Trials were recently undertaken by Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection. on a carrot crop that included the use of Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser.

Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection are funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the vegetable industry levy and funds from the Australian Government. Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection are run jointly by Applied Horticultural Research and RMCG. IPM Technologies is a delivery partner for Integrated Crop Protection.

Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection delivers integrated information on vegetable soil management and crop protection practices that help growers and advisers use and support profitable and sustainable vegetable production.

Our client, Robert Hinrichsen at Kalfresh (located at Kalbar Qld ) and the Soil Wealth team are working together on the challenges of soil compaction, surface sealing and the soil-borne disease pythium.

At the Kalbar site demonstrations are being conducted on the potential benefits of variable rates of bio-fertiliser, cover cropping and a beneficial bacteria (QST 713).

Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser was used in this trial along with

  1. Controlled Traffic Farming (permanent beds)
  2. Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser and another biological fertiliser
  3. Cover crops
  4. Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

The graphs show the Average Tonne Toal Gross Per Acre , Units per acre and percentage of waste.

The variables in the trial were:
Chemical NPK fertiliser ( Standard Practice)
NPK fertilsier + Cover Crop + Serenade ( Bayer liquid Bio- logical product call Serenade ).

The results for the average Tonne total gross per acre interesting. The best results were usingGreenbelt @ 4 Tonnes per hectare along with a cover crop and Serende.

The second highest result was nearly tied between using (Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser @ 2 Tonne per Hectare and a cover crop) and using (NPK fertiliser + Cover crop and the Serenade).

The important thing to take away from this is that in this trial using Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser along with other natural innovative farming practices produced strong results when compared to using standard practices and chemical fertilisers.

The second graph compares the total units of carrots produced per acre. Again using Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser along with other innovative farming practices produces very good result.

The third graph looks at percentage of waste and the results are fairly consistent along side using chemical fertiliser. The best result for % waste was using Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser @ 4 Tonne per hectare along with a cover crop and Serenade.

This trial demonstrates that the use of Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser along with other innovative farming practices produces strong results when compared to using chemical fertilisers. Growers need not pay a penalty in yield when using our Bio-fertiliser . Great results can be achieved by Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser on it’s own and is also complimentary to other products.