SUNSET ON PATE FAMILY FARMS
Innovation is the primary theme of Pate Family Farms. We have
technology developed on Farm that increases production and plant vitality
and health that is unmatched by any other farm in Arizona. Our patent
pending technology allows us to fertilize our crops with multiple elements
simultaneously that can not co-exist together in a liquid form. We apply
fertilizers directly to the water flow that buffers the elements from each
other. Typically it is very difficult to fertilize with elements such as Boron,
Phosphate, Copper, Nitrogen, Potash, Sulfer, and Iron simultaneously.
The materials when tank mixed with water want to "lock-up" and form
rock. Pate Family Farms has overcome this technical problem and is
therefore able to fertilize in a more efficient manner allowing us to deliver
elements to the alfalfa through the canal water used to irrigate the crop.
The side-effect of this is a more healthy and robust growing plant that is more nutrient fortified. Alfalfa is a very
hard crop on the soil as it tends to remove lots of elements needed for its growth and the South West desert has a
high soil PH of 8 or more thereby locking up elements that the Alfalfa requires. Our fertilization system allows us to
replenish the soil with elements the alfalfa removes and keeps the fields in balance assuring we have a excellent
product for feeding.
This technology in turn allows our farms to have a higher efficiency by increasing output and consequently reducing
our farms inputs. As we treat our soils during irrigation we also have a temporary drop of PH which allows more
water to get to the root system as salts are pushed away from the plant and alkali conditions subside briefly giving
the plant opportunity to have a period of time for maximum uptake of nutrients giving robust and healthy plant
growth. This allows the Alfalfa to provide natural defense systems that help it fend off insects and any other
naturally occurring diseases.
|Side by Side Comparison of
Pate Family Farm's Alfalfa
versus Neighboring Farm's
This technology leads to
a higher nutrient packed