The challenge of not using organic fertiliser as part of an overall fertiliser strategy is that you’re not giving the soil the essential nutrients it needs to survive and thrive over the long term. By putting more and more chemical fertilisers on your soil each year, you are actually killing the micro and macro elements in the soil. This will make it harder and harder to sustain yield over the medium to long term. Therefore, it is inevitable that you will see declining yields over time using only chemical or synthetic fertiliser applications.
The reality is if this is the point that you find yourself in unless you introduce organic material into your fertiliser strategy, the problem is going to get worse and worse over time.
This is why it is so important to start to farm sustainably. Sustainable farming is all about giving the soil back what it needs to survive and thrive over many years. This means reintroducing organic matter back into the soil.
You can’t expect to meet a high yield goal over time, if you don’t make use of organic fertiliser in your mixed fertiliser strategy plan. A good mixed fertiliser plan provides crops with the essential nutrients they need throughout the growing season.
Here are the 3 main benefits of using Organic fertiliser in your overall fertiliser strategy:
By adding organic fertiliser to your overall fertiliser strategy you can boost both nutrient efficiency and organic matter content in the soil. It will keep on regenerating your soil, making high yields over time much more possible.
You will not have depleted soils and avoid excessive soil erosion through water and air, because you will always have a higher clay content of micro-organisms that give the soil bounce and revitalise it. Organic fertilisers, like 100% organic GuanoBoost promotes micro and macro element growth in the soil which not only gives the soil the boost it needs, but also releases the trapped nutrients in the soil, making them available to the plants.
Organic fertilisers used with chemical fertilisers can maintain crop yield and meet the nutrient requirements to grow. A mixed fertiliser strategy can also be used to reduce environmental pollution without affecting the crop’s nutritional quality.
It is an essential measure to decrease the potential risk of water pollution. The use of organic fertilisers doesn’t cause the loss of water-soluble plant nutrients from the soil. This reduces the level of nitrates overall from your fertiliser applications as compared to a 100% chemical application and also reduces the nitrogen in your water and doesn’t leach out of your soil to your watercourses, which reduces water pollution on your farm.
By only using chemical fertilisers, your farm’s natural resources get slowly depleted and you will have to use more and more chemical fertilisers to maintain yields over time. This sets up a vicious cycle.
However, by mixing organic fertilisers with your traditional chemical fertilisers you can have the best of both worlds. If over time you increase the ratio of organic to chemical fertilisers you can build up your soil to the level where very little if any, additional fertilisers are used, as your soil will be replenished.
But it is not a matter of switching 100% to organic Fertilisers. You can have a blend. With the right fertiliser strategy, which is a mix of chemical and organic fertilisers, you can reduce the harmful effects of chemical fertilisers by introducing organic fertiliser into your fertiliser strategy and still maintain or even increase yields, all while putting essential nutrients and micro and macro elements back into the soil.
The reality is when you mix organic fertilisers with conventional fertilisers, you can see amazing results.
Without having to stop your current chemical mix, you can introduce a percentage of organic fertiliser into your fertiliser strategy to maintain and increase your yields over the long term. And this improvement is only possible by using 100% organic GuanoBoost fertiliser. By introducing GuanoBoost into your fertiliser mix, you can increase your yields without increasing your chemical fertiliser every year, because all the elements the plant needs are available in the soil.
Here are some short success stories of farmers who have had great results mixing GuanoBoost with chemical fertilisers:
Maize in Bothaville
This farmer decided to introduce organic material into his mixed fertiliser strategy for his dry-land mielies. This ensured that the plants were quickly given the essential micro and macro elements and nitrogen which could be quickly absorbed by the plant due to the special fermentation production process used in manufacturing GuanoBoost.
He applied 2 applications GuanoBoost of 25L per hectare at a very early stage of 4 leaves and then on 6 leaves. There are 3 mielie heads on each plant, with an average of between 45 and 48 mielies per row, with 18 rows per mielie.
On the controlled field, they had an average of 5.5 – 6 tons per hectare. After GuanoBoost, they now have a 2-ton difference with final results of 7.5 – 8 tons per hectare on the controlled mielies. The GuanoBoost mielies are about two feet higher than the other controlled part.
The farmer is very excited about these visible amazing results on the maize!
Wheat in Thabazimbi
Wimar farm was able to get their wheat to produce 2 tons per hectare more with GuanoBoost:
He usually harvested an average of 5.8 tons per hectare, but after adding 100% organic GuanoBoost to his mixed fertiliser strategy, he harvested 7.8 tons. That is a 2-ton increase! But the big plus point was that he harvested super grade on that wheat.
The grain weight and healthier plants after GuanoBoost played a big role and is, therefore, a big benefit of the harvest.
Introducing organic material into his fertiliser mix ensured that the plants were quickly given essential micro and macro elements and nitrogen which could be quickly absorbed by the plant due to the special fermentation production process used in manufacturing GuanoBoost.
Soya in Zimbabwe
Identical crop, same field. One side given 100% organic GuanoBoost, the other not. The Soya crop that was given 3 applications of GuanoBoost produced 2.35 Tonnes of Soya vs the Soya Crop that did not get GuanoBoost producing 1.65 Tonnes; a 700kg per hectare increase or 42% increase in yield, whilst producing a healthier crop.
GuanoBoost ensured that the plants were quickly given essential micro and macro elements and nitrogen which could be quickly absorbed by the plant due to the special fermentation production process used in manufacturing GuanoBoost.
The picture is clear, if you want to maintain high yields year after year AND ensure your farm is sustainable, you need to consider moving over to sustainable farming.
If we start putting organic matter and organic fertilisers in our soil, we can keep that microbiology going, while we make our organic fertilisers more, we make our chemical fertilisers less.
If you are concerned about trying GuanoBoost, don’t be. GuanoBoost is extremely versatile and it will fit in seamlessly in any new or existing fertilising strategy. Not only can you expect improved performance, but you will be taking an immediate step to help resolve the soil health crisis and the need to reintroduce biology and organic matter back into the soil in order to sustain yields.
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