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An Ecological Powerhouse

An Ecological Powerhouse – Worm Liquid & Worm Castings Combined with Essential Nutrients In the realm of sustainable agriculture, maximising seed growth while minimising environmental impact is paramount. Worm Liquid and Worm Castings offer unique benefits when used to inoculate seeds and soil at sowing time. In this blog, we will delve into the science […]

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The Secret to Less Fungicides: The Natural Power of Worm Liquid Inoculation on Seeds

Inoculating seeds for strong germination is a foundational step towards ensuring the health and success of your crops and pastures. As the research unfolds, the intricate dance between plant roots, soil biology, nutrient access, and overall soil health becomes increasingly clear. The cornerstone of this relationship? A robust root system, which is vital for nutrient […]

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NutriSoil’s Three Decade Legacy: A Family’s Dedication to Soil and Human Health

NutriSoil’s remarkable three-decade journey, which began in 1990 with the purchase of the first worms, stands as a testament to the vision and dedication of founders Graham and Lyn Maddock. From these humble early beginnings, the Maddock family has built a multi-award-winning company renowned for its commitment to sustainability and ethical business practices. Graham and […]

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“Vermiwash Revolution: Boosting Organic Agriculture with Earthworm Power!”

The document discusses the benefits of Vermiwash in organic agriculture. Vermiwash is an organic liquid obtained from vermicompost units, rich in dissolved nutrients and amino acids, making it a valuable resource for plant nutrition in organic farming. It’s produced when water passes through vermiculture, washing over live and dead earthworms, soil microorganisms, and decomposed organic […]

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“Vermiwash: A Powerful Agent for Disease and Pest Control in Agriculture”

“Vermiwash: An agent for disease and pest control in soil – a review” by Kasahun Gudeta, J.M. Julka, Arun Kumar, Ankeet Bhagat, Amita Kumari, and others, focuses on the potential of vermiwash in disease and pest control within agricultural contexts. The key points include: Nature and Composition of Vermiwash: Vermiwash is a liquid extract from […]

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“Vermiwash: A Potent Liquid Biofertilizer – Boosting Growth and Productivity in Crops”

“Vermiwash: A Potent Liquid Biofertilizer” by Gorakh Nath Keshav Singh focuses on the effectiveness of vermiwash as a biofertilizer in agriculture. Key findings from the study include: Study Objective: The study aimed to assess the effects of foliar spray of vermiwash, prepared from different vermicomposts (using animal, agricultural, and kitchen wastes), on the growth, flowering […]

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“Vermiwash: The Future of Sustainable Agriculture – A Nutrient Powerhouse”

“Vermiwash: A potential tool for sustainable agriculture,” authored by Harsita Nayak, Sumit Rai, Rakhi Mahto, Priyanka Rani, Shivpoojan Yadav, Saroj Kumar Prasad, and Rajesh Kumar Singh, focuses on the role of vermiwash in sustainable agriculture. The key aspects of this article include: Introduction to Vermiwash: Vermiwash is a brown-colored, odorless liquid biofertilizer, rich in nutrients, […]

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“Vermiculture Revolution: Earthworms as a Promising Source of Animal Protein”

 “Vermiculture as a source of animal protein” by Elena Antonova, Igor Titov, Irina Pashkova, and Devard Stom presents an in-depth analysis of vermiculture (earthworm farming) as a viable source of animal protein. Key insights from the paper include: Protein-Rich Earthworm Biomass: Earthworms, specifically species like Lumbricus rubellus, Eisenia fetida, and Eudrilus eugeniae, contain high levels […]

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“Vermicompost: The Organic Gold Transforming Agriculture”

“Vermicompost the story of organic gold” by Sujit Adhikary delves into the multifaceted benefits and applications of vermicompost in agriculture. Key points from the article include: Vermicompost Overview: Vermicompost, the excreta of earthworms, is a rich organic fertilizer containing humus, NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium), micronutrients, beneficial soil microbes, and growth hormones like auxins, gibberellins, and […]

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“Vermicompost Triumphs Over Fungal Foe: Cucumber Seedlings Shielded from Rhizoctonia Solani”

“Vermicompost suppresses Rhizoctonia solani Kühn in cucumber seedlings” by Y. Simsek Ersahin, K. Haktanir, and Y. Yanar focuses on the suppressive effects of vermicompost on the damping-off disease in cucumber seedlings caused by Rhizoctonia solani. The study’s key findings include: Effectiveness of Vermicompost: The research demonstrates that vermicompost, produced from agricultural wastes like cattle manure, […]

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“Enhancing Maize Production: Vermicomposting Elevates Photosynthesis and Crop Yield”

“The influence of vermicomposting on photosynthetic activity and productivity of maize (Zea mays L.) crop under semi-arid climate” presents a study examining the impact of vermicompost on the growth, yield, and photosynthetic efficiency of maize. The study’s main findings include: Vermicompost and Maize Productivity: The research evaluated the effects of vermicompost produced from six desert […]

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Reviving the Range: Callum Lawson’s Journey from Overgrazing to Oasis

In this inspiring episode, we delve into the story of Callum Lawson, a visionary who transformed a struggling 3000-acre grazing property in North Central Victoria into a flourishing ecosystem. Facing the challenge of an overstocked land, Callum embarked on a mission to revive the farm. This journey wasn’t just about restoring the land; it was […]

