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Converted Organics Reduces Disease, Improves Environmental Quality & Cuts Costs for Golf Courses
October 3, 2008. Converted Organics, Inc., a company that diverts food waste from landfills to create an all-natural, organic liquid fertilizer, is expanding its base to golf courses. At Cape Cod Country Club, a public facility in Massachusetts, has found that Converted Organics Liquid Fertilizer resulted in improved turf growth and quality, as well as excellent disease suppression, compared to conventional fertilizers previously used at the site.
Mark McEachern, Cape Cod's superintendent, applied three treatments of Converted Organics' all-natural Liquid Concentrate, 1-1-1 fertilizer at a rate of four gallons per acre to the poa, bent, rye and bluegrass on the greens, tees and fairways, starting in August. He reduced fungicide application by half, resulting in a significant cost savings.
"The results achieved with Converted Organics' Liquid Concentrate were fantastic, impressing me and the club's owners. The turf definitely increased in population and the overall look and quality noticeably improved. We did not experience a single fungus problem, even at the half-rate application," said McEachern. "I chose Converted Organics' Liquid Concentrate, due to the stimulation of high levels of soil microbial activity and potential for reducing thatch, and I will definitely continue using it. I am looking forward to utilizing other Converted Organics' products as they come to market."
"Converted Organics' products contain a host of valuable antioxidants and plant hormones, such as cytokinin, which in turn stimulate the plant to produce high levels of salicylic acid," said Dr. William Torello, Ph. D. Professor Emeritus of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Director of Product Research and Development for Converted Organics. "This acid confers a natural resistance to fungal bacterial diseases. As a result of the plant's reaction, growers can drastically reduce their fungicide budget by as much as 75 percent."
"The professional turf market is a critical and significant customer base for Converted Organics, and we are very pleased that Mr. McEachern's experience mirrored the success we obtained in our own growth trials," said Edward J. Gildea, company president. "We are confident that his experience will serve as a model for public and private golf courses throughout the U.S."
Converted Organics (NASDAQ:COIN), based in Boston, produces an all-natural, organic soil amendment or fertilizer products through food waste recycling. The company uses technologies to create a product that helps grow healthier food and improve environmental quality. Converted Organics plans to sell and distribute its products in the retail, turf management and agribusiness markets.