Frequently Asked Questions about PhycoTerra®

Get Answers to Your Questions on PhycoTerra®, the Soil Microbiome, and More

Soil Health

What are microalgae?

Microalgae are single-celled algae that convert sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide. Microalgae are a superior food source for the microbiome to support healthy crops and can be applied to various soil types. Applying microalgae to the soil has proven benefits for a wide range of crops, including corn, soybeans, winter wheat, spring wheat, canola, cotton, rice, peanuts, fruits, forages, alfalfa, almonds, and specialty crops.

What is the soil microbiome?

The soil microbiome is a dynamic community of microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, that are found in the soil. In a single teaspoon of soil, you can find 1 billion bacteria and 1 million fungi, 75% of which are dormant. Without a proper food source, the soil cannot maximize nutrient availability and water retention, which contribute to crop growth and development.

How can I improve soil health on my farm?

You can optimize soil biology by feeding the existing life with a superior food choice, such as PhycoTerra® branded products. You can also add biology, incorporate mulches and composts, cover crops, and use reduced or no-till practices. Each practice has pros and cons and must match the needs of your cropping system. Learn more about soil health.

Water Productivity

I live in a drought-prone region. How can PhycoTerra® help with water retention?

PhycoTerra® improves water holding capacity up to 10%. Through its unique mode of action, PhycoTerra® helps mitigate environmental plant stress and will optimize nutrient (NPK) availability through improved soil aggregation. Aggregation also helps the soil store more water.

Regenerative Agriculture

How does PhycoTerra® work for growers focused on regenerative agriculture?

Microalgae is found in the soil and water. PhycoTerra®, a soil microbial food sourced from microalgae, was originally discovered in soil. Our product naturally supports growers looking to implement sustainable food and agricultural production practices by activating microbes in the soil with a superior food source. This process results in measurable improvements in soil health, including optimized soil aggregation, improved water holding capacity, and increased active carbon within the soil profile. Learn more about regenerative food production.


What is PhycoTerra® Soil Microbial Food?

PhycoTerra® Soil Microbial Food provides a superior food choice to the microbiome, activating the microbiome and putting microbes to work. This microalgae-based product improves soil structure and promotes healthy crops naturally. It increases soil microbial activity by up to 33x, improving crop yield and ROI.

How is PhycoTerra® Soil Microbial Food different than biological or biostimulant products?

Biologicals are living products that are applied to seed or applied with fertilizers. In contrast, PhycoTerra® is pasteurized and non-living. The pasteurization process gives Phycoterra® a 2-year shelf life with flexible transport and storage temperatures and is free of any living pathogens.

PhycoTerra® is a biostimulant or soil amendment (depends on the State) in the fact that we improve the soil microbiome by feeding the native bacteria and fungi. PhycoTerra® is not a plant growth regulator (PGR).

When can I apply PhycoTerra®?

PhycoTerra® has a flexible application period to include both In-Season (around planting, in-furrow, post-emergence, or in side-dress) and Post-harvest applications. We also have a seed coating product called PhycoTerra® Seed Treatment. Our proprietary, innovative formulations have an extended shelf life of up to 2 years.

What is PhycoTerra® ST?

PhycoTerra® Seed Treatment is a seed coating that can be applied to any seed and is compatible with other common seed treatments. The product adds a superior carbon source to the seed and improves the microbiome around the seed to promote plant growth.

Which crops can I apply PhycoTerra® to?

PhycoTerra® can be applied to all soil types and a variety of crops to include commodity crops (such as corn, soybeans, winter wheat, spring wheat, canola, cotton, rice, and peanuts), cover crops, specialty crops (such as almonds, strawberries, vegetables, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, fruits, citrus) and forages (such as alfalfa and silage corn). See crop results.

Is PhycoTerra® Certified Organic?

PhycoTerra® does have a Certified Organic product to support growers looking to supply growing niche consumer demands.