Research

In keeping with the mission of Farm Fuel, we strive to bring affordable products that can be utilized by both commercial and home growers. The objective of the research conducted by Farm Fuel is to determine the potential value and added benefits of using plant-based materials in agriculture as part of a sustainable system.

Mustards

Much of Farm Fuel's research has been focused on determining the appropriate applications of mustard seed meal on the farm and in the garden. This includes the mix of mustard species that is most useful, the amount of meal to use, and the timing of the meal application.

Since 2007, Farm Fuel has conducted trials on the central coast of California. Mustard seed meal offers a N-P-K ratio of 4.50 – 1.50 - 1.15 and has proven to be a comparable fertilizer to commercially available fertilizers such as cottonseed meal. We have found exceptional results particularly in strawberry cultivation. Application of PESCADERO GOLD Mustard Meal Fertilizer in research trials has increased strawberry yield up to 50 percent on organic farms. Please contact FFI for more specific information about trials and crop types, or for a reading list of mustard meal related publications.

Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation

We also collaborate with researchers on other methods and techniques for controlling pests and pathogens, including the ASD soil treatment method. Our ASD research has focused on how to best scale the technique up from research-sized plots to commercial fields. Through our work we are learning the best ways to use ASD on the farm. This includes working with different soil types, cultural practices, and carbon sources. We are continuing to expand into new crop types and regions of California, with great success.

We have been very fortunate to work with an exceptional group of researchers throughout the Pacific Northwest and California to help us help growers. This network of scientists and agricultural professionals has enabled Farm Fuel to connect clients with the answers they may need for a variety of issues.

For more updated information, please read this detailed ASD issue brief, created in 2016 by one of Farm Fuel's partners, the Pesticide Action Network North America. This summarizes the activities of a 3-year grant provided by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, helping Farm Fuel introduce ASD to California berry growers.