Archive for the ‘Biological Agriculture’ Category

Nutrition Farmer Of The Month – First Winners

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

limesDavid and Kim Hunt grow limes near Maryborough in Queensland. They are relative newcomers to this industry so they attended the four-day NTS Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture course to bring themselves up to speed with the most productive strategies for high-production, sustainable horticulture. They also decided to enlist the help of accomplished biological orchard consultant, Heinz Gugger, who farms stone fruit and persimmons, biologically, near Amamoor in South-East Queensland.

This package of empowerment through education and informed guidance has proven very productive. The orchard of 2100 trees was producing just 30 tonnes of limes when they purchased the property two years ago. The yield this past year had increased to 100 tonnes and the focus is now on improving quality rather than yield. (more…)

Research Reveals Benefits from Higher Humate Rates

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

humatesNTS Soluble Humate Granules™ have proven to be the flagship NTS product amongst our large and diverse product range. In over 40 countries they are our most successful Nutrition Farming® input. All we have to do is encourage a grower to trial the combination of soluble humates with their fertiliser and they will immediately see the benefits. We call it our “door opener”, because it never fails and invariably the grower returns to ask “what else have you got?”. (more…)

Non-hybridised Vegetables & Seed Saving for Your Food

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

heirloomI often describe the home vegetable garden as the ultimate wellness tool because it can provide fresh, chemical-free, nutrient-dense food that is often not readily available elsewhere. It is a primary tool that allows the reclaiming of responsibility for our own health because we now control a major source of our food.

Minerals, microbes and humus are the drivers of healthy vegetable production, but there is another factor that can increase the medicinal value of our food. This factor is often overlooked in the nutrition equation, but it can make a real difference. The vast majority of commercial vegetable seedlings and seeds are now hybridised and, while this might increase profit for seed merchants, it is not necessarily a benefit for consumers.
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Managing the Q Fly Menace

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
The Queensland fruit fly is spreading south. It is the pest that makes me think twice before eating stone fruit because of the systemic sprays involved in the chemical control of this pest. However, there are other management options, including the following:

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Time to Stand Up and Resist

Monday, February 10th, 2014

lockthegateI have long felt a sense of outrage that mining companies can invade farmland to tap coal seam gas regardless of the wishes or concerns of the landowner. Accessing this gas usually involves a process called fracking (hydraulic fracturing), where a chemical cocktail combined with sand and water is applied under very high pressure to shale rock, to create new channels to release their petro-chemical components. There are over twenty chemicals involved in the fracking cocktail, some of which have not been identified by the patent holder and some of which are known to be hazardous. (more…)

Amazing Aminos – The Multi-Function Marvels

Friday, September 27th, 2013

aminoacidsAmino acids are the building blocks of protein. Proteins are intimately involved in plant structure, enzymes and nutrient transfer and they are usually produced by the plant from nitrogen. This in an energy intensive process that is dependent upon a good balance of microbes and minerals. In this context, it is much more efficient if the 20 amino acids involved can be directly delivered rather than manufactured. Any energy sparing strategy is always beneficial but direct delivery of amino acids also serves to bypass the limitations of poor soil health. In short, soil problems are less limiting when you provide aminos for your crop. (more…)

Canadians Discover a New Way to Farm

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

canadaThe first leg of my recently completed seminar tour of North America involved my first visit to Canada. We visited Toronto to deliver our Four Day Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture followed by a field day designed to demonstrate biological principles in action. Attendees included large scale cash croppers, Mennonite farmers, permaculturists, consultants and agronomists. The questions flowed like wine and Joel Williams (my co-presenter) and I found it more difficult than usual to stick to the schedule. The Canadians, however, proved to be a warm, intelligent bunch and we thoroughly enjoyed the sharing. (more…)

Gas Exchange – How to Maximise your Money Maker

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

gasexchangeThere is one mechanism in your soil that has more impact on production, sustainability and profitability than any other. If you get it right you will have better soil structure, higher production, enhanced crop quality and reduced need for expensive, chemical intervention. “What is this magic bullet?”, I hear you say “and how can I access it?”, well this one doesn’t come from a bag or bottle. I am talking about the most important process in agriculture – it is called gas exchange. (more…)

Soil Health Is Everything

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

soilhealth1A few weeks back, while having my hair cut at a local salon, I was asked about my profession. I said that I taught farmers around the world how to grow with less need for chemicals. I explained that I was constantly researching the links between soil health and human health, with an emphasis upon the importance of nutrient-dense food. The hairdresser responded, “what has the soil got to do with food?” Oh my goodness! Where do I start? (more…)

The Q Fly Menace Grows – How to Counter this Pest

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

qflyOne news item from several weeks ago went largely unnoticed. This was the news that QLD fruit destined for Victoria, no longer needed to be dipped in insecticide to ensure that it was free of Queensland Fruit Fly. This is good news for southern consumers because the chemical, dimethoate, is not something you would choose to feed your family. In fact, it has been recently banned as a cover spray in many crops. However, the message that was not conveyed too loudly, is the fact that this destructive pest is now firmly ensconced in much of NSW and Victoria. It is timely to consider alternative control options (more…)