The above photo is one of our hay meadows that the cows grazed until April 8, 2007. I have been using your fertilizer on it for over 3 years. The Crimson Clover is volunteer -- I have never sowed Crimson on it. I sowed Arrow Leaf about 20 years ago but it did not reseed itself. My hay production is much better from last year after using Booster Max.
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c/o Brad Watson
Smith County, Texas
Dear Mr Watson,
We write to report our satisfaction with your Watson Ranch products and the superior service and education provided by Steven “Bear” Lane – your representative in Red River County, Texas. We have a commercial Black Angus cow/calf operation in Red River County. We bought our place in 2005 and in the first year realized that we had major soil/pasture problems. The first challenge was toxic tall fescue. In researching ways to deal with the fescue- short of totally replacing it- we began by over-sowing the fescue with clover and ryegrass. Further research lead to the notion that an agent in seaweed – Ascophylum nodoum- whether fed or sprayed on the pastures would significantly reduce the effect of the fescue toxin. The most immediate effect was to increase conception from the low 70 percent range to over 90 percent in the first year. Continuing research has led away from chemical fertilization and to affordable organic products from Watson Ranch. We are re-building our pastures focusing on both macro- as well as micro-nutrients- and Watson Ranch products have become our mainstay. Our transition to the “organic world” was supported by the outstanding service and practical support that continues to be provided by Bear Lane-the Watson Ranch representative in our area. Thanks for your help and your great products.
Larry and Bitsy Dotin
After researching Organic Fertilizer on the Internet and seeing the write up on Watson Ranch Organic Fertilizer, in Country World Newspaper; plus spending $1300.00 on commercial fertilizer for a 15 acre Coastal hay field in July 2008, I decided to try Watson Ranch Organic Fertilizer. My nearest dealer is, Fred and Barbara Andrews in Crockett, Texas, phone (936)544-3579, about 42 miles away. The purchase cost of the product was $291.00; which mixed with 160 gallons of water and applied at a rate of 10 gallons per acre as instructed.
This was applied on August 16th, 2008. Rain in August is unheard of in Leon County; but praise the LORD, we received some rain two weeks prior to hurricane Ike. The field had turned green and began laying over two weeks prior to cutting date (September 16, 2008). The grass was between 4 to 8 inches tall when the Watson Ranch Organic Fertilizer was applied (again, as instructed). The hay was cut on September 16th as planned; tested by A&M Soil and Forage Lab. The field yield was: 52 large rolls, weighing 1300 - 1400 pounds (60"x67" rolls). Test results: Crude Protein 11.5%, ADF 39.2%, TDN 60.9%. These results plus the quality, allowed me to sell this hay at a lower cost and thereby keep my clients involved in agriculture's future.
I tried a different Commercial product, in another Coastal field; with the field staying green only 2 weeks after application. A&M test results were: Crude Protein 7.6%, ADF 38.7%, TDN 61.6%. TDN was higher but the protein was not there. There was a tremendous difference in the Watson Ranch Organic product, all receiving the rain mentioned above.
Watson Ranch Organic Fertilizer was applied to a smaller Coastal field (5-7 acres), adjacent to the Commercial fertilized field. This time the grass was approximately 12 inches tall at application. A&M test results were: Crude protein 10.6%, ADF 34.0%, TDN 68%, for Coastal hay; which is really high for Coastal Bermuda, per a past County Agent.
I am sold on Watson Ranch Organic Fertilizer and the excellent support information received from my dealer, Fred and Barbara Andrews. Thank you, M.H..
Dear Jeannine Watson,
Our use of your products has made dramatic improvements to our pasture land. Some of the things we have noticed since we have been using Watson Ranch products:
1) Given the choice, cattle will tend to graze the areas where we have applied Watson Ranch fertilizers even to the point of overgrazing before they will move on to areas that weren't fertilized.
2) The brix levels of the fertilized areas are 5 to 10 points higher than unfertilized areas. Since brix is a measurement of sugar and therefore minerals (primarily calcium and phosphorous) entering the plant leaf, we know we are getting more nutrients into our plants and, consequently, our animals without applying these nutrients, instead making them available through improved soil life.
