18 Copford Road Goulburn NSW 2580
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

 

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

26 Feb 2019

Back To Back TM Crops Despite Drought

Spitfire wheat crop

Rodney Job, owner of ‘Condamine’ Tooraweenah was one of the very few farmers to harvest a crop in 2018. The crop yielded 1.1t/ha and despite only receiving between 60 and 75mm of in-crop rain. The Spitfire wheat crop was 13.8% Protein, 1.4% Screenings and 82.4% test weight. The paddock was sprayed with TM Agricultural back in March 2018 then dry sown at the end of April. A storm on 30th June that produced 30mm of rain across the paddock germinated the crop in July. Rodney also applied 1kg/ha of Best Foliar Fertiliser to the crop along with the second TM application in September. READ MORE

14 Dec 2018

Barley Proves the Best Option for Terry in a Tough Season

A biostimulant has proven to be the “silent achiever’’ for Terry who harvested one of the few barley crops in drought stricken northern NSW. At harvest in November, Terry Blanch was thrilled to find his162ha barley crop yielding an average of 1.5 tonnes/ha off the header. With screenings of less than 1%, test weight of 67 hectolitres and 11.5% protein. The result was achieved on just 37mm of in-crop rainfall. Since switching to a minimum till and biological system, Mr Blanch has reduced fertilizer rates by 30% and no longer uses fungicides. Yields, test weights, protein and oil content have all increased while screenings are down.

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16 Jul 2018

Lifting Plant Health and Profit in Cotton

A biostimulant has turned around a northern NSW cotton field

From producing among the worst crops to a yield of 14 bales per hectare in a tough growing season. The 60,000 ha aggregation, Avondale, at Rowena, has kick started soil biology to improve soil structure and root growth. To result in high retention, reduced insect pressure, and improved water usage and yields. This was achieved in a hot, dry year on just 100mm of growing season rainfall aside from irrigation. Farm manager and 2018 Australian Cotton Grower of the Year finalist, Bernie Bierhoff, uses microbial stimulant, TM Agricultural, across the irrigated and dryland cropping areas. Grain grown under the TM regime is value added through the 5000 head on-farm feedlot. TM Agricultural uses plant extracts to stimulate indigenous soil microbes. One of the irrigated fields on Avondale, Field 103, had continually suffered from poor plant establishment and had lagged behind the other cotton fields in performance and yield.

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15 May 2018

Suntop Wheat – Pitsworth QLD 4356

Darling Downs: September 2016

This enterprise is observing the first crop cycle involving TM Agricultural. The farm is blessed with deep, high quality black soil and has been farmed by the Riter family for three generations. TM has been trialled on Suntop Wheat this season. Rainfall has been of concern but just adequate to this stage of the crop. In the treated paddock, a boom width strip has been left untreated to enable crop comparison to be made. Some examination showed potential benefits of TM, even at this early stage.

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01 Aug 2017

Paddock 5 Year Comparison

Both paddocks were planted with durum wheat in the first week of June. Both grew chickpea crops in the previous year and wheat the year before that. The non-TM treated area received 100kg/ha Urea pre-seeding. The TM Agricultural treated area received its first TM application 8 weeks prior to planting and the wheat seed was treated with TM Germination. Since seeding both areas have received 35mls rain. Soil and plants from both areas were examined by Dr Maarten Stapper and Agronomist Keiran Knight.

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10 Sep 2016

Finding the Best Solution for Waterlogged Crops

In a year when waterlogging has taken a toll on winter crops. A biological soil stimulant has helped cereal and pulse crops in the Wimmera avoid falling victim. Senior agronomist Jamie Ball, of Elders St Arnaud. Has worked with regional growers to biologically treat chickpeas, lentils, wheat, barley and oats with TM Agricultural. Organically certified, TM Ag uses plant extracts to stimulate indigenous soil microbes and is produced by Best Environmental Technologies. Mr Ball said the St Arnaud district had recorded 340mm to late September. With local crops affected by flooding and water logging. He said the local crops treated with TM Ag had come through the wet season well, were more robust and handled the conditions better.

“They are certainly retaining their colour, vigour and growth rate. Versus untreated crops which, if they recover, take some time to improve.’’ Mr Ball said. “This differential in growth usually translates directly into yield. “We haven’t lost any treated crop to waterlogging but untreated crops have been lost. “It’s early days but we are pretty impressed.’’ Mr Ball has collected paddock data on TM Ag in both dry and wet seasons. Across a range of soil types including alluvial, heavy clays and loams.READ MORE