by Anton Barton, Managing Director, BioAg

Farmers and graziers in general know and appreciate that the secret to converting rain into quality feed is an ample supply of nutrients, particularly calcium, phosphorus and sulphur in the soil.  This nutrient pool supports the prolific growth of quality grasses, clovers and lucerne, all of which combine to enhance the carrying and finishing capacity of country.
We now have the prediction of a La Nina event in Eastern Australia and an indication that this has already commenced given the wet summer many districts have experienced.
Many farmers have been reluctant to fertilise pastures over recent years due to persistent dry conditions and/or poor agricultural commodity prices.
With the decline of the Australian dollar over the past couple of years from above parity with the USD into the high to mid seventy cents range of late, we have experienced around a 25% improvement in the terms of trade for commodities that are exported in USD.
What does this mean? Well lamb, sheep and beef prices are at very healthy levels and given the plethora of free trade agreements that the Australian Government has been and is entering into, export opportunities for agricultural commodities are looking increasingly healthy.
[pullquote type=”right”]The rule of thumb for farmers is that $1 spent on fertiliser should result in $10 of additional production.[/pullquote]
When it comes to applying calcium, phosphorus and sulphur to pastures that are deficient in any or all of these nutrients, the returns this year are almost guaranteed.
If you have under performing pastures that have not been limed or fertilised recently, call your BioAg agronomist to interrogate your soil test results, or conduct them if not done, so that an optimum prescription can be made for top dressing your farm this autumn.
We have a number of P, S and Calcium blends that meet the needs of most soil conditions.
If we need to do something different for you, providing sufficient tonnage is required, prescription blends can be prepared.
This autumn’s fertiliser prices are not fully reflecting the replacement costs with the lower dollar so the quicker you act, the less expensive it will be.