ADVANCED NUTRIENTS HAVE IT rl research
IN THE BAG culminated in a
Improving crop yields, boosting as the granules disappeared into the
production and protecting the paddock;' he said. II1II boost by
environment are three reasons why "The plants were not looking too improving
more and more growers are turning to nitrogen
good and my agronomist kept telling
the Advanced Nutrients specialty me to apply another lot of urea but efficiency,
fertiliser range. Advanced told us to hold off. Gary Murdoch-Brown which cuts on-
Rohan Kingham even had his farm fertiliser costs through reducing
"Sure enough when rain came the
agronomist confounded by the results leaching and volatisation into the
plants responded so well that my \"
achieved with Advanced Nutrients' atmosphere;' he said ..
agronomist thought I'd added another
patented Black Urea and OAP Mineral lot of urea. He couldn't believe it "This is certainly breakthrough news
Blend. when I said we didn't." for growers of cotton, cereals,
The manager for Oalblair Pastoral, legumes, oil seed, dairy and
Advanced Nutrients chief executive
west of Tamworth, Mr Kingham horticulture crops. Black Urea is a
officer, Gary Murdoch-Brown,
applied Black Urea ahead of expected result of seven years of extensive
said this was an all too familiar story
rain on his nitrogen deficient laboratory and field research that
as more and more growers witnessed
paddock. delivers significant improvement in
the stability this patented product
"We had never used Black Urea nitrogen use and efficiency:
gave urea. He said Black Urea could
reduce fertiliser costs by as much as "The research focus of our Black
before and when we didn't get the
rain, we thought it was money wasted 35%. Fertiliser range has always been on
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the 'dollar return' for growers, so we conducted
commercial field trials as well as greenhouse trial work.
"The Black Fertiliser range and particularly Black Urea,
the longest researched Black product, continues to give
growers a dollar return not seen from conventional raw
"In one field trial, even though Black Urea cost $22/ha
more than white urea to apply, the return was $278/ha
more profit after the added cost of Black Urea. In another
trial on a sorghum crop, Black Urea delivered an increase
in net return of 50% over urea and on dry land wheat the
result was 40%:'
Advanced Nutrients uses its liquid Launch product to coat
urea and OAP.This results in increased stability and
efficiency in both products and makes fertiliser
.I Breaks up Clay Soils
application more effective. .I Increases Calcium
Irrigators can achieve greater
production with the Black products
.I Removes Sodium
as water is not their limiting factor.
Advanced Nutrient's managing .....•
director, Craig Salmon, said new
product was now available because
••• the company had committed to
making Black Urea itself.
"In the past we contracted the
Craig Salmon process out to different third parties
which caused us problems with
production, quality, cost and handling;' Mr Salmon said.
"We are now making it ourselves and stand 100% behind
"The thousands of dollars of commitment to equipment,
sheds and staff to make the product is testament that we
care for quality; we care that we can deliver and we want
to ensure growers get the best products:'
Black Urea is just one of the specialty products impressing
Oalblair Pastoral produced a good yield return in a
particularly bad season for malt barley and Mr Kingham
credits OAP Mineral Blend for the result.
"If the protein in barley is too low it won't be binned as
malt barley. Most of the trucks from other farms were
averaging 8.7% whereas ours were all around 9.1-9.2%;'
"That might not seem like much of a big pick-up but in a
bad year it meant we were up $100 a tonne.
"While we were applying nitrogen, phosphorous and
sulphur we were forgetting the micro nutrients. Again my
agronomist was left scratching his head at how well the
product worked as the minerals all reacted off each other
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