By Lora Berg
The Bioverse AgraSphere went on the market last fall after eight years of development, according to Bioverse’s Brad Carson. The product distributes beneficial bacteria into manure storage systems to reduce sludge buildup and crusting using a biodegradable sphere made of a corn-based polymer.
The AgraSphere acts as an incubator at the bottom of the manure storage structure. While in the system, it is producing beneficial bacteria, thus maintaining the proper level of bacteria to achieve the liquefaction process.
Carson said the AgraSphere remains inactive until it becomes wet. He suggests throwing the balls into the pit through the pump-out ports or directly into other types of manure storage structures. Once the product has become activated in the pit, the media lasts approximately 180 days. Six balls are recommended in a 1,200-head finishing barn.
“The AgraSphere has a patented, time-release technology that provides continuous activation while being eco-friendly in the biodegradable sphere,” he said. The product helps liquefy and mix solids into the manure slurry and, thus, increase manure value.
Leon Sheets asked if the product would be impacted if medications are being added to the water in the barn. Carson responded that since the sphere, which contains the beneficial bacteria, is at the bottom of the pit, it repopulates the pit without being harmed by medications.