The complete BioTreat Package includes sufficient of the following products to treat either 2 hectares, 5 hectares or 10 hectares. The package includes;
Application Rate: 200ml/ha
After application it takes 3-4 weeks to build up the colonies in the soil to the point where they produce sufficient Nitrogen to the level that the plants find useful.
Nitrogen is fixed by the bacteria in the soil in the Ammonium form which binds to the soil at the cation exchange site, rather than Nitrogen in the nitrate form which leaches.
Across a number of sites the following has been observed.
Application Rate: 1 litre/ha
This cleans up the general soil environment to allow the BioTreat N bacteria to colonise and do their job successfully.
This is a ciliate that cleans up and digests small trash and litter in the environment as well as consuming a number of pathogenic bacteria including Yersinia.
Application Rate: 20l/ha
Humate is primarily a source of carbon, or a food source for the bacteria in the soil. It is especially important when adding additional quantities of bacteria to the soil that these are given the opportunity to replicate and increase by providing a good food source.
We have had great results just with Humate added on its own as this provides food for the existing soil bacteria as well as benefitting the plant or pasture directly.
While we have not conducted formal NZ field trials we have many cases of anecdotal and observational work.
The reason we have not done more formal scientific trials is that all these biological agents are amongst the most studied and trialled biological agents in the world
A few of the many success stories are below.
Organic Dairy farm. Coastal Taranaki
“We started off with the first of the biological products, including BioTreat N, BioTreat Digester and BioTreat Humate applied at different combinations and rates to the first half of the farm in mid/late November with pleasing but varying results.
In early December the second half of the farm was treated with BioTreat N (100mls/ha), BioTreat Digester (11/ha) and BioTreat Humate (201/ha) as this produced the best visual results of all the different combinations and rates trialled on the first half of the farm.
The season was better than normal with regards to rainfall, temperature and grass growth although there was a three week period from end of December where it got a bit dry. This is important to note as there wasn't any major limiting factor due to weather conditions so the best results were achievable.
The first visual benefit appeared in the clover where there was more clover present than usual and the clover was larger in the leaf size and growing more erect in the grass sward.
The second visual benefit was the increase in pasture production. For example, there was an area that was harvested for silage and then sprayed with the recommended combination of the products as part of the trial on the first half of the farm.
A decision was needed two weeks later as to either graze the area off or leave it closed up for another cut of silage. This was the deciding factor as to what combination and rates of the products to apply to the rest of the farm.
The third visual benefit came in the animal condition which resulted from increased levels of high quality feed that was available for grazing throughout the summer and autumn.
The first measured benefit was the increase in production and to maintain control of the extra grass growth paddocks were removed from the grazing round and turned into supplements on a fortnightly basis.
An extra 73 bales of wrapped baleage was made on top of the usual quantity of supplements.
The second measured benefit was the milk production where an extra 10,000 kgs MS above the normal yearly production was sent off the farm and this was with milking finishing 3 weeks earlier than normal (10th April) due to personal reasons.
There had been a year previously with higher production however, this was achieved using a high supplement input system. The beauty of this years production was the change to a grass and low supplement input system. So did everyone around us experience the same increase?
lt should be noted that the favourable growing conditions on this farm did not apply to all farms in the district with many suggesting that the wetter and cooler than normal conditions resulted in lesser production and this also showed up on the milk dockets.
We're really happy with the natural products and their ability to give both visual and measurable benefits. We encourage you to give it a trial on your farm.”
Conventional Beef and grazing unit
The owner left the farm for 4 days about 3 weeks after the application of the biology and was surprised by the increased grass and clover growth. This growth continued through summer and autumn. This farm was also coastal and in joking about growing clover on the rocks and sand and sure enough clover was growing right to the edge of the sand.
Organic transitional farm
This farm was transitioning from conventional to organic and prior to application of the biology were having issues with lack of Nitrogen in the pasture but of course limited by the products they could use while remaining organic.
The grass was short at peak milk production and even after just 7-days of the application of the biology system there was a huge increase in grass production.