Soil Variability – the Big Picture
The soil properties vary in the paddock due to a variety factors including climate, topography, vegetation and land management.
The quality, nutrient value and content of the soil is absolutely variable – it is different in every square metre of soil.
Soil characteristics impacting upon productivity can vary significantly even within paddocks. This problem of soil and paddock variability has caused substantial reductions in crop yield performance and has been hard to rectify.
These facts are accepted, without question, as normal occurrence within agriculture.
Soil fertility assessments commonly rely on a random soil sampling protocol to obtain an average fertility value for a paddock. In undertaking these fertility assessments, soil variability is often ignored, with the consequence that some parts of the paddock may receive excessive fertiliser while other parts may suffer nutrient deficiency due to
However, knowing about the issue of soil and paddock variability has never been an issue ‘of understanding’ as farmers and growers have been working with this reality since farming and growing began.
That’s not to say that the science should be ignored, rather that thinking of solutions ‘outside of the box’ may make a lot more common sense.
RLF has the solution.
Soil Variability – the Absolute Practicalities
Farmers and Growers understand the fundamentals of Soil + Paddock Variability, both scientifically and practically.
They work with it every day of the year, and the problems that they encounter are well known and understood by them.
- Every square metre of soil is different
- The quality and nutrient values in the soil are inconsistent
- Whilst macro-nutrients may be easier to find a solution for, dealing with the mirco-nutrients which are measured in ppm pose a lot more problems with variability
- The soil mass of the areas they work with is so large that it is almost impossible to fix the micro-nutrient requirement of the soil in any sensible economical or physical way through soil application methods
- That attempting to ‘fix the soil’ is increasingly more unachievable because of the economic constraints, and that it is not commercially viable to continue practising the same old methods of dealing with the issues associated with soil and paddock variability
Paddock Nutrient Variability
RLF products fix the issues of soil variability by bypassing the issue altogether – they go straight to the needs of the plant.
Farmers and Growers know that both yield and financial return are effected significantly by the performance and yield loss issues associated with soil and paddock variability.
RLF Ultra Foliar products eliminate the effects of soil + paddock variability by adding high concentrations of the required nutrient directly to the plant – therefore bypassing any
Soil variability is a widespread condition and can only be addressed by the use of highly engineered products such as the Ultra Foliar and crop-specific foliar products from RLF.
RLF products can bring about considerable improvement.
RLF’s HBS (High-analysis Broad-spectrum Solutions), SDS (Seed Delivery System) and NDS (Nutrient Delivery System) provide technologies that work directly to benefit the plant and indirectly to benefit the soil – and in a unique and exciting way. Whilst this forms only a part of the cycle of growth and development for each plant, it is an important stage that is essential in well-considered management of plant physiology, as the benefits to Farmers and Growers will be significant.
HBS is an RLF-developed technology that allows the formulation and manufacture of solutions that contain a high concentration of many different nutrients, all formulated in such a way that is stable and safe for the plant.
This is a first time technological advance. RLF technology has neutralised the antagonistic effects that elements can have with each other and the result is revolutionary. Now, specifically formulated products with 12 elements contained in one single, stable, effective solution can be applied to crops