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CRT Catalogue Pull-out Feature : Crop Feature - Autumn 2013
There’s always better value at CRT. Recent developments in the use of microbes to mobilise Phosphorus (P) are seeing results in the paddock which, when combined with good agronomy and P management, can have positive economic returns. Novozymes has identified and isolated several interesting bacteria which have the ability to improve efficacy of P at the paddock level. Products such as JumpStart® and Tag Team® have been specifically developed with a novel P mobilising bacteria (penicillain bilaii) which moves along developing roots and helps to release P. The bacteria, which was discovered in Canada, has the ability to increase the efficiency of P uptake depending on the amount in the soil. Novozymes research has shown a yield increase of up to 7% for crops such as wheat and canola using JumpStart compared to nil treatments. Tag Team, which is a combination product that includes rhizobia for use with pulse crops, has shown similar results. Becker Underwood has also added a bacteria to their proven range of products with the new Nodulaid NT inoculants. The bacteria is called bacillus subtilis and instead of assisting with the release of P it promotes the development of nodules on the roots of the crops. Becker Underwood’s research over many years has found that Nodulaid NT will out yield untreated crops by more than 15%. Becker Underwood has also developed a dry inoculant for use with a wide range of crops and pastures with each gram of Nodulator containing 10,000 ,000 live rhizobia (as guaranteed by Becker Underwood). Some of the areas where Nodulator can be used include dry seeding where the product can be placed into the row with the seed using a small seed box. If pasture seed is being used it can be mixed with the seed. There are a number of new cereal seed treatments making their way to market this year including EverGol Prime® from Bayer CropScience, VibranceTM from Syngenta and a three-way mix from Crop Care for the management of a range of diseases and insects called Tri-Power.® Whilst these products fit into the smut and bunt market, they also provide suppression of diseases including Rhizoctonia (bare patch) which is increasing under minimum and no till farming systems. All these new products provide suppression of the Rhizoctonia rather than control and results will vary depending on tillage and paddock history. The main benefit that can be seen in the paddock is a reduction in the severity and size of the patches of Rhizoctonia increasing the overall yield of the crop. EverGol Prime is a flowable suspension containing penflufen. It belongs to the carboxamide group of chemistry with a use rate of 40–80mL per 100kg of seed which is diluted in no more than 600mL of water when applied. The key diseases for EverGol Prime include Crop Protection Phosphorus mobilising bacteria Seed treatments – a changing ball game More yield Results from 19 farmer-conducted split-paddock trials in Australia, on phosphate responsive sites, have shown a 7% increase in yield. JumpStart ® increased yields by 7% in Australia Source: 19 JumpStart split-paddock trials by farmers in 2008 and 2009 in Australia at 8 kg/ha P applied in wheat, lupin, and barley. %ofcontrol 8 6 4 2 0 All crops With JumpStart No JumpStart CRT is Australia’s largest independent supplier of on-farm products and advice for farmers. Supporting our Local Blokes is CRT TechFocus, a group of 240 experienced agronomists who provide relevant, practical information and advice across a broad crop base. This extensive national network of agronomists focuses on ensuring their local farmers’ crops and pastures deliver maximum returns. Improving farm output and increasing farmer profitability across crops as diverse as wheat, barley, canola, sugar cane, apples and hops through to cotton and grapes requires specialist knowledge. The formation of targeted groups from within CRT, such as CRT HortiFocus and CRT CottonFocus, have proved very successful in helping farmers to access and share the latest technical and marketing information across specific industries. If you’d like more information on how CRT can improve your farming operation, talk to your local CRT agronomist today. CRT Info ActIve 31981_v2_CRT Tech Update Autumn 2013.indd 2 31/01/13 11:18 AM
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