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Reading the pasture
Knowledge

Reading Your Pasture

At BioActive Soils, we always use independent herbage test reports done by an internationally accredited laboratory to create a tailored recipe-based fertilisation programme for your farm. That way you have our assurance we are creating solutions specific to the nutrient uptake in your pasture and fixing reported deficiencies and or excesses to enable your pasture...
NZ Soil Scientists Perspective
Knowledge

A leading NZ Soil Scientists Perspective

Apart from not seeing a property, it’s difficult to be able to make an informed comment on soil tests for a number of reasons including: A more accurate interpretation of a soil test is only possible after knowing something about a farm, its management and history, including the condition of the soil and pasture, to...
Why Mycelium is Important
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Why Mycelium is Important

Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus-like bacterial colony consisting of a mass of braiding, thread like hyphae. Mycelia are of vital importance to the soil as they break down organic material for use in the soil ecosystem. Beneficial mycelia increase the efficiency of water and nutrient absorption of most plants and...
Soil Biology and Health - BioActive Soils
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Soil Biology And Health

Soil is a living system, and 90% of soil functions are biologically driven - so organic matter and living organisms are responsible for the majority of what soil does
Moisture Retention - BioActive Soils
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Moisture Retention

Creating a healthy soil profile provides better water holding capacity. Building humus (active carbon) in the soil by just 1% results in 4 litres of water holding capacity per cubic m2. It is critical for healthy soil conditions. Humus is like a sponge in the soil, it can hold up to 90% of its weight...
Plant Nutrition and Growth
Knowledge

Plant Nutrition and Growth

There are approximately 15 elements (apart from hydrogen and carbon) that are all important to complete a plant diet.
Livestock - Improved Animal Health - BioActive SOils
Knowledge

Animal Health

There is a lot of documented evidence that livestock grazing on healthy pastures and crops benefit greatly through a nutrient-dense diet.
Disease And Pest Pressure - BioActive Soils
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Disease And Pest Pressure Relief

This is a complex topic however one fact is generally true - Most insects do not attack healthy plants, rather they look for signals coming from unhealthy plants.
Environment-Friendly Soils
Knowledge

The Environment

Highly functional soils are critical to the long-term sustainability of modern agriculture. The 5 main functions of soil include:
Reducing Plant Nitrogen Addiction
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Reducing Plant Nitrogen Addiction

Nitrogen fertilisers affect soil biology- if the entire amount of nitrogen that a crop needs is added to the soil at planting time