They that Sow in Tears, Shall Reap in Joy
After examining Canadian farmer Theresa Claey’s Echinacea crop, plant scientists from the University of Manitoba told her that she may have developed her own variety of the medicinal herb.
They had never seen an Echinacea crop so healthy and robust. But, she had changed only one thing to her operations, and it wasn’t a breeding program or the use of a new hybrid. It was a product she heard about during a conversation with her neighbor in 2001.
He told her about the impressive results he got using a sound box and organic fertilizer system on his plants. The conversation led to a new way of farming for Claeys.
“I was interested in any organic product,” said Claeys who farms in Manitoba with her husband and youngest daughter. Her neighbor couldn't give her much information on the product at the time because he had lent the unit to someone else. So, she got on the Internet and started researching the product. She looked at anything and everything she could find, good or bad.
The strange thing, she said, was that she couldn't find any bad reviews about the product. Intrigued with the possibility of having the best Echinacea in Canada, she called Dan Carlson, owner of Dan Carlson Scientific Enterprises and inventor of Sonic Bloom. She asked him if he had some time when she could meet him at his home in Wisconsin. Upon invitation, she hopped in her car and drove 10 hours to find out if Sonic Bloom was for real.
“Dan took me to other growers in the area and I noticed the dramatic results they had,” she said. “For the next two days I asked Dan every possible question that came to my mind. The next two to three years I spent like a scientist in my garage in a lab coat testing every plant on my farm that I could.”
Claeys said she tested beans, peas, broccoli, pumpkin, saskatoons and just about anything she could get her hands on. She tested seeds treated with the Sonic Bloom system and used untreated seeds as a control.
She found that Sonic Bloom enabled seeds of all kinds to germinate faster and healthier than untreated seeds. “Believe me,” she said, “I have tried everything, even seeds that won't grow here in Manitoba.”
Alan Kapuler, co-founder of Seeds of Change, did some work with the Sonic Bloom formula nearly 20 years ago and had good results with cucurbits, solanacea, and lettuce species. He said that even some old seeds popped up vigorously when treated with the solution, although he did not test the sound component. “I’m a farmer, so we don’t care about the numbers. When you plant some old seeds and you see them all coming up, you know it's working. The giberellic acid formula does enhance germination, no doubt about it.” Claeys experiments, however, didn’t end with seeds.
She treated trees in her yard, some of which were quite raggedy. But soon they were putting on new growth and healthy fruit. She said she even went to the neighbors to spray their half dead fern trees. People started calling her from all over about the foliar spray she applied to their trees, fruits and vegetables. Dying trees were coming back to life. Even with Canada’s short growing season, vegetables were growing profusely and tastier than usual.
Claeys was so impressed by theresults she got using Sonic Bloomthat she is now Canada’s exclusive Sonic Bloom dealer.
Visit to River Falls, WI
I too, intrigued by the possibilities, wanted to learn more about Sonic Bloom. I read the many articles written in publications like Acres U.S.A. and Countryside & Small Stock Journal. I read chapter 11 of Peter Thompkins and Christopher Bird’s Secrets of the Soil which is dedicated to Sonic Bloom. I watched the videos. I researched the web. I talked with farmers who used the product. What I learned about how Sonic Bloom works made sense to me as I recalled my experiences in the field and in my agricultural classes at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. But I wanted to see it with my own eyes. So one frigid February day, I traveled about four hours northward to the home of Dan Carlson and his son Dan Carlson Jr.
Carlson Sr. suffered a stroke early in 2006, and though it has become difficult for him to communicate, his mind was still razor sharp upon our meeting at his cedar-wood home near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. The home sits on a 140-acre wooded estate, called Hazel Hills Farm, where Carlson did his experimentation over the last 13 years.
As he sat in his wheelchair and answered my questions, my eyes were drawn upward. Behind and high above him grew one of the world’s largest indoor plants. When I say largest, I mean that a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed for me that Carlson’s plant made an appearance in 1977. It scales up and around three of the 30-foot-high vaulted walls in his living room, and into the loft above and the kitchen below.
According to the A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants published by The American
Horticulture Society, Gynura aurantiaca, known as either purple passion or purple velvet, reaches a maximum of only 10 feet. But the plant I saw was at least 100 feet long even though much of it was in winter dieback.
“It was 600 feet long when the Guinness Book sent their people over to measure it,” said Carlson. “They said, ‘well, you have the longest houseplant on record.’ And I know it grew at least double that at one point.”
But, as he explained in a somber tone, the over-sized house plant is only the novelty side of Sonic Bloom. Leaning forward to emphasize his words, Carlson said that he has always only been interested in the agricultural applications of his invention.
“I’ve never set out to make a lot of money. I’ve had plenty of offers to sell out,” said Carlson.
His fear is that if he sold to a large corporation, Sonic Bloom would, like many other revolutionary technologies, be squashed, so corporations could continue selling their current products. “But this is for the world,” he said.
Sow in Tears, Reap in Joy
While in the United States Army in the demilitarized zone in Korea from 1961-63, Carlson witnessed an event that changed his life. To his disbelief, a young Korean mother intentionally crushed the legs of her four-year old right in front of him under the wheels of a reversing two-ton truck. Through her tears, the mother cried to Carlson as he tried to intervene that having a crippled child was the only way she could beg enough money for her starving family. Carlson says the experience was forever etched in his soul. It shaped his every action afterward.
