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Bioverse - AgraSphere

 The Bioverse AgraSphere went on the market last fall after eight years of development, according to Bioverse’s Brad Carson. The product distributes beneficial bacteria into manure storage systems to reduce sludge buildup and crusting using a biodegradable sphere made of a corn-based polymer. 

Lora Berg 1

July 15, 2012

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Bioverse - AgraSphere
<p> The Bioverse AgraSphere distributes beneficial bacteria into manure systems.</p>

 

The Bioverse AgraSphere went on the market last fall after eight years of development, according to Bioverse’s Brad Carson. The product distributes beneficial bacteria into manure storage systems to reduce sludge buildup and crusting using a biodegradable sphere made of a corn-based polymer.

The AgraSphere acts as an incubator at the bottom of the manure storage structure. While in the system, it is producing beneficial bacteria, thus maintaining the proper level of bacteria to achieve the liquefaction process.

Carson said the AgraSphere remains inactive until it becomes wet. He suggests throwing the balls into the pit through the pump-out ports or directly into other types of manure storage structures. Once the product has become activated in the pit, the media lasts approximately 180 days. Six balls are recommended in a 1,200-head finishing barn.

“The AgraSphere has a patented, time-release technology that provides continuous activation while being eco-friendly in the biodegradable sphere,” he said. The product helps liquefy and mix solids into the manure slurry and, thus, increase manure value.

Leon Sheets asked if the product would be impacted if medications are being added to the water in the barn. Carson responded that since the sphere, which contains the beneficial bacteria, is at the bottom of the pit, it repopulates the pit without being harmed by medications.

The panel asked about shelf life and storage. “When dealing with bacteria in a dry form, there are no shelf life or temperature concerns,” Carson said. “The only way to ruin it is to get it wet before it goes into the pit.”

The panel also asked about research to verify the product’s claims. Carson provided research results from ongoing trials showing the product’s benefits.

The Bioverse AgraSphere costs $50/ball. One sphere treats manure from 200 finishing pigs. Carson recommended putting a new set of spheres into manure storage structures approximately every six months.

“This product seems to address a real need,” Ted Funk observed.

Paul Yeske, DVM, liked the concept that microbial activity can be maintained in the manure storage structure. “I also like that you don’t have an expiration date with this product. You don’t have to worry about it being activated until you are ready to use it,” he said.

Sheets also had a positive assessment of the product. “Producers wouldn’t have to back away from the cost,” he noted. “I would feel comfortable trying this product to see what happens because it does have research to back it up. It would be easy to use, too. You could just put it on the calendar when it is time to put in a new set of the spheres.”

Learn more about the Bioverse AgraSphere at www.bioverseag.com.

About the Author(s)

Lora Berg 1

Editor, National Hog Farmer

Lora is the editor of National Hog Farmer. She joined the National Hog Farmer editorial team in 1993, served as associate editor, managing editor, contributing editor, and digital editor before being named to the editor position in 2013. She has written and produced electronic newsletters for Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and BEEF magazines. She was also the founding editor of the Nutrient Management e-newsletter.

Lora grew up on a purebred Berkshire operation in southeastern South Dakota and promoted pork both as the state’s Pork Industry Queen and as an intern with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. Lora earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University in agricultural journalism and mass communications. She has served as communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board and as director of communications for the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. During her career, Lora earned the Story of the Year award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and bronze award at the national level in the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ competition. She is passionate about providing information to support National Hog Farmer's pork producer readers through 29 electronic newsletter issues per month, the monthly magazine and nationalhogfarmer.com website.

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