FERTAG ACHIEVES ORGANIC STATUS
The nation’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce, Australian Organic Ltd, has certified soil amendment and fertilizer FertAg 0–8–0 as organic. FertAg managing director Les Szonyi said the company is proud of its newly acquired status and looks forward to giving organic farmers an efficient source of organic phosphorus (P) as well as improving soil health and crop quality. “FertAg 0–8–0 offers organic farmers a source of 95 per cent available P (8 per cent) which is faster acting in acid soils than the usual sources of organic P — reactive rock phosphate and guano,” Mr Szonyi said. FertAg 0–8–0 provides soil amendment and fertilizer together in one application to acid soils. It assists in increasing pH to a sustainable level whilst providing useful amounts of macro elements Ca, Mg, Si and P as well as a range of micro nutrients. It is not water soluble and therefore does not leach or wash away. FertAg 0–8–0 works with the natural soil chemistry to digest soil acid as well as providing minerals in a plant available form. It is high in plant available calcium (23 per cent), magnesium (10 per cent) silicon (11 per cent) and phosphorus (8 per cent) and also acts as an alternative to lime. Regular application of the organic fertilizer and monitoring through soil tests will show both improvement in soil health and greater availability of nutrients in a sustainable productive way, where also other macros such as N and K can be soil held and be more plant available. “The science is about FertAg 0–8–0 digesting soil acid to get the soil ph (CaCl) to 6–6.5 where most macro and micro nutrients are plant available and improving CEC to buffer and stabilize soil pH,” Mr Szonyi said. FertAg 0–8–0’s unique plant available calcium silicates have proven in conventional agriculture to strengthen and ‘sweeten’ plants whether pasture or horticultural produce. This will result in similar increases in the quality and the product shelf life of organic produce.