Plant Health Insights from Agricen Australia

Increase in Almond Yield with Loveland Agri Products Program

[fa icon="calendar'] 29/10/17 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'] 18/10/17 posted in Foundation LM, Sorghum

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In a side by side trial conducted in Dalby, Queensland, adding Foundation LM (applied at 2.5 L/ha) to the grower's standard fertiliser program led to a yield gain of 0.25 tonnes/ha in grain sorghum. The trial was harvested in July. 

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Foundation LM Contributes to Impressive Nodule Size in Chickpea Crop

[fa icon="calendar'] 28/09/17 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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Taking Horticulture Crop Production to the Next Level

[fa icon="calendar'] 27/08/17 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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Sugarcane Billet Shows Quick Response to Foundation LM

[fa icon="calendar'] 30/05/17 posted in Foundation LM, Sugarcane

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A Landmark 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.

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

[fa icon="calendar'] 15/05/17 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.

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Foundation LM Biochemistry a Good Fit with Brassicas & Leafy Greens

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/05/17 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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Sugarcane Trial: Yield Improvement with Foundation LM

[fa icon="calendar'] 24/01/17 posted in Foundation LM, Sugarcane

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A replicated plant cane trial in Brightly, Queensland, shows the ability of Foundation LM to improve sugarcane performance.  Alternate replications of the grower standard practice (GSP) and the GSP + Foundation LM (5L/ha in furrow) were applied at planting in this study, which was conducted in variety SP80-1816 plant cane by a Landmark agronomist.

At harvest, the small investment of 5 litres of Foundation LM mixed with pre-emergence herbicides allowed the grower to pick up an additional 907 kilograms of sugar per hectare, on average, over his standard practice. 

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Improving Macadamia Tree Health with Foundation LM

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/11/16 posted in Foundation LM, Hort Crops, Macadamias

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Macadamia nuts, with their health benefits and unique, delicious taste, are an increasingly important export crop for Australian agriculture. Native to Australia and grown in New South Wales and Queensland, the nuts have been commercially cultivated in Australia since the late 1800s.

Following in that long tradition, Paul Ryan grows macadamias on a 29-acre orchard with nearly 9,000 trees in Gympie, Queensland. Over the past few years, Paul noticed that the leaves on his once healthy looking trees were gradually yellowing. He reached out to Matt Kunde, an agronomist from Landmark Gympie, to help investigate the issue.


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Congratulations to Our Hort Crop Webinar Winner

[fa icon="calendar'] 31/10/16 posted in Foundation LM, Webinars

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Congratulations to Josephine Fouache, the winner of an iPad Mini for attending our 2016 horticulture webinar, "Building the Best Foundation for Hort Crops." Josephine’s name was drawn from a long list of webinar attendees, and we were very pleased to present her with a prize.

Josephine is the technical manager for Montague, which operate four apple orchards and one stone fruit orchard in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria. Her role at Montague includes researching new products and varieties for use in Montague’s orchards. She is pictured here with Aaron Oesch, Technical Sales Manager of Agricen Australia.

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