3) Where we have applied MicroGrow, each Fall we get a tremendous stand of Fall seeded grass and legumes, at least two fold what comes up where MicroGrow wasn't applied.
4) Tests with Dr. Elaine Ingham of Soil Food Web have revealed good levels of all important bacteria and fungi necessary for healthy soil.
5) Legumes grow better where we applied the MicroGrow, seaweed, molasses, and humate products.
6) The fields stay green longer, the soil is more resilient and less prone to damage from drought and flood. Water soaks in faster and is retained longer in the new formed humus and surface litter is digested rapidly. Lots of earthworm castings and soil has an excellent compost -like smell.
7) Yields are higher on the organic fertilized areas, but more important the quality of the forage is improved as well. Something not seen with chemical fertilizer use.
8) The sustainability and value of these products is proven to us in their long lasting effect, building a healthy soil community, that ultimately leads to healthy trouble free animals.
9) Weeds disappear as the soil becomes healthy and succession to grass and legumes occurs. We have seen this several times.
10) As if that weren't enough, The people at Watson Ranch that we have dealt with are knowledgeable, helpful, honest and provide excellent service. Steven "Bear" Lane has been more than helpful in serving us and knows what he's talking about through the ample experience he has accumulated as an organic farmer. He takes each customer's specific situation into account to make sure you are successful and follows up with your progress as if it were his own farm. Seldom do you get to work with someone who truly cares about what they are doing like Bear Lane. Owner Jeanine Watson is that kind of person as well, and we appreciate her efforts to manufacture these organic products and make them locally available. We highly recommend them!
Wes and Kelly Adams
Adams Blackland Prairie
I thought you'd like to know: I just baled the Jackpot haygrazer on the seven acres and without any rain since the first cutting and even though the top half never grew as tall as the front (because it was cut a week or so later than the front), I still got 20 round bales! How about that? 42 bales total. -R
I have used Watson Ranch Products for the past 14 months. I have Coastal Bermuda grass that I use for hay and pasture. Since using their products I have not applied any lime to the sandy soil and have less fireant mounds in my fields. I was able to win a Blue Ribbon at the Hunt County Hay Show this year. Even though I lived in a area where the rain seemed to skip my place but the neighbors down the road got plenty. I 'm very pleased with Watson Ranch products and will continue to use and suggest them to others.
To make a really long story short we realized that our land was wore out and sick due to years of use and abuse of chemical fertilizers. Our grandparents were successful farmers and they used the Bible as their farming manual, so we went to looking for Biblical principles that applied to farming. We found that the land is to be rested every seventh year. So the first thing we did was lay the land out for 2009. We harvested no hay from the land but cut it twice and let it fall back on the land. We didn't really know what we were doing but looking back knowing what we know now, we fed the microorganisms a feast for a year.
Because we had left the hay uncut, the place still had some dead grass from the winter and then the new growth was putting out. We knew we had to get that off the land so we could efficiently treat the soil. Due to limited funds we were not able to do much to the land until early June and that is when we put down our first Watson Ranch product just after we finished our first cutting of the season.
Rain was very limited here this summer so on July 25th we cut what hay we had because the lack of rain and the abundance of grasshoppers. We were just trying to harvest what we could. This cutting was light but we had a buyer and he wanted a protein test done before buying the hay. The hay tested 10%.
Between June and September we had around 4 inches of rain but it fell in half inch or less showers and we were still dealing with a large number of grasshoppers. After talking to Bear Lane he thought we should put out some more garlic. Watson Ranch gave us a break on another application of garlic and we applied it with molasses. This time we could see a change in the grasshopper population.
Time went by and still no rain, plus we had 20 days of triple digit heat. Again, we were preparing to harvest what we could before it burned up, then the much needed rain came in early September. We received around 4 inches all at once. The hay began to jump up and grow like crazy but we waited until we begin to see some of the grass head out, so on October 1st we cut the third cutting.
