Finalist – Banksia Awards 2012
The Banksia awards are a public recognition and acknowledgement for achievements in environmental programs that can be taken back to communities, organisations or industries and utilised to motivate and assist in providing the extra impetus for further progress in increasing environmental awareness in Australia.
Finalist – CleanTechOpen 2012
The mission of the CleanTechOpen is to find, fund and foster companies with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. It is funded by the Federal Government through its Clean Technologies Supplier Advocate Program in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
Maxsil Increases Yields
Whilst the issue of inadequate silicon in soils has not been an issue that has been previously addressed in Australia, a recent three year study by CSIRO based on sugar cane have shown that the problem is real and considerable.
Maxsil is Cost Effective
The major stumbling block to correcting silicon deficiency has been the lack of a cost effective source of silicon material. The few imported materials available are extremely expensive and generally have elevated pH, requiring care in handling and application. Other “cheaper” materials such as diatomite and rock dust generally require up to ten times the application rate and are therefore not cost effective.
Maxsil for Cereals, Vegetables, and Legumes
Trial work has demonstrated increased growth of a range of plants including corn, barley and tomato grown from seed using both seed raising mix and soil as a medium. This translates to faster growth, vastly improved root systems (and therefore healthier, stronger and more erect plants), and reduced crop loss to pests and disease. A large reduction in sodium uptake in leaf tissue in MaxSil™ treated plants has been documented as has increased nutrient uptake.
Maxsil Requires Low Dose Rates
Recent field trials with legumes (beans) at Allora in Queensland demonstrated a large increase (up to 30%) inmarketable yield using MaxSil™ at relatively low dose rates of 2 to 18kg per hectare. The material outperformed liquid potassium silicate used on the same crop at the same dose rates. The potassium silicate material was much more expensive than MaxSil™.
Competitive advantages, Silicon in Agriculture
Around the world some 2 million hectares of rain fed and irrigated agricultural land is lost to production each year due to severe land degradation and other factors including urban sprawl. The conundrum therefore is that as human population increases, even more food is required to be extracted from less land. The problem is further exacerbated by the changing dietary habits of emerging nations’ populations who are demanding more protein in their diets. Each year, total food production increases by 1-2% whilst the world population is increasing by approximately 4% and current projections from the United Nations and others are that food production needs to double by 2050 to avoid widespread starvation.
There is over 100 years of documented evidence that silicon in soluble form has a dramatic effect on plant yield, increases resistance to pests and disease and can help plants grow in saline conditions. Silicon fertilisers are routinely used around the world, particularly for sugar cane, and rice and many vegetable crops.
MaxSil™ has many desirable characteristics including high levels of soluble (plant available) silicon and a high capacity to provide plant nutrient exchange from soil to plant (Cat Ion exchange or CEC). It also has no significant or reportable levels of heavy metals and exceeds the requirements of the current Fertiliser Industry uniform guidelines.
Farm trials have shown increased net returns well in excess of the input cost of MaxSil™ and up to $1,800 a hectare increase in some crops. In the case of wheat and cotton trials, replicated results showed that up to half of the standard phosphate inputs could be removed from the crop with no adverse effect on yield. This has cost benefits as well as environmental ramifications in areas such as the Barrier Reef catchment area where legislation provides for phosphate inputs to be reduced by 50% within three years.
The manufacture of phosphate fertiliser generates 1 tonne of carbon dioxide for each tonne produced. The environmental benefits from the use of MaxSil™ to remove up to 50% of phosphate inputs from a crop is obvious and in large are, low value crops such as wheat there are additional cost benefits as well.
The product is certified as an “Allowed Input” for Organic Farming Systems by Australian Organic (Allowed Input 11031AI). The product and process is subjected to ongoing audit procedures by Australian Organic.
So Why MaxSil™?
- MaxSil™ is the most cost effective silicon material on the market
- MaxSil™ is user friendly and available in both granular and liquid form
- MaxSil™ requires low dose rates and will improve farm income
- MaxSil™ has results backed by qualified third party agronomists and NATA registered laboratories
- MaxSil™ is 100% Australian Made
- MaxSil™ is a certified Organic Input
- MaxSil™ is supported and distributed by Landmark, Australia’s largest agribusiness provider
- MaxSil™ is proven to have higher levels of soluble (“Plant Available”) silicon than any other granular product on the market.
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