Archive for January, 2009

C-P-Ca v’s N-P-K – The Fight for Soil Life

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

vineyardNutri-Tech Solutions P/L has emerged as a “front-runner” in the soil fertility stakes. Their refreshing approach involves the provision of education, constructive advice, soil test analysis and other essential tools for cost effective, sustainable agriculture. This information-sharing policy, backed up by an impressive high-tech product range, has won many converts. The exclusive NTS range, representing state of the art organic fertilisers, is surprisingly cost-effective – the price does not reflect the exclusivity. In fact, some of these products can provide considerable benefits for less than $10 per hectare. (more…)

The Fulvic Phenomenon

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

lightbulbThe term ‘phenomenon’ describes something extraordinary or remarkable. It is often used when reporting record-breaking sporting successes or the marketing achievements of pop culture icons. The term is rarely used outside of this reporting of events and persons. Australian swimming star, Ian Thorpe, is a sporting phenomenon, and the rocket-like rise of the Internet is a media phenomenon. Now a rapidly accumulating body of scientific research suggests that a single, low-molecular weight, organic material, called fulvic acid, could justifiably be termed an agricultural phenomenon. Solid science has now catalogued a vast array and variety of benefits associated with this material, and some of these will be analysed in this article. (more…)

Multiplying the Workforce – Microbe Brewing Made Easy!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

microbes1If there’s one thing we have learnt over the years, while working with thousands of clients involved in over 100 different crops, it is this: On most occasions, poor yield, poor quality and disease pressure are related to a failure or breakdown of biology. “Soil-life governs production” – it’s a basic statement and a simple fact, but it remains the most difficult concept for many growers to wrap their heads around. (more…)

Fusion Fertilising Tips and Hints

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

vegetables1) The performance of phosphorous acid based fungicides can be dramatically enhanced with the inclusion of fulvic acid with every application. Fulvic acid increases the permeability of plant membranes, allowing more efficient uptake through leaf or roots. The NTS product, Fulvic 1400â„¢, is a cost-effective option.

2) The measurement of plant sap pH is a technique to monitor plant health, nutritional requirements, yield potential and disease resistance in a single, two-minute (more…)

Humates for Animal Health

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

cow-eatingHumates are fossilised plant material originating from a period which pre-dates the dinosaurs. The dark powder contains the dense mineral component which characterised those ancient plants. It also contains the amino acids and many of the other beneficial phytochemicals from that original plant matter. Humates have proven invaluable as a soil additive where their multi-faceted benefits include detoxification, chelation, enhanced nutrient and water storage, plant growth promotion and powerful biological promotion. In fact, humates are arguably the single most effective soil regenerator available, and their rapidly increasing popularity throughout the world is testimony to their potential. (more…)

Growing Root Crops in Red Soil

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

red-soilQueensland’s red volcanic soils are some of the most fertile in the world, and they are well suited to the growing of root crops. Root crops, like potatoes and ginger, are demanding feeders that respond well to this superior fertility. However, there are still some common problems associated with these soils, and the most notable of these is related to phosphorus availability. The negatively charged phosphate ion is notoriously unstable. It will readily form insoluble compounds with calcium (tri-calcium phosphate), iron, aluminium and manganese. In red soils, the problem is iron. These soils are coloured red because of an abundance of iron. Phosphate and iron rapidly form the insoluble iron phosphate, and it becomes a constant battle managing phosphorus for high-production fertility. A visit to some Nutri-Tech ginger growers highlights the pain and pleasure of growing root crops in the red zone. (more…)

Ten Reasons to Tissue Test.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

A refractometer showing sap extracted from plant

Tissue testing is one of the most valuable tools for proactive crop management and yet many growers ignore or under utilise this technology. A simple leaf test before flowering can make a huge difference to profitability. Here are 10 good reasons why every grower should leaf test on a regular basis. (more…)