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Episode 36 Reviving the Range: Callum Lawson’s Journey from Overgrazing to Oasis

In this inspiring episode, we delve into the story of Callum Lawson, a visionary who transformed a struggling 3000-acre grazing property in North Central Victoria into a flourishing ecosystem. Facing the challenge of an overstocked land, Callum embarked on a mission to revive the farm. This journey wasn’t just about restoring the land; it was […]

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“Revolutionising Agriculture: Vermicompost’s Impact on Soil Quality and Crop Yields”

“Influences of Field Applications of Vermicomposts on Soil Microbiological, Chemical, and Physical Properties and the Growth and Yield of Strawberries, Peppers, and Tomatoes” by Norman Q. Arancon, Ph.D., presents a comprehensive study on the effects of vermicompost on various aspects of soil quality and crop production. Key aspects of the dissertation include: Vermicompost and Crop […]

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“Vermicompost and Vermiwash: A Treasure Trove of Beneficial Fungi and Antimicrobial Agents”

“Vermicompost and Vermiwash: Fungal Flora, Physiochemical and Antimicrobial Properties” explores the rich fungal diversity and antimicrobial characteristics of vermicompost and vermiwash. Key points from the document include: Fungal Diversity in Vermicompost: The document identifies a vast array of fungi present in vermicompost, including species with proteolytic and amylolytic abilities. Up to 142 different types of […]

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“Nature’s Fungicide: Vermicompost and Its Derivatives as Potent Anti-Fungal Agents in Agriculture”

“Vermicompost and Its Derivatives against Phytopathogenic Fungi in the Soil: A Review,” provides a comprehensive overview of the antifungal properties of vermicompost and its derivatives. Key insights from the article include: Vermicompost’s Antifungal Efficiency: Vermicompost, produced through the decomposition of organic matter by earthworms, is highlighted for its antifungal properties. It contains bioactive compounds from […]

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“Deciphering Protein Mysteries: Urea’s Dual Role in Protein Denaturation Uncovered”

“The molecular basis for the chemical denaturation of proteins by urea” by Brian J. Bennion and Valerie Daggett delves into the complex interactions between urea and proteins, focusing on how urea induces protein denaturation. Key aspects of the article include: Molecular Dynamics Simulations: The study uses molecular dynamics simulations to explore how urea causes the […]

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“Vermiwash: A Game-Changer for Sustainable Crop Production and Growth Enhancement”

“Significance of vermiwash on crop production: A review” by Sudhanshu Verma et al., comprehensively reviews the impact of vermiwash on crop production. The key findings and assertions from the article are: Vermiwash as an Organic Solution: Vermiwash, derived from earthworm activity, is rich in vitamins, hormones, enzymes, macronutrients, and micronutrients, and has been found to […]

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“Unraveling Symbiosis: Earthworm Embryos Selectively Recruit Bacterial Partners”

“Selective recruitment of bacteria during embryogenesis of an earthworm,” by Seana K Davidson and David A Stahl, explores the intricate symbiotic relationship between earthworms and bacteria during the earthworm’s embryonic development. Key points include: Symbiotic Relationship: Earthworms from the Lumbricidae family have a symbiotic relationship with Acidovorax-like bacteria within their excretory organs, the nephridia. These […]

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“Organic Breakthrough: Vermicompost Leachate Boosts Tomato Growth under Salinity Stress”

“Garden-waste-vermicompost leachate alleviates salinity stress in tomato seedlings by mobilizing salt tolerance mechanisms” presents a novel study on the effect of vermicompost leachate (VCL) on tomato seedlings under salinity stress. Key highlights include: Salinity Stress in Agriculture: The study begins by acknowledging the significant challenge posed by salinity-induced stress in agricultural lands, particularly in arid […]

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“Revolutionary Insights: Plants Exhibit Learning and Memory Capabilities”

“Plants learn and remember: let’s get used to it” presents groundbreaking research in the field of plant behavior. The study focuses on the Mimosa plant and its ability to learn and remember, challenging traditional notions of plant behavior. Key findings include: Habituation in Plants: Mimosa plants exhibit habituation, a fundamental form of learning. This is […]

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“Hidden Allies: Unveiling the Power of Endophytic Bacteria in Plant Growth”

“Plant Beneficial Endophytic Bacteria: Mechanisms, Diversity, Host Range, and Genetic Determinants,” provides an in-depth analysis of endophytic bacteria’s role in enhancing plant growth and health. Key insights from the study include: Endophytic Bacteria Benefits: These bacteria, thriving inside plants, improve plant growth under various conditions. They directly enhance nutrient uptake and modulate growth and stress-related […]

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“Transforming Waste to Wealth: Earthworms Enhance Microbial Dynamics in Vermicomposting”

“Eisenia fetida (Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae) Modifies the Structure and Physiological Capabilities of Microbial Communities Improving Carbon Mineralization During Vermicomposting of Pig Manure” by Manuel Aira, Fernando Monroy, and Jorge Domínguez, provides an in-depth analysis of how earthworms influence microbial communities and carbon mineralization during the vermicomposting process. Key insights include: Earthworms’ Role in Vermicomposting: The study […]

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“Vermicompost Microbes: Tiny Titans Boosting Soil and Plant Health”