The first buyer told us 10% was good for organically grown hay and we were tickled. We are so new at this we had no idea what to expect. Again, we had a buyer but it was a different buyer and they wanted a protein test. So on October 6th we had the hay tested and it tested 14.67%. Even though this grass was 63 days old the protein content was even higher than the other cutting. This hay was going to a dairy and the buyer was astounded that the protein was so high.
Needless to say we are sold on the Watson Ranch organic program and we are preparing to put down our next application. We are impressed with the people and the product. We would not have gotten this kind of results if it had not been for the Ms. Watson and Bear Lane. They are teaching us and supplying us the products to accomplish what they have taught us. Feel free to contact us and we would be delighted to share our wonderful experience. Our overwhelming success in 2010 has led us to become a dealer for Watson Ranch Organic Products. We are looking forward to many years of success with the help of God, Watson Ranch and Bear Lane.
Marvin & Linda M.
First Place at the Guadalupe County Fair October 2012!
Crude protein 9.6
If you had asked me five years ago what my future looks like, I would have told you I would stay on the homestead in Keller, Texas that my family had worked so hard on and for over the years. The land developers that began courting and eventually pushing my mother to sell our beautiful farm in October 2012. My mother was made an offer that logically could not be refused. We searched and visited farms around Weatherford, Texas and our hearts settled on a 31.4 acre farm in Brock.
Our farm in Brock, Texas was not unlike most farms. It needed work, time, and dedication. The nineteen acres of Coastal Hay were in desperate need of work. I recruited the help of a long-time family friend and experienced tractor operator to help. I didn’t just want coastal hay. My vision was to have organic, chemical free, top quality hay for my animals and for those of my customers. So, like many other farmers, we went to work.
The weeds and stickers in that field far outnumbered the usual field. Great strides to rid the field were taken through both weedkiller and hand pulling. We used organic fertilizer and gave the fields countless hours of pulling stickers and weeds. That first harvest, I was able to get 486 bales from my first cut. I was very satisfied with the hay we produced. Unfortunately, my tractor guy added root stimulator to the ground without my consent and it caused problems for our working relationship. That second cutting gave me 1289 square bales and a mere 48 round bales on the third cut. The tension over the root stimulator grew. So much so, that he declined to help me the following year. I was devastated. Being relatively new to the area and not knowing anyone, I began to doubt if I would be able to move forward.
As I sat and cried over the prospect of not being able to grow and harvest my hay, my best friend, Sally Morris, starting making some calls. She never questioned my desire to have organic hay and sought out professionals who were experienced and committed to organic hay production. Mr. Dennis Lane, with Watson Ranch Organics, was an answer to my prayers. This amazing man only uses organic fertilizer and had more knowledge about growing organic hay than I did. I also spoke at length with Rowdy Baker from Watson Ranch Organics. It was very reassuring to know these men understood my drive to have the most beautiful hay while only using Organics. Mr. Lane and I began working on the hay in January 2014. The next month, we showered the fields with fertilizer and even over fertilized to boost growth and choke out those pesky weeds. All the while, I would still spend hours hand picking weeds and stickers by the wheelbarrow full.
Our first cutting yielded 839 square bales and the second cutting was 1050 square bales. It was beautiful, full, rich hay. It was handled with care by my hay baler, Vince Gerz. We stimulated the root systems, fertilized, hand groomed, and nurtured the hay to make it the top quality feed that it has become.
This year, I am pleased to say that thanks to the great teamwork of Dennis, Vince, and me, we have produced the greatest crop I have ever seen. We planted non-bulb wheat, barley, arrowhead clover, vetch, peas, oats, purple top turnips and radishes to build the most nutrient rich soil around. The first small cut in May yielded 58 round bales and then in July, we baled 2273 square bales. We are so pleased with the hay we provide and proud of the bountiful harvest that we have been blessed with on my nineteen acres. Truth be told, it’s less than that because there is a pond, barn, and a few side barns. To stand back and see how far we come makes me realize how fortunate I am to have this beautiful farm and how we may not know what the future holds, but we should always enjoy the ride.
