Seed potato operation thriving with Guano Gold; Peter Abel
The Abel family grows certified seed potatoes near Warragul in the West Gippsland district of Victoria. Our goal is to increase saleable yields of certified potato seed through increasing the numbers and quality of the potato tubers.
Several years ago we trialled various fertiliser blends including one which contained Madura Guano Gold. Because of the short and long term benefits we saw, each year since then, we have increased the area of the crop which is sown with Madura Guano Gold® blends.
In our experience, Madura Guano Gold® in the blend has contributed to
- Significantly stronger root growth which has assisted the plant with greater capacity to access nutrition and water for the duration of the crop.
- Increasing the phosphorus availability for the potatoes throughout the full duration of the crop because Madura Guano Gold contains phosphorus which is available short, medium and long term.
- Improving the calcium availability, because Madura Guano Gold is high in calcium, making plant cells stronger and improving the quality of the potato.
- Improving the calcium availability also increases storage life of the potato and their capacity to withstand transport interstate and overseas.
- Improving the yields in some of the potato varieties where it is typically difficult to achieve high yields. This is because of the balance of phosphorus, calcium and silica in Madura Guano Gold.
- Increasing the phosphorus availability for crops or pastures which follow the potato rotation because the combination of phosphorus calcium and silica in the Madura Guano Gold reduces phosphorus tie up.
We are convinced that Madura Guano Gold has multiple benefits to our beef and seed potato operation.
It was only because Madura Guano Gold does perform in the paddock, that we added it to the range of conventional and sustainable fertilisers that we market through our fertiliser business, EPC Pty Ltd. Now a significant number of our fertiliser customers are also experiencing the benefits of Madura Guano Gold.