Biodynamic and Conventional farming both still use processed fertilisers but Biodynamic only uses those fertilisers that will not harm the soil biology, eg earth worms, nemetodes and Micro Biology of Bacteria, Fungi, Flagellates, Amoebae, Ciliates and Algae. A typical soil has a Microbiology of 5,000 Species where as a healthy soil has over 20,000 Species, these can be replced but the use of some chemical treated fertilisers will kill any gains you may make.
A number of factors are similar in both the Organic and Biodynamic farming practices, these are the introduction of Myccorhizae and Rhizobian innoculantes that increases the plants healthy productive growth cycles.
This can in the opening stages be quiet slow to produce results as most systems may take two to 5 years bepending on the innitial inputs and maintainence programs. But it has been shown without doubt through thousands of Scienfic papers that Organic is more productive and cheaper than modern agriculturalist have been led to believe. This information has also been proven repeatedly by the very scientists that work for the big chemical companies. A fact to ponder on is that since the end of the second world war and the introduction of modern agricultural chemicals, food nutrition is 40 and up to 70% poorer than it was at the turn of the century. Also not one weed or pest has been beaten by chemical warfare. Only som organic and some biodynamic farmers have been able to beat these pest without any chemicals man made or natural as they rely on the plants own healthy defence systems to repel attacks.
Most of the conventional forms of chemically treated fertilisers which are commonly used in agriculture today are both damaging to the environment and harmfull to humans. They also promote fast growing plants that are susceptable to insect and diseases predation because they have cell structures that do not include the right balance of nutrients to repell such invasions.
Even a simple change from Pottasium Nitrates to a more friendly Pottasium Sulphate as a way to apply your K nutrients can be of great benefit to your soil and hence to the heath of your plants.
Measure phosphates present in the soil, conducted on site within minutes.
An automatic temperature adjustment meter for Infra-red Laser beams that measures the levels of stress in plants and crops with a non destructive evaluation reading system.
This system allows for the testing of a large number of plants over an entire paddock in just a few minutes.
These units are built based on the principals of healthy growing plant tissue temperatures. Each plant has a pre determined range of productive healthy leaf and fruit temperature.
Early detection of temperature fluctuations shows the plant is under stress or has a build up of sugars and will be susceptible to insect attack. This allows for the application of water nutrients or further close monitoring of insect populations. Tea based nutrient formulas are the best way to evaluate the immediate needs of the crop or pasture.
Testing soil biology is the most reliable way to ascertain which Macro and Micronutrients are available to feed your plants and the amount of soil biology present that will help transform nutrients into a plant available form. The next invaluable test is the plant tissue test which gives you the nutrients and minerals a plant is able to lift from the soil but also indicates the problems particular to the environment it is growing in.
Organic production in its present form for most farmers is still not the healthy production it should or could be. This is because most still don’t understand the pit falls of substituting copper sulphates and other organic based control measures on the quality of the food they produce. Organic should be based on Nutrient rich foods for human consumption.
With Nutrient rich Organic farming we look for the best way to grow crops without the use of chemicals, this includes organic based pest and disease treatments. The prime method for formulating a program is to use plant sap and soil test in which we determine the type of fertiliser or treatments we need to apply and at what quantities. These fertilisers are the natural non-chemically treated variety of plant, animal and mineral rock dust. These are harvested, composted, ground or quarried in and around Australia.
With the use of hamates, inoculants, soil microbes, emulsins and a balanced application of nutrients and other natural materials we can expect the crops to be more disease and pest resistant; with an increase in quality and flavour in the plants, vegetables and animals we grow.
It is commonly claimed that going Organic will cut production and increase manual workload for weed and pest control. This common belief is simply not true; it has been perpetuated solely by the large chemical companies and manufacturers. We survived as a cultivating race for over 5 thousand years with a constant increase in population long before the introduction of chemicals. We still have Locust, mice, weed and insect plagues throughout the world just like prior to modern agriculture. Why is this so you may ask, well it can all be traced back to the soil and plants themselves, all plants rely on a balance of nutrients as they grow. Any sudden change in this balance affects the trophobiosis of a plants production and maintenance system.
There is no need for chemicals if you understand the nature of pest and weeds. Modern agricultural practices rely on chemicals for soil nutrition chemical fallowing and pest, disease control. This has only decreased the quality and quantity of the nutrients and minerals in the food we consume.
Natra kelp: An all natural and cold processed liquid that has no added chemicals in its production system. These allow for sea based minerals to be administered to a crop or pasture in balanced quantities. For more information click here.