Frequently asked questions

 
 
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How often should I apply the Organically Approved Fertiliser?
Apply this 100% natural product as often as you would normally use fertilizer during the growing season.

What application methods can be used?
The diluted product can be broadcast (sprayed), poured, or introduced through drip irrigation, underground water systems and sprinkler systems.

Should I use less nitrogen when applying a microbial Organically Approved Fertiliser?
Use the product in conjunction with your fertilizers but only use 50% of the nitrogen you would normally use when applying fertilizers.

Under what 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.

What are 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.

What agricultural 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 and garlic.

Are there 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.

How can 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.

Should 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.

How much 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.