In this wheat trial near Esperance, Western Australia, Basis XC is proving its value by enhancing early wheat growth. The root systems of the young wheat plants are noticeably more developed where Basis XC-treated fertiliser was applied as compared to areas where untreated fertiliser was used. NDVI imagery from the trial supports this observation, indicating greater plant health where Basis XC has been used.
What do more than one million Australian hectares have in common? Basis technology from Loveland Agri Products.
Since being introduced in 2014, fertiliser treated with Basis or Basis XC has been applied on over one million hectares in Australia, and this technology is becoming the standard in many cropping and intensive pasture districts across Australia. This is an outstanding success for a biologically derived nutrient-enhancing product, with growers coming back time and again for Basis XC on their fertiliser after seeing the benefits of improved nutrient use efficiency and enhanced crop performance.
This demonstration shows how using Basis XC can accelerate and enhance wheat germination by improving nutrient release from granular fertiliser.
Seventeen Basis XC-treated fertiliser granules were mixed into the soil in the tray on the right, while untreated fertiliser granules were used in the tray on the left. As you can see, wheat germination is significantly advanced in the tray where Basis XC-treated fertiliser was applied.
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
Trials from South Australia continue to show wheat yield gains when Basis XC is used with granular fertilisers to improve nutrient availability and enhance nutrient utilisation by the crop.
In a wheat crop in South Hummocks, SA, DAP fertiliser (24:16:00) was applied at a base rate of 100kg/ha. Where the fertiliser was treated with Basis XC (2L/tonne of DAP), the grower had a yield increase of approximately 275kg/ha compared to untreated. There was also a significant increase in wheat quality, from ASW to H1.
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.
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.
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.
In two recent Farm Weekly articles (part 1, part 2), farmers Andrea and Carl Moltoni describe their success using Basis on their Yathroo, WA farm. The father and son point out the dividing line in their paddock caused by the shadow of taller canola where they applied Basis-treated granular fertiliser.
Carl notes that both their canola yield and oil content are higher than average this season, with seed also bigger. His father, Andrea, who has farmed for over 50 years, says that this is the best season he has ever seen.