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Integrating Biological Inputs Across WA Wheatbelt

11 January 2019

Ian Clarke of Goomalling has been working with LawrieCo Area Manager Rodney Capon in the 2018 season on integrating biologicals into current crop fertiliser inputs with farms across the WA wheatbelt.

Along with other farms in the region, the outcomes they were looking for were to increase crop resilience, reduce the effect of salt country, and improve productivity.
The focus for the 2018 crop was across three applications

  1. Including ‘active carbon’ or humic acid with fertiliser inputs like BioMAX Soluble Humate Prill with upfront fertiliser
  2. Introducing biological inoculums to improve early crop establishment and fungal populations using SureCROP VAM Seed Dressing
  3. Integrate balanced foliar nutrition with a unique combination of phosphorus and calcium in one product. such as NutriMAX PhosCal

Here is a round-up of 2018 outcomes in the region:

Results on Non-Wetting Soil:

Non-wetting soil has caused low germination and crop consistency on this paddock (pictured above) near Goomalling WA. Over the past four years crop establishment has improved with the use of SureCROP VAM seed dressing and including ‘active carbon’ with upfront fertiliser – BioMAX Soluble Humate Prill.

The picture below shows a lupin crop grown in the paddock in 2015 with significant root growth and soil attachment to roots.

In following years barley and wheat have germinated successfully on minimal moisture mitigating the risk of poor germination due to non wetting soil.


For more information on our cropping programs, click here