One Organic Health Ionic Mineral Concentrate Agricultural Trial Part 2
It was determined that the most appropriate place for this trial was at the One Organic Farm in Byron Bay as they were already growing farm produce and had been for more than 10 years in all types of growing conditions. In this trial there needed to be delivery methods for the Ionic Mineral Concentrate and there were many discussions that One Organic had to have with their development partners in Asia.
One Organic knew from it research that the minerals had been used for over 30 years in parts of Asia and that they had been applied to all the industries that they were looking to address and whilst the data from other countries was very impressive those countries had differing environments to Australia / New Zealand. As the products were to be used on a local basis, they needed to meet the Australian standards and also had to be verified as organic by their certifiers.
The following applications for the Ionic Mineral Concentrate were advised by One Organics R&D development partners.
- 1ml to 1000 ratio meaning 1mil per litre of water.
- This ratio could be used no matter the application method.
Which brings us to the following list of application methods:
- Soil drench
- Folia Feed
Next was to determine which of the application methods was the most cost effective and netted the best results in terms of labour / time / cost / efficiency. The farm manager was selected to manage the parameters for the trial as he has done many such production trials previously.
He decided that give there was 3 application methods he would prepare 1 bed and section it into 3 partitions. In the first section of the bed he installed drip lines and attached them to the irrigation pump. In the second section he arranged for the bed to be soil drenched prior to planting and in the 3rd section he would have the workers folia spray the plants twice a week four days apart.
Then he looked at the water quantities involved in each delivery of each method using the Ionic Mineral Concentrate and found the following. He determined the following results from each:
- The most economical water usage was the Folia feed which was no surprise provided the application was done in the early morning or late afternoon when evaporation was at its lowest. By far the best results were late afternoon as the plants and soil had the cool of the evening to absorb the application.
- The next most economical water usage was the dripline with the drench being the most wasteful. This was no surprise, but he decided that despite using more water for the drench he wanted to see what the end result would be like in achieving the goals of the trial.