Drought in South Africa
Drought relief for some, not for all….
The severe drought conditions experienced over the past three years have eased considerably in many parts of the country but the Eastern Cape is still in the grips of severe water shortages. In the north eastern parts of the country, some rain has fallen but dam levels are not where they should be in comparison to annual averages, so water conservation still has to be taken seriously.
Farmers Upliftment in spite of Drought Conditions
Zylem subscribes to the philosophy that soil health is the key to plant health and that healthy soil mitigates against risks from extreme weather. Our biologically-friendly products are geared towards returning good health to the soil whilst reducing input costs and reliance on inorganic fertilisers. This era of sustainable farming has revolutionised how crop production is viewed and is gaining traction around the world.
Specially formulated by Zylem, Sea Brix, Amino K and Triple Ten are three products designed to aid in the production of roots, shoots, and flowers – especially in drought conditions. These products can be applied through irrigation systems. The macro and micro elements of these products stimulate beneficial microbes and contribute to the overall health and fertility of the soil.
Sea Brix contains Triacontanol, a potent natural growth stimulant. It was formulated with the primary objective of maximising photosynthesis, the process that results in high brix levels in the plant. Since potassium is the macro element worst affected by drought, a foliar application of 3L/ha of Sea Brix plus up to 10kg/ha of potassium sulphate is very effective in mitigating the effects of prolonged dry conditions. Adding urea at 5kg/ha to the Sea Brix and potassium sulphate mixture is very useful but, when urea is added, it is important to reduce the potassium sulphate to 8kg/ha. The form of nitrogen produced by urea (NH2) has an extremely beneficial effect within the plant metabolism.
If irrigation is an option, Sea Brