Prior to starting any new fertiliser program be it organic or chemical, we recommend that each farm performs its own testing, this includes testing their soil, irrigation water and of course a leaf tissue test on the plants/crops that they are currently growing. These vital tests give us a “road map” for the future. We would also recommend that AFTER approximately 18 months to 2 years these tests are performed again, ideally with the same laboratories so that a comparison can be made from when the new fertiliser program started to the present day, alterations can then be made as necessary to further improve results.
All crops, soils and environments are different however this short article briefly explains in GENERAL terms how we use AJs Australian sea minerals.
Our sea minerals alone will not replace proper farm management and are not a quick fix solution to many of the farm problems that we as a company come across every day. It is best to remember that being a natural organic gentle fertiliser sea mineral tend to work slowly with nature over time and it is the REGULAR application at LOW dose rates that produce the very best results.
Most of the world’s soils are depleted of vital nutrients and are out of balance, as a result it becomes harder and harder for farmers to produce a good pest free nutritious crop. Years of applications of super phosphate and other nasty chemical fertilisers and pesticides have helped to kill our soils and destroy our environment. AJ Products as a company continues to see this on a daily bases and things will only get worse unless we stop and address these worldwide issues. Every time you ‘reap” your crop you MUST put something back into the soil, to help feed the many organisms and improve soil structure. If you soil is alive and well balanced it doesn’t matter what you grow the plant will respond accordingly, it will be strong and vigorous, nutritious and pest free.
Everything starts with your soil!
AJs Sea minerals are an odourless liquid which varies in colour, it’s made by a slow evaporative process in Australian marine parks. It has an indefinite shelf life and contains over 80 different minerals in very small volumes. It is therefore low is NPK, but it’s the 80 minerals that it contains that our soils are often crying out for, that make the difference. These minerals will improve soil fertility, and the trace elements contained within it help to promote sustainable growth outcomes.
AJs Sea minerals are best applied first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Morning is preferred as the stomata of the plant is far more receptive at this time of day, whilst they are ‘open”. The sea minerals are very concentrated and should therefore be applied accordingly, best applied ALONE but can be mixed at the time of need with other natural organic products these include our fish fertiliser and seaweed based liquid fertiliser. These fertilisers complement the use of sea minerals, as they too are natural, organic and work in a similar fashion.
In general, we recommend a rate of between 4 to 12 litres of sea minerals per Ha in upwards of 1000 litres of water. It is best to apply them firstly through the irrigation and then roughly every 10 to 14 days as a foliar spray throughout the growing season, so alternating between roots and leaf’s is an ideal method, the timing is not critical but regular applications at low dose rates are. For example, it’s best to apply TWO applications at 4 litres per Ha than ONE application at 8 litres per Ha. However, having said this we recommend each farm does their own test trails to see what works best for them.
Best times are early spring and late autumn, foliar spraying although more labour-intensive yields best results, make sure that you cover the whole plant paying particular attention to the underside of the leaf. The sea minerals will not damage the fruit/crop in anyway, harvest can be done straightaway too, as there is no withholding period.
Noticeable improvements may be slow to start with but persist ants is a must, most farmers will start to see healthier crops that are ‘cleaner” and less prone to pests and disease, many who suffered from plagues of pests in the past often report a vast improvement, this means less water, less pesticides/sprays and less work. The crops mature quicker they have better, colour, heavier weights longer shelf life and are far more nutritious.
This article has been written to provide general help and advice only when using sea minerals in commercial situations.
However, each farm situation is different depending on the farm’s history environment, crop being grown etc and therefore our advice may differ.