After completing his duties in the armed forces, his knowledge of starvation’s horrors drove him to study how to feed the world’s hungry. He spent several years in the University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station studying plant physiology. His research led him to the underside of plant leaves, where stomata – the microscopic doorways that open and shut – control the exchange of gases and moisture with the surrounding atmosphere.
If their was a way to coax open the stomata to greater widths and in greater numbers, Carlson reasoned, they could imbibe dew from the morning air even in arid regions and gulp any nutrients applied. Perhaps plants could thrive and produce food even in poor soils.
In 1972, Carlson discovered that certain oscillating sound frequencies stimulate stomata to open. Building on previous studies, he developed an unobtrusive and effective combination of sound frequencies, something like chirping crickets or birds. In fact, he said that over 90% of song birds sing in the same frequencies as Sonic Bloom. He said he believes birds have aided in the absorption of dews and trace minerals since the beginning of time.
His observations were confirmed by photomicrographs which showed wider apertures on Sonic Bloom-treated leaves. A Philips 505 Scanning Electron Microscope showed better stomata development on leaves treated with Sonic Bloom than a control.
Carlson and Holtz embedded the oscillating sound frequency in classical compositions and recorded cassettes and CDs to be used in a garden, greenhouse or home. For
larger operations, Carlson developed speakers that can be placed on poles throughout a field. The largest speaker system can broadcast the harmonics over 60 acres. Each speaker has a built in photo cell that turns the unit on at sunrise, with optimal spray time 45 minutes after the sound has activated. Systems should be left on for the remainder of the day. On days when not spraying, the harmonics help to take in more dew and CO2 in early morning and late afternoon, but playing them otherwise risks dehydration.
After discovering the special frequencies, Carlson then devoted 15 years to developing a growth-enhancing spray that could be applied after a sound treatment, while the stomata are still open. By tweaking the ingredients through an endless series of experiments, he found a formula that plants responded to the best when treated with the sound. His result was a seaweed extract that contains dozens of trace minerals and amino acids, as well as a naturally-derived plant hormone, gibberelic acid. Producers can either hand spray plants or use tractor-drawn spray equipment for larger operations.
Carlson explained that tests confirmed that the sound mechanismallows plants to absorb and translocate 700% more nutrients than unexposed plants. Not only that, he said that over-spray and tilledunder treated plants add major and minor elements to the soil. Results have been astounding yet the most widespread Sonic Bloom use is in nations outside of the United States. In Indonesia, where Sonic Bloom has doubled rice
yields, the minister of agriculture plans on growing all of the nation’s food with Sonic Bloom by 2009. International businesses are also interested in Sonic Bloom’s potential.
A research firm from Germany, The Nexial Scientific Company KG, is one of the many international organizations looking at Sonic Bloom. Larry Stiers, CEO and president of the company said that growers can expect an average yield increases between 30% and 400% using Sonic Bloom, depending on what is grown. “Trees will often grow 200% to 400% faster and better, whereas potatoes and several other crops or flowers may show a 30%- 80% increase,” he said.
Commercial growers have reported high returns on investment in Sonic Bloom Stiers said. “This does not include the savings on pesticides, and reduced need for weed eradication treatments,” he said. “We’ve seen that the effectiveness of Dr. Carlson’s invention is very dramatic in increasing yields, shelf life, early maturity, better taste, and measurably higher nutritional value and the health of treated plants.” Part of the secret of Sonic Bloom, Stiers suspects, is it’s enhancement of a plant’s ability to absorb CO2, and to use it for photosynthesis.
Opening stomata, the small mouthlike pores on the bottom of leaves, is not what Sonic Bloom does, but how it does what it does, said Carlson. Sonic Bloom is known to allow plants to adapt to their environments even in harsh conditions. “We are allowing plants to unlock and release their full genetic potential,” said Carlson Sr., gazing upwards and motioning to the purple passion plant that covers his walls. "This is for the world."
Editors Note: We will be conducting our own trials on Sonic Bloom at OrgPro Farms. We will report our findings. For more information, visit www.sonicbloom.com.
Below are some of the astonishing results achieved by using Sonic Bloom:
1. Strawberry yield increases 300%
2. 5 ft. alfalfa with 100% increase in tonnage. 29% protein gives 30% increase in milk production
3. Over 600 ft. Purple Passion Plant (Guinness World Record)
4. Sonic Bloom doubles the Active ingredient in Ginseng
5. Apple yields increase 50%
6. Soybean harvest doubles
7. Hot peppers mature 30 days sooner and produce twice as many peppers. Sonic Bloom apples have 5-month shelf life
9. Zinc content of apples increase 1750%
10. Sonic Bloom matures tomato crop 35 days sooner and nearly doubles yield
11. 16 foot high sweet corn with three or four ears per stalk
12. Accelerates growth of Black Walnut trees 300%. They are ready for sale in 20 years instead of 50 years
13. Sonic Bloom increases sugar levels which we believe increases disease resistance
14. Sonic Bloom increases grape yields by 100% and sugars 2 percentage points
15. Sonic Bloom increases the size of cranberries by 66%
16. Normally sterile tomato plant "suckers" are potted and produce tomatoes faster than from seed
17. Blueberries are the diameter of a nickel and ripen 2 weeks sooner
18. Cucumber plants produce 3 times as many cucumbers
19. Sonic Bloom reduces irrigation requirements up to 55% in some cases
20. Sonic Bloom tomatoes have a roadside, fruit stand and shelf life twice as long as untreated plants
21. Produce buyers drive extra distances in order to buy Sonic Bloom produce because of its incredibly delicious flavor
22. Chrysanthemum flowers double in quantity and mature in 4 weeks