1. How do I know TerraBella® won’t harm my crops?
TerraBella is non-pathogenic. Take a look at our pathogens and pollutant metals reports.
Terrabella Pathogen Count Report
TerraBella Pollutant Metals Count Report
2. What kind of soil does TerraBella® work with?
TerraBella works with all soil types. How? Where other products are designed for particular soil types, the multiple microorganism formula of TerraBella has been developed with an intelligence for adapting to any soil type, providing the nutrients it needs. For example, TerraBella has seven different nitrogen fixation strains of bacteria, and it will use the strain or strains that will be most effective for the soil it is added to. This is what sets TerraBella apart from other products.
3. Under what temperature conditions will TerraBella® work?
TerraBella will work between 40 – 110 degrees Fareneheit. Like most bacteria, the lower the temperature, the less effective it is. Therefore, for optimum results, the ideal temperature range is above 50 degrees F.
4. How long does it take to activate TerraBella®?
It is important for the bacterial colonies to grow in enough numbers in order to be able to thrive and quickly effect the soil environment once they are released into the soil. For this reason, we recommend a three-day activation period for optimum results. A longer activation period of up to five days is fine. However, after five days the activated bacteria will start seeking a food source of food and will begin to consume each other, diminishing the efficacy of the product. In very warm temperatures – in the range of 90-100 degrees F, the activation period may be shortened to 48 hours.
During the activation period, the bacteria need to breathe, so we recommend activating it in an open container, or covering the container with a cloth or canvas that will allow air to flow. Also, when possible, it is best to activate TerraBella in indirect sunlight to keep the product from getting too hot for optimal activation.
5. Why is starting with a clean container so important?
It is important to rinse the container thoroughly to remove any residue from other chemicals or toxins that can harm or interfere with the colonizing bacteria. However, it is safe to use a container that has been used for fertilizer or nutrients without rinsing.
6. What if my system contains chlorinated water?
Chlorine will kill the bacteria. The simplest option is to simply let the chlorinated water sit in an open container for 12-24 hours and it will naturally off-gas the chlorine. Or you may opt to use another method. After activating TerraBella and injecting it into your system, it is fine to use chlorinated water to irrigate the fields.
7. How do I apply TerraBella® to the field?
TerraBella can be injected into several kinds of irrigation systems – drip, spray, sprinkler, and flooding. TerraBella can be injected into the system at the same time that you inject fertilizers, but should not be applied simultaneously with herbicides or pesticides, which will harm the bacteria.
8. Do I need to water the field before applying TerraBella®?
For optimum results, it is good to water the field for 30-60 minutes just before injecting TerraBella to your irrigation system and applying it to the field. It is best for TerraBella to be applied to moist soil in order to travel to the root zone. After applying TerraBella to the soil, use your regular irrigation practices. For example, if you normally water your field for three hours, then apply TerraBella after one hour and continue watering for the remaining two hours. If you farm without an irrigation system, apply TerraBella when you would normally apply your other nutrients.
9. Can I use herbicides and/or pesticides in the field while using TerraBella®?
After applying TerraBella we recommend waiting at least five days before applying any herbicides for optimum results. Before applying any pesticides is best to wait five-to-seven days.
10. When spraying the product, should I do a foliage spray?
No. For optimal results, spray TerraBella as close to the base of the plant as possible. Since the microbes need to travel to the root zone, spraying it on the leaves will not be effective. Please note: if you have used the same sprayer to apply pesticides, it is important to clean the sprayer thoroughly before using it with TerraBella because these types of toxins will kill the bacteria.