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  • The importance of soil carbon

    Carbon is the main element present in soil organic matter, on average making up 58% by weight. The carbon present in soil organic matter is referred to as organic carbon. Soil organic carbon is a vital component of productive agriculture. In addition sequestration of ca...

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  • Soil health, crop nutrition and microbes

    Growers and farmers would often read or hear about soil health or healthy soil. What does healthy soil mean? In simple terms it is when soils are supporting plant health, plants are supporting animal health, are stable or improving environmental aspects, and are activel...

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  • How to fortify compost with BioAg

    Compost benefits crops and pastures by adding stabilised carbon to the soil. This provides a rich food source for the microbial system, feeding and expanding this system with greater nutrient cycling by the microbial system, and increased nutrient uptake to the crop or ...

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  • Soil, leaf, and tissue testing

    BioAg nutritional programs can be developed for a wide range of dryland and irrigated agricultural and horticultural enterprises. Soil, leaf and tissue testing are an important part of developing a program for your farm because they provide real data about your paddock ...

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  • Regenerative agriculture

    The term regenerative agriculture has become aligned, or associated hand in hand, with the improvement of soils, improved soil fertility, and the benefits this provides to farms and rural communities. The approach typically promoted is a holistic one, taking into accoun...

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  • Reactive phosphate rock fertilisers

    The right phosphate rock, used effectively, is an excellent source of long lasting and non-polluting phosphates. The quality of phosphate rock and its suitability for use as a fertiliser varies from deposit to deposit and may also vary within a single deposit. There may...

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  • 'Super' or reactive phosphate rock?

    What is superphoshate? Superphosphate, ‘SSP’ or ‘super’ is a fertiliser processed using sulphuric acid to boost the water solubility of phosphorus. Various strengths of P plus additions of nitrogen make up a range of products that feature a high proportion of nutrients ...

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  • Potassium deficiencies

    Potassium (K) is an essential nutrient for plant growth and development. Because large amounts are absorbed from the root zone in the production of most crops and pastures, it is classified as a macronutrient. Potassium has many functions within the plant; including pho...

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  • Magnesium deficiencies

    Five things to consider in identifying magnesium deficiency in pastures: Are there occurrences of grass tetany in my stock? Is it necessary to supplement feed magnesium regularly? Do soil or tissue tests indicate a magnesium deficiency? Do the pastures display nitrogen ...

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  • Measuring phosphorus in soils

    Phosphorus (P) is an essential element in plant growth. Phosphate fertilisers are also an essential and major investment for growers. Making decisions on your phosphate fertiliser spend need to based on reliable information and sound advice. The decision making process ...

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  • Soil testing

    Our agronomists need to have a clear picture of your existing soil nutrient situation before designing a custom program for your paddock or enterprise. Soil tests and tissue tests are an important part of the process. Our agronomists can help with sampling, submitting ...

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  • Leaf and tissue testing

    Your BioAg Area Manager may recommend a leaf or tissue test in addition to a soil test. In some cases, your BioAg Area Manager will do the leaf or tissue testing with you or for you. Use this procedure if you are doing the sampling without a BioAg expert present.

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  • Understanding soil test reports

    Following are some explanations of the various facets of soil and soil test results. First looking at CEC, TEC, pH and organic matter, as these are the main four categories outside the actual nutrient data that affect availability and make up a good soil report. A BioAg...

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