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Humic & Fulvic Acids – Phenomenal in Their Positive Impact & Contribution to Good Soil Management

Note: The below is an extract from William R. Jackson. PhD. and his book – Humic, Fulvic and Microbial Balance: Organic Soil Conditioning – Chapter 10. The Balanced Development of Plant Life Humic and fulvic acids and clay minerals play a very important role in the balanced development of plant life because this combination provides […]

The Move to Bio-Stimulants is Getting More & More Attention

The more you read and research the more you see Bio-stimulant or Biological products and practices been utilised and gaining a considerable amount of attention. The industrial revolution created a large swing to chemical agriculture, but today and for the past 5-10 years questions have been regularly asked if synthetic fertiliser has reached a plateau […]

Drought – Aid from Humic Acid and Microbes

Presented to Grower Groups – Australia, South Africa, United States By Gary Murdoch-Brown It has been well documented that any worthwhile drought management strategy employs the following factors: Capture a high percentage of rainfall (infiltration) Maximise water storage in the soil (water holding capacity) Efficiently recover the water (plant roots) It is in this context […]

Congratulations – Cotton Growers of the Year

We thought we would take this opportunity to congratulate the winners of this year’s cotton grower of the year Brett Corish, Corish Management Pty Ltd, ‘Mundine’, Goondiwindi, Qld and AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year, Bernie Bierhoff, Farm Manager at Avondale Ag, Rowena, NSW We have been lucky to work with Brett and Bernie for more […]

You’re Soils Health & The Tools Available

In modern agriculture there have been times through our industrial revolution that soil was forgotten and for many it was there just to hold a plant up. Even today, the debate continues on whether there is too much focus on developing plants on a GM level and not enough on soil health. The Driver of […]

Humic Acids – Just How Important Are They

Humic acid was first extracted from a peat bog by a German scientist in 1786. The rich, dark organic matter from which it was extracted was of much concern to early agriculture as it was originally believed to be the primary reason for plant growth. Since then, tens of thousands of research papers have been […]

Getting the Balance Right

Balance is probably one of the most important words in general life. Balance between work, family, your own time, saving and spending, exercise and rest and the many other factors in your life. Balance is also a key factor in agriculture and one that some would argue does not get enough focus. The Balance in […]

A Broader Approach

Should we as an industry be looking at a broader approach to nitrogen use efficiency? A few weeks ago we attended a field day to view a research project of different nitrogen fertiliser inhibitors of which Black Urea is one of them.  There are up to seven different products and each have different modes of […]

The Best of Both Worlds

Economic sustainability of any business is obviously key to long term survival.  Getting the best from any input into a business goes a long way to ensure this survival.  In farming, chemical and fertiliser are two big inputs that need to be getting the best results possible for farmers, but sometimes these inputs can be […]

Leaving the land better than how you found it

Many in the farming industry often ask, what is a farms biggest asset?  Obviously opinions vary, but is it soil, water, machinery or human resources?  Some would say a combination of all, but should it just be the old adage of “leaving the land better than how you found it”?  The more you travel to […]

Build Soil & Crop Health for Tomorrow – Today

We have been traveling across much of the East Coast and South Australia the last few weeks and viewing an array of crops at various growth stages.  There have been some areas that have experienced a considerable amount of rain and the soils remain very damp and others that would love to just get any. […]

Get Great Fruit

Accelerate Maturation For Vineyard and orchard owners or managers it is getting close to harvest.  Getting the best quality and yields is paramount and many growers are asking about the different options for increasing the maturation of vineyard blocks and trees. The question is, how can they accelerate improvements in colour, sugar and phenolic levels? […]

Let’s Help Your Plants through the Heat

Helping your crops through the heat Summer is hitting hard as normal with Hot and Hotter weather. When crops are under stress, including heat stress, they become less efficient in processing nutrients as their metabolism (photosynthesis, respiration, and the synthesis and degradation of organic compounds) slows down. So what can we do to help crops […]

The Higher the Sodium, the Higher Need for Calcium

The Impact Calcium has on Sodium Previously we have stated the importance of calcium and the balance of nutrients in soils being the key for maximum crop production and ultimate soil health.  In this blog we look into the impact calcium has on sodium. This is an important example of nutrient balance and the effect […]

4 Keys to Choosing the Right Raw Material

When it comes to purchasing nutrients how do you know which is the best choice of raw material, particularly if there are several options for seemingly the same product? Like any quality product it is the raw material that determines its ultimate quality.  Lets take something that we are all too familiar with, Glysophate, and […]

When it comes to Soil and Plant Health – is Calcium King?

Calcium – is it King of the Elements? Many people have debated what the king of elements is when it comes to soils and plants, even human health for that matter. Nitrogen by tonnes is the biggest one used in crop production closely followed by phosphorus and potassium. Surprisingly, sulphur, is one element that in […]

Zinc and its Role in Crop Production

Understanding what inhibits the uptake and translocation of zinc will help us to supply this important micronutrient during time of peak demand. Most people recognise that with many soils across Australia, and the world for that matter, have varying zinc deficiencies.  But the function of zinc, and many trace elements, is an area where it […]

Nutrition News

We are now seeing the cotton crops really get a move on.  With many having tight internodes in early growth, the plants now are really stretching out.  This is putting added pressure on plants to maintain enough nutrition during these strong growth periods.  Potassium is key to maintaining nutrition and what we are seeing now […]

Quality Is Just Expected

Consumers Expect Quality Fruit and Vegetables Recently I attended the AusVeg conference and one panel discussion was with two of the supermarket chains managers and a researcher.  The key point that each of them made was their customers demanded quality fruit and vegetables. Secondly consumers want transparency and traceability of where and how the fruit […]

The All Too Familiar Situation

We are currently seeing the dairy industry trying to cope with prices being slashed and from what has been reported on Sky News, some have to back pay money back to a company. It is a scenario all too familiar in the farming sector.  Banana growers and other growers in different sectors are also going […]