The most common question ringing in the heads of those that have just completed NTS training is, “where do I start?” There is no longer a question about the need to start, or the likely benefits of beginning a new chapter in your farming story. Whether you have just experienced eight hours or 38 hours of an ocean of information, there is no doubt about the rationale and rewards. However, there is typically a 10% retention rate of this huge body of information and this partial retention can create confusion. Confusion can, in turn, create indecision, and the classic response of the undecided is to do nothing. (more…)
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Golf course management is notoriously chemically intensive. What else would you expect with a monoculture grown on nutrient deficient sand? A single-species, nitrogen-packed carpet that must remain forever green. It is hard not to feel concerned about golf course staff working amidst a stream of toxins. It is similarly disturbing to watch the early bird golfers plucking dripping balls from greens that were drenched in chemicals minutes earlier. These chemicals absorb through the skin as surely as if you had put them in your mouth and the finger lickers get a double dose. (more…)
NTS has been working in sustainable turf management for over 15 years. There are now multiple golf clubs, turf farms and sports fields that successfully utilise biological principles and products. These include iconic venues like the Royal Selangor Golf Club in Malaysia, Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai, Le Touessrok in Mauritius, the Headlands Golf Course in Queensland and Wembley Stadium in England. (more…)
This year, to date, I have visited fifteen countries and I have visits to at least fifteen more destinations scheduled before the year’s end. It feels as though the world has awoken and there is an urgency to update and improve an agricultural model that is no longer serving us. Sometimes during my diverse travels I encounter a consultant who simply stands out from the crowd. When this occurs, I like to share some insights from these special people. (more…)
The dictionary definition of the word “science” is “adherence to natural laws and principles”. Nature has all of the answers and we were supposed to learn from her, rather than think we can do better. A prime example of this “learning” potential relates to the role of anaerobic organisms in human, animal and plant health. For some reason there was little enquiry into Nature’s broader intention when considering the presence of multiple strains of lactobacillus on the surface of every leaf. (more…)
Much of what we have done in modern agriculture contradicts natural laws and principles. In our arrogance we have focused upon either changing nature or depreciating natural capital with an extractive, symptom-treating approach. There is a growing realisation that this is a bankrupt philosophy and now it is time to change. If we observe Nature, we see very rapidly that she abhors a vacuum. If land is cleared she will cover that bare soil as rapidly as possible. There will not be one weed, but a diversity of pioneer plant life that fills the gap. (more…)
David 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…)
NTS 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…)
I 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.
I 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…)