Frass is insect excrement, exoskeletons, & organic residues.
Similar to compost or animal manure, frass adds diverse, crucial organic matter, chitin, and microbes to rebuild soil structure, improve bioavailability of other soil nutrients, and promote the growth of beneficial bacteria.
Application of consistent, high quality insect frass has a wide range of benefits including bolstering plant defense, replenishing beneficial bacteria and microbes, improving nutrient efficiency, increasing the bioavailability of nutrients already in soil, improving soil structure, reducing nutrient run-off, increasing water retention, and improving yields.
As a circular soil amendment, it is a promising biological alternative to synthetic fertilizers.
Healthy soil is a highly biodiverse living environment of microbes, fungi, invertebrates and more.
Soils play a critical role
in nutrient and element cycling, carbon sequestration, and physical and nutrient support of plants.
and pesticides application can damage soil biodiversity and microbial communities, disrupting many basic functions of a healthy soil.
and on-farm practices like tillage and monocropping can negatively affect long-term soil health.
chemical fertilizers and pesticides can account for over 20% of total GHG emissions.
Current farm practices
result in further nutrient depletion, reduction of organic matter, erosion, and harmful runoff into waterways.
is the primary byproduct of black soldier fly farming.
Benefits of Frass
Offsets chemical fertilizer and pesticide costs/application
Increased drought resistance
Plays a key role in improved plant health, growth, and development
Potential pest reduction by stimulating natural defense mechanisms and overall biodiversity
Adds structure to treated soils
Beneficial microbes have demonstrated contribution to pathogen reduction
Contains chitin, stimulating natural plant immunities/defenses while improving soil microbial health
A natural biostimulant, rich in microorganisms, organic matter, and key nutrients. A natural way to decrease the use of chemical fertilizers / pesticides, improve soil structure, and increase nutrient bioavailability.
Summary of our frass:
A summary of key data points from these analyses reveals the following summary of our frass:
Total available Nitrogen of 2,272 lbs per acre (for comparison corn requires ~300 lbs of N per acre)*
Phosphorous: 4,900 lbs per acre
Potassium: 6,240 lbs per acre
Organic Carbon: 9,600 lbs per acre
Soil Organic Matter (SOM): 66%
*Nutrient uptake by plants is a complex equation. These data indicate vastly more available Nitrogen than conventional lab analysis, but we advise growth trials and ongoing soil testing to enable decision support and determine optimal application method and rates.