GRAIN growers are being encouraged to get expert advice before adopting new fertilizer additives, soil biology stimulants or products designed to improve soil health.
Fertilizer Australia executive manager, Stephen Annells, said growers could benefit from talking with the industry’s experts – Fertcare accredited advisors – about any fertilizer program changes they were considering.
“New products that can make fertilizers more efficient are very appealing to growers because they have the potential to make fertilizer use more cost-effective and improve productivity,” he said.
“While innovations to improve soil and plant nutrition are very welcome, the pace of change in our industry is making it challenging for growers to effectively evaluate these new offers.
“That’s why we’re encouraging growers to see a Fertcare advisor this season.”
Fertcare advisors are assessed and independently audited to offer the highest standard of advice on using fertilizers to optimise productivity and protect the environment.
Mr Annells said Fertcare advisors were well-placed to review the evidence available on new products and explain their benefits to growers.
“Talking to a Fertcare advisor can help growers stay informed about innovations in the fertilizer arena and make educated decisions about adopting these new products or sticking with their usual program,” he said.
“We know fertilizers and soil ameliorants have a significant positive impact on productivity and that they are also a significant input cost, so it is important to keep a firm grip on the fundamentals when making any changes.”
In recent years, growers have seen the introduction of nitrogen stabilisers, slow-release and controlled-release fertilizers, as well as bio-stimulants and inoculums to aid in the release of nutrients.
“Some of these products are certainly effective in providing nutrients to plants, either by directly supplying the nutrient element or improving the efficiency of uptake,” Mr Annells said.
“Unfortunately, there are also many products that are unproven or of doubtful value.
“By working with a Fertcare advisor, growers can be sure they are considering new products using a scientific, evidence-based approach.”
Source: Fertilizer Australia