Kagome Australia Tomato Research Trials

Michael Douglass Horticulture

Compiled by Dan Hill
Area Manager, Southern Victoria & Tasmania

Courtesy of Kagome Australia and Tomato Topics (Horticulture Innovation Australia) Volume 25, Number 2, June 2015.

  • BioAg treatment delivered 14 t/ha improvement above the control

Based in Echuca VIC, Kagome Australia is the country’s largest tomato processing company, supplying many supermarkets in Australia and internationally with high quality, Australian grown product, which they have done since 1996.

Kagome Australia conducted a number of fertiliser field trials throughout the 2014-15 processing tomato season.

One of these trials, conducted by Steph Moore in her R&D role for Kagome included the use of BioAg’s liquid microbial fermented culture products Soil & Seed, Balance & Grow, and Fruit & Balance.

These products balance the nutrient supply for plants and soil microbes, and stimulate soil microbial population and diversity.

The trial compared a control treatment versus the BioAg treatment, and was replicated four times across two separate sites. The BioAg treatment was applied through fertigation and foliar sprays in three applications throughout the growing season.

Tissue test, yield, brix, and pH results were measured.

About the products used

BioAg’s liquid microbial fermented culture range, consists of:

  • Soil & Seed: suitable for all crops and pastures
  • Balance & Grow: for vegetative growth, and
  • Fruit & Balance: for flower and fruit-set.

Each product is a source of microbial species important to each stage of production, as well as a food source for both the crop and the microbial populations.

The products contain a diverse range of:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Amino Acids
  • Proteins
  • Enzymes
  • Carbohydrates
  • Dormant microbes

The microbial populations that the products add perform numerous functions that improve the condition of soil and the production of the crop. These include  aspergillus microbes that are nitrogen fixers and agents in remediating contaminated soil, and penicillium (P. notatum) that promote plant growth, while other species suppress root pathogens.