My family are organic graziers on our farm “Mossvale”, on the Summit in the Stanthorpe District. The farm has been in our family for 51 years now and our vision is to produce quality beef and other renewable resources/produce using sustainable and economically viable systems to meet this generation’s life style goals and subsequent generations’ requirements. We used Guano Gold on our crops of organic soybeans in a comparison trial against other organically certified phosphorous products. The yields were very similar the following year. However, soil tests showed “P” levels nearly doubled where the Guano Gold was applied. Subsequently in following years Guano Gold was blended with a compost mix to help in the growing of a number of good crops of organic soybeans.
Shane Gregg, Certified Organic Grazier, Stanthorpe District
Hoogies of Yarra Glen
Hoogies of Yarra Glen have been serving the Yarra Valley agricultural industry for over 6 years. Our main focus has been on viticulture, but more recently pasture improvement. A visit from John Jashar introduced us to Guano Gold when we first got into agriculture. With increasing interest in organic farming, Guano Gold has been a good option as it is certified organic. Our vineyard customers showed specific interest in the silica content for berry health/strength. A vineyard customer noted the rapid increase in pasture growth within the cover-crop of the vineyard it was applied to, compared to grass on the other side of a paddock fence.
Hoogies of Yarra Glen
Matta Neta Organics
We grow olives on Kangaroo Island using plants purchased from Olives Australia. Prior to planting we used a comprehensive soil analysis through Australian Perry Agricultural Laboratories, which provides reports based on the Albrecht model. A deficiency in phosphorus was indicated, along with elevated magnesium. Guano Gold-Kwik Start was chosen as the ‘P’ source provides an almost immediate supply of Phosphorous (‘P’), has no burning effect on roots so can be added to the planting hole, has good Calcium levels (38%) and has 10% Silicon available. In addition Guano Gold is very easy to apply and no particular precautions need to be undertaken when applying it. The product was applied at planting, directly into the planting hole. Some had previously been added to the planting rows and cultivated in. We have also used Guano Gold-Kwik Start on other olive plantings we undertook as contractors for clients. The ease of application, good response of trees to the product, reliable analysis and sound environmental outcomes have made this product the ‘P’ source of choice. In differing soil conditions, it is easy to provide the required amendments of ‘P’ and ‘Ca’ by using Guano Gold-Kwik Start. We also did some cost comparisons against ‘P’ delivered to the plant, and we are satisfied that we get more available P for the dollar by using this product.
Tony Walker, MATTA NETA ORGANICS
The Bryant Family operate a 260 cow dairy on 150 irrigated acres of improved Kikuyu, Setaria oversown with clovers, chickory and plantain. This is supplemented with forage sorghum and corn silage. Ken outlined how he was introduced to Guano Gold by Colin Barnes of Norco. “I use it in a 50/50 mix with single super at 250 kg per ha as required. This helps with the price of Guano Gold. I feel that the extra response from clovers has been great in general pasture and I now use it across the whole farm.”
Mr Peter Randle conducts a certified organic beef, lamb and rice growing property at Yenda in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area of NSW.
Mr Randle was approached by the Japanese supermarket chain Mitsuhassi, who are a joint venture partner of the Australian Rice Marketing Organisation - Rice Growers Co-operative Mitsuhassi. The company, who turnover 58 billion Yen or some AUD700 million per year, were keen to increase the planting of the very popular new sticky gourmet Japanese rice variety called Koshikiri.
Although conventional plantings of this variety have also been grown for Mitsuhassi, much of this grain has been aside for seed build up. Mr Randle was approached as a specialist organic grower capable of producing this very popular variety specifically for the niche organic rice market.
The site selected for the rice production was that of a 3-year pasture based on Trikkala and Woogenellup sub clovers. This pasture had been top dressed with GUANO GOLD at 125kg per hectare during the winter of 1987. The clover pasture was vigorous and healthy and had obviously improved soil fertility.
The Koshikiri rice was direct drilled into the 22 hectare grazed paddock at a rate of 350kg per hectare, no cultivation was used or chemical applied. The rice was flash irrigated to trigger germination and flooded after 8-10 days. The crop grew vigorously and displayed a good colour through the growing season.
The rice had created such interest in Japan that the president of Mitsuhassi visited specifically to inspect the progress of the crop. When harvested in late March of 1988, it had produced the exceptional yield of 2-3 tonnes per acre, (5.75 tonnes per hectare). A crop of 7.5 tonnes per hectare is considered very good for this variety when grown conventionally, therefore the organic rice crop grown by Mr Randle produced very effective results.
Furthermore, the 100% premium price applied to this organic grown variety saw Mr Randle sell the entire crop for $460.00 per tonne. This was an excellent return as gross margins were achieved per hectare - taking into account that no other treatments were applied apart from the initial dose of GUANO GOLD.
Mr Randle stated “while all of the rice was exported to Japan, there had been demand for some 2000 tonnes had it been available. The value added and packaged rice is to be placed in supermarkets in Japan where it will sell for as much as $30.00 per 1kg pack. Considering the population of Japan at some 150,000,000 people and the popularity of this variety, the outlet for organic rice is exceptional. It is understandable that organic produce generally is increasing at a rate of 20-30% per year.”
YENDA - NEW SOUTH WALES
My name is Stuart Flegler and I own and manage a 100ha banana farm beside the Tully River just outside of Tully, Queensland. I have been farming for about 13 years. After various soil tests it was discovered that a phosphorus correction was required to improve the soil conditions on my farm. Guano Gold-Kwik Start was recommended which I subsequently used. Visible results were seen about 6 weeks after application. Further soil tests have shown immediate deficiency corrections. As a result of the marked improvement in my soils I will use this product in the future.