Both conventional and biological crop nutrition will have increased focus at this year’s Cereals event, as growers look for additional solutions to boost crop performance.
A highly biologically active soil could be key to helping crops capture, transport and convert field applied nutrients, and abundance of beneficial soil microbes, such as symbiotic fungi and bacteria, is key to building that.
Bio-fertiliser manufacturer PlantWorks’ Smart Rotations range of biological inoculants is designed to reintroduce and restore microbial balance in arable soils.
Smart Rotations comprise two groups of microbes which make up the beneficial soil biology: arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and a sub-set of bacteria called the plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR).
According to PlantWorks, by growing into the root, as well as accessing large areas of soil around the root, mycorrhizal fungus can increase the uptake surface area by up to 700 times.
Plants colonised by AMF are healthier and more efficient at collecting water and nutrients from the soil, says PlantWorks.
PGPR have the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen and unlock soil-bound phosphorus.
They further support a robust plant immune system for healthier crops and produce phytohormones, such as auxins and cytokinins, aiding growth and development of plants, according to the manufacturer.
Natural treatment for sugar beet
AminoA Biostimulants will be introducing two new products at Cereals, AminoA Blaazt, a hybrid product containing amino-acids and a high concentration of protected amine nitrogen, and AminoA Staart, a natural seed treatment.
According to AminoA, 2018 trials showed growth in milling wheat proteins of 16-17% using Blaazt, and increases of up to 10 tonnes per hectare in replicated sugar beet trials with the use of Staart.
AminoA says the biostimulant treatments can contribute to crop yield and quality if the plant is not already producing an optimal level of amino-acids itself and can be applied throughout the growth cycle.