At 500 times dilution, wood vinegar can reduce the cluster value of water to 1/3. This means that the water is activated and can be easily absorbed by the plants because water with a low cluster value is in a very small mass. Each of these masses will hold one or few mineral elements. These elements can be easily taken into the plants.
The concentration of agro-chemicals or liquid fertilizers can be reduced by 50% if it is diluted in a 500 times dilution solution of wood vinegar due to its higher permeation. This will greatly reduce the use of agro-chemicals. However, it should not be used with alkaline chemicals.
Uses and Application of Wood Vinegar
1) Enriching the soil. Dilute wood vinegar with water ( 1:200 ration-1 part wood vinegar and 200 part water) and sprinkle it to the soil before planting. Application is one liter solution for every square meter of planting area.
2) Applying to compost. Dilute one part wood vinegar with 50 parts water and sprinkle to composting materials. Application rate is 50 liters solution to one compost.
3) Fertilization. Dilute one part wood vinegar with 200 parts water and spray it to leaves once a month. Dilution ratio can be change to 300 parts water for the succeeding applications.
4) Seed germination. Dilute one part wood vinegar with 200 parts water then soak the seeds for 24 hours.
5) Pest repellent or deodorizer. Dilute one part vinegar with 20 parts water and spray it it the plant or to the substrate in case of odor removal.
The Appropriate Technology Association of Thailand recommends the following wood vinegar/water solution rates for various farm uses (ATA, p. 27-28). Note that, in some cases, no details were given regarding the specific identity of pests:
Wood Vinegar is a natural extract from woods. It is used in agriculture and animal fodders. It is a good choice for organic farming. The natural contents make it an attractive alternative to chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Furthermore it is non-toxic and biodegradable.
Benefits on crops
Soil Application: 6-10 L / Ha / time, 2-3 times during seedling stage and growth stage.
Foliar Application: 3-5L / Ha / time, 2-3 times during seedling stage and growth stage.
It can be mixed with most acidic fertilizers and pesticides. Nevertheless make a miscibility test before first application.
Studies showed that when charcoal and wood vinegar were used as feed supplements in poultry, salmonella bacteria, which are responsible for gastrointestinal diseases of chickens, were eliminated.
In chicken egg production, farmers claimed that their hens improved their egg-laying performance, had better rearing characteristics, and improved their hatching efficiency. It also improved the quality of eggs such as better taste, reduced cholesterol content, and had harder egg shells.
Studies on swine production showed that sows improved their performance. They became healthier, their fertility rate improved, and piglet size became uniform. The fatteners also improved their feeding efficiency and meat quality. The foul odor from the manure of the pigs was also reduced. Furthermore, reports from farmers indicated that their sows increased their milk production and diarrhea among piglets were prevented or cured.
In cattle, it is said that wood vinegar also improved meat quality, fertility rate, milk production, and feed efficiency.
Benefits on Livestock
Wood Vinegar is an all-natural livestock deodorant derived from plant extracts. The skin friendly plant chemicals bind themselves to odor-causing agents on the animal’s body and wastes, effectively breaking down, absorbing and transforming them into a natural acidic state – and destroying and suppressing bacteria, viruses and other odor causing pathogens. The result is non-stimulating Deodorization that is non-toxic and leaves no residue, creating a good-bacteria forming environment that is healthy and fresh for your livestock.
Wood Vinegar is suitable for poultry, and other livestock like pigs, cattle etc. It effectively controls the production of odor causing bacteria on the animal and the farm resulting in healthier livestock and increasing yield.
10 Internal Benefits of Wood Vinegar
Please note that these health benefits can be achieved through the use of many charcoal products, not just wood vinegar. The key ingredient is wood charcoal produced by the slow baking power of an earthen kiln.
You may be thinking that many of these benefits are too good to be true, but remember, we haven’t listed all the benefits of wood vinegar yet! These are only internal benefits. Wood Vinegar can also help the outside of your body.
11 External Benefits of Wood Vinegar
Wood Vinegar can aid the body with the following:
1. 50% reduction of fertilisers and pesticides with the use of 1:500 WV water mix.
2. Enhances roots
3. 200:1 for 24hrs soak seeds improves genrmination
4. Ester darkens leaves to increase photosynthesis
5. Regulates nutrients and microbiological population in soil
6. Better uptake of roots
7. Better tasting and higher sugar contents in fruits
8. Increases resistance to disease
9. Pesticide and anti fungus
10. Speeds up Composting
List of wood vinegar uses