot Farmers shows off some: Very High Grass,
High Protein, Extra Cuttings, and about 1 ton more per acre!
Freddie: Mike, where are you located at?
Mike Johnson: I'm located at Silam, Surry County, North Carolina. That's about 30 miles northwest of Winston Salem, NC, 20 miles south of Mount Airy.
Freddie: You've been growing fescue and orchard grass for several years and all.
Mike Johnson: Yeah, probably I did 20, 25 years.
Freddie: Whats was making this big and good grass down in here. Now, I mean you've been -.
Mike Johnson: Let's face it. Freddie's wonder juice ie, PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap, it's always agriculture, so it's really nice.
Freddie: It is. I'll tell you that. That's pretty grass I've seen, orchard grass you now.
Mike Johnson: As I can see in the magazine.
Freddie: Yes right.
Mike Johnson: It is, it really is.
Freddie: Yeah. And you're going to have some hay on this.
Mike Johnson: Yeah.
Freddie: I am about six foot in this up here.
Mike Johnson: Way up here like that.
Freddie: And it's thick down in here and all that that fine grass. Yeah.
Mike Johnson: That's what's good, right there.
Freddie: You know, maybe you've used this stuff a couple of years.
Mike Johnson: This is my second year and I really like it. The cows if you graze it, the cows, they like it. They'll eat this quicker than where you didn't spray and they just love it.
It must be make it sweet or something.
Freddie: Right. Well, that's good, I mean, because if cows like it, that means they're going to gain weight and do and you hate to see him waste it and if it's good, they eat it.
Mike Johnson: I did some millet down last year, and we just sprayed half of the field and they just seemed like they mowed it where I put the PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap on it.
Freddie: Versus what you didn't?
Mike Johnson: Yeah, I mean, they eat the untreated but they mowed PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoaped to the ground, that millet.
Freddie: Well, yeah. They now on this grass you know, and if it's got a sweeter taste and all, it really mow it too.
Mike Johnson: Well, last year I did at the summer and that's what we did. We grazed it and they liked it, you know, they grazed it like last September.
Freddie: I'm going to tell you what, this is pretty hay I think.
Mike Johnson: It is.
Don Wilshe: Michael, last year you're growing some deer plots same product?
Mike Johnson: Yes.
Don Wilshe: Same product and the deer plots, what were the deer doing?
Mike Johnson: Well, we'd spray. We'd take a little spotlight from that fence to that tree, the spray high for the deer plot and, shoot, the deer has quite eaten where we didn't spray the PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap
and they just stayed over where we sprayed PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap and it stayed up with where we didn't spray.
Freddie: That's as far as growing.
Mike Johnson: Growing, yeah.
Mike Johnson: And that the deer was keeping eat, you know, they stayed in there. In other words, the deer, they wouldn't go on this side where you didn't spray PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap, they stayed over here.
Don Wilshe: So they never go in the other half of the deer plot?
Mike Johnson: Virtually didn't, it just grow.
Don Wilshe: So you've been using this PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap on orchard grass, millet and on fescue?
Mike Johnson: Yes, and then we got deer plots. It's oats and peas and soybeans and pea, and it really works good on that.
Don Wilshe: Well, you got pretty impressive fields here.
Mike Johnson: Well, that's probably 80 acres like it is.
Don Wilshe: Is that going to cause a problem in terms of storm or whatever. You got.
Mike Johnson: No, oh no.
Don Wilshe: Okay.
Freddie: They'll cost somewhat a lot of work getting that hay. That's always.
Mike Johnson: Yeah.
Don Wilshe: So you what kid of tractor are you going to get this out with? Do you a little bit of that talk about tractor or someone might not want to hear what you're saying?
Mike Johnson: Right, it won't get on, you know. I'm glad like other feller that just got a horse to my list. I was talking about they got whatever you got.
Don Wilshe: Any other questions you got for him, Mr. Freddie?
Freddie: Not that I know of. All I can say is he got some beautiful stuff here to mow. I tell you it's favorable. It'd be a privilege to mow these.
Don Wilshe: What kind of a fertilizer program do you use out here? Just PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap, and whatever else?
Mike Johnson: Well, I go to soil testing. I didn't add phosphorous or potassium and it goes for 150 pounds on average and an output of 150 pounds urea
and I about the first time was like March the 15th at PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap 8 ounces and I come back between 18 and 21 days and did PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap 8 more ounces, and gosh.
Don Wilshe: Did you grow fescue here last year?
Mike Johnson: Yeah, I got some fields that got fescue, yeah.
Don Wilshe: Did you grow with the PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap here last year?
Mike Johnson: Yes.
Don Wilshe: Did you have the same fertilizer needs as the year before?
Mike Johnson: This particular field?
Don Wilshe: Yeah.
Mike Johnson: I have to put a little bit of phosphorous last year.
Don Wilshe: I'm just wondering if the PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap was changing your fertilizer profile at all.
Mike Johnson: Well, we'll watch the sod fescue.
Don Wilshe: Okay.
Mike Johnson: I can't answer that today but we will here in the future. And then I have several customers that used it all mainly soybeans last year and they really liked it and I got
and they were really liked it on the corn and soybeans and stuff again this year.
Don Wilshe: Last year, you had about how many farmers using the PicoAg 25B Aka Soysoap?
Mike Johnson: We got probably 10 or 12, maybe 15.
Don Wilshe: What happened about this year? This year's season hasn't already started yet for tobacco or for.
Mike Johnson: Yeah, I had a.
Don Wilshe: Corn, soybeans and all that. How many sales you already have this year to start off with?
Mike Johnson: I've had spoke for an all probably close to 40.
Don Wilshe: That's a good start.
Mike Johnson: I did. I had two farmers last year who used it on tobacco. It's getting late but in mid summer, and they put it on and they really like it.
They had a good tobacco crop and it carried out good and it weighed good.
Don Wilshe: Well, I think that's a good, a good bit of video we got here and let's wrap this up, okay?