Archive for the ‘Bio-Management’ Category

Steve’s Question Time

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

We receive many queries from around the world on a weekly basis and I sometimes have the opportunity to check out the responses from our technical team. Steve Capeness is my talented co-presenter at seminars around the world. He is also our Sales Manager and an accomplished biological agronomist. I have decided to include some of Steve’s comprehensive responses to questions in Nutrition Matters, as they can also serve to educate our readers. This is the first of what will become a regular feature. (more…)

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:


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…)

Australian Company Helps with Kiwifruit Crisis

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The New Zealand kiwifruit industry is in serious trouble as growers battle the rapid spread of Psa, a bacterial canker disease that has seriously impacted most of the kiwifruit growing regions in the world. 52% of the NZ industry has now been affected and all efforts to halt the virulent disease have proved unsuccessful at this point. Graeme Sait, CEO of leading biological company, Nutri­-Tech Solutions (NTS), recently returned from New Zealand where he has been consulting with growers and the key industry body, Zespri, to expand the resistance effort. (more…)

8 Essentials for Successful Microbe Brewing

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Brewing microorganisms is almost an act of faith. You add some ingredients to the brewing tank, wait 24 hours and then apply the discoloured water to your soils or crop. You can’t see the new workforce you have created so you simply trust that something worthwhile is involved. You can, of course, minimise the guess work by buying yourself a microscope or by taking advantage of the free NTS service where one of our Chemists/Agronomists will check out your efforts and offer guidance if necessary. You will also maximise the potential of biological multiplication if you follow a standardised brewing protocol. Here are the essentials for successful microbe brewing. (more…)

Helping Plants to Fight their Own Battles

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

bio-mangementAn article by Sonja Burger. “Steer clear of the ‘there’s a problem – let’s-throw-a-chemical-on-it mentality’,” warns Graeme Sait, Australian expert on high-production sustainable agriculture.  Sait, the CEO of Nutri-Tech Solutions in Australia, recently spoke to farmers in Paarl about alternative methods to control disease and pests. In vineyards across the world an unseen battle plays itself out every year. A Botrytis cinerea spore lands on a grape vine. The fungus inadvertently releases its signature protein, its natural calling card. Foliar receptors in the grape vine pick up this calling card and bind to the signature protein, setting off a cascade of biochemical responses. (more…)

The Bugs That Can Save The World

Friday, February 5th, 2010

microbes for sustainable agricultureI have been researching a new presentation for my Radiance Health Festival between Christmas and New Year. It is called “Healthy Soils, Hardy People, Happy Planet” and it covers the inextricable intertwining of our food producing soils, personal health, community health and the environment. There is, of course, a heavy emphasis upon Climate Change and the profound implications of this coming crisis. Yesterday, while reading the work of British scientist, James Lovelock, and the research of James Hansen from NASA, I burst into tears at the enormity of their predictions. (more…)

Research Reveals Benefits From Higher Humate Rates

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

humatesNTS Soluble Humate Granules™ have proven to be the flagship NTS product in a massive range of options. In over 40 countries they are our most successful biological input. All that we need to do is encourage a grower to trial the combination of soluble humates with their fertiliser and they will immediately see the benefits (and they have often now begun their journey into biological agriculture). (more…)

What we Gain when we allow Plants to Protect Themselves.

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

plantWhen most of us consider the problems linked to chemical intervention in agriculture we commonly think of the potential for chemical residues on food and the associated assault on our immune systems. The more biologically astute might also think of the damage these chemicals have inflicted on soil-life and the fact that one chemical begets another and consequently the disease control capacity of the soil foodweb is increasingly compromised. However, there is another way in which our food supply is affected by chemical agriculture and it relates to both the plant’s immune system and an unanticipated viscious cycle that is linked to both nitrogen fertilisers and rescue chemicals. (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…)