“Microbial Diversity of Vermicompost Bacteria that Exhibit Useful Agricultural Traits and Waste Management Potential,” authored by Jayakumar Pathma and Natarajan Sakthivel, delves into the microbial diversity in vermicompost and its implications for agriculture and waste management. Key insights from the study include: Vermicomposting Process and Vermicompost Features: Vermicomposting, involving earthworms and associated microbes, is a […]

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“Linseed’s Leap: The Transformative Power of Vermicompost and Vermiwash”

“Vermicompost and Vermiwash as Supplement to Improve Seedling Plant Growth and Yield in Linum usitassimum L. for Organic Agriculture,” conducted by Cinny Makkar, Jaswinder Singh, and Chander Parkash, explores the effectiveness of vermicompost and vermiwash in organic Linseed farming. Key findings from the study include: Study Purpose and Method: The research aims to study the […]

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“Challenging Plant Intelligence: Reevaluating Habituation in Mimosa Pudica”

“Insufficient Evidence for Habituation in Mimosa Pudica” by Robert Biegler, published in “Oecologia” (2018), presents a critical response to the findings of Gagliano et al. (2014) regarding the habituation of Mimosa pudica, a plant known for its rapid leaf-folding response to stimuli. Key points of this paper include: Reassessment of Habituation: Biegler challenges the conclusion […]

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“Tomatoes Turn Over a New Leaf: Vermicompost Tea’s Role in Enhancing Plant Defenses”

“Influence of Vermicompost Tea on Secondary Metabolites in Solanum Lycopersicum within South Florida” by Daphne Kyoko Sugino Souffront from Florida International University focuses on the use of vermicompost tea in tomato cultivation and its impact on plant health and pest resistance. Background and Importance of Tomatoes in Florida: Tomatoes are a high-revenue crop in Florida, […]

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“Vermiwash Revolution: Enhancing Agriculture with Earthworm Elixirs”

“Initial Acquisition of Vermiwash from Vermicompost of Eudrilus Eugeniae” by Oanh N Huynh, Chi-Dai N Bui, and Thanh T Tran, investigates the production of vermiwash from vermicomposting and its effects on plant growth. The key highlights of the study are: Vermiwash Production: The research focuses on producing vermiwash from the vermicomposting of organic materials like […]

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“Tomatoes Thrive with Vermicompost: Enriched Soil Chemistry for Healthier Harvests”

“Influence of Vermicompost on Soil Chemical and Physical Properties in Tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum) Field” by Rasool Azarmi, Mousa Torabi Giglou, and Rahim Didar Taleshmikail, investigates the effects of vermicompost on soil properties and its implications for tomato cultivation. Key points from this research include: Vermicompost Application: The study tested the effects of different amounts of […]

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“Enriching Rice Nutrition: Earthworm Castings Elevate Amino Acid Content”

“Increased Grain Amino Acid Content in Rice with Earthworm Castings” authored by Min Huang, Chunrong Zhao, and Yingbin Zou, investigates the impact of earthworm castings on the nutritional quality of rice, specifically its amino acid content. The key points of the study include: Nutritional Improvement of Rice: The study aims to enhance the nutritional value […]

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“Green Memory: How Plants Learn from Experience”

“Experience teaches plants to learn faster and forget slower in environments where it matters” by Monica Gagliano et al., published in “Oecologia,” presents groundbreaking research on plant learning, particularly in Mimosa pudica. Key insights from the study include: Learning in Plants: The study explores the concept of learning in plants, traditionally considered a domain exclusive […]

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“Microbial Melody: How Nutrisoil’s Fungi-Bacteria Harmony Boosts Plant Health”

“Fungi to Bacteria Ratio – Nutrisoil” provides a detailed analysis of the microbial composition in Nutrisoil, a type of compost product, and its implications for soil health and plant growth. Key points from the document include: Microbial Diversity in Nutrisoil: The document presents data on the microbial diversity in Nutrisoil, including the alpha diversity (species […]

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“Boosting Antioxidant Power in Plants: Vermicompost and Vermiwash Enhance Phenolics in Mexican Pepperleaf”

“Effects of Vermicompost and Vermiwash on Plant Phenolic Content and Antioxidant Activity of Mexican Pepperleaf (Piper auritum Kunth) Cultivated in Phosphate Rock Potting Media,” presents an in-depth study on the influence of organic fertilizers on the phenolic content and antioxidant activity in Mexican Pepperleaf. Key highlights from the study are: Experiment Focus: The study investigates […]

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“Arugula Vermicompost and Chitin: Nature’s Duo for Nematode Suppression and Enhanced Plant Growth”

“Effective Combination of Arugula Vermicompost, Chitin, and Inhibitory Bacteria for Suppression of the Root-Knot Nematode Meloidogyne javanica and Explanation of their Beneficial Properties Based on Microbial Analysis” explores an innovative approach to control root-knot nematodes in agriculture. Key aspects of the study include: Root-Knot Nematode Problem: The paper begins by addressing the issue of root-knot […]

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“Nature’s Fungicide: Redworm Extracts Combatting Fusarium Root Rot in Wheat”

“Effect of Redworm Extracts against Fusarium Root Rot during Wheat Seedling Emergence” presents an innovative approach to combating Fusarium root rot in wheat, a disease causing significant yield and quality loss globally. The key findings and insights from the study include: Problem of Fusarium Root Rot: The paper begins by highlighting the significant impact of […]

