With the steep price rise of DAP, MAP and Urea, the time has now come for farmers to start asking some hard questions about efficiency of conventional fertilisers and other ways that can lower huge inputs but not compromise profitability and soil health.
Now entering their 20 years of business, YLAD Living Soils successfully created Germinate Plus, a down the tube granular fertiliser that ensures the feeder roots of the crop, along with microbiology uptake nutrients in a balanced form for plant growth.
This is in comparison to nutrients being taken up in soil water through the water roots of the plant in a soluble form. Trials at Illinois University have shown when nutrients are taken up in this manner, nitrogen jams the system, blocking out essential phosphorus and calcium.
Without balanced nutrition being supplied to the crop, there is far more likelihood of disease and pest problems.
Despite 2020 being a wetter year, the YLAD Living Soils customers harvested high quality crops that had no disease or insect attack due to the humic acids holding on to the nutrients and supplying them to the plant.
A nutrient dense plant will have less disease and less insect attack then a watery nitrogen one. Rhonda Daly, co-founder of YLAD Living Soils, said that this can be attributed to plant nutrients being supplied by microbial activity in the correct quantity, creating a balanced plant. Insects and disease only attack 'sick, imbalanced' plants.
Without balanced nutrition being supplied to the crop, there is far more likelihood of disease and pest problems.YLAD Living Soils
Germinate Plus is a microbe friendly, carbon based blend supplying soluble and slow release nutrients including trace minerals which produces plant roots with an active rhizosphere.
It is in this area that soluble nutrients are held tightly and sixty percent of soil microbes live close to the roots. These microbes utilise the glucose from photosynthesis for energy, supplying nutrients back to the plant in a balanced bio available manner.
Agriculture is entering into a new phase where farmers are now considering their impact on the soil and biodiversity, and asking more informed questions as to what they can do to be more proactive in healing the soil and increasing biodiversity.
For further information visit YLAD's website at www.yladlivingsoils.com.au or phone 1300 811 681.