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TAS Country : November 4th 2010
26 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 5, 2010 Advertising feature Soil health forum Products bringing new life to soil MIGHTIER: Plants on right show greater root development achieved with Best products. BEST Environmental Technologies has spent years developing growing solutions for the agricul- ture, commercial, and hor- ticulture sectors. Best believes its soil re- juvenation products --- de- veloped with leading-edge bio-technology from its own laboratories --- are second to none. ''Best products and sys- tems are used worldwide and we continue to expand into new countries and territories at a rapid pace,'' a company spokesman said. ''TM is used in all states of Australia by more than 1400 growers. ''Our products, TM Soil activator and TM Lawn & Garden, are formulated to restore soil health and bal- ance. ''Our goal is to help solve the core problem of most producers, their soil. ''Poor soil conditions lead to many of today's agricultural problems and expenses. ''Many pastures, ani- mals, and crop lands all show symptoms of this. ''Compacted, hard soils with low oxygen, poor water absorption, and low biological activity promote disease, pests, and high costs. ''The input costs associ- ated with rescue chemistry (fungicides and pesticides) herbicide resistance, high fertiliser rates with low efficiencies, nutrient lock- up and leaching also add to the challenge. ''TM promotes loose aer- ated soil with high oxygen levels and excellent water absorption and holding ca- pacities. ''TM is in a class of its own using 'trigger' tech- nology developed by Best to activate the native bi- ology in all soil types. ''Healthy soils enable the inputs being used to be much more effective with greater efficiencies. ''Our goals at Best are to help producers grow healthy, high quality pro- duce with reduced inputs and less financial risk.'' TM is an organic soil activator designed for broadacre cropping and pastures. It helps produce healthy balanced soils that allow for reduced inputs. TM is a liquid product; it is tank mixable with most chemicals and does not block screens or jets on the sprayer. Best has a network of distributors and represen- tatives ready to assist in all areas of Australia. Best offers free crop checks to anyone who has purchased TM. Typically this is done six to eight weeks after TM is applied to the soil. Compost gives growers options BENEFITS: Hilton Henning shows off a handful of Renew's biological fertiliser'. AGRONOMIST Hilton Henning works for a company that makes compost from wood waste from the Boyer paper mill. The compost is transferred to a site at Plenty, where it undergoes a series of scientific procedures to transform it into a live product that regenerates soil. ''We prefer to call it a biological fertiliser,'' Mr Henning said. ''No chemicals are used when the compost is made because the wood waste is sourced through mechanical pulping. ''We are making a very good quality scientifically-made com- post. ''The pH nitrogen cycle and carbon dioxide are monitored constantly.'' Mr Henning said the compost's management was centred around the measurements and precision turning equipment used when it was manufactured. The company Mr Henning works for --- Renew --- uses microbiology to manage disease, another benefit for broadacre users. Renew clients include farmers of mainstream agriculture peren- nial crops like vines and tree crops, home gardeners and land- scapers. Mr Henning said pivot farmers could use the product as one of their fertiliser inputs. ''We're not advocating that they go organic or anything like,'' he said. ''But we want them to incorpor- ate it into their fertiliser budget as an organic matter and nutrient and biology source. ''There are a lot of farms out there looking for something dif- ferent. ''And there are a lot of products on the market, some of which are reputable and some of which are not. ''Our approach is to provide good quality products with good quality information to the agri- cultural community. ''That information includes ad- vice about when and how the products should be used and how they fit.'' Renew can be used as a topsoil, as an all-in-one fertiliser, as lawn dressing or as a powerful garden additive. It can be applied to all types of plants including natives, veg- etables, fruit, herbs, grass and ornamentals. It can also be dug into the soil before planting or applied to the soil. ''Using higher rates in the initial year will accelerate soil changes,'' Mr Henning said. ''And one or two applications per year will maintain the pro- ductive capacity of your soil.'' Renew compost provides all the traditional benefits of a high- analysis fertiliser while deliver- ing significant additional long- term benefits. JENNIFER CRAWLEY Clinic' p SUSTAINABLE: Farmers are given advice on how they can take positive action to rebuild and maintain their soil. NRM South presents a one day forum exploring regenerative and holistic approaches to farming. Improve your understanding of soil biology, discuss keyline planning and see a keyline ploughing demonstration. Learn about practical options that you can implement on your own property. Other events: Keyline Design with Ken Yeomans Mon 8 Nov Introductory Course, Sorell Tues 9 Nov Introductory Course, Huon Valley To register for these events contact NRM South on 6221 6111 or firstname.lastname@example.org LIVING SOILS SOIL HEALTH -- ADDITIVES AND TECHNIQUES FORUM THURS NOV 11 8.45AM -- 3.00PM, SORELL MEMORIAL HALL 3.30PM -- 5.00PM, FARM VISIT Popp M TA S ANIAN P O DU T Popp M : f y a f a f a a . a a a a , a a a a a a a y. Popp M y / v a a a f a y a a a a a a , a a a v ya a a . f a y a f a v a . a v y ava a a a a y a a a v . For enquiries or orders contact A t e 4 737725 t p pp @ t . a y ava a . 2037390-101105 "VALUE ADDING TO SOILS"
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