What an IFM approach Delivers for the Root System
Big root mass, high nutrient value and return of greater organic matter to the soil.
When the plant dies and is ready for harvest, this process moves all nutrients from the plant into the root mass and then back into the soil.
RLF’s products create large and thick root structures with substantially more rhizosphere activity growing lots of fine, and very fine hair-like root structures. More roots means more plant ‘root exudate’ and this means microbial activity increases in and around these root hairs that results in an exponential increase in mineralisation.
Mineralisation is the chemical event that ‘un-bonds’ phosphorus and makes it available to the plant. This results in the plant having access to significantly more ‘available’ phosphorus. And, more ‘available’ phosphorus to the plant means more potential yield. More yield means greater financial return.
Mineral nutrients such as phosphorus have very limited mobility in soils. This often creates a depletion zone – where all the available nutrient has been utilised quickly from around the roots. To obtain more phosphorus, plants must bypass these depletion zones by further root activity elsewhere in the soil. The outcome of this quest for phosphorus – and other relatively immobile soil resources – should largely be determined by the surface area of a plant’s root system.
Truly, the engine room of the plant.