Farmers have been extracting more value from their Phosphate dollars through the use of Guano Gold-Split P products.
Agronomist Graeme Talarico from WB Hunter Group in Victoria has experienced great success selling the fertiliser products, which he said allows farmers to gain more from their soil.
“The superior availability of the Phosphorous component in the fertiliser, as well as the Silica component and other attributes, makes it a unique fertiliser,” Mr Talarico said.
“I sell the products to people in horticulture, dairy and broadacre businesses and they use it in a range of crops.”
Guano Gold-Split P provides farmers with both types of Phosphorous – both water soluble and non-water soluble – unlike others on the market.
“A lot of fertilisers have only got water soluble Phosphorous, which means for a period of time it is more likely to be unavailable to the plant,” Mr Talarico said.
Without enough Phosphorous, young crops will struggle to take off and existing crops will not perform as well.
“Particularly for a young crop with a small root system, Phosphorous is pivotal to get it going. If Phosphorous is poor the crop will take a lot longer and you will suffer yield decline,” Mr Talarico said. “Products like this are integral as crops don’t perform as well without having very good quality fertilisers underneath them.”
Key to A successFUL CROP
For Victorian flax-seed farmer Michael Nagorcka, from Waltanna Farms near Hamilton, Phosphorous is the key to a successful crop.
This nutrient is essential for all plant growth, so it is no surprise that farmers like him are seeking to increase the amount within their crops.
Mr Nagorcka (pictured above and at the top of the page) uses Guano Gold-Split P products to enhance the Phosphorus component of his flax plants.
“We have known since the 1930s that Phosphorus is one of the main elements required to grow a successful crop of not just the (flax) plant but the seed,” he said.
“It gives you a very high oil content and a very high Omega 3 content.”
Mr Nagorcka is impressed by the diversity and success of the Guano Gold-Split P products.
“It was one of those products that was first out in a granular type form and it was so much easier to get an even coverage over the ground, rather than a powder form,” he said.
“Later on the product became a little more refined, so we could put it through our air-seeder. We also broadcast some of it, prior to seeding, when we are cultivating ground.”
While Mr Nagorcka grows wheat and oats too, flax seed is his primary crop – so it is essential to give it what it needs to thrive.
“The products have great characteristics in relation to Phosphate and Silica, which is exactly what we need for flax,” he said.
A natural source of liquid Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulphur, Magnesium, Calcium and Silica, Guano Gold-Split P products also contain a range of trace minerals including useful levels of Zinc and Manganese.
With a surfactant to assist in foliar application, the products are also suitable for fertigation.
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