should I apply the Organically Approved Fertiliser?
Apply this 100% natural product as often as you would normally
use fertilizer during the growing season.
methods can be used?
The diluted product can be broadcast (sprayed), poured, or introduced
through drip irrigation, underground water systems and sprinkler
I use less nitrogen when applying a microbial Organically Approved
Use the product in conjunction with your fertilizers but only
use 50% of the nitrogen you would normally use when applying fertilizers.
conditions should I not apply the product?
Do not apply when the temperature is 5°C or less. Also, do
not mix with products containing any form of formaldehyde, which
severely hampers the effectiveness of micro-organisms.
the best conditions for applying the product?
Since micro-organisms, like plants, grow better and faster with
water, if possible or practical you should apply before or after
a rain; when ground is damp, as in the morning when there is a
dew or fog; during an overcast day; or when the temperature is
lower, such as early morning or in the evening.
crops can I use it on?
VFS is effective on a wide range of arable and forage crops including
wheat, barley, oats, corn, grain maize, oilseed rape, jatropha,
sugar beet, sugar cane, potatoes, peas, beans, pumpkins, peppers
crops that require three or more applications per year?
Any crop with a growing season longer than 4 months (such as fruit
trees) requires an application at least every 3 to 4 months, in
conjunction with an updated soil analysis.
I ensure the best crop yield?
To ensure the best crop and yield, apply the microbial formula
two weeks before planting seeds or seedlings. The reason for this
is that the native soil micro-organisms will increase substantially
and will not be competing with the plants for the existing nitrogen
and carbon sources during early growth. Like plants, soil micro-organisms
need nitrogen for growth. The life and death of the micro-organisms
during this pre-planting period produce additional specific enzymes,
which are very beneficial to the plant's growth process, resulting
in faster growth and germination of seeds, seedlings, flowering
and fruiting of crops. However, good results will be obtained
if the product is used at time of planting.
I turn the soil before application?
Turning the soil loosens it and will simply assist the micro-organisms
in growing faster and larger in population. However, topsoil can
be lost in the process; plus, the disruption of the soil can cause
imbalance in the soil. It is not necessary to turn the soil before
or after application because the micro-organisms will take their
proper places in the rhizosphere, depending on whether they are
anaerobic or aerobic micro-organisms. Many farmers today are turning
to the no-till farming method in order to retain topsoil and rebuild
organic matter in the soil.
Can I apply
a Organically Approved Fertiliser as a side-dressing or after
the crop has started?
Yes, just as you use chemical nitrogen to side-dress, you can
use this microbial formula. In most cases, if you apply the product
properly, you may not need additional soil nutrients. We recommend
testing the soil for nitrogen to ascertain whether or not you
need to apply it.
solution should be used for side-dressing?
If you applied the Organically Approved Fertiliser before planting,
then you may only need to use half as much per hectare (50 litres
of diluted solution) each time you side-dress or want to feed
your crop nitrogen. This should be determined by a soil analysis
prior to application. (The reason for this is that the new application
will use remnants of the old applications to proliferate faster.)
If you did not apply the product prior to planting, you should
apply 100 litres of dilution per hectare to assure proper growth.
Is a single
application to my crops adequate?
Yes, in most cases, but you may want to experiment to determine
the best use of the product by doing small side plots as recommended.