Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Biologically Enhanced Regenerative Agriculture Trial in Willcox, AZ

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the Center for Regenerative Agriculture have begun a joint five year study on 77 acres in Willcox, Arizona to research the effects on soil, crop yield, fertilizer reduction and elimination, pest management, and soil carbon capture through biological soil inoculants under the guidance of micro-molecular biologist Dr. David Johnson, CSU Chico adjunct professor and NM State University project lead for Biological Enhanced Agriculture Management (BEAM).

The study will compare three management regimes including conventional maize production with full fertilizer applications; a treatment with biological inoculant applications along with 15% of normal fertilizer applications; and a treatment with only biological inoculants. Yields, soil carbon capture, insect damage, soil biome changes, and soil health indicators will be monitored evaluated, and summarized for publication as well as farmer field days for dissemination of results.

Here are photographs showing preliminary results with corn comparing conventional methods to 15% application of BEAM and to those with BEAM application only: