Improving soil nutrient levels & soil structure | Apples

Michael Douglass

Farm Evaluation/Case Study Evaluation year: 2011 Location: Boxford Fruit Farm, Hill Farm, Boxford, Suffolk UK www.bioag.co.uk Products used Soil & Seed Methodology Representative soil samples were taken from Control and Treated blocks (i) prior to application, and (ii) post application. Samples were analysed for extractable (available) levels of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Results Mean soil available levels for all nutrients measured in the study increased above the control as per the following: Phosphorus +75% Potassium +11% Magnesium +75% Calcium +32% Summary This farm evaluation of BioAg Soil & Seed has demonstrated the effectiveness of this microbial liquid culture to substantially improve the level of soil available nutrients, particularly Phosphorus, Magnesium and Calcium, and to a lesser extent Potassium. It is well …

BioAg Crop Nutrition approach

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BioAg markets a range of biologically-active nutrients and programs that help to produce a living, healthy and balanced soil for optimum plant and livestock productivity. Developed specifically for Australian farming systems, BioAg solid and liquid nutrients are suitable for use in all cropping, grazing and horticultural situations. The BioAg approach combines the best practices and products from conventional farming, organics, biodynamics and homeopathy to deliver successful biological farming systems that increase the efficiency and profitability of plant and livestock production. Besides providing a source of plant-available nutrients, particularly phosphate and calcium, BioAg products increase microbial mass and diversity by delivering a complex food supply directly to the “foodweb”. These products also incorporate a range of other nutrients and vitamins, including …

Soil Fertility

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Phosphate Phosphate performs a number of essential roles in plants. Primarily, it acts as a catalyst for photosynthesis, the process that converts the sun’s energy into simple sugars. In turn, these sugars provide a source of energy for most functions in plants and animals. It also transports and regulates nutrient uptake into the plant by acting as the major carrier of essential cations, such as calcium. Phosphate sugars are involved in DNA strands. Building and maintaining a good phosphate bank it is essential to improve pasture performance and provide flow-on benefits in the cropping phase. The ratio of available phosphate to potash in the soil is also important for soil fertility. As this ratio approaches 2:1, there will be less …

Biological Farming

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Many Australian farmers and other stakeholders are seeking alternatives to current farm management practices, particularly the reliance on pesticides and high analysis fertilisers. Biological farming is one such alternative. It presents a viable method of producing high quality, nutritious produce with reduced dependence on inorganic fertilisers, pesticides or gene modification. Biological farming is based on scientific principles and common sense. Central to this is the realisation that microbes are the basis of all agricultural production systems. Many farmers are already familiar with the importance of microbes in ruminant nutrition. Another example is the role of Rhizobiumbacteria in encouraging nitrogen fixation in legumes. Producers need to understand the natural processes that occur on their farm, and then learn how to look for the …