An irrigated cotton trial harvested in 2017 in Wee Waa, New South Wales demonstrates the ability of Foundation LM to help cotton crops achieve higher yields when this biocatalyst is added to a grower's standard fertiliser practice (GSP).
We are happy to announce that Bill Adams has joined Agricen Australia as senior sales manager based in Moree, New South Wales.
Bill has more than two decades of experience in agronomy, crop protection and plant nutrition. He previously worked at Yara International for six years, most recently as commercial manager for liquids. Bill has also held positions at Ausgrains, Bywanna Farming, Syngenta, and McGregor Gourlay Agriculture Services. At Syngenta, he held leadership roles that included a specialized focus on cotton production in Australia.
This trial from Minlaton, South Australia was conducted to evaluate lentil production utilising Basis XC on MAP fertiliser. Basis XC was applied on MAP at 2L/tonne ("treated"). Treated and untreated MAP was applied at planting with the seed at rates of 25, 50 and 75kg/ha.
At every rate, lentils grown in the blocks with Basis XC-treated MAP outyielded the control blocks, with yield increases ranging from 50-190 kg/ha.
Below we answer some key questions to help you better understand Basis XC, which can be applied to granular fertiliser blends to accelerate fertiliser breakdown and improve crop growth.
Basis XC helps mineralise nitrogen and phosphorus from organic forms into plant-available, inorganic forms, but how does it work on potassium, gypsum or lime?
The biochemistry in Basis XC hastens the breakdown of treated fertiliser granules and will also help stimulate more root development, which results in a better ability to capture nutrients, including potassium. In addition, the biochemistry will help pull apart calcium from carbonate (lime) and sulfate (gypsum), better allowing the calcium in the applied fertiliser to be utilised.
Phosphorus is required early in a plant’s growth cycle, when it is key to good plant establishment and early vigour. But, like other nutrients, it must have time to break down into plant-available forms. Increasing the availability of phosphorus in early growth stages helps improve crop establishment and can positively influence yield potential.
Basis XC is a fertiliser treatment that acts as a catalyst, speeding up the rate that fertiliser granules break down. By using Basis XC with SSP fertilisers, graziers can speed up the release and utilisation of phosphorus and other nutrients in their pastures, which can equal more pasture growth.
"We did trials with a local grazier where we compared the quality of pasture spread with Basis XC-treated SSP versus untreated SSP," says Sam Graetz, Landmark Branch Manager at Lucindale, SA. "The quality of the pasture from the treated area was far higher than the untreated in virtually all aspects, including metabolisable energy and protein, as well as much higher nutritional levels, resulting in higher potential stocking rates."
Pasture Trial Results
A feed analysis report from that pasture trial shows that crude protein, digestibility and metabolisable energy levels increased significantly in pasture fertilised with Basis XC-treated SSP, whereas acid detergent and neutral detergent fibre (ADF and NDF) levels decreased, resulting in higher digestibility and palatability.
Foundation LM and Basis XC contain concentrated biochemistry that helps growers increase nutrient availability to their crops, enhance root growth and functioning, and improve overall plant performance. But, what exactly is biochemistry?
Biochemistry is the chemistry of life. It is created by, in, and from living organisms, such as soil microbes. A number of different biochemistries are created by soil microbes—each serving an important role in soil microbial functioning, and even in plant functioning.
In 2017, several trials were conducted to evaluate Basis XC on pastures fertilised with single superphosphate (SSP) and diammonium phosphate (DAP). The results show a positive impact on dry matter yield when the fertiliser is treated with Basis XC. Two trials are highlighted below.
Basis XC with SSP in Littlehampton, SA
In a pasture trial conducted with input from Landmark Murray Bridge in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, SSP treated with Basis XC (applied at 2L/tonne onto the fertiliser) was compared to untreated SSP across an existing, one-year old paddock containing four grass species. The treated and untreated fertiliser was applied at a rate of 130kg/ha down the allocated strips at the start of the season.
Foundation LM can be used to improve the performance of a wide variety of crops, including tree crops such as macadamias, apples and citrus.
Our newest booklet explains how the proven technology in Foundation LM helps tree crop growers get more out of their fertility programs by:
- Mineralising nutrient sources to increase nutrient availability
- Enhancing root growth and function
- Facilitating nutrient uptake
- Improving water penetration
- Reducing salt stress
Learn how to get all of the nutrition you can from your granular fertiliser by viewing our recent webinar, "Improving Granular Fertiliser Efficiency for Higher Yields & Profits."
This on-demand webinar reviews:
- How you can enhance your fertiliser program and increase yield potential by improving the nutrient availability of your granular fertiliser
- What Basis XC is and how it improves P and K efficiency
- Results of recent trials in wheat, canola, pasture and pulse crops