We had a great couple of days traveling around the York Peninsula region north of Adelaide S.A. hosted by PyroAg Dealer Bob Harkness from Fert West Ag and agent John Norton from Bio-Tech Organics.
It was fantastic to visit and talk directly to the farmers using our product and seeing first hand the positive effect it is showing in the field.
Really beautiful country with the properties and crops looking great after late season rain.
Article and add in York Peninsula Times arranged by Bob from our South Australian Distributor Fert West Ag
Fert west Ag 2016
Good morning Chad, a couple of harvest reports for you.
Mid Eyre Peninsula client – Used Pyro Ag (2 applications) with liquid traces Zinc, Manganese and Copper: Barley averaged 3 t/ha, Wheat 3.1 t/ha District average battling to get 2 t/ha. Driest October on record. Soils sand over clay.
Another client, same area, One application Pyro Ag on its own, followed up with 1 applcation of Zn, Mn, Cu at 3 l/ha : wheat averaged 3.2 tonnes/ha graded as APW screenings 3%, another paddock of wheat, same treatment averaged 4 t/ha graded at H1 (exceptional) and screenings 3% . Again district average 2 to 2.5 (tops) t/ha. Inspected these crops in October and was honestly disappointed, heads seemed small, likewise the grains, which because of the dry period I accepted as par for the course and advised the client. After he did his own inspection he agreed. BUT,
once the header went in it was a different story. A leaf sap analysis done before the trace elements were applied showed surprising results, nothing indicating low levels of most elements and good phosphorous.
I am putting this down to PyroAg being able to utilise the photosynthesis factor from a quite early stage and start dumping liquid Carbon and nitrogen into the plant, down into the root biomass and started to feed the microbes etc etc.
Fertiliser used on both properties was 75 kgs/ha of DAP. NO urea, which leads to another observation, all through the growing season the canopy retained a deep green colour and even in a normal season one would expect to see, at some stage, that the lower leaves would start showing indications of a nitrogen deficiency . THIS DID NOT HAPPEN.
These results were obtained from a combined area of about 1500 hectares.
A day at work making wood vinegar and char
All of our wood vinegar and char products are regularly laboratory tested to ensure they meet specifications and safety
Some of our packaging
One load out another load in – nice sized dry clean timber just how we like it
Another mixed load of wood vinegar and char made with love
Karry is doing fantastic work with unbelievable results over the past couple of years with biochar and our wood vinegar over in WA.
five more containers to fill today
Just under 6T pile of wood chips from dry storage gives us about 2T char and 2T of WV plus produce green energy/heat from gas
I enjoyed my visit to Mulloon Creek today to see a real free range chicken farm using natural and organic farming methods.
Custom Granulised Char Fertilisers coming soon…
We think this is a great initiative to be a part of – a percentage of sustainable charcoal production added back to the soil has potential to increase soil carbon beyond its own input with an improvement in organic carbon.
Building Soil Carbon to reduce emissions has recently recieved a boost at the Paris Soil Conference with 25 countries including Australia agreeing to increase soil carbon.
The agreement launched by the French government, referred to as 4/1000 is a voluntary pledge to reach a 0.4% annual growth rate in soil carbon content.
According to Sydney Uni the top two meters of soil holds four timed the amount of carbon than is stored in plant biomass. Soil has the potential to store carbon but farming practices, claering and errosion is causing it to oxidise carbon.
For Australia it means on average we need to sequester 220kgs per hectare annually.
PyroAg has some exciting new carbon granulated fertiliser products coming this year to help achieve these goals without the need of changing current application methods
Small Farms magazine Jan/Feb edition page 36 has article on Wood Vinegar.
This is a great solution of how to get some valuable carbon back into the soil – PyroAg is also running some trials feeding Biochar and Wood Vinegar to sheep with more to come…
couple of pics to share
macca shell char
Testing Macadamia Nut shells as feedstock for Biochar and Wood Vinegar – Step1: get some macca shells.
Thanks to Macadamias Direct www.macnut.com.au and Byron Biochar for organising.