Archive for March, 2010

Organics versus Conventional – Comparing Costs and Benefits for the Grower.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

It is often assumed that a move to organic growing involves a sacrifice. There is an expectation that yields will drop and you will fall in a financial hole for 2 or 3 years until lower input costs and higher premiums for your produce help to compensate. That may have been the case with ‘organic by neglect’ but ‘informed organics’ should never involve sacrifice. In fact, the opposite is often true as we will see in my latest grower story. (more…)

Soil & Leaf Testing – A Critical Step for Profitable Crops

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

If you are a grower who wants to achieve optimum yields, improved plant health and profitability then performing soil and leaf tests at set times throughout the season should be part of your standard farming practice.  Growers are increasingly incorporating this into their practices, not only for the crops’ health and yield, but to save money by only applying the exact nutrient requirements at set times. (more…)

FIR Sauna Stories – Pumping out The Junk

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

This week I am in Taree in NSW giving a four day certificate course. During the last break I was approached by a woman who had attended one of my courses previously. She shared a personal experience that I found fascinating. I asked if she would mind if I included it in my weekly blog and she was happy to share. Jenny Meek contracted breast cancer 10 years ago and suffered surgery and several sessions of chemotherapy. She noticed a strange response from her pet cat following the treatment. (more…)

The Impact of Soil Health on Community Health.

Friday, March 12th, 2010

In this fascinating presentation, author and educator, Graeme Sait, chronicles the decline in human nutrition over the past three generations and the powerful link to the current plague of degenerative diseases. He offers a game plan to reclaim this lost vitality utilising cutting-edge soil science research combined with strategies for home gardeners to use food as medicine. (more…)

Questioning the Status Quo (Part 1)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

It is essential that we fully understand both our past and our present circumstances to enable the move toward a more sustainable future. Often this involves an honest appraisal of where we are at and how we got there, and to do this we need to look behind the veil at what is really happening. The “veil” in this case involves a bunch of commercially driven assumptions about how agriculture works.  Many of us have blindly accepted the industry message because it has been sold as scientific progress and who are we to stand in the way (more…)

Amazing New Skin Product – TamuSkin™

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Tamanu Oil is an amazing traditional Melanesian skin care treatment used for centuries in Vanuatu and Tahiti. This ‘miracle oil’ can be used on almost any skin ailment with incredible results. Tamanu Oil has the extraordinary ability to promote the regeneration of new tissue, encouraging rapid repair and the development of healthy skin. Research is constantly revealing remarkable medicinal qualities in exotic and native plant species. Occasionally, one of these plant extracts is shown to (more…)

Foliar Fertilising – The Top 10 Questions

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Foliar feeding of plant nutrients is a relatively new agricultural technique compared to the long history of agriculture, and consequently is often poorly understood. At NTS we have been doing research on foliar applications of nutrients and have obtained some excellent results. Further, we have a large range of products that can be foliar applied, so we want to encourage the use of these products because they can give tremendous benefits to growers. Here are our most frequently asked questions: (more…)

Tri-Kelp™ – A Multi Purpose Marvel

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

If you have yet to discover the many benefits of kelp in agriculture, then do yourself a favour and experiment with foliar spays or soil applications of liquid seaweed in your particular crop. There are now no cost limitations upon the use of kelp because the introduction of Tri-Kelp™ Soluble Seaweed Powder from NTS has effectively re-written the rules relating to kelp usage. Where this plant growth promoter was once considered a costly but highly effective inclusion in intensive horticulture, it can now be used in every situation, including pasture and broadacre crops. (more…)

World’s Leading Vineyard uses NTS

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Domaine de la Romanee Conti is widely considered to be the world’s greatest wine producer and it is certainly amongst the most expensive The new vintages sell for $2000 per bottle and the more seasoned versions are sold for two or three times this amount. This vineyard doesn’t do tastings because they have pre-sold all of their production for years in advance. This 400 year old vineyard produces it’s wine organically, as do many of the leading French producers. When consulting in Burgundy recently with our French distributor, Jacques Moreau, I was invited to tasting at this famous vineyard. This sought-after invite was related to the performance of the NTS products with which they had been working. NTS works with many fine wine makers around the world. (more…)

Yield Building with Twin Pack Simplicity

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Increase yields with foliar sprayingIf you are aware of the research relating to the efficacy of foliar fertilising, then you will understand that this method of nutrient delivery is 12 to 15 times more efficient than soil-based fertilising. Not only do you bypass soil-based lock-ups and mineral antagonism (where excesses of one mineral limit the uptake of another), but you also achieve a secondary effect, which can sometimes deliver more than the primary effect. The primary effect, of course, is the super efficient delivery of the mineral you have applied to the leaves. (more…)