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“Revolutionizing Plant Growth: The Magic of Humic Acid and Vermiwash”

The paper “Effect of Application of Humic Acid and Vermiwash on the Growth, Quality, and Yield of Plants” offers a comprehensive review of the beneficial impacts of humic acid and vermiwash on plant cultivation. The key highlights of this study include: Bio-Stimulant Properties: The paper outlines the role of humic acid and vermiwash as bio-stimulants, […]

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“Darwin’s Earthworms: The Unsung Eco-Heroes Transforming Agriculture and Environment”

“Earthworms: Charles Darwin’s ‘Unheralded Soldiers of Mankind’: Protective & Productive for Man & Environment” provides a comprehensive overview of the multifaceted role of earthworms in environmental protection and sustainable development. The key points covered in the paper are: Versatile Role of Earthworms: The paper starts by highlighting the myriad roles earthworms play in environmental management. […]

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“Green Gold: Unlocking the Agricultural Potential of Vermiliquid”

“A Review on Potential of Vermicomposting Derived Liquids in Agricultural Use,” explores the rising interest in vermicomposting and its liquid by-products, known as vermicomposting derived liquids (VDLs), in the context of agriculture. The authors delve into various aspects of VDLs, including vermiwash, vermicomposting leachate, and vermicompost extract, examining their potential as eco-friendly agricultural applications. Key […]

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Increasing foliar nutrient uptake

The days are getting longer and the grey clouds of winter have finally lifted. Now is the perfect time to apply foliar sprays to increase photosynthesis and prepare your soil for the predicted dry times ahead. Foliar sprays provide the ideal method to deliver nutrients to your plants efficiently. Over recent years, research has shown […]

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Building resilience through community.

Host Nakala Maddock interviews three amazing guests about the importance of building networks and community ties for farmers and their families. During this podcast our special guests discuss tools for developing resilience to weather the next tough time when it comes along, and what you can do to help someone who might be struggling. A […]

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Episode 35: Building resilience through community.

In Episode 35 host Nakala Maddock interviews three amazing guests about the importance of building networks and community ties for farmers and their families. During this podcast our special guests discuss tools for developing resilience to weather the next tough time when it comes along, and what you can do to help someone who might […]

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Capitalise on Carbon Benefits

Soil Life

Life on earth as we know it would not exist without Carbon, without it living things would not be able to live and grow. The ability of carbon to bond with other elements gives it flexibility in its form and to perform many functions, from regulating the earth’s temperature to being one of the major […]

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The power of biostimulants and learning from observation

Host Nakala Maddock and agroecologist David Hardwick from Soil Land Food speak with cropping farmer Brendan Pattison, from Marrer in NSW. Brendan discloses how he has managed transitional change in his farming system to reduce dependence on synthetics by activating and feeding soil biology while remaining profitable. Monitoring and observations are key tools for tweaking […]

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Episode 34: The power of biostimulants and learning from observation

In Episode 34 of the Biological Farming Roundtable, host Nakala Maddock and agroecologist David Hardwick from Soil Land Food speak with cropping farmer Brendan Pattison, from Marrer in NSW. Brendan discloses how he has managed transitional change in his farming system to reduce dependence on synthetics by activating and feeding soil biology while remaining profitable. […]

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Diversity is key (Part One)

Diversity is Key – Part One Biodiverse and healthy soils contain an abundance of living things we can see without a microscope, such as large invertebrates including, worms, slugs, bugs, spiders, beetles, ants, snails etc, and just as importantly the organisms we cannot see including viruses, bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, algae and protozoans, along with other […]

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Wonderful Worms

Earthworms at Nunamara Tasmania

How many of us have taken the time to think about the important role earthworms play in our lives, particularly their role in agriculture? Sure, we all dug up worms as kids and held them in our hands, and as a parent when the kids were little looking for worms was a great time killer. […]

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention, driving change in cane farming

This month the Biological Farming Roundtable podcast takes to Ingham QLD, for the Regenerative Cane Farmers Forum. Host Nakala Maddock is joined by agroecologist David Hardwick from Soil Land Food, they speak with cane farmer Ray Zamora from Tully about addressing soil compaction and declining soil health in the sugar cane industry. Ray shares his […]

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Episode 33: Necessity is the Mother of Invention, driving change in cane farming

This month’s podcast takes the Biological Farming Roundtable podcast to Ingham QLD, for the Regenerative Cane Farmers Forum. Host Nakala Maddock is joined by agroecologist David Hardwick from Soil Land Food, they speak with cane farmer Ray Zamora from Tully about addressing soil compaction and declining soil health in the sugar cane industry. Ray shares […]

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Fabulous Fungi

Cow pat being broken down by fungi in a biologically active soil

For many farmers the word fungi conquers visions of rust, bunts, blight and mildew. It is easy to forget about the beneficial relationship fungi and plants have developed over the last 450 million years. How often do we stop and think about the beneficial role fungi play in life and in particular cropping and farming […]

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Enhancing nature for profitable grazing and nutrient density in corporate ag.

