Kerrie and Malcom Plum grow Brazzil canola at their property Burradool near Tarcutta in the Riverina, NSW.
After sowing and an initial fertiliser application occurred in April 2013, further inputs of Gran-am in June provided no visible response to the crop and the Plums concerns were growing better than their crop. By July the Canola had turned purple.
(This article also appeared in BioAg Country, Summer Edition, Dec. 2013).

Image showing the canola plant turning purple and roots parallel with ground
Image showing the canola plant turning purple and roots parallel with ground

Soil and plant tests indicated there were no nutrient deficiencies, however on inspection they found the roots to be spreading sideways and running parallel with the ground surface.
The Plums then contacted BioAg and in late August, following inspection and testing, BioAg Fruit & Balance and UAN were applied.
“The crop has completely transformed” said Kerrie.
The rejuvinated canola crop after application of the BioAg program
The rejuvinated canola crop after application of the BioAg program

“The crop is now quite even and stands about 5 feet high. The photos (we) attached show the over-all evenness and good recovery of the crop in spite of receiving only light rainfall. There is no sign of dead rotting material on the ground surface, so the stunted pink/purple plants apparently recovered. The original “j-roots” are now finding their way straight downwards”.

How the crop was fixed: BioAg Fruit & Balance

Formulas of Fruit & Balance are available for broad acre horticulture as well as a formulation for organic certified production systems. The product is designed to increase flowering, fruit-set, yield and quality.
It delivers a rich source of non-leaching plant-available phosphate when the plant is under peak load and enhances fruiting and yield potential. Fruit & Balance also enhances the nutritional value and quality of fruit or grain by increasing sugar levels in the plant.

The canola crop one month after BioAg application
The canola crop one month after BioAg application

2013 crop history

  • 2 Apr Crop sown @ 4kg/ha with MES 10, 12N, 17P, 10S applied @ 160kg/ha. No significant falls of rain occurred for 6 weeks post- sowing.
  • 9-22 Jun Rain: 99mm June. Grazed with 1 x ewes and weaner cattle.
  • 28 Jun Gran-am applied @ 100kg/ha.
  • Jul Rain: 50mm.
  • Aug Rain: 52mm.
  • 29 Aug 1.5L/Ha BioAg Fruit & Balance and 40L/Ha UAN.
  • 17 Sep First rain for September occurred. September total rainfall: 52mm.
  • Oct Rain: 15mm.

 Paddock History

2011-2012: Oat crops grew well both years.
2010: Albus lupins grew well.
2000-2010: Pasture sown: phalaris, lucerne, clover, perennial rye.
By mid-September the Plums were reporting marked improvement and in November sent further photos along with their observations of the crops progress.

Michael Douglass