Sugarcane cropping trial, 2014

Michael Douglass

Sugar Cane Dr S.K. Barathan Roy, Centre for Strategic Studies, West Bengal, 2014. Replicated and randomised blocks. Summary results All BioAg treatments outperformed the control treatment Yield improvements of up to +53% were recorded Sugarcane, India, trial report Sugarcane cropping trial, 2014 was last modified: July 28th, 2016 by Michael Douglass

Soybeans Cropping Trial, 2013

Michael Douglass

Location: Agricenter International Trial Year: 2013 Study Director: Dr. K. Bruce Kirksey Summary results Yield increases of up to 36.2% 2013 replicated soybean trial report Soybeans Cropping Trial, 2013 was last modified: July 28th, 2016 by Michael Douglass

Cotton Cropping Trial, NSW, 2012

Michael Douglass

Russell Ison, Tamworth Rural 5 ha block, Breeza NSW Summary results Yield increase of +8% Increased maturity, earlier defoliation BioAg cotton trial, Tamworth Rural, 2012 trial report Cotton Cropping Trial, NSW, 2012 was last modified: July 28th, 2016 by Michael Douglass

Wheat cropping trial, Victoria, 2010

Michael Douglass

Evaluation of BioAg Biostimulants for improving crop growth and yield in wheat Lake Bolac, Victoria, Australia 2010 Agrisearch Services Pty Ltd Summary results All treatments significantly increased crop yield compared to the untreated control.   Lake-Bolac-AgResearch-trial Wheat cropping trial, Victoria, 2010 was last modified: July 28th, 2016 by Michael Douglass

Corn, Cotton, Soybean Cropping Trial 2013-15

Michael Douglass

BioAg Cropping Trial Foreward This is a summary of the outcomes of a three-year independent cropping trial program conducted by AgriCenter International and using BioAg biostimulants (liquid microbial fermented cultures). BioAg Pty Ltd is an Australian owned and operated company that formed in 1999 and is based in the Riverina/Murray Irrigation Area of NSW. BioAg products consist of a range of solid phosphate fertilisers and a range of liquid biostimulants. All products, both solid and liquid, utilise a variant of broad spectrum liquid microbial fermented culture in order to improve the efficacy of what would otherwise be a traditional agricultural production input. Research and development of BioAg biostimulants commenced in the 1990’s with the aim of producing a suite of …

“Super” and Reactive Phosphate Rock

Michael Douglass Reactive Phosphate Rock

Essentially superphosphate or “super” is a fertiliser processed using sulphuric acid to boost water solubility of phosphorus. Various strengths of P plus additions of nitrogen make up a range of products that have among their features a high proportion of nutrients in a form that is readily available for uptake by plants. Like the familiar “super”, reactive phosphate rock (RPR) originates from natural deposits. The source is more specific, however, namely deposits formed on the sea floor through gradual absorption of phosphate present in seawater into dead sea organisms. Another difference is that it does not go through the same processing as superphosphate to boost water solubility and the release of P is more gradual. Solubility is determined by laboratory …

Case Study: Citrus (horticulture) in NSW

Michael Douglass

The adoption of a biological nutrition program three years ago has significantly increased the profitability of Dareton district citrus grower and packer, Tony Barila, by improving fruit quality, yields and consistency. As a grower, he was experiencing a number of problems which he attributed to poor soil fertility. “I used to get a lot of small fruit, yellow leaves, fruit drop and alternate bearing,” he said. “Like every grower, I know that fruit and quality are a direct result of nutrition, so I kept on applying gypsum, manure and granular fertiliser whenever I thought my trees needed it. And if I had a particular problem, my fertiliser rep recommended me to apply some more of something else! “I was packing …

Case Study: Viticulture in the Sunraysia

Michael Douglass Viticulture

The adoption of a biological nutrition program and an advanced irrigation scheduling system has paid major dividends for Sunraysia grape growers, John and Alison Wrate. Running a small vineyard planted to two hectares of Chardonnay and 3.5 ha of Shiraz grape vines, the Wrates are achieving yields and quality well in excess of the district average. John attributes his success to his willingness to use external consultants and adopt new ideas. “I have no aspiration to be the biggest, so I want to be the best little grower around,” he said. “When I started growing grapes 15 years ago, I was putting out a bag of this or that and relying on other people for free advice. Then I started …

Case Study: Growing Pasture in the Riverina, NSW

Michael Douglass

Riverina farmer, Andrew Forrest, has transformed a tired farm into a highly productive property yielding as well as any in the district after adopting a minimum till biological farming system. Andrew, his wife, Sue, and his sister and brother -in-law, Kate and Kevin Hall, grow 800 hectares of wheat, barley, canola and field peas and 100 ha of oats for grazing and hay on adjoining properties, “Columbia Park” and “New Park” at Corobimilla, 20 kilometres south-west of Narrandera. A fifth generation farmer, Andrew grew up on his parents’ property near Corowa. The two couples bought “Columbia Park” in 1994 and then “New Park” seven years later, reuniting what was once a single farm. The soils on “Columbia Park” were worse …

Case Study: Mixed Farming in the Riverina, NSW

Michael Douglass

Riverina mixed farmer, Drew Vidler, has noted a marked improvement in the health of his Merino sheep and the quality of their wool since he adopted a minimum-till biological farming system eight years ago. Together with wife, Janelle, and children, Jock, Harrison and Alexandra, Drew runs 1200 Merino ewes on 1600 hectares of undulating sandy loam soils at “Coro”, Corobimilla, 20 kilometres south-west of Narrandera. Half the property is sown to lucerne and clover-based pastures while the remainder grows wheat, canola, barley and lupins. “When my family came here 46 years ago here, the country was tired, with hard-setting, cloddy soils,” Drew said. “Like everyone else in the area, they grew wheat. In those days, it seemed that the more …

Case Study: Growing Organic Beef on Victorian Pasture

Michael Douglass

The adoption of biological farming principles has enabled north Victorian beef producer, Craig Sobey, to rejuvenate a run-down property to the point where it has almost doubled productivity in the past five years. The Sobey family bought the Rochester-district property, “The Castle”, in 1999 but it was not until late 2001 when Craig started to develop his dream of creating an organic beef enterprise that things really started to change. A fourth-generation farmer who trained as a cost engineer and spent most of his career in Asia, Craig decided to apply science-based methodologies to his new farming enterprise. “I was completely new to farming but it made sense to go forward with a biological or organic farming approach because it …

Case Study: Growing Pasture in Victoria

Michael Douglass

The adoption of biological farming techniques six years ago has allowed Victorian chaff producers, Jeff and Gae Dalton, to grow top quality lucerne on a block that had previously repulsed their best efforts to establish the crop. The Daltons mill and bag their own chaff from lucerne grown on 100 hectares of irrigated land which they own, lease or share-farm near Swan Hill on the Murray River. Their business, Kiambra Stock Feeds, markets a range of premium quality bagged lucerne, oats and molasses chaff in produce stores in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The chaff is favoured by racehorse owners and trainers and is supplied to horses at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The Dalton family has been on the 53 …