The Dirty Work: Carrot Case Study

Nov 13, 2013

BioFlora® was founded in 1972 with a goal to conceptualize, develop, manufacture, market, and deliver a proprietary product line to the agricultural community. Through our innovative products and programs, we provide solutions to our customers in both domestic and international markets. Today we have over 30 unique proprietary products that benefit growers, retailers, and consumers. Our organic and sustainable agricultural programs maximize the efficacy and efficiency of traditional agricultural inputs, while being mindful of their environmental impact.

Carrot Case Study

BioFlora® conduced a trial on carrots in Lancaster, California to test whether the addition of BioFlora® products would increase yield, crop quality, and soil tilth. Carrots favor well-drained, fine textured soils with a good water-holding capacity. Sandy to loamy soils are preferred. Carrot seedlings are very weak and do not tolerate soil crusting. Crusting of the soil surface will prevent seedlings from emerging. The edible portion of the plant is the taproot. Fields should be tilled to a 30cm (12 inch) depth to ensure that root penetration is not restricted. Proper amounts &timing of water are critical to germination and root development.

Our Methods

In this trial, the grower used a conventional fertilizer program based on the use of UN-32.

BioFlora® applied a program consisting of Humega®, GOgreen®, Fulmega™ 1% Mg, BioFlora Seaweed Creme®, BioFlora® 5-17-4, BioFlora® 5-3-2, BioFlora® 0-0-25, Minera™, and DynaMega® 2-1-1 throughout the season.

Our Results


The BioFlora® treated field produced 100 tons of carrots per acre against the control field, which only produced 65 tons per acre.


The BioFlora® treated field had a total cost of $389 per acre against the control’s $410 per acre.

Nitrogen Reduction

The BioFlora® treated crop received 66% less nitrogen than the control field throughout the crop cycle. This was mainly due to the reduction of the grower standard program by 50%, when supplemented with BioFlora® products.


The BioFlora® treated carrots were cleaner (produce had less dirt), had longer carrots and greater weight at harvest.

The BioFlora® field carrots pulled out of the soil easier, as the soil was more friable with more aggregates.

The treated field also harvested two weeks earlier than the control field.

carrot bunch

BioFlora treated carrots (on left) versus Control field carrots (on right). Notice larger size of the taproot.