Greenbelt is designed to bring life back into the soil. That, in essence, means to reinvigorate the microbial life of the soil so all nutrients become accessible to the plant.
In living soil plants access the nutrients they require, as they require them. A far more natural and effective situation than the “slow release” chemical fertilisers boast about.
What do the microbes in Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser do in the soil?
The plants have a symbiotic relationship with the microbes using this basic system:
- Sunlight is converted to sugars in the plant through photosynthesis
- The sugars are exchanged with the microbes and fungi for nutrients as required
Included in Greenbelt are nitrogen fixing microbes and fungi that biologically “fix” nitrogen from the air or the soil. Our atmosphere is made up of 78% nitrogen so therefore there is 78,000 tons of nitrogen over every hectare plus any found in the soil. As most crops use anywhere between 50~1,000 units per year per hectare this is only a fraction of what can be made available with living soil.
Yes, rejuvenated soils actually make chemical fertilizers more effective.
We recommend, for existing commercial growers, reducing the chemical fertilizer inputs by 25% the first year and adding Greenbelt in a quantity to replace those nutrients.
For farmers wanting to transition to organic growing this process will continue until the chemical fertilizers are replaced entirely (over 3~4 years).
For farmers that do not have a profitable organic market, the aim is to find the best mix of Greenbelt and chemicals to give the ultimate profit for your farm.
The organic food market is a very fast growing segment of the economy. It generally takes 4 years for a farm to convert over to enable certification. By rejuvenating the soil and reducing chemical inputs the time taken to transition is greatly reduced enabling farmers to take advantage of market trends more readily.
Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser has only recently been made available to the Australian and New Zealand markets, however it is the result of over 40 years of intensive and continuing research and has passed the tests on thousands of hectares and different crops overseas.
Corporations engaged in contract growing as well as farmers cooperatives have used it for years and continue to apply the product on their respective farms enjoying the benefits of restored soils and strong yields.
Here is a link to a page dedicated to the question.
In commercial use the bio-fertilizer is spread by a belt-and-spinner type of spreader.
The next step in our continual development is to have the product pelletized at which time it will be able to be spread by any commercial spreader.
We generally see results at the end of the first crop cycle.
We have seen beans react in a within two weeks and have a 20% increase in yield in 6 weeks.
But in farming there are so many variables that no time-line can accurately by applied to all crops and conditions.
Our target is soil improvement so this takes a few seasons.
The other important factor is not decreasing returns in the process and that is where consultation with our helpful representatives is important.
We have been using Greenbelt Biofertiliser and Greenbelt Foliar for the last year and the Biofertiliser has become the base fertiliser of our green-keeping program. For ease of spreading we mix it with sand and top-dress and fertilise in the one application. The most exciting development has been the way that Greenbelt increases the microbial activity in the soil and is very effective in fighting fairy rings. The 8th Green was previously riddled with fairy rings. Now the playability is the same throughout and the rings are fading. This was after only 2 applications of the 1:10, GreenBelt-Biofertiliser:Sand mix. I was in a meeting last week with the course professionals and one said “We all agree the course is in the best condition for the longest period that we have ever seen it. We are all out playing on it every chance we get.” This improvement is due to the use of Greenbelt Biofertiliser. 2016-02-19 Green #8 That had bad fairy rings previously II 2016-02-19 Green #8 That had bad fairy rings previously III 2016-02-19 Green #8 That had bad fairy rings previously These photos below are of a green that is planted with 328 turf the forerunner to the hybrid Novotek. It will be replanted as funds permit. 328 does not like the heat. Brendon has hit it with 20 litres of foliar diluted in 650 litres of water. The islands of green are the regrowth. To show you how good this is, in previous years the whole green would have been brown. In contrast the good looking greens are the Novotek that is raging and even this would normally be showing signs of stress. 2016-02-19 328 Die Back II 2016-02-19 328 Die Back 2016-02-19 Healthy Novotek 2016-02-19 Healthy Novotek II
Paul Di Carlo of Di Carlo Bananas, Woopen Creek, Innisfail first used Greenbelt during the planting of an eight hectare block. The block was planted at the beginning of a very dry and hot wet-season and the trees withstood the conditions markedly better. They were not nearly as heat affected, the effect was visible. We are now incorporating Greenbelt into our standard farming processes.