Nakala Maddock is joined by Robin Tait an independent consultant in Tasmania, as they chat with Aiden and Sarah Coombes. Aiden manages Westmore a 3400 ha grazing property owned by Greenhams and is involved in implementing the Never Ever Beef Program, while Sarah manages properties owned by the Coombes. Located in the northwest of Tasmania […]

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Creating non-negotiable synthetic free grazing systems with Dale Retschlag

host Nakala Maddock is joined by Jane Slattery co-founder of natural intelligence farming. Nakala and Jane speak with cattle grazier Dale Retschlag from Biloela in Queensland. Dale is the president of Central Queensland Landscape Alliance, a farmer led regenerative restoration group and explains his journey to being at peace with a non-negotiable synthetic free farming […]

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Creating Innovative Food Systems with Jacob Wolki – NutriSoil WormCast Episode 1

Treating animals with respect, family and medicinal food drives Albury entrepreneur, Jacob Wolki’s quest to build a community where farmers and consumers are connected by shared values. He raises animals, processes them, sells online, has a self-serve butchery, and runs farm tours. He is changing the system of how farmers share their produce, which is […]

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Episode 32: Enhancing nature for profitable grazing and nutrient density in corporate ag.

Aiden Coombe from Westmore farm Tasmania.

In episode 32 of the Biological Farming Roundtable host Nakala Maddock is joined by Robin Tait an independent consultant in Tasmania, as they chat with Aiden and Sarah Coombes. Aiden manages Westmore a 3400 ha grazing property owned by Greenhams and is involved in implementing the Never Ever Beef Program, while Sarah manages properties owned […]

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Episode 31: Creating non-negotiable synthetic free grazing systems with Dale Retschlag

In episode 31 of the Biological Farming Roundtable Podcast, host Nakala Maddock is joined by Jane Slattery co-founder of natural intelligence farming. Nakala and Jane speak with cattle grazier Dale Retschlag from Biloela in Queensland. Dale is the president of Central Queensland Landscape Alliance, a farmer led regenerative restoration group and explains his journey to […]

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Inoculation, why the fuss?

Well developed plant roots

The shorter days are a reminder for many it is time to organise sowing winter cereals and pastures or perhaps multispecies crops. Having a good inoculation program is critically important, as it provides your plant with optimal conditions to reach its potential. Research into the relationship between plant roots, soil biology, nutrient availability and soil […]

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Episode 30: Creating Innovative Food Systems with Jacob Wolki.

Jacob Wolki is an entrepreneur from Albury Wodonga. Treating animals with respect, family and medicinal food drive his quest to build a community where farmers and consumers are connected by shared values. He raises animals, processes them, sells online, has a self-serve butchery, and runs farm tours. He is changing the system of how farmers […]

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Secrets to Greener Pastures

14 month old steers

Otways cattle farmers are unlocking the secrets to greener, more productive pastures and the key is right under their feet. Simon and Kassie Williamson run a 350 acre Angus cow and calf production system near Ferguson. They have embarked on an exciting learning journey over the last three years, which has led to management changes. […]

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Pasture management key to success

Gippsland farmers inspect pasture

Pasture management is key to producing quality pastures for Gippsland cattle trading operation, which turns over roughly 1000 head a year. David and Ruth Read, together with Jen and Pete Ribolli manage Woodcote Pty Ltd. Along with a finely-tuned grazing management program, the managers have unlocked several other tools to improve pasture quality and quantity […]

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Williams to return to Tasmania

Independent soil health and plant educator Joel Williams is set to return to Tasmania in early March, to address plant nutrition and soil management. Soil First Tasmania has joined forces with NutriSoil, a family-owned business from northern Victoria, to bring the international presenter with extensive practical experience to Longford on March 7. Soil First Tasmania […]

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Optimise your pasture health this Autumn

14 month old steers

It’s that time of year, days will soon be getting cooler and everyone will be watching their weather apps for an indication of rain. Moving into Autumn farmers are keen to set themselves up for quality and quantity pastures to carry them over the winter months. The key to optimising pastures is soil health, and […]

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Episode 29 – The Small voice of Big Change with Robin Tait

Robin Tait from Tasmania has a background in agronomy, after ten years in pyrethrum production. A Nuffield Scholarship in 2018 took her all over the world looking at different farming systems. This led to a career change for Robin who is now an independent consultant, specialising in regenerative agriculture and working with multispecies cover crops. […]

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Feeding your underground workforce

Soils are alive

The relationship between plants and soil life (whether that be microscopic organisms or organisms you can see, such as worms!) has evolved over hundreds of millions of years, and photosynthesis is key to keeping everyone happy. During photosynthesis plant leaves act as mini solar panels, capturing sunlight and turning it into simple sugars or energy. […]

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Waterlogging, can you speed up recovery?

