Year 2. Comparative evaluation undertaken with support from APTRC (crop scouting & hand harvest).
Quantify farm productivity (yield, yield quality and overall pesticide usage ) when BOOSTER-Mag is used as a base treatment.
Design; 7 ha Control, 5 ha Trial.
- Control; pesticide treatment according to pest / disease pressure and industry thresholds and agronomist advice.
- Trial; BOOSTER-Mag sprays every 2 weeks and additional intervention according to pest & pathogen pressure.
Beneficial Insects and Parasitism - crop scouting:
- widespread evidence of spiders in trial field (none in control)
- heliothis (moth) eggs collected and egg viability assessed
- no material difference in relative pest and pathogen pressure
Year 2. Productivity Assessment
- half as many pest & disease pressure threshold events
- $194 / ha (38%) reduction in agronomic management costs
- equivalent payable yield
- enhanced safety and sustainability through reduced hard chemical usage
Outcome; commercial grower commitment to 40 ha / full farm evaluation - October 2017.
BOOSTER-Mag nano-active Mg(OH)2:
- Bio-activity; tendency for reduced agricultural insect pests and disease pressure
- Productivity; demonstrated ability to reduce agronomic management costs without compromising yield
- Simplicity, Safety and Sustainability; non-toxic, non-phytotoxic and likely to be MRL exempt
- BOOSTER-Mag is highly complementary to IPM methodology
Our Aims and Activity.
- Continue to develop BOOSTER-Mag:
- efficacy trials (lab, controlled and grower direct) in grape, flowering veg and tomato
Calix is very open to collaboration to help achieve this…