Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

The Magic of Molybdenum

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Which often-neglected trace mineral can seriously reduce your fertiliser costs, decrease insect pressure and increase shelf-life of your produce (even though it is applied at just handfuls per hectare)? This same micronutrient, often ignored in soil tests, has also been shown to increase yield by as much as 600%! (more…)

Biological Farming Tips for Pre-Planting.

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Replanting offers a valuable opportunity to create ideal soil conditions for the re-establishment of healthy productive fruit trees, while reducing the financial risks of tree establishment failures. Old orchard soils are often minerally imbalanced and low in organic matter and could contain serious disease organisms. In addition to considerations such as variety selection, planting density and grass/weed control, growers should take advantage at this time to adopt an holistic soil health program. (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…)

An Holistic Approach to Drought Mitigation

Monday, February 15th, 2010

DroughtRecent climatic conditions have led researchers on a quest for products with drought-mitigation potential. Studies have focussed on solutions involving anti-transpirants, water crystals, evaporation reducing products, wetting agents, and even genetically modified water-efficient crops. In reality, long-term drought mitigation, particularly in the case of commercial farming, lies not in a one-step solution but ultimately in an holistic approach. The first step in this approach is soil testing which gives an overview of the organic matter levels and nutrient profile of any given soil. (more…)

How Superior Is Natural Chelation?

Friday, February 12th, 2010

CucumberWe are often asked why it is necessary to invest in chelated products rather than simple sulphate-based trace elements so we finally decide to invest some research funds in a comparison. We decided to use manganese as an example as this is a deficiency we see so often when analysing dairy pasture. It is also a common deficiency in many horticultural crops, particularly strawberries, where several of the more recent hybrids seem to struggle with manganese uptake. (more…)

Moving Malaysia

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Biological Farming hits Malaysia I recently spent a week consulting and lecturing in Malaysia on behalf of our new distributors in that region, a company called PanelTek. Michael Cheong, the CEO of this company is a fine example of why retirement is such a ridiculous concept if you are passionate in what you do. I shudder to think of the masses of wasted brains frittering away their lives on a bowling green when they should be at a productive and creative peak in terms of a worthwhile contribution to society. Anyway, enough of my outrage. Michael, a dynamo in his eighties, has decided to be a (more…)

Success on Norfolk Island

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Norfolk IslandWe recently completed our first 4 day Certificate course on Norfolk Island and we hope that it will become an annual event. Norfolk is becoming a showpiece for biological agriculture, so the fifth day, where we build in a field trip to see the priciples in practice, was really something special. The course participants included equal numbers of locals and Australians and there were also people from the US and Africa.“The Big Night Out”, a feature of the course intended as an early bonding opportunity, involved a delicious 3 course meal and local wines. (more…)

7 Reasons To Purchase a Soil pH/Moisture Meter

Friday, February 12th, 2010

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Ten Reasons to Own A Refractometer

Friday, February 12th, 2010

refractometer for biological farmingA refractometer is an invaluable pocket tool which measures dissolved solids in plant sap. Leaf tissue is balled up and rolled between the hands until green pigment is released. It is then placed inside the well of a garlic crusher and juice (plant sap)is expressed. A few drops of sap are placed on the screen of this device and it is held up to the light like a small, sawn-off telescope.The reading is called brix and is measured in degrees. A good brix level is above 12 degrees for most crops, although this “ideal” drops down to 8 degrees for root crops. (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…)