Plant Health Insights from Agricen Australia

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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Congratulations to Our Basis XC Webinar Winner

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/12/17 9:08 AM posted in Webinars, Basis XC

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Congratulations to farmer Rick Martin, the winner of an iPad Mini for attending our 2017 Basis XC webinar, "A New Basis for Improving Granular Fertilizer Efficiency." 

He is pictured here (right) with Aaron Oesch, Director of Sales at Agricen Australia .

Rick has been a customer of Landmark Wagga for several years. Following a recommendation from Landmark agronomist John Anderson, Rick trialed our original Basis technology with good success last year. He joined us for our Basis XC webinar in February to better understand the science behind the technology that had proved strong on his farm. 

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How Roots Prospect for Nutrients

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/6/17 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 

In spring, once a newly germinated seedling secures a foothold with its root, it uses the power of its photosynthetic engines to drive growth. Sunlight is the fuel source, enabling the plant to produce the proteins, lipids and carbohydrates it needs to make new leaves and roots. But to create these internal building blocks, the seedling must also mine and extract raw materials from the soil, sometimes at great distance, and "sluice” them back through its root system to the growing shoot. So how does a root prospect for the raw materials like water, macronutrients, and micronutrients that the plant needs? 

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Sugarcane Billet Shows Quick Response to Foundation LM

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/31/17 9:30 AM posted in Foundation LM, Sugarcane

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A recent Field Day demonstration shows sugarcane's quick response to Foundation LM

Two sugarcane billets were planted in pots at a Landmark location in Tolga, Queensland. Foundation LM was applied at 5 L/ha in one pot, and the other was left untreated as a control. In the photos below, which were taken 5 days after planting, you can already see that there is a big difference in root growth with Foundation LM treatment!

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South Australian Farmer's Barley & Wheat Crops Benefit from In-Furrow Injection of Foundation LM

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/16/17 9:00 AM posted in Foundation LM, Wheat, Barley

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A South Australian cropping farmer has been using Foundation LM to help unlock nutrients in his heavy clay soils and improve soil nutrition and structure.

After injecting Foundation LM in furrow on his farm using a Liquid Systems unit last year, farmer Peter Hannaford and Landmark agronomist Craig Hole noticed a more strongly developed root system and greener stalks in Peter's barley crops. The greener stalk colour indicates better phosphorus uptake, compared to purple stalks where Foundation LM had not been injected.

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Foundation LM Biochemistry a Good Fit with Brassicas & Leafy Greens

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/9/17 9:00 AM posted in Foundation LM, Hort Crops, Brassicas, Leafy Greens

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When growing short-season crops like brassicas and leafy greens, we often see strong benefits from the biochemistry in Foundation LM when added to a grower's standard practice.  In a series of block trials with some growers, we were able to capture some of the benefits that Foundation provides to growers by making nutrients more available and helping to improve plant performance.

The first trial was conducted in cos (romaine) lettuce. Cos is a sturdy, dark green, and fast growing variety of lettuce that is a staple in many Australian diets. The second trial was conducted on wombok (Chinese cabbage). It is also a favorite with Australians because of its tender leaves and nutritional qualities. 

In the trials, Foundation LM was applied with the grower's standard practice (GSP) one week after planting at 10 litres per hectare through fertigation. Early tissue test results and results of first and second pickings showed exceptional responses from one application Foundation LM. 

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Roots Make Decisions That Help Plants Survive and Thrive

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/2/17 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

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Growing for the Future: Agricultural Biologicals & Biostimulants Will Play a Key Role

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/17 9:00 AM posted in Ag Biologicals/Biostimulants, Sustainability

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For thousands of years, the world regarded the act of growing a plant in the soil as a biological process. But—as in all systems—the need for scalability to meet growing demands called for new, more efficient technologies to improve food production. The agricultural advancements of the post–World War II era were nothing short of transformational in this respect. Worldwide, food production skyrocketed, owing to advancements including improved seed varieties, modernized irrigation, better control of plant diseases and pests, and increased use of chemical fertilisers.

In more recent years, we have realized that the gains achieved through the tools of the Green Revolution are not limitless. We have also realized that the intensity of agricultural production has some significant, long-term impacts on soil, air and water resources. These realizations have helped prompt a renewed interest in the biological elements of crop production.

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[Watch Now] A New Basis for Improving Granular Fertiliser Efficiency

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/13/17 9:00 AM posted in Webinars, Basis XC

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Our February webinar, "A New Basis for Improving Granular Fertiliser Efficiency," is now available to watch online. This webinar discusses using the fertiliser biocatalyst Basis® XC as a new way to improve granular fertiliser efficiency and maximise the yield potential of broadacre, pulse and pasture crops. 

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