Improving soils

While the average fert program is aimed at feeding the plant, the soil is often ignored. A BioAg program improves this key asset, and maximises yield potential.

Farmers are primary producers, and developers of long term productive capacity.

Their objectives include maximising the yield and quality of the commodity produced, and enhancing the fertility and productivity of the land they farm.

BioAg has been working with farmers to achieve these goals since 1999, and in our fifteenth year of business, we took a look at the changes to soil fertility over this time for a number of our longer term customers.

What we found is consistent themes of improvement and quality.

Where BioAgPhos has been used as a substantial or complete replacement for water soluble phosphate fertilisers (often in conjunction with Soil & Seed) we have clear evidence of significantly increasing soil P fertility levels over time.

The following table compares test results that have been recorded since 2006 showing test results before commencing BioAg programs, and results showing where they are at today.

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Table 1. An analysis of various test results taken for BioAg customers since 2006.

 

Those who don’t understand the lasting value achieved with BioAgPhos tell us that we are too expensive, especially when water-soluble fertilisers are at such low prices.

Comparing how much more P/kg BioAgPhos offers over cheap SSP is one way to highlight the difference.

As BioAgPhos only needs to be applied every 2-3 year’s, a simple two-year comparison of BAP versus SSP will show how much more value we add to your fertiliser program.

As we have seen through our long-term study of our customers increasing soil fertility, comparing the cost of a BioAgPhos program over a longer term not only delivers cost savings over SSP, it also increases our customers ROI and therefore their profits.

Farmers need to consider these longer term fertility enhancements that BioAgPhos delivers when considering the value proposition it presents when compared to the water soluble alternative.

In the early days we relied on our performance in the paddock and the trust of our customers to sustain our business.

In response to a marketplace that largely relied upon water soluble fertilisers for plant nutrition, we undertook a raft of independent and replicated trial work to “prove” the efficacy of our products and programs.

The most recent suite of trials involves the production of maize, cotton and soybeans in collaboration with the research company, AgriCenter International at Memphis, Tennessee in the USA. That trial data and peer review is published on our website.

These trials will re-occur this coming season, giving us  two-years of data from that facility, and will result in acceptance by the international scientific community of BioAg’s contribution to improving fertiliser effectiveness and improving return on investment in production systems.

Other organisations such as the CSIRO and GrainCorp have reached their own conclusions that mirror our own, that is the conventional fertiliser programs feed crops but not the soil, and that fertiliser programs that improve soil health deliver a range of additional benefits.

Replicated cropping trials are good for looking at a one-year production response to different inputs and we have certainly achieved great results, but they do not reflect the changes in soil fertility that take place over with longer term use.

Likewise, at today’s prices buying SSP instead of BioAgPhos may save you money today but will cost you more tomorrow, and the day after.

Contact your local BioAg Area Manager, agent or distributor for more information.