Waterlogged soil

As many farmers across eastern Australia continue to battle well above average rainfall, many are faced with waterlogged and flooded properties, impacting soil, plant and stock health. Depending on your farming system you will either want to recover pastures for hay, silage or grazing, or you will want to repair soil health for a future […]

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Episode 28 – From 1927 to next generation cropping in WA with Rob Hetherington

In Episode 28 of the Biological Farming Roundtable podcast Nakala and David Hardwick speak with Western Australian farmer Rob Hetherington from Lake King. Rob’s grandparents first moved to the region in 1927 battling scrub and deep sodic soils and managed to carve a future for the family of farmers when many others walked off the […]

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Giving crops best start with biology

Coating seeds with a vermiwash

Seed inoculation at sowing is the first step farmers can take when looking to begin the journey to activating soil biology and improving soil health. A biological seed inoculant such as NutriSoil’s vermiwash concentrate produced at their production and distribution facility in Wodonga, Victoria, can provide a balanced environment around the seed as it begins […]

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Western Victoria hosts Biological Farming Roundtable

Soil health with agroecologist David Hardwick

Western Victoria is set to host a soil health day aimed at unlocking key information to support farmers wanting to increase profitability. Sponsored by family owned and operated business NutriSoil, the Biological Farming Roundtable (BFR) brings experts in soil health to regional areas across Australia. The next BFR event in early June will take place […]

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Biology is key to healthy soils

Biology key to soil health

Locally produced on the border, NutriSoil is a vermiwash containing many biological products farmers can add to their tool kit on their journey to soil health.   NutriSoil is a biological stimulant produced at the NutriSoil Pty Ltd worm farm in Baranduda. Director Nakala Maddock said their vermiwash is one of the ingredients farmers can […]

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Biological Farming Roundtable heads to Ballarat

Farmers looking to understand more about soil ecology and improving their soil health will have the opportunity to attend a biological farming roundtable (BFR) event in April. The event which will take place at the Coghills Creek Community Center has been set for Wednesday April 6, 2022 and is being sponsored by NutriSoil, with the […]

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“Vermiwash: A Powerful Agent for Disease and Pest Control in Agriculture”

“Vermiwash: An agent for disease and pest control in soil – a review” by Kasahun Gudeta, J.M. Julka, Arun Kumar, Ankeet Bhagat, Amita Kumari, and others, focuses on the potential of vermiwash in disease and pest control within agricultural contexts. The key points include: Nature and Composition of Vermiwash: Vermiwash is a liquid extract from […]

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Phosphorous price spike – Unlock your reserves

Across the country farmers are keeping a nervous eye on skyrocketing phosphorus prices, but there may be a solution right under their noses – or in this case their feet.  With some farmers being encouraged to lock in DAP (double applied phosphorous) and MAP (mono-ammonium phosphate) for $1400 a tonne exiting Melbourne, the long-term sustainability of the […]

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Taking the risk out of soaring phosphorous prices

There is a secret to managing the looming risk of soaring Phosphorus and it is right under your feet! Unlocking the phosphorous reserves in your soil may be an option for many farmers facing the burden of soaring fertiliser and phosphorus prices, and it isn’t too late to begin the process for the 2022 cropping […]

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Episode 25 – How to build a dung beetle corridor and compost extractor

In episode 25 of the Biological Farming Roundtable Nakala explores the natural intelligence of the dung beetle, and how to establish a dung beetle corridor. She also speaks to regenerative farmer Rodney Bacon about how he used good old ingenuity to build his own compost extractor.

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Episode 23 – Unlocking Your Infinite Possibilities

In episode 23 Nakala speaks to Jane, whose unique skills are helping regenerative farmers expand their mindsets so they can unlock barriers to reach their potential and the world of infinite possibilities.

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Episode 22 – Increasing profitability in cane production with less inputs, Alan and Jenny Lynn

Cane farmers Alan and Jenny Lyn from Ingham in northern Queensland speak openly to Nakala Maddock from NutriSoil about the positive impacts traffic control and multispecies cover crops are having on their production system. Alan and Lyn discuss the stabilisation of their soil structure, abundance of worms and plant available nitrogen thanks to permanent raised […]

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Episode 21 – Dairy Farming Synthetic Free (Not Organic) with Andrew and Linda Whiting

Today’s episode is with dairy farmers Andrew and Linda whiting who farm 600acres, in Simpson Victoria with 800mm annual rainfall. With me is Shelley Scouller, Nutrisoil’s new Communications extraordinaire. Andrew and Linda Whiting were share farming when they decided to become self-start dairy farmers 18 years ago. They bought a dairy farm which had become […]

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Holistic grazing management secrets on show

Inspecting grasses

A special on-farm event to discuss the role of holistic grazing management in long term farm sustainability is an opportunity not to be missed. The special event is being sponsored by NutriSoil and will take place on Wednesday June 16 in Brungle NSW on a property operated by Brooke French. NutriSoil director Nakala Maddock said […]

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NutriSoil networking key to success

SoilKee Demonstration

A local business has produced results both on and off the field in the regenerative farming space and they believe their formula is a winner. NutriSoil director Nakala Maddock said last week is going to be hard to top, with a sold out Biological Farming Roundtable (BFR) event held at the NutriSoil farm and warehouse, […]

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Episode 20 – Coming back from the drought with Paul and Wendy Wemyss and Phill Lee

Today’s episode is with our long term friends Paul and Wendy Weymes, who operate a broadacre grazing property from Tarcutta, NSW. 2017 to 2020 was a tough a tough drought, the toughest they had experienced on their farm. This episode talks about what they experienced coming out of that drought and the tools they chose […]

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Regenerative farmers – Keep it simple

Andrew Whiting biologically active soil

Not everyone gets to do what they love every day, but that’s not the case with Linda and Andrew Whiting. And they are happy to share a journey which has left them grinning from ear to ear. Following the winding roads inland about forty kilometres from the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, we […]

