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$50 · Minerals & Microbes

I'm an agronomist with international experience recently returned home. Working in the horticultural and livestock industries expanding knowledge to enhance the efficacy of pesticides and chemical fertilisers. Applying biology in specific forms to these inputs returns better results.

Examples;
1. Add humic acid to all granulated fertiliser including urea. It's like putting a sponge in the ground so there are fewer atmospheric loses and greater uptake. This is ideal for all growing situations in New Zealand enhancing soil carbon and beneficial fungi. Over time fertiliser rates can be reduced because the soil is functioning more effeciently.

2. Another result can be achieved with pesticide use by combining another powerful biological agent to the spray tank. There is a variable rate at a cost to the farmer of $1.40-4.20 per 100L
I trialled this when herbicide spraying broadleaf weeds in bananas while working in Bangalow, Australia. The active was glufosinate with brand name basta. Typically the broadleafs turn over in 5 days but with the biological agent it was reduced to 3 under typical conditions with no moisture stress.
This positive result prompted further testing with insectides and fungicides with again promising results.

3. Most tank sprays include a wetter or spreader. I find mineral oil to have similar qualities to the super spreaders with additional benefits including insect and disease suppression which delivers improved leaf health and yield outcomes.

4. The soil principles of increasing microbial activity can be applied to livestock. Soil health is the same as stomach/rumen health. Again a sponge like situation can be described to improve microbial activity and nutrient absorption of the gut.

I'm interested and happy to discuss with farmers who want to get better results from pesticide and fertiliser use. I worked these principles with Bangalow farmers for 7 years and now I'm home would like to do further good work.

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PostedAugust 26, 2020
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