Helping to sow the seeds of success

Steps to success: Bill Daly from YLAD with a solid crop of Mandalup Lupins that were sown with YLAD Legume Plus. Photo: Supplied

Steps to success: Bill Daly from YLAD with a solid crop of Mandalup Lupins that were sown with YLAD Legume Plus. Photo: Supplied

Rhonda Daly, co-founder and owner of YLAD Living Soils says that over the past 17 years she has seen a steep increase in farmers wanting to know how to transition from industrial farming to a more integrated approach with soil, plant and animal health paramount. Results of the most thorough planetary health check ever undertaken from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), shows land degradation has reduced the productivity of 23 per cent of global land surface, up to US$577 billion in annual crops at risk from pollinator loss and up to 300 million people at increased risk of floods and hurricanes due to loss of coastal habitats and protection.

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Farmers are in the key seat to assist with reversing this degradation by implementing biological farming into their system and rebuilding soils to be living. Living soils fix nutrients, resist stresses and store nutrients and water more efficiently, which means microbes increase productivity while reducing inputs. Cropping is often looked upon as the 'baddy' in destroying soil eco-systems however, this does not have to be the case. YLAD Living Soils have several decades of research, from around Australia, showing that it is possible to build soil health and soil carbon levels with a biological cropping program.

Land Care: With the right cropping programs in place, sowing crops has been shown it can help build soil health and soil carbon levels. Photo: Shutterstock.

Land Care: With the right cropping programs in place, sowing crops has been shown it can help build soil health and soil carbon levels. Photo: Shutterstock.

One of the greatest limitations in Australian soils is compaction, or the lack of oxygen. Without soft tilthy, oxygen rich soils the beneficial microbiology do not survive, leaving the soils lifeless and prone to erosion, disease and less drought resistant. When a soil has abundant oxygenation, or rich soil structure, microorganisms release plant nutrients that are in the soil to the plant via root zone activity. This is the cheapest fertiliser you will ever 'buy', free.

Enter the microbiology that lives around the rhizosphere feasting on the sugars supplied by photosynthesis and then giving back nutrients to the plant in the right quantity at the right time. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (VAM) are one of the most important organisms as they are capable of passing both organic and inorganic forms of phosphorus to the plants. Most of our cropland soils are devoid of healthy looking VAM spores because when we overuse inorganic phosphorus the plant rejects their symbiotic partner VAM.

Enter Myco-Gro (VAM) and YLAD Living Soils' Germinate Plus the perfect combination to use at sowing time to return your soils to a system where you will not run out of P later in the season and N is markedly reduced. To find out more about the wide range of products that YLAD can provide to create a cropping program that will not only help grow a healthy crop but also benefit the soil and environment, please call YLAD Living Soils 1300 811 681 or visit www.yladlivingsoils.com.au.