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 in crop results, and the verdict is a resounding YES. And this is one of the reasons for the bio-stimulant attention.
Done correctly and with the right products, utilising bio-stimulants in farming should enhance and work with natural laws, not against them. We have been promoting bio-stimulants products and sustained farming practices for more than a 20 years, but with the crucial aspect of using in combination with synthetic fertilisers. Bio-stimulant products hold great potential for agriculture into the future. However, there is a considerable amount of misinformation about what these products can and can’t do.
In too many situations people preach and promote an instant change to straight bio-stimulant products and farming with instant dumping of all your synthetic fertilisers and chemicals. This approach is flaunt with danger, as moving more towards bio-stimulant products and practices is a strategic approach and at worst, offer growers the same or if not better, economic result by combining the best of both bio-stimulants and synthetics
Increased Yields and Greater Resistance
Often the most valuable and most basic, yet most misunderstood focus should be on increasing plant photosynthesis – the core activity that has the greatest impact on plant health. Increased photosynthesis has many positive effects leading to increased yields and greater resistance to hazards like pests and excessive heat or cold.
Importantly, it promotes microbial respiration, which captures CO2 producing much needed carbon sequestration (carbon cycling) to help grow soil organic matter. Soil organic matter has an impact with yield. Increased photosynthesis also, through root exudation, expands the microbial activity in the soil, giving the plant greater access to water and nutrients from the soil. This promotes faster growth and helps the plants through periods of heat or cold.
Increasing the Rate of Photosynthesis
We have always recommended and promoted the use of foliar fertilisers and there is more and more literature supporting foliar applications as a key advantage for all types of crops. Four key minerals play an especially important role in increasing the rate of photosynthesis. They are nitrogen, magnesium, iron and manganese. All of these key elements can be found in our range of foliar fertilisers with added bio stimulants – and they can greatly improve photosynthesis.
Manganese, for example, is known to play a key role in nitrogen uptake and splitting water molecules into protons (H+), electrons, and oxygen gas. The electrons go to the chlorophyll, the protons contribute to a proton gradient that is used to power synthesis of the energy-carrying molecule ATP, and the oxygen is a by-product. Our bio-stimulant product range composed of a vast array of trace elements including manganese, are a perfect fit with our foliar’s for instigating this process. Source – (ScienceDaily 2007).
Our crop programs involve easy to manage combinations of broad spectrum products, as it’s these combinations, honed through R&D and science, that have yielded the greatest and most recognizable economic impact for growers. The combination of foliar applications of broad spectrum bio-stimulants, NPK’s, TE’s coupled with soil amendments like our humic and fulvic acids (humic acid is also fungal food), soil penetrants are fundamental and important examples.