Summer Regenerative Cropping

A new approach: Bill Daly of YLAD Living Soils and Ulrich a regenerative farmer from Germany, inspect Tillage Radish no-tilled into a pasture paddock and sown with YLAD Germinate Plus. Photo: Supplied.
A new approach: Bill Daly of YLAD Living Soils and Ulrich a regenerative farmer from Germany, inspect Tillage Radish no-tilled into a pasture paddock and sown with YLAD Germinate Plus. Photo: Supplied.

There is one the thing that most farmers are striving for with climate uncertainty knocking at our doors and that is better soil quality. Healthier self-regenerating soils, more water holding capacity and more cover on the paddocks over the summer to eliminate weeds and moisture loss.

Bill Daly of YLAD Living Soils has been experimenting with mixed species summer crops for over five years using Regenerative Cropping Principals and is confident the concept improves soil health over the long time without leaving the paddock depleted of moisture for the next crop. Due to the unseasonably high rainfall patterns over the summer month's, multi species cover or grazing crops add an option for farmers wanting to provide extra cover as a means of soil amelioration.

It's all about improving soil biology, we have to look outside conventional farming systems.

Bill Daly, YLAD Living Soils

Rhonda Daly said there were great benefits to be had. "Historically we've been clearly shown the benefits of minimising summer weeds to conserve soil moisture," she said. "In this situation there may well be a positive response from green plants providing enough shade and cooler soil temperatures to significantly reduce soil water evaporation, as well as eliminating countless herbicides over the summer".

One very popular product in the YLAD Living Soils' Regenerative Cropping Program is a granular down the tube fertiliser known as YLAD Germinate Plus which is a microbe friendly, carbon based granular blend supplying soluble and slow release nutrients including trace minerals for long season supply. Germinate Plus produces roots that look like 'dreadlocks', with microbial glues coating the root to create a healthy rhizosphere. Roots are the digestive system of the plant and a healthy root system determines the microbiology that lives around the roots, where beneficial microbes will out compete pathogens, meaning less disease issues.

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Bill said that the key focus was improvement. "It's all about improving soil biology, we have to look outside conventional farming systems," he said. "We are already seeing less efficacy from synthetic fertilisers like urea so by using YLAD Germinate Plus is one way we can work to improve overall soil fertility".

For further information on obtaining blends for sowing and using YLAD Germinate Plus, call YLAD Living Soils 1300 811 681 or email info@yladlivingsoils.com.au.