Cutting The Cost of High Fertiliser Prices
The agriculture industry in Australia has recently experienced fertiliser price increases of around 40-50%.
Supply of fertiliser is low due to increasing natural gas prices and energy, refinery restrictions, sanctions, transport issues and extreme weather. Oh, and a global pandemic that has impacted industry with disruptions that will be felt for some time.
This year many growers are asking, “How much fertiliser will I be able to add at this price?”
But the question that should be asked is, “How can I more efficiently use the native microbes in the soil to reduce fertilizer rates and costs?”
FW Agronomy has been helping farmers to lower fertiliser prices by cutting rates up to 30%. The kicker? Farmers are still maintaining previous yields or higher with those reduced fertiliser rates!
Microbial Catalyst technology works by increasing microbes and enzymatic activity to breakdown plant matter and release nutrients that would otherwise remain dormant or tied-up in fertiliser and the soil. As a result, farmers get more out of their input investment while using less.
Generate by Agnition, utilises Microbial Catalyst technology and is pivotal in our approach to sustainable agronomy and crop production.
Tips to Cut Fertiliser – Not Yield
1) Utilise Nutrients Already in Your Soil.
Microbial populations in the soil are responsible for several critical roles in crop production with one of them being enzyme creation. Research demonstrates that to make better use of fertiliser inputs, enzyme reactions need to occur rapidly inside and outside of microbes to release tied-up nutrients in the soil
2) Wake Up the Microbes.
Think about it this way, if microbes can’t breathe (aeration) and don’t have nutrients (available micronutrients, carbon and nitrogen) they don’t grow. If they don’t grow, they don’t release tied-up nutrients in the soil. This symbiotic relationship between plants and microbes isn’t just for the benefit of microbes. It also makes nutrients more available for the plant to use.
3) Turbocharge Microbial Activity
Did you know you can measure microbial activity in the soil by their ‘breathing’?
Similar to humans when we run, microbes produce more C02 the more they work.
Meaning, the more active microbes are the more C02 they give off. By utilising the
Haney soil test, we can determine the activity of microbes by measuring
how heavy they were breathing (respiring). The more work the microbes do, the
higher this C02 number is on a Haney test. Microbial Catalyst treated soils ae able
to increase the activity of the microbes in the soil by almost 22%.
4) Use Less Fertilizer by Keeping It Close to The Root
Did you know the ratios of C:N within microbes can either tie-up N or make it available to the plant?
The carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycles drive many microbial interactions in the soil, and the ratios between C:N within microbes determine if N is available to the plant or tied-up. To overcome this ratio imbalance, it’s important to have diverse microbial types in the soil, especially close to your rootzone, to ensure C and N are cycled efficiently through the food web and made available to the plant. Microbial Catalyst helps increase the diversity of microbes in the soil by approaching soil health on a wholistic scale.