Get your soil right, the rest will follow
What is soil health?
Soil health is the ability of a soil to sustain, in the long term, its most important functions. A healthy soil will be able to sustain crop and livestock productivity and maintain or enhance environmental benefits. It requires a good balance of physical, chemical, and biological soil properties, many of which can be assessed or tested.
Soil pH is a key component of soil health. It is imperative that we soil test regularly and correct soil pH quickly.
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When should soil health be tested?
In general, soil health changes slowly, although soil physical condition can be badly damaged in a single grazing, cultivation, or harvest event if conditions are poor. How often soil tests should be conducted varies considerably and depends not only on the test but also on the value of the crop. Some tests can be done annually, others every three to five years. To monitor long-term changes in soil health, tests should be repeated at the same point in the rotation.
Grassland Agro has a dedicated team of agronomy advisors that are trained in the VESS system, preparation of fertiliser programmes to balance the chemical requirements of the soil and can offer a soil biology test to assess biological activity.
In conjunction with on farm support Grassland Agro have a unique range of soil conditioning products to promote a healthy soil.
Physiolith Soil Conditioner
Physiolith from Grassland AGRO is a unique product that is designed to condition the soil. It has two key ingredients that provide benefits.
It contains a marine calcium material called “Calcimer“ acts as a source of calcium for both soil structural improvement and plant nutrition along with “Physio+” root stimulant technology.
It also works as a soil surface pH stabiliser to maintain the soil pH at optimum levels and counteract the naturally acidification of soil that will occur due to rainfall, crop growth and fertiliser application. By maintaining and optimising the soil pH, the availability of nutrients in the soil is maximised.
The highly porous nature of Calcimer makes it more reactive than conventional liming materials, and the porous structure also provides micro-sites for beneficial soil bacteria to flourish.
The other key ingredient of Physiolith is a plant root stimulant called “Physio+” that is extracted from seaweed using a patented technology.
‘Physio+’ causes the plant to send out more roots and root hairs, helping the grass or crop to exploit a greater volume of the soil for water and nutrient uptake. It also gives the plant better anchorage in the soil, resulting in sod-pull during grazing.
In addition to Physiolith, Grassland Agro are launching a new soil conditioner product this autumn. “Solelith K+” contains calcimer soil conditioner, Pheoflore soil microbe stimulant technology along with a high level of Potassium (K) and Calcium (Ca). Sulphur (S) and Magnesium (Mg) are also included to enhance the overall balance of secondary nutrients that are often omitted from conventional NPK products. The product is designed for autumn application to provide K nutrition to the soil and increase soil biological activity and health for the following year. Sulphur and Mg are also a fundamental part of the product to stimulate microbial activity to increase soil nitrogen mineralisation. Solelith K+ also contains the marine origin soil conditioner “Calcimer” which is combined with Potassium in a CCF granule.
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