Sustainability with Guano Gold

Yvonne Abel recommends Guano Gold for both conventional and organic farming enterprises.

AN interest in developing the potential of the family farm triggered a greater understanding of fertiliser and encouraged Peter and Yvonne Abel into the fertiliser industry.

The certified seed potato farmers have been operating as fertiliser agents for the last eight years. ‘‘We are aiming to satisfy both the conventional and sustainable/organic farming sectors,’’ Yvonne said.

Despite initial scepticism, a growing interest in organic farming lead them to the chemical free, granulated organic phosphorus fertiliser product, Guano Gold®, about five years ago. ‘‘There seemed to be more and more interest in it and we’re also farmers ourselves, so we thought we’d try the stuff out before we went about selling it,’’ Yvonne said.

"Having tried it in a few trial plots over the years we’ve been very happy with the result. It’s certainly done as good a job as the conventional fertiliser.’’

Having been formed naturally, Guano Gold is composed of dicalcium-phosphate layers which have been generated by interaction of the remains of coral, sea birds, fish and seaweed over thousands of years. It is very high in fast and slow release Phosphorus, Calcium, Silica, Organic Carbon and Cation Exchange Capacity.

Guano Gold is a valuable resource which reforms the structure and function of soil, as well as being one of the world’s most valuable Phosphorus fertilisers.

Having trialled and tested Guano Gold, the Abel’s recommend it for both organic and conventional farming programs, confident the results are improved productivity.

The couple observed a carryover effect on a trial plot they fertilised with a Guano Gold blend, with the crop experiencing an increased performance in the second year.

‘‘You’re getting your natural phosphorus and a lot of calcium which horticulture crops and grazing pastures benefit from, and you’re getting silica which is now being found to assist the availability of phosphorus and reduce the impact of high iron and aluminium in the soil which are both detrimental to the plants,’’ Yvonne said.

‘‘For someone who has chosen to be sustainable or organic, it’s one of the best sources of phosphorus. But there are also benefits for people who farm conventionally to have a small proportion because it keeps calcium levels up in blends and gives people the silica that is not in other conventional fertilisers.’’

The Darnum based fertiliser agents, EPC, also recommend blending Guano Gold with the natural organically approved compound, Kmag. Providing Potassium, Sulphur and Magnesium, Kmag blended with Guano Gold offers five of the six major nutrients required by the soil (only missing Nitrogen).

EPC offer a blending service to suit specific customer requirements.

For more information contact Peter or Yvonne Abel at EPC on 5626 6342.

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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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