Plant Health Insights from Agricen Australia

Superior Wheat Performance with Basis XC in South Australia Trials

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/29/17 9:05 AM posted in Wheat, Basis XC

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These photos from several trial sites in South Australia show some of the outstanding visual responses to Basis XC in wheat this year. In the photos, you can see that Basis XC has improved wheat performance both above ground and below. The most frequent visual response is a more vigorous and extensive root system. Additionally, NDVI imagery from the South Hummocks trial site demonstrates how, by improving granular fertiliser efficiency, Basis XC can also improve the yield response in wheat. Basis XC was applied on granular fertiliser at 2 L/tonne in all trials.

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New Granular Fertiliser Demo: More Breakdown with Basis XC

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/20/17 8:30 AM posted in Basis XC

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As farms deal with tight budgets, this simple granular fertiliser demonstration shows why Basis XC offers a sound profit opportunity for growers.

As you can see in the photos, adding Basis XC to DAP (18-46-0) and MOP (0-0-60) fertilisers has accelerated the breakdown of fertiliser granules in the treated jars. This improvement in nutrient release can translate into greater fertiliser efficiency in the paddock.

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Increase in Almond Yield with Loveland Agri Products Program

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/30/17 9:00 AM posted in Foundation LM, Hort Crops, Almonds

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During the 2016/2017 growing season, a production-scale field trial was conducted to evaluate a Loveland Agri Products nutritional program on nonpareil almonds. Overall, it showed that incorporating Loveland's products into the farm nutrition program was beneficial, increasing almond yield during the trial.

The trial took place at a commercial almond orchard in New South Wales under the agronomic supervision of Landmark Griffith

Trees from two sections of the orchard were treated with the Loveland Agri Products program and compared to trees from two untreated blocks. The Loveland program included Awaken and LoKomotive (used in replacement of potassium nitrate and an NPK/trace nutrients product), as well as Foundation LM and NutriSync D. The orchard’s normal nutrition program was otherwise applied, with no other differences between the treated and untreated blocks. An independent research group (SGS of Mildura) harvested and assessed the crop, comparing fruit yield, kernel length, kernel weight and crack-out from the treated and untreated areas.   

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Yield Gain in Grain Sorghum with Foundation LM

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/19/17 9:00 AM posted in Foundation LM, Sorghum

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In a side by side trial conducted in Dalby, Queensland, adding Foundation LM (applied at 5 L/ha) to the grower's standard fertiliser program led to a yield gain of 0.25 tons/ha in grain sorghum. The trial was harvested in July. 

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Wheat and Lupins Show Strong Response to Basis XC

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/9/17 9:00 AM posted in Wheat, Basis XC, Lupins

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Wheat and lupins have been showing a strong response to Basis XC-treated granular fertiliser in these Cooke Plains, South Australia trials.

In the photos below (taken in mid-August), wheat from the treated side of the paddock shows more vigour and darker colour compared to wheat from the untreated side. 

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Foundation LM Contributes to Impressive Nodule Size in Chickpea Crop

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/29/17 9:00 AM posted in Foundation LM, Chickpeas, Pulse Crops

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These chickpea plants in Moree, New South Wales are from a block of a grower's paddock that was treated with Foundation LM. The grower reports that he is impressed with the size and health of the nodes and nodules on the plants. Photos were taken in August 2017.

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Tailoring Nutrition for Pastures in the Southern Highlands

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/4/17 9:00 AM posted in Forage/Pasture, Basis XC

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In the Southern Highlands of Goulburn, NSW, Landmark senior agronomist Jim Colquhoun is working hard to give his clients the best opportunities to increase production and quality in their pastures.  Jim uses an array of exclusive technologies from Landmark to tailor nutritional programs that not only improve his clients' yields, but also provide them with solid economic benefits.

Some of the products Jim has found to be a good fit in his region include Awaken, with its patented zinc ammonium acetate technology, Basis XC, with unique biochemistry that quickly releases nutrients from granular fertilizers, and ESN Smart Nitrogen, with a flexible polymer coating that only unlocks when the right soil temperature is achieved. With these tools and other technologies, Jim's clients will be better able to meet increasing food demands.

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Taking Horticulture Crop Production to the Next Level

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/28/17 9:00 AM posted in Foundation LM, Hort Crops, Broccoli

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Gatton, Queensland is home to much of the fresh produce found in the supermarkets across Australia. Fertile soils paired with favorable temperatures make this area and its surroundings a haven for horticulture production. Landmark agronomists are working to make horticulture in this area even more productive using innovative plant nutrition technologies like Foundation LM and other products in the Loveland Agri Products portfolio.

“We are utilising product technologies that have been extensively researched and trialed to give growers the opportunity to take their production to the next level,” says Landmark agronomist Nev Watts. “It takes a systems approach.”  

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Basis XC Quickly Releases Nutrients from SSP

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/14/17 11:30 AM posted in Forage/Pasture, Basis XC, Videos

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A crop's ability to access nutrients from granular fertilisers is dependent on how quickly the fertiliser granules break down. Treating the fertiliser with Basis XC can hasten that process, as seen in this video from a pasture trial in South Australia.

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Using Biostimulants to Communicate with Plants

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/4/17 9:00 AM posted in Ag Biologicals/Biostimulants, Plant Science, Guest Blogs

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By Maud Hinchee, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Agricen Sciences

Plants are constantly responding to their senses. They can touch, smell, taste and otherwise sense water, food and predators—and they can remember. Of course, they don’t do all of this exactly the way a human does, but they do respond to the messages they receive from the world around them to survive, thrive and reproduce—much the way we do.

This is a pretty stimulating idea – that plants are actually sentient beings responding to stimuli in a purposeful manner and communicating with each other and with potential friends and foes. It’s also an idea that is captivating researchers and companies in the agricultural space, most notably around the topic of biostimulants and other agricultural biologicals. 

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