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Innovative Granular legume inoculant from Alosca Technologies

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Alosca Technologies has developed a granular legume inoculant which has the potential to revolutionise the way pasture and cropping legumes are sown.

Established in 2004, Australian company Alosca Technologies has seen a rapid adoption of their legume inoculant delivery technology in WA. They are now supplying it across southern Australia and also seeing growth in their overseas development projects.

Alosca’s dry, clay based, in-furrow granular formulation provides many new application options not afforded to the traditional peat slurry method of legume inoculation. Peat based formulations rely on cool, moist seeding conditions to prevail in order to maintain viability and provide passage for the nitrogen fixing bacteria to colonise the emerging legume root system.

Alosca legume inoculant’s granular formulation has been developed to withstand variable moisture conditions and has the unique ability to activate on the same seasonal moisture triggers as the sown legume making it adaptive to the season.

Alosca’s Operations Manager, Chris Poole says, “From a cropping perspective growers have identified the advantages of our range which offers ease of use and flexibility with the opportunity to sow the legume program ahead of rain, leaving the cereal seeding window clear. With the granule’s many operational efficiencies over the more tedious slurry application method, it has made inoculation a more feasible option again at a busy time of the year.”

Independent evaluation at Murdoch University’s Centre for Rhizobium Studies has shown the favourable environment for Rhizobium in Alosca’s legume inoculant carrier system to provide enhanced bacterial survival when seeding to dry or marginal conditions and/or delays in germinating rainfall occur.

Alosca granules can be mixed with seed or fertiliser, sown to moist or dry seeding conditions and the buffering properties of the carrier formulation provide the opportunity to apply pesticide seed dressings typically harmful to legume inoculants.

Poole says that a frequent enquiry made by growers is how to on-farm blend or mix with seed or fertilizer.

“I’ve been suggesting to growers that simplicity is the key, not to over-mix the product before transferring it to the seeder. Grower experience has reported adequate mixing can be achieved through the regular transfers of seed or fertiliser from the shed or silo to the 5-in-1/compartment bin and then onto the seeder. Alosca-fertiliser mixes should then be delivered single shoot and not be banded separately from the seed,” he explains.

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