--Charlotte R. 2015
We purchased our hay farm in Camp County, May of 2011. It had been leased by the same man for over 28 years. He had been grazing cattle for the duration of that time without any improvements to the soil or grass. It was in desperate need of some TLC. Looking for the best way to improve our land, we knew there had to be a way to feed the soil and grass naturally without using commercial chemicals or fertilizers. We were looking for a natural alternative that would render high quality hay and provide our customers with the greatest possible product. We found everything we were looking for in the products of Watson Ranch Organics.
Bear Lane, Watson Ranch Organics’ representative, has been most helpful during the learning curve of these great products. He has always been available and most informative for any and all of our needs. He introduced me to our region's representative, Ronnie Biddulph . Ronnie too has been most gracious in his assistance.
We started with the recommended application of Micro-Grow, Molasses, and Humate Tea. The following spring, second application, we went with Booster Max, Molasses, and Humate Tea. This being our first cutting, it yielded 3 bales per acre with over 10 % protein! We were so excited! Our second cutting that season yielded 2.8 bales per acre with over 9% protein. We have been so pleased with what these products have helped us accomplish in such a short time. The condition of our soil and grass production has continued to increase each year.
In May of 2015, first cutting rendered over 13% protein! The second cutting came in at almost 12%, and the third at 8.9% with no rain from July till
September. Our yearly production average was 4 bales per acre.
Our customers tell us that they can’t get the hay unloaded fast enough, that it’s like a swarm of bees when they bring the hay out to feed.
We wanted to say thank you to Watson Ranch and express our gratitude to Bear Lane and Ronnie Biddulph for their help and expertise with these products.
Thank you so much and God Bless.
Terry and Jeannie Williams
Hi, Bear. We were able to get 117 round bales from our 50 acres. We use the same baler as our neighbor so he cuts our place after he does theirs. Our yield was right in line with our neighbors, even though we chopped in mid-April prior to our first application and the baling was three weeks earlier than the previous two years. There was a little concern at first because our grass was not as tall as the neighbors but our grass was so thick they said they bogged down more than once when cutting. As you can see in the pictures the field is cut way shorter than we’d like, but our grass still bounces back from being scalped. We had far less weeds this year and had no trouble selling our hay!!
We've had rainfall four times since the cutting, just less than 3 inches total. We'll be ready to put down our second application soon which includes the first time for the nitrogen. Temps are in the mid 90s with heat index in triple digits.
Penny and Ivars
October 26 2016
To Whom It May Concern:
It has been about 5 years now since we started having our field of Coastal Hay fertilized organically and managed by Dennis Lane, a dealer of Watson Ranch. At first, it was a decision based on economics, as the price of fertilizer was sky rocketing at the time. We also had lost some areas in our field when a spray nozzle broke and dumped straight fertilizer down and burned a large swath that was about 50 yds long which led to the concern; what effect was the run-off into our stock tank and nearby Soil Conservation Lake having on the environment. We also have many dogs (our babies) and worried about the effects of the fertilizer on them, every time we spread it.
So, when Dennis Lane approached us about using organic fertilizer we decided to give it a try.
I can tell you that over the years, the weeds are better controlled and the pasture is greener than ever. We had a patch of ground up front that we were losing the battle to weeds, especially (what I knew as a kid as “stickers”) sand burrs, that seem to love our sandy soil. With the miracle application that Dennis applies, along with his advice to mow the grass a bit taller, this management program has given us a greener, healthier looking grass. (and less “stickers” for the pups to get in their paws!) As a result our cuttings have tripled in the last 4-5 years. We used to not have enough rolls to satisfy the buyers, but now we have an over-abundance this year as a result of the increased fertility of our land due to the Organic Management Program, Dennis has developed for us.
I am confident that we will continue to be customers for many years to come.
What a great guy and a great product! Thanks, Dennis!
Bito and Kim Smith of Johnson County Texas