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Albury to host Biological Farming event

Transition to low input farming pays off

Albury is set to host a biological farming event which will give regional food producers the opportunity to hear and see the benefits of regenerative farming practices. The Biological Farming Roundtable (BFR) on Thursday May 27 will begin at NutriSoil in Baranduda and then move to Huon Ag Services farm just down the road in […]

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Benefits of biology on show in Simpson

Soil Land Food agroecologist David Hardwick

A biological farming event in Simpson will give regional food producers the opportunity to hear and see the benefits of regenerative farming practices. The Biological Farming Roundtable (BFR) on Thursday April 22 will take place at Andrew and Linda Whiting’s property and include a presentation from leading agroecologist David Hardwick. The BFR is being organised […]

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Episode 19 – John Kempf – Author | Quality Agriculture

Today’s episode is a book review with John Kempf, who has recently released a NEW book, Quality Agriculture. This episode is FULL of new science in soil, animal, food and human health. John is founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a plant nutrition and bio-stimulants consulting company in the US. He is an agronomist, host of […]

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Episode 16 – Regenerative Cane Farming

Today’s episode is with Cane Farmer, Michael Waring from Ingham, QLD. This podcast was recorded at the 2019 Regenerative Cane Farming Forum in March this year which is being repeated this year in March 2020 in Cairns. David Hardwick and Michael Waring are the contact for this event and details to register are below. In […]

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Episode 15 – Building a local food market

Today’s episode is with father and son, Bob and Ian Congdon from Organic Woodstock Farm and Flour in Berrigan, NSW. Ian and his wife Courtney met at the University of Melbourne while they were studying landscape management and geography. They both had a passion for agriculture and local food markets and saw farming as a […]

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Episode 14 – The importance of a value driven farming system

The importance of a value driven farming system. In this episode Rod Fraser talks about values, states and perceptions and the importance of these in making great farming and life decisions. www.businessgrowthstrategies.biz Rod Fraser and Ellyn Martin are the directors of Business Growth Strategies. They provide a wholistic approach to help you build something special. […]

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Episode 13 – Sustainable Abundance with Joel Salatin

Today’s conversation is with Joel Salatin, a farmer, author, wordsmith, master communicator and world renown spokesperson for regenerative agriculture. Co-hosting with me is Charlie Arnot, Biodynamic, holistic, cattle, sheep and pig producer. This is the conversation we had the evening prior to the NutriSoil Sustainable Abundance Event. Two great men, nutting out the complexities and […]

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Sustainable Abundance – Cook, Farmer, Scientist

Dinner presentation at Sustainable Abundance with Joel Salatin, hosted by NutriSoil. The Cook, Farmer and Scientist was a presentation with the Bush Goddess, pennie scott, Joel Salatin as the farmer and Dr Julian Cribb as the scientist.

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Episode 11 – Increasing Carbon With Regenerative Agriculture

Today’s conversation is with mixed farmer, Col Harper, from Ariah Park NSW. Col changed to regenerative agriculture 10 years ago. He uses a combination of exhaust fertiliser, worm liquid and animals in his system. Since changing to regenerative agriculture, Col has doubled his organic matter, and increased his Carbon levels by over 70%. Regular tissue […]

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Are You Our Next Admin & Marketing Ninja?

We are seeking an experienced, adaptable professional for this role. Please click HERE for full details, including how to apply. We are very excited to meet you! Applications close at noon on Wed 29 May, 2019.

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Sustainable Abundance with Joel Salatin Event Schedule Released

Click link below to access the full two day schedule. As well as Joel there is an A list of speakers at the event. Websites are listed below to check them out before the day. EVENT SCHEDULE https://www.charliearnott.com.au/ https://provenir.com.au/ http://www.beechworthfoodcoop.org.au/our-range/local-producers/hillsborough-quality-nuts/ http://www.blackbarnfarm.com.au/ https://www.allenandunwin.com/authors/c/julian-cribb or https://juliancribb813.wixsite.com/jca1 https://www.lifestylefood.com.au/articles/meet-pennie-scott-bush-goddess-foods.aspx

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Episode 10 – Agroecology – A New Mindset in Agriculture | David Hardwick

David Hardwick is an agroecologist and has over 20 years’ experience in farming and food systems. David develops and delivers extension projects helping farmers gain tools, and information to transition to low chemical, ecological and profitable farming systems. Today’s conversation pivots around acceptance of change in agriculture and how mastering a whole farm system is […]

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NutriSoil 2019 Events Calandar

Welcome to 2019! What a year its going to be! Click HERE to access the 2019 Events Calandar. Featuring events with Andre Leu, Nicole Masters, Joel Salaton, Joel Williams, Field Days, Biological Farming Roundtables and more.

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Nutrisoil A New Agriculture, NutriSoil Annual Event Overview 2018

NutriSoil Annual Event held on June 29th 2018 with Charles Massy (author of Call of the Reed Warbler), Walter Jehne, Di Haggerty, Tim Wright, Mark Gardner, Matt Barton (RCS), David Vincent and the team at NutriSoil. A New Agriculture had over 212 attendees and achieved an amazing vibe of hope for farmers in the Regenerative Agricultural space.

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New study proves nitrogen addition significantly decreases arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

native grasses

New study proves nitrogen addition significantly decreases arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) abundance by an average of 27%, and decreased function by an average of 42%. AMF transfer N to plant hosts directly via amino acids. AMF aid in the weathering of soil minerals through their exudates and high rates of respiration. Native grasslands are abundant […]

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Episode 7 – Building a Holistic Regenerative Farming System with Nick and Lucy Kelly

nick and lucy kelly

Nick and Lucy Kelly farm a 2000Ha cereal and livestock farm in Newdegate, WA. Using plants and animals as the tools, Nick has transitioned the farm from conventional to a holistic regenerative system. Multispecies summer covers are sown, with French White Millet as the main species, and plant senescing is now the key trigger to […]

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Worm Liquid Proven to Increase Photosynthesis

leaf wheat

An experiment was carried out on plants treated with four different applications, one with 100% vermiwash, another with 50% vermiwash, one with 5% urea and a water control. The highest level of chlorophyll in fresh leaves was in the 100% vermiwash treatment. Sugars and protein levels were also highest in the 100% vermiwash treatments. This […]

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Episode 6 – Low input, closed, profitable system

Jeff, his wife Jenny and son Jarrod Andrews operate a 1000 Ha sheep property in Blighty, NSW. Using NutriSoil, a worm based fertiliser, for 15 years and low levels of Nitrogen (N), they turn off 6500 lambs per year. The Andrews are breaking the boundaries with using low nitrogen inputs in their corn crops. They […]

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Episode 5 – Calm the Farm

Suzanne Lewis

Suzanne Lewis is an ethical sheep producer that is passionate about low-stress sheep management and explains, that a healthy sheep is a happy sheep.

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2018 NutriSoil Open Day

NutriSoil Annual Event 2108

Come and join us for NutriSoil’s Annual event. This year we will be holding the event at Huon Hill function center in Wodonga, VIC, with an optional dinner to follow. Traditionally we have attracted farmers to this event, with the aim of supporting them in building regenerative farming systems. This year we also invite people interested […]

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Another Source of Nitrogen Uptake Has Been Discovered!

For more than 100 years conventional scientific wisdom held that root absorption of nitrogen was restricted to inorganic forms of nitrogen such as NO3, NO2, and NH4. But to their surprise, the scientists saw the illuminated dots attached to amino acids entering the mycorrhizal hyphae for plant uptake. Read paper: N uptake organic – Amaranthus Simpson (2011)

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Episode 4 – A Five Year Transition with Tom Briggs

Tom Briggs

In this episode, Nakala interviews Tom Briggs who, along with his dad Colin, operates a mixed cropping property near Rutherglen, Victoria. The father and son team have strong regenerative farming values and while being moderate synthetic input users, are now two years into a longer-term plan to remove synthetic fertilisers from their system. Listen to […]

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NutriSoil 2018 Events Calendar

Let’s talk about whats on this year. What’s Inside? NutriSoil Open Day with Charles Massy and Friends Field Days and Events Biological Farming Roundtable Dates BFR Podcasts Holistic Training Funding Purpose Driven Business Price Rise for orders under 200L Download our NutriSoil 2018 Events Calendar.

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Episode 3 – Natural Intelligence Agriculture with Di Haggerty

Di Haggerty

Di Haggerty operates a 12000-hectare sheep and cereal property in Western Australia’s central Wheatbelt using animals, worm liquid, compost extract and low levels of nitrogen. Di farms with her husband Ian and son James. The recent Charles Massy book “Call of the Reed Warbler” writes that the Haggertys are two of the most radical and […]

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Episode 2 – The beginnings of holistic transition with Andrew Freshwater

Podcast Channel

Andrew Freshwater from Australian Food and Farming has recently taken over a conventional cropping property in Tocumwal, NSW where he is building a holistic grazing operation. Andrew talks about jumpstarting a biological system, holistic management decision making, and transparency in food production.

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Episode 1 – Roots not Iron with Blake Vince

Blake Vince

Blake Vince is a corn, soybean and wheat producer from Canada. He is a Nuffield scholar, a cover crop specialist, a pioneer of no-till practices and an international speaker on regenerative farming practices. In this episode, Blake talks about reducing the impact and use of glyphosate, success in sowing corn clean without fungicide or pesticides, […]

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NutriSoil wins $7,000 prize to support education

NutriSoil wins $7,000 prize to support education

NutriSoil received 2nd place in the Ethical Enterprises Awards for 2017 & promised to share the $7000 prize with farmers on education! Feedback from farmers consulted so far, has been to provide training that involves holistic decision making for whole of farm and life impact.

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NutriSoil Wins Australian Organics Product of the Year

NutriSoil Wins Australian Organics Product of the Year

Local family Biological Fertiliser business, NutriSoil, has been recognised as a leader in change and integrity at the Australian Organics Awards last Thursday, where they were awarded Australian Organic Product of the Year, non food item. NutriSoil is a concentrated worm liquid, produced from a unique Vermiculture Recycling System used in broad acre farming systems, […]

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Stripe Rust, Finding An Alternative

After this was filmed, it was all good news for Peter. The stripe rust did not reappear whereas his neighbours sprayed 3 times with a conventional fungicide! More time and expenses for his neighbour and more damage to soil life.https://youtu.be/pJ24EgNb8wU?si=KliOefyDUoBuF8gp