- 1Treating seeds with Seed Priming fertiliser to raise phosphorus and trace element levels to optimum or above optimum levels. This enables seedlings to set a higher yield potential, form greater root exploring ability and to better resist stress and disease.
- 2Applying nutrient to soils – usually as granular N-P-K – at optimum, but not excessive levels. This is determined by fertiliser history, soil test and potential or expected yield.
- 3Using Ultra Foliar fertiliser to provide up to 12 essential nutrients to the plant in the most effective way. This avoids 'hidden hunger' and future unseen yield losses. This can be achieved by using specially formulated Ultra Foliar fertilisers to extend the momentum of root efficient exploration and supply essential nutrient to the plant.
- 4Not jeopardising these functions by soil applications in excess of crop demand, and by only applying moderate NPK input and stepwise nitrogen applications.
The goals of IFM are expressed as being :
- •at the same financial cost (or even slightly less)
- •better yield
- •improved quality
- •more financial return
- •greater reliability
The Positive Impacts
Improvements and efficiencies such as :
- •a reduction in the amount of granular fertiliser required
- •more efficient water use
- •increased plant strength and health
- •assured crop quality and increased yield
- •beneficial return of biomass to the soil
- •increase rhizodeposition and humus deposition
- •opportunity to accumulate carbon credit
The Efficiencies Explained
The following graphic shows how this process works.
It compares the 'OLD' method of fertilising with 'NEW' in investment terms.
The improvements and efficiencies of IFM are clearly seen.
It describes the advantages of an IFM program. It demonstrates the efficiencies.
What this chart so graphically demonstrates is :
- •'OLD' practice will generally see 100% of the fertiliser budget used as NPK
- •'OLD' practice typically sees no foliar applications, unless remediation of any known nutrient deficiency is required
- •supporting the success of IFM actually relies on the reduction of granular NPK use
- •the success of IFM through the combined (or integrated) use of BSN Seed Priming fertiliser, granular NPK and Ultra Foliar fertilisers shows better results and greater overall efficiencies
- •seed fertilised with BSN Seed Priming fertiliser - utilising a very small percentage of the overall fertiliser budget can result in optimal yield potential as opposed to that of seed not fertilised, which risks below optimum yield potential
- •application of Ultra Foliar fertiliser provides plant available P, NK + trace elements during vital growth and development stages
- •foliar uptake of nutrients utilises half the energy needed as opposed to nutrient uptake from the soil, thereby providing energy saving and potential soil carbon credits
- •the protection of the soil through the return of greater organic matter after each crop is both an investment for future returns and for the ongoing cropping-potential of the land
As all products developed by RLF are designed and built for real on-farm performance, IFM - using RLF products - establishes its importance to the farmer because the following outcomes can consistently be achieved :
IFM can provide the plant with biological results such as strength, root size and development, shoot and tiller size and number, and overall general physiological well-being. It is these results that give the plant the real-life advantages that result in bigger, better and greater crop results.
IFM targets improved yield performances that can be both measured and quantified. As a result, higher yields provide greater financial return to the farmer.
IFM gives the ability to achieve a positive economic benefit as a direct result of using this process.
RLF products and systems ensure that the farmer can confidently and reliably invest in products that are capable of deilivering a return on investment.
IFM has been shown to grow healthier (with higher nutritional values), tastier and better quality produce.
IFM is designed to procduce more biomass for the future of the soil. RLF products have been demonstrated to substanially increase the nutrient value of the plant and the root systems.
Following harvest the plant matter returns its nutrition to the root biomass, which in turn directs its nutritional value back to the soil, ready for future use.