Laurie & Maria Germano

Laurie and Maria Germano and family grow potatoes and other vegetables on their 105ha farm in the rolling hills of South Gippsland at Delburn.

 In recent years Laurie has moved toward fertiliser blends containing Madura Guano Gold because:

  • the product grows as good or better quality vegetables of good size;
  • the residual phosphorous left in the soil allows the following crops to get off to a good start without additional fertiliser being applied. “The Guano Gold does not get tied up in the soil like other sources of phosphorus”, explains Laurie;
  • to highlight the above points, new Tetilla Annual Rye grass has been drop sown on paddocks recently harvested from potatoes. The clear benefit of the residual quantities of the Madura Guano Gold can be shown in how the pasture has grown so quickly despite very low rainfall occurring and the ground had been cracking. Note the photograph in the “Mushroom” paddock where the irrigator winch track that did not receive any Madura Guano Gold but was sown with the same seed at the same time, and
  • Madura Guano Gold is also very good on the garden around the house.

Laurie has been actively encouraging other farmers to look towards the benefits of using Madura Guano Gold-Kwik Start by incorporating some into their own fertiliser blends and to use it on their own local farms as well.

Madura Guano Gold organic fertiliser is producing strong results for Victorian vegetable growers Laurie and Maria Germano.

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Being so far away from our markets, durability is critical and the Silica is really good in terms of hardening up the skin and making the melons better to transport.Ord River WA irrigator David Menzel-Barradale
The problem with many organic fertilisers is that they have very low rates of nutrients, meaning you need to put out high rates. A product like Guano Gold has 12pc P, whereas Guano Sulphur Gold has 10.5pc P, obviously with additional sulphur. These figures compare very favourably with something like a single superphosphate product. Agronomically, it’s a good product in any setting, not just for organic producers.Garry Allison, Landmark Agronomist. Mount Gambier, SA
For the broadacre croppers, Guano Gold works really well in paddocks where they have had issues with nutrient tie-up. He said the majority of synthetic P products have large rates of water soluble P. The problem with that is that you can have instances where it ends up tying up zinc in the soil so you run into problems with zinc deficiencies. Not only does the slow release nature of the Guano Gold product work well over the entire season, it also contains zinc for the crop as well as the other nutrients.Moree agronomist Rob Drewitt
We strongly recommend the Guano Gold products to fellow farmers if they are looking at improving their Calcium and Silica levels using various methods of application such as foliar and granular.James and Aimee Thomas Falkirk Macadamia Farm
I have recommended Guano Gold products for 20 years and in all cases had excellent long-term results increasing in pasture productivity.Paul Baguely - PB Ag Consulting
They are high analysis products so you get your nutrients without having to put too much fertiliser out.Anthony Beutel, Googa Farm Organics
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. 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. 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. The products have great characteristics in relation to phosphate and silica, which is exactly what we need for flax.Waltanna Farms flax-seed farmer & Ambassador for Guano Australia, Michael Nagorcka

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