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Crops grow well in balanced soils while weeds prefer soils that
are out of balance
The company approach uses
humus compost at the centre of
the system to creating living soils.
During the past 50 years, Australia
has decimated beneficial soil biology
and increased further dependence on
agrichemicals and fertilisers.
Lack of soil carbon can be
addressed by using humus compost,
raising carbon levels so they can sup-
port life, recycle nutrients and sus-
tain healthy plant growth.
Humus is a material full of active
carbon that dramatically improves
the physical, chemical and microbio-
logical aspects of the soil.
Active carbon (humus compost) is
digested and transformed by soil
microbes, culminating into humus:
the best active carbon available for
This creates greater air space and
loose crumbly, aggregated soils,
allowing roots to penetrate deeper
into the soil, resulting in more vigor-
ous, healthy root growth.
Humus compost also solubolises
minerals, making them more avail-
able and therefore producing greater
This is extremely beneficial in normal
conditions, but is exponentially more
critical in severe drought conditions.
Humus compost holds up to four
times its weight in water, increasing
the water-holding capacity of the
soil. This dramatically improves a
plant's ability to access available
water in drought conditions.
A healthy soil with high levels of
humus builds healthier plants that
are able to defend themselves against
weed, insect and disease pressures.
Crops grow well in balanced soils
while weeds prefer soils that are out
of balance. Insects prefer plants with
low sugar (or brix) levels.
Brix readings are related to the phos-
phorus levels within the plant which
are, in turn, directly related to fungi
levels in the soil. Maintaining good
humus levels in the soil will help bal-
ance the 'good and bad' soil microbes.
YLAD Living Soils has designed pro-
grams using humus compost and bio-
logical amendments that suit all soil
types and farming enterprises, build soil
health and overall farm sustainability.
Details and free consultation: 02 6382 2165.
JD promises revolutionary irrigation
JOHN Deere Water's product
portfolio has focused primarily on
drip and micro irrigation products
since it entered the market in 2006.
The company has become one
of the largest irrigation
companies in the world.
With the 2008 acquisitions of
Plastro Irrigation Systems and T-
Systems, International, and the
2006 acquisition of Roberts
Irrigation Products, John Deere
Water provides precision
irrigation systems in more than
It is investing heavily in
research and development,
focused on efficiency, durability
and precision delivery.
When this is allied to further
possible company acquisitions, it
is expected there will be a range
of new product lines brought to
market that will revolutionise the
In the past 12 months, John
Deere Water has launched the
D5000 drip line, S2000 micro-
sprinkler, S5000 plastic impact
sprinkler and E1000 online dripper.
The initial launch of high-
quality metal filters features
hydrocyclone, media, automatic
hydraulic, automatic electric and
The F9000 Gravity Filter -- new
to Australia -- uses the force of
gravity to filter up to 130
Importantly, John Deere has not
used a one-size-fits-all approach
for this product range.
Australia has some of the
harshest water in the world.
Water hardness and turbidity is
a common cause for corrosion
problems and is particularly
evident in irrigation water from
Murray Darling catchments in
New South Wales, Victoria, South
Australia and the eastern
catchments of Queensland.
Aware of this unique challenge
for Australian farmers, an internal
epoxy coating is applied in the
manufacturing process to all
John Deere filters produced for
The standard method of
corrosion prevention for filters is
applying a polypropylene coating
to the metal. While sufficient in
most countries, experience
shows that polypropylene filters
in Australia can start to corrode
within two years.
While polypropylene coating is
a form of power coating, epoxy
coating reacts to make a bond
with the metal itself. This results
in a hard robust surface that is
adhesive to the steel making it
one of the most effective
methods of prevention against
"Minimising down-time is
critical for growers," John Deere
Water Australia/New Zealand
managing director Peter Wanckel
"It is our goal to allow growers
to keep their irrigation system
running longer by tailoring a
unique epoxy coated product
range for Australia conditions".
Details: 07 3881 4026,
Iirrigation systems are kept running longer by tailoring a unique
epoxy coated product range for Australian conditions.
Imported and distributed by Vin
Rowe Farm Machinery, AVR
offers a range of potato
Humus compost at the centre
Healthier plants able to defend
Brix readings related to the
Unique F9000 Gravity
Filter now in Aust
Internal epoxy coating
applied in manufacturing
Range of new products
lines on drawing board
YLAD works in soil life cycle
(humus compost) is
transformed by soil
Putting life back into the land supports
soil properties that resist erosion and
Potato 'trendsetter' sweeps Australia
AVR has become the trendsetter of
potato harvester manufacturing in
Europe. The company produces
machines with the principal aim of
giving growers exactly what they want.
In close cooperation with the end
users, the machines are developed to
the needs and requirements of the
The cooperation with growers
extends for the life of a machine.
Imported and distributed by Vin
Rowe Farm Machinery, AVR offers a
range of potato harvesters, including
the renowned 4100 and 6100 single-
row bunker machines and the 8200
two-row, 8-tonne bunker capacity
harvester which have become readily
accepted in Australia.
A continuing demand for
secondhand versions of these models
is proof of market acceptance.
AVR also offers a range of two and
four-row self-propelled harvesters and
became a world market leader in 2011.
This year, two new AVR potato
harvesters will be introduced to the
The new 6200 two-row bunker
machine is a down spec and down
priced version of the popular 8200. It
is proving extremely popular in Europe
Lifetime cooperation guar-
antee for growers
Esprits equipped with rev-
olutionary elevator, dig-
Multitude of cleaning units
guarantee correct system
with growers who have outgrown
single-row capacity machines, but do
not want the sophistication and price
of the more expensive 8200 range.
firstname.lastname@example.org or Wayne Mills
0417 945 584.
Supporting Growers Australia Wide
43-55 Produce Lane
Pooraka SA 5094
Phone 08 8349 4556
Fax 08 8349 5316
New Addition to Product Range
Automated and Semi-Automated
Proudly Australian Manufactured
Food Grade Plastic Pallets
Wrap and Tapes
Mega Bins and Storage Crates
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