Oilseed Rape Loves Bio-Mulch download full version pdf
Working with and understanding the biology of:
1. The soil – How to feed your soil so that your soil can feed your plants.
2. The plant – Understanding how your plant will feed the soil – it’s symbiotic.
3. The consumers – Is the crop you are growing a healthy, well-balanced food source for whatever is going to consume it, you, me and your livestock?
Above: OSR subsoiler drilled.
The Bio-Mulch provided all the nutrition the crop needed to get away and to develop a strong tap root.
Starting with the soil, this is your most important asset and one you very likely understand the least. Most farmers know more about tractors, hydraulics and machinery in general than they know about their soil. We encourage an understanding of your soil, how it works and what you can do to make it fertile. How to improve the structure, reduce cost of production and increase yield potential.
You start with a detailed soil fertility audit which will identify limiting factors including compaction, ‘locked-up’ nutrients and which, if any, soil amendments would be effective, i.e. Lime, Gypsum, Slag, Phosphate Slag, Potassium, Compost, FYM etc. (Recommendations will be made and products sourced if required).
To feed your soil, an application of Bio-Mulch may be recommended; this supplies the beneficial soil micro-organisms that will:
Speed up decomposition of straw and trash Release ‘locked-up’ phosphate Encourage a deep root system of all crops Reduce soil disease carry over Build humus
If the soil audit shows the need for extra phosphate or potassium we will advise on which product will be most efficient for your soil, then we will advise on the best form of nitrogen and application rates for your crops and the need for and use of trace minerals and plant growth stimulants using the new ‘COMPLEX’ technology to improve crop health and increase yield potential. A healthy crop in a healthy soil is what biological farming is all about.
When you use herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, you upset and cause damage to the delicate beneficial soil and plant micro-organisms. We are not suggesting you can grow the big crops you need without using these chemicals, but what you can and should do is to take the opportunity to ‘feed the soil – feed the crop’ with the beneficial microbes and food sources necessary to restore health and balance.
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