Soil biology is influenced in so many ways: intensive farming, crop rotations, tillage, spreading techniques, flooding and drought, the list goes on. But now, in this new age of massive pressure from climate change, farmers want to make the difference.
Custodians of the soil – that’s how progressive farmers see themselves. It was recently described to us that a farmer is only borrowing the land for the time they use it and the responsibility is to return that soil to the next farmer in better condition from whence it was received. That’s a huge challenge, but it is absolutely possible and we believe should be a primary driver for everyone in agriculture.
Why is that important for Nova Q? Biological remediation of soil and water is an expertise we have developed from this and other markets and is critical to the agriculture's role in the circular economy. Our contribution to soil biology is not just the addition of bacteria to the soil, but the optimising of organic fertilisers such as slurry, manure and compost, as well as advice on how and when to apply to get the most value out of the fertilizers with least environmental impact.
We have also teamed up with Nutrel Products to promote the use of complimentary foliar nutrition instead of broad applications of bagged fertiliser to reduce the impact of nutrient waste leaching to the environment. Foliar feeds are targeted to the specific crop's needs, both in concentration and timing, essential for optimising yield.
Application of any agricultural product is dependent on the sprayer (both the equipment and the person!). This is obviously critical for bacteria, but also for efficient use of other pH dependent products. Most of Ireland suffers from water hardness making the mixing of mineral nutrients and some herbicides/pesticides very difficult. We now have a range of products to ensure your hard water does not impede the efficacy of your sprays – again, with environmental impact in mind.