Guano Gold proving to assist sandy soils in the Northern Territory, with phosphorus, calcium and silica level improvements.
Katherine mango grower Ian Golding needed help with a particular growing problem, so he turned to Guano Australia.
“We are one of the few areas with highly alkaline soils, which means more tie-up of micronutrients and a poor uptake of phosphorus”, he said.
“I was using soft rock phosphate but was seeing no real improvement in the phosphorus levels in the soil”.
“John Jashar said there had been a good response in other regions, so I decided to give it a go”.
“Our soil is well balanced but very low in organic matter; there is only about 0.6%. This means that the nutrient holding capacity of this light, sandy soil is extremely low”.
“What I wanted was to balance the soil and increase the nutrient level but, despite mulching, the lack of organic matter made it much harder and slower to kick-start the microbes”.
The key foundational minerals in any fertility program that need to be available in the correct levels are calcium, phosphorus and silica.
The soil analysis report indicated that an application rate of elemental phosphorus it would need a minimum of 500 kg/ha Guano Gold applied to raise the levels in the soils.
“I applied 500 kg/ha Guano Gold with other microbes and in 3 months the amount of available phosphorus increased from 25 ppm to 65 ppm”.
Moreover, these levels were maintained, through the ongoing feeding program of soils microbes. Particularly attention was made with the nutrition program to ensure a fungal dominant soil; so important in all tree crops, which is vital in releasing much of the phosphorus that is not readily available for high quality fruit production.
I was able to harvest the next three crops of mangoes after this single Guano Gold application before the levels started to fall below the desired level of 60 ppm available phosphorus.
“I was pretty happy with that”.