Maximising crop yield begins at sowing

Seed treated with biostimulant on the left, no seed treatment on the right

We all know the importance of that first drink of mother’s milk to a new born baby, whether it is a new born lamb, calf or human. The protection colostrum gives a new born as a boost to their immunity so they can reach their potential has well been documented, but have we really sat back and thought how we can do the same for plants.

Every year farmers set off sowing millions of tiny seeds which they hope to protect through the growing season, ensuring the crop reaches its full potential and returns a maximum yield. There are limited opportunities throughout the growing season to prevent yield loss and sowing time is one of them.

Many farmers are starting to look differently at their cropping system, for a long time they have been encouraged to prevent failure, but what happens when our mind set changes and we farm to promote life?

A good quality biostimulant and balanced nutrition is the starting point for change, a change to promoting life instead of a defensive preventing failure approach.

A good seed dressing is a plant’s colostrum, giving the seed its initial boost of immunity as the early signs of life emerge from the seed and the first root is sent out. As with a young calf or lamb, if it does not get that initial hit of colostrum it will struggle for the rest of its life.

Conventional pickle treatments aim to prevent failure, but in the process the pickle sterilises the plants micro biome, the micro biome occurs naturally on and around the seed. Hard working microbes were designed by nature to promote plant health, immunity and protection. To me a pickle is like going to the hospital and saying I don’t have cancer but just give me a round of chemo just in case.

There are an emerging range of biological products which can be used as a seed coat / seed dressing to promote microbial activity on and around the seed and newly forming roots. These microbes promote the growth of more microbes, increasing plant health and immunity, giving your plant the best chance to reach its full potential.

Don’t hesitate to give me a call and I can start you in the right direction to giving your crop the best start to reach its full potential.

The top seeds were coated with a biostimulant, while the bottom seeds were coated with a conventional seed treatment. Photo courtesy of Grant Sims
Cover crop with a TM Germination seed treatment prior to sowing
Seeds on the left were treated with a conventional seed treatment, while the seeds on the right were inoculated with TM Germination
Left half of the photo – no inoculation at sowing, on the right seeds were inoculated with NutriSoil and NTS (Nutri – Tech Solutions) at sowing
Seeds coated with NutriSoil and NTS seed start
Seed treated with biostimulant on the left, no seed treatment on the right
Seed on the left coated with NutriSoil left, seed on right no inoculation. Photo courtesy of Photo courtesy of Alex MacAlpine

2021, the year for What, Why and How!

As 2020 draws to a close for most of us it is a year we would rather put behind us, while for some the challenges of 2020 have provided opportunities to explore new possibilities.

The Christmas and New Year period allows many of us some time for reflection and planning for the year ahead.

At Re-Gen Farming we believe in the power of healthy soils. Healthy soils result in healthy plants, leading to healthy stock, a healthier planet and a healthier profit.

Healthy soils begin with activating and understanding the biology and nutrients in your soil, from all the unseen microbes and organisms through to those very important topsoil workers, worms.

Having confidence in creating healthy soils requires learning the What, Why and How of soil biology, nutrition and the benefits it can provide to your farming system.

In 2021 Re-Gen Farming look forward to providing you with easy to access and user friendly material to help you with the What, Why and How so you can enjoy your journey to soil health. Re-Gen can provide you with advice and access to a range of additives, fertilisers, amendments and biological products designed to increase your soil’s health.

Re-Gen Farming would like to wish you all a safe and festive Christmas / New Year period. We look forward to connecting with you next year as we continue to increase our understanding of how the soil works most efficiently, to provide healthier profits to your bottom line and supporting planet healthier at the same time.

Merry Christmas!

Soil Health Adventures

Last week I had the opportunity to get out and about to visit a number of farms across NSW. Over the week I travelled around 2000 km to meet with farmers looking to improve their soil health.

As a Soil Health Coach, I love meeting people beginning their soil health journey, or those who are more advanced and looking for opportunities to take that next step.

 I travelled with Darren Falconer and Jess from the Best Farming Systems team who are always up to date with the latest in healthy soil management practices, it is great to work with such a committed group of people. Best Farming Systems is a wholistic approach to activating the biology in your soil, which in turn reduces the costs of pesticides, fungicides and fertiliser, leading to healthier soils and healthier profits.

The week provided some great opportunities to meet farmers across a diverse range of landscapes and soil types, all with different issues. Each system and every farm is unique which makes my job so interesting, developing programs to help everyone on their soil health journey is a rewarding role.

Through my business Re-Gen Farming I am always on the look out for products and systems which will increase your soil health. Activating and caring for your soil’s biology and life can lead to the following results –

  • Improved – soil structure, moisture holding capacity and pH balance
  • Increased nutrient cycling and uptake by plants.
  • Improved organic matter
  • Weed suppression and reduced erosion
  • More friable soils
  • Increased carbon sequestration
  • Healthy plants, Healthy Stock, Healthy planet and Healthy profits.

To discuss your needs give me a call, drop me an email or leave a comment. Soil Health Coach Luke Harrington 0417 138 100 luke@re-genfarming.com.au