18 Copford Road Goulburn NSW 2580
11 Jun 2020

Pasture Dieback Success – “I would like 500 acres of that pasture”

Bevan Day, Theebine near Gympie. Purchased TM Ag in late 2017.

Bevans’s purchase stayed in the drum for a lengthy period of time. Eventually, the profound effect of pasture dieback was too much and Bevan got to and applied his TM. Bevan spoke to me in early 2019 and was pretty sceptical about the prospect of his pasture returning to its former state. I inspected the pasture a while later. It was in a pretty sorry state no doubt, with the typical bare patches and subsequent weed infestation in play.

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26 May 2020

pH Adjuster used in a knockdown spray

On the 19th March the paddock was sprayed with 2L/ha of Glyphosate 450, 500ml/ha MCPA, 250ml/ha TM Agricultural and 250ml/ha pH Adjuster. The weeds were very large, some over one meter in size, and the spectrum consisted of: melons; bindweed; caltrop; Chinese lantern; saltbush, rolly polly; barnyard grass; liverseed grass; peachvine; pigweed; windmill grass; turnip; marshmallow; black oats and wheat.

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01 May 2020

Cotton Crop Check Report Rowena NSW

The cotton crop on a farm at Rowena NSW was planted into fields with soils that are highly sodic. The fields had a pH of 9.8 due to the high sodium levels in the bore water that irrigates the fields.

TM Agricultural was applied at 500ml/ha along with pH Adjuster at 500ml/ha to the fields pre-plant in September 2019. The second in-crop application of the same rate of both TM Agricultural and pH Adjuster was applied to the fields in December 2019 with an in-crop Roundup Ready application.

pH and Penetrometer Readings of the cotton crop

When I examined the cotton crop fields in March 2020 the vigor of the crop and its robust health was clearly evident. The pH meter showed that the pH of the soil had reduced to 6.2 and 6.6 in each of the fields. Optimum plant nutrient availability is achieved when the pH is between 6 and 6.5.

The penetrometer readings in both fields ranged from 190 to 220 psi (see photos) which indicates that plant roots will have good growth patterns when soil penetrometer readings are less than 200 psi. When pressure is greater than 300 psi the plant is required to force the tip through the soil which leads to issues such as poor root growth that means less nutrient and water absorption which leads to reduced yield.

The root systems of the cotton crop plants were straight indicating they were not trying to push through a compaction layer. This is reflected in the penetrometer readings and the neutral pH of the soil. The root systems had many fine feeder roots and some rhizosheaths (which gives a dreadlock appearance). This indicates a higher presence of soil microbiology and microbe glues that are allowing the soil to adhere to the roots to solubilise soil the nutrients efficiently while also improving the development of the soil structure, soil aeration, and drainage.

Overall, the TM Agricultural and pH Adjuster applications have activated and repopulated the native soil microbes in the soil which have improved both the soil and the plant health by lowering the pH to a neutral level and improving the soil structure. The pH Adjuster, consisting of kelp and a very refined form of fulvic acid which is an inorganic electrolyte that is both positively and negatively charged. Fulvic acid is so strong that it is capable of carrying over 73 elements, which will boost cation exchange this allows crops to balance soil pH naturally. Because of its dual charge, it is an amazing chelating agent. Meaning that it can move leeched and locked up salts in the soil, allowing for them to be purged and nutrients to become readily available to crops. Fulvic acid works even better when combined with seaweed extracts. Seaweed extracts are loaded with natural plant-growth hormones such as auxins and cytokinins. Fulvic acid holds onto the auxins in an exchangeable form to amplify their effects on plants.

When used in conjunction with Best products such as TM Agricultural and a foliar fertiliser, pH Adjuster will drastically increase microbial stimulation efficacy by stimulating plant metabolism, increasing enzyme activity, and acting as a catalyst for plant respiration, it also improves nutrient efficiency as it enhances the permeability of cell membranes.

 

Keiran Knight B.Bus (Ag Comm)
Agronomist Best Environmental Technologies Pty Ltd

 

06 Feb 2020

Give your crops their best start with TM Germination

If you have been fortunate to receive some rain anytime from now is ideal to apply the pre-emergent TM Agricultural (Biostimulant) application as the stimulation of soil micro-biology is essential in a bare fallow or ground that has not had any green growing plants in it or that has been subjected to high temperatures all of which shuts down soil micro-biology which takes months to re-establish when plants/crops are actively photosynthesising and growing in the soil.

If/when you are beginning to organise seed and seed grading etc, a cost effective start for your crop is to apply TM Germination to the seed instead of a pickle.

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28 Aug 2019

TM Germination vs Pickle and Starter Fertiliser

In August 2019 Grant Baker compared TM Germination with pickle and starter fertiliser side by side in a Lillaroi wheat crop on his farm in the Currabubula area of NSW. The combined cost of the pickle on the seed and 40kg/ha of starter fertiliser was $41/ha and the cost of the TM Germination that was applied to the seed was $11.40/ha. When examining the differences between the two areas the following differences were found:

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20 Aug 2019

Good Crops Despite Minimal Rain

Despite only receiving 145mm of rain for the year to date and between 30mm and 45mm of in-crop rain. Terry and Jenny Blanch have been able to successfully germinate and grow wheat, barley and canola crops on their farms in the Tamworth area this year. Terry and Jenny have been utilising their native soil biology by applying TM Ag applications to their paddocks since 2015. In that time they have been able to reduce their inputs while producing cereal crops with heavier test weight, less screenings and an oil content above 45 in the canola. READ MORE

28 Mar 2019

QLD Pasture Dieback- Volmerhausen Update

This week a joint announcement between the MLA and Federal Government has been made to invest $6 million into research to establish a management strategy for Pasture Dieback. Which is decimating pasture across Queensland grazing.

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