DIATURE™ Soil Conditioner - Market Garden Appraisal 2015 (Phil Turner Wright)
For the last 4 years high quality vegetables have been grown on part of a 13.5 acre holding in Dolybont nr Aberystwyth, which for several decades had been confined to Guernsey cattle, and more recently sheep and in 2015, pigs. DIATURE™ soil conditioner was introduced as an organic approved product which may aid crop quality.
Monitoring began at greenhouse seed planting, transfer around the growing system, recording germination dates, flower and fruit set, crop quality, yields and start and completion picking dates.
Each planting with DIATURE was mirrored with a control without DIATURE. Fertiliser used, was a 3 year matured home produced combination of layers of sheep and chicken waste, grass light foliage cuttings and weeds all produced on the farm.
Observations noted with DIATURE™ application :
Germination for almost all seed varieties was between 10% and 20% faster.
- Plants had accelerated growth, flowered sooner with ‘fruit’ developing in advance and in greater numbers than without DIATURE™ with also e.g. larger beetroot and lettuces of the same varieties produced over the same time scale.
- Harvesting of the vegetables could begin sooner in many cases.
- Slug attack on the DIATURE™ grown rows of beetroot was minimal, while on rows without DIATURE™ slug attack was severe. This will be well worth exploring in more detail.
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Diature™ Exclusive Agency
IMERYS, world suppliers of performance minerals, grant NFF Ltd an exclusive agency to distribute Diature™ in UK and Ireland. NFF Ltd has commissioned further research trials into animal feed and soil conditioner benefits for Diature™, aimed at agricultural and horticultural markets.
New Product Launch at NSA WALES 2015
Rumenco Ltd.,mineral and feed block manufacturers launched ‘CLEANSWEEP’ a mineral & vitamin tub with added hard shelled aquatic plant minerals(Diature™) , formulated to support animal performance and complement effective parasite control programmes in cattle and sheep.
Campylobacter study in broilers was completed in 2013.Currently in progress is a study of coccidia and other parasites in free range laying birds, monitoring egg production, egg quality, shell thickness. Studies under KESS MSc studentships at I.B.E.R.S.,Aberystwyth , in collaboration with NFF Ltd.
Trial plots sown with and without Diature soil amendment will look at effect on mineral levels, nutritional status & performance of three of the most common ryegrass varieties grown in the UK. This is part funded by an InnovateUK voucher award to NFF Ltd, with trial work done by I.B.E.R.S., Aberystwyth.
Currently the company and Aberystwyth University (IBERS) are jointly trialling Diature™DE in broiler poultry feed to ascertain the effect on Campylobacter sp. and other gram negative bacterial infections. Campylobacter causes huge problems for the consumer and NHS when infected poultry gets through the food chain. Coccidia, parasite burdens, feed conversion and growth parameters will also be monitored. This is under a KESS studentship M Phil study.
Other proposed studies will be under the supervision of the WISE team at IBERS looking in more detail at how Diature™DE acts on specific organisms which affect livestock.