Edaphos offers nutritional advice and consultancy on all aspects of crop nutrition and plant health. Our consultants have experience and detailed knowledge in nutrient impacts on yield, plant growth, crop quality and health. Crop nutrition, to us, does not just consist of fertilisers applied to crops, it is a make-up of all inputs that the plant would utilise, this involves soil, microbes, fertilisers and atmospheric elements. We look in depth at nutrient interactions, crop limitations, nutritional balance, plant health, environmental factors, microbial activity and the makeup and availability of elements to evaluate nutrient needs and plans.
Crop nutrition first starts with the soil, as this will create the base and initial construction of the plant. We would then evaluate and review to see if there are any limitations and/or necessities. This would be followed up by tissue and visual analysis throughout the entire growth period to ensure proper crop nutrition is provided to maximise plant production.
By understanding the soil, plant, nutritional and biological connection, we can create a process to manage and restore a successful system
UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS OF NUTRITION
Nutrition includes all factors taken from soil and biologically available nutrients, applied forms either as in an inorganic form such as N:P:K compounds or organic sources such as manures and compost and certainly not to be forgotten, non-mineral atmospheric elements such as hydrogen, carbon and oxygen.
Soil nutrition, in most cases of intensive farming in this age, cannot be sourced from just one factor; either from the soil or being supplied as a compound or manure. Single factor sourcing is linked to poor soil health and deterioration, as well as the widespread use of chemical fertilisers. Methods such as these are not taking into account the needs of all the elements supplied as a balance to maximize plant functions, interactions and growth. As such we have reached limitations that need to be addressed and it is essential for advisers to fully understand the interactions between elements, plant physiology and soil health.
Plant nutrition in today’s agriculture should initially at least include all the essential (17) nutrients proven completely necessary for plant and animal growth, so that a plant can sustain itself and survive and reproduce.
Nutrition is a complex array of interactions, mobility and forms. There are no other elements that can replace any one of the 17 essential nutrients needed (this includes macro and micro-nutrients) although others can still bring positive effects to plant growth, they are not needed for plant survival.
HOW CAN PLANT NUTRITION HELP?
Nutrients are needed for a plant to grow, function, metabolise and reproduce that means that working on plant nutrition can help to increase crop yield, quality and health. Differing nutritional methods can also allow you to bypass any current limitations in terms of soil health, it can also remediate current crop deficiencies and improve plant functions and health to enable a reduction in pest and/or disease pressure. (Lower chemical inputs).
For certain aspects of nutrition there are time and availability limitations with fertiliser, either granular or liquid. As such, pre-planning for the season is more ideal and gives us the opportunity to predict potential issues before they arise and have an impact.
DOES PRODUCT RESTRICT NUTRITION?
NUTRITIONAL CONSULTANCY OPTIONS
At Edaphos, we provide efficient agronomy services, nutritional and soil fertility strategies and biological farming advice by testing and analysing the soil every step of the way. By using our very own specialised audits, tissue testing and in field assessments, we create personal and specialised nutritional and biological programs that are constantly evaluated. Continually reviewing and refining your soil.