2011 Planting: Tobacco and Wheat. Comments: Randy Baldwin of Manchester, Ohio, has used Soysoap for several years.
The first year his tobacco was greener and healthier than other farmers’ crops. The second year he ordered more Soysoap and applied it
not only on his tobacco, but also on his wheat and pastures. “I have had really good success with Soysoap.
Each year I am required to sow a cover crop on my tobacco patch, so I planted wheat in late September,” said
Randy. “I sprayed it with Soysoap the end of October. I am doing a trial on wheat for www.Biobased.us. We
want to see what kind of roots we can put on the wheat before it goes dormant. We took pictures in November,
and even though the wheat wasn’t very tall, it had already tillered some, and the root system had already set
under the plant to help prevent freeze-out this winter.” Randy thought he had gotten a chemical burn on his
tobacco last summer, so his extension agent took some tissue samples. The results showed a Potash deficiency.
Randy had used Soysoap only in his transplant water. After consulting with Steve Moseley, Randy applied 8oz.
of Soysoap on the tobacco. Seven days later, the tobacco showed no signs of deficiency, and the crop was one
of his best. “If it had not been for Soysoap, I would have disked up that patch of tobacco. It looked really
bad, and I thought it would not make anything at all.” Randy highly recommends Soysoap to anyone growing
anything. “If it grows on my farm, I spray it with Soysoap,” said Randy.
Randy Baldwin: So we’ve used Soysoap on tobacco for two years. The first year we used it in Setter Barrell had pretty good results.
This year we used it in Lay By, topping time and the Setter Barrell and have had excellent results.
Steve Moseley: Well, tell us a little bit about the problems that you had with your tobacco this time Randy that you feel like the
Soysoap really gave you, had a good effect with your tobacco this time.
Randy Baldwin: We had a decent crop of tobacco, it came to the lay by time, we have cultivated one last time and turned off two
weeks no rain and it just simply fired the tobacco and it looked pretty sad. We hit it with Soysoap within a weeks’ time, we couldn’t
believe the difference that it made. It is just almost unbelievable the difference that it made.
Steve Moseley: While you were telling me that the extension agent had to come out and said that you had a Potash deficiency on it
and you thought it was a chemical burn at first but it turned out to be a potash deficiency. How long did it take after you treating it
with the Soysoap that that symptom disappeared?
Randy Baldwin: Within a week we could tell the difference and by topping time, other than we had a little bit, we had some pretty
heavy rains, we had a little bit of low spot that we had some problems with short tobacco but by topping time you couldn’t hardly tell that
I had ever had a problem at all.
Steve Moseley: What about the curing out process on your tobacco Randy, what are you saying on the cure route?
Randy Baldwin: Excellent, excellent. We are getting so much better color. We had a lot of K tobacco in the past a lot of
yellow tobacco, especially last year we had a lot of rejected tobacco. Had sold on the open market, we really took a beating on it. This year as you
can see we have had really good color and I think that tobacco Soysoap contributes to the color 100%.
Steve Moseley: We walked out of your barn there a while ago and we were looking at some Alfalfa. Randy tell us a little bit about what
you think the Soysoap does to your alfalfa?
Randy Baldwin: I think with the Soysoap if it is sprayed on a week or so before you cut, as we have tried it in different ways, I think just
spraying on it a week or so before it is cut and then cut the comes back a lot quicker, comes back so much thicker and the alfalfa has so many more
leaves on it.
Steve Moseley: Yeah, that was one of the fact that we noticed out there in the barn a while ago is that when we pull a handful of that alfalfa
out of that the leaves, and that’s the critical part of the alfalfa.
Randy Baldwin: The leaves is a feed.
Steve Moseley: The leaves is a feed on it. So many more leaves on that alfalfa versus what we normally see in it. What are you going to do
with Soysoap next year Randy?
Randy Baldwin: I’m going to spray the whole farm as I did this year but I’m going to cut fertilize a lot and we are going to do some
experimenting on some fertilize and try to do some cost saving measures on fertilize buying.
Steve Moseley: You fertilized always pretty heavy in the past–
Randy Baldwin: Always.
Steve Moseley: On your pastures and your tobacco and everything and I feel like Soysoap will probably help you take advantage of the
amount of buildup you have got in your farm this time to.
Randy Baldwin: Right we are hoping to raise tobacco with just a little bit of nitrogen, a little bit of potash and sprays it with
Soysoap and see what we can do with it.
Steve Moseley: Well, Randy what would be your recommendation for somebody who has never heard of Soysoap before or ever used it before?
Randy Baldwin: We need to try it because once you try it I think you will be a believer in it. I sure am. I wouldn’t raise tobacco
Steve Moseley: Well, we just–Randy just gave a lot of tobacco off today to the Seller Barn – How are you, how do you feel
about how your tobacco turned out this time?
Randy Baldwin: It is so excellent. $1.87 for most of it and we would just take tickled to death with it.
Steve Moseley: Okay, Randy we appreciate your time here right now. We are going to wind this up here and we appreciate it and we look
forward to doing business with you in the future?
Randy Baldwin: As long as you make it, I’m going to use it. It is well worth it.