The Nematode Nemesis – Seven Secrets for Mastering Nematodes

February 10th, 2014 by Graeme Sait

nematodeChris van Laarhoven is part of a talented team of biological agronomists in Holland called Hortinova. The innovative group is rapidly becoming a European leader in this dynamic new science, as they pioneer new crop monitoring tools and plant and soil management strategies. Chris acknowledges that his life changed after attending one of the first of many NTS seminars in Holland. He has since developed as an accomplished biological crop consultant working in both Holland and Germany. During my recent visit to Holland, Chris was gracious enough to grant me an in-depth interview (more…)

In Defense of Albrecht

February 10th, 2014 by Graeme Sait

albrechtDuring a recent visit to my farm on Norfolk Island, where I wrote this issue of Nutrition Matters® magazine, I received an email from a NZ consultant who was concerned about the validity of the Albrecht soil balancing approach. He had just received a copy of an article from an English soil science journal where the cation balancing philosophy was questioned. The author of this article concluded that the many thousands of growers and consultants who have embraced this approach are seriously misguided. I wrote back with a detailed response, which I have decided to share in this edition of Nutrition Matters (more…)

Amazing Aminos – The Multi-Function Marvels

September 27th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

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

September 26th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

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

September 26th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

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

September 26th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

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

September 26th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

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…)

Vietnamese Company Treasures Farmers

September 26th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

vietnamDuring the last week of August, I visited Vietnam for negotiations with a large agricultural company in that country. They had trialled some NTS products with very good results and they were interested in becoming our exclusive distributors in that region. It was my first visit to a country which has historically suffered more than most, from a variety of foreign oppressors. Our hosts were both gracious and generous as we toured the country to view some of their multiple enterprises. As the week progressed, it soon became obvious that we were dealing with something quite extraordinary. (more…)

Graeme Sait at TEDx – Humus Saves The World

May 22nd, 2013 by Graeme Sait

I chose to speak about an issue of unparalleled importance at this point in time – the role of farmers in literally saving the planet. The presentation called ‘Humus Saves The World’, offers a range of proactive strategies that allows everyone the opportunity to replace apathy with action in this most important of issues.

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Humus Saves the World

April 29th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

planetFollowing my recent address to a crowd of climate change activists on the steps of City Hall in LA, I was flooded with urgent enquiries about the spelling of a word I had used several times during my presentation. I immediately assumed that word was “mycorrhizal”, as this truly is a spelling bee special. To my amazement, the mystery word was “humus” and I was shocked to realise that my uncommon passion for this wonderful substance was just that. It was horrifying to realise how disconnected from the source of our food many of us have become. I was dumbstruck to think that the very life blood of our planet could remain anonymous. (more…)