Plant Health Insights from Agricen Australia

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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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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