For 18 years YLAD Living Soils has been educating farmers about the importance of healthy living soil.
Many farmers have little understanding that the soil is more than dirt, a medium to hold plants up in and fertilise soluble salt based fertilisers and the relationship between soil health and food health.
Simply stated, building healthy soil biology is a function of four main factors - namely soil mineral balance, soil carbon levels, structure, and absence of toxic residues.
All four factors are interrelated and each is reliant on the other for maximum soil performance.
It is environmentally responsible farming that is becoming increasingly accepted by farmers to ensure the long-term productivity of their land, while growing better crops and reaping the profits.
Rhonda Daly, co-founder and owner of YLAD Living Soils, said: "When we talk soil biology, we are not just talking earthworms, as important as they are, we are looking down the microscope into the universe of micro-organisms.
"Microscopic organisms such as fungi, bacteria, algae, protozoa, nematodes and ciliates are the engine room for soil fertility. The role these organisms play in crop production, quality and disease resistance is profound."
With one of the best seasons in many years, farmers who have made the transition to integrating biological fertilisers into their system are seeing the benefits with healthy pastures and crops.
"If you look at the Canola photo you will see a crop grown with only 12 units of Nitrogen, with no signs of disease or pests, despite the current massive amount of aerial spraying for disease going on around this crop," said Rhonda.
"YLAD Living Soils has proven that these vital players have largely been overlooked and regarded as inconsequential in growing disease and pest free crops. Farmers are paying the price of declining soil fertility, increased input costs, and increased disease pressure when this is totally unnecessary.
"Awakening these beneficial microbes primes the pump for further humus formation as plant root exudates feed these microbes in garden, orchard, pasture and broadacre operations.
"Yield has become a standard measure in conventional agriculture with little emphasis given to nutritional density, the cost to the environment and mining of precious resources. What legacy are we leaving for future generations?"
YLAD Living Soils offers a range of solid and liquid fertilisers for pastures, cropping, horticulture and viticulture and home gardens. For information on integrating soil biology into your system contact 6382 2165 or email@example.com.