+ Do use Talborne Organics formulated Organic fertilizer because it will provide a sustained release of macro, minor and micronutrients in one application.
+ Do only use inputs that will build and not harm the soil biology.
+ Do make use of soil, leaf, sap and microbial analysis, and qualified consultants to guide your nutrition plan. The benefits of doing this vastly outweigh the small cost of sampling, analysis, and experienced advisors.
+ Do think long-term, check, and track the improvement in fertility of farmed soils as it is very rewarding to see actions and investment put in to build soil health pay off in future success.
+ Do keep in mind that Talborne Organic granular fertilizer nutrition is not instantly available to the plant. Plan your application before the growth stages when the crop needs it most. The NOURISH liquid organic fertilizers will supply a faster supply of nutrients when urgent supplementation is required. Organic fertilizers may release nutrients more slowly than synthetic fertilizers, but they will sustain the plant for longer.
+ Do soil remediation before planting or fertilising. Farmers might ignore this important soil correction due to excess haste to plant or due to limited budgets, but the cost of not preparing the soil before planting is much higher due to poor crop performance. Soil remediation if done correctly should not be a recurring cost, and the impact on increased crop health and increased yields should return in profits soon.
+ Do understand your soil health and nutrient management. Your soil is your biggest asset therefore, it justifies spending time to learn how to maintain it just as you would for any other asset.
+ Do combine Organic fertilization with other soil-health, Organic or Conservation agricultural methods, GAP, and regenerative farming practices such as minimal disturbance of the soil, cover cropping, application of compost or planting green manure, crop rotation, intercropping, or adding intensive livestock grazing and other methods of soil enhancement for sustainable farming.
– Don’t view soil correction and crop nutrition as a cost that must be cut from budget. This line of thinking avoids the reality that your crop’s success depends on your soil, so optimizing soil fertility is probably the best investment that any farmer can make.
– Don’t use poisons or toxic chemical pesticides, fungicides, and nematicides – if it is necessary, opt for natural and organic products and solutions like IPM, there are surprisingly many available.
– Don’t use herbicides such as Glyphosate or other known chelating agents as they can bind micronutrients, making them unavailable to plants. Most herbicides have an antibiotic action (kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms) so might disrupt soil ecosystems by killing off algae, fungi and bacteria and many other life forms which are the basis of the soil food web.
– Don’t overapply fertilizer, rather opt for good quality inputs using accurate, strategic, smaller, or more frequent applications as and when required. A consultant will be able to advise you accordingly.
– Do not use excessive amounts of animal manures. Although they have their merits and are relatively inexpensive, they are do not supply the balanced, and high nutrient levels necessary to sustain intensive crop production. You have to apply up to 3X more manure to achieve nutrient levels equivalent to Talborne Organics VITA fertilizer. Soil imbalances such as Phosphate toxicity can result from long term use of manures. Manures nutrient content is variable, and dependent on nutritional density of the animal feed, and loss of nutrients during composting and leaching such as seabird guano. The use of manures from factory farming or feedlots should be avoided due to contamination of produce by heavy metals, antibiotics and growth stimulants which kill off soil ecosystems. High levels of salts (sodium chloride) in feed rations of factory-farmed animals, add to sodium (Na) build up in soils.
– Do not use compost or manures that are not fully decomposed. If the C:N ratio is much higher than 30:1 the microbes use more Nitrogen to break down the carbon than they release, so the plant suffers stress from a nitrogen deficiency, known as a nitrogen negative period. Ensure that composting is done aerobically (aerated system), and at the correct temperature to prevent pathogens like E. coli and salmonella contamination in the soil.
– Don’t blindly accept advice from salespeople that claim to have your best interests in mind, rather do your research and ask the right questions. Unfortunately, there are too many product pushers in the agricultural industry, offering a “magic” and cheap solution. There is no saving from cheaply priced, but poor quality which does not live up to the promised results in crop yields and quality.
– Support the Companies, people and input products that have legal compliance, product safety standards, proven and repeated results and an established reputation over many years.