Around the world, silicon (Si) in the form of plant available Si is known to be necessary for good crop health and yield and is routinely added to sugar cane crops. In Australia the problem is well known but not yet resolved, mainly due to the lack of a cost effective source of soluble silicon. The problem is well documented in world research and in Australia in the results of a three year trial conducted by the CSIRO and the Sugar Development Corporation (Sugar Research and Development Corporation SRDC Project CLW009)
The CSIRO report identified that:
Large areas of land in Northern Queensland have low levels of plant available Silicon and this is impacting on sugar cane yields. Whilst many possible sources to provide soluble silicon were trialled, identifying a cost effective source that would be locally available was a major problem at the time. Most of the products trialled were either ineffective or required dose rates in the order of tonnes per hectare and some were products that are not permitted for use in agriculture in Australia.
MaxSil is a cost effective source of soluble silicon for sugar cane. It requires low dose rates
2013-2014 Season Trials
Extensive trials were conducted with major sugar cane mill farms during 2013-2014. The use of MaxSil at low dose rates increased yields by an average of over 5 tonnes a hectare across a range of climatic areas and soil types from Maryborough to Tully.
Results of the trial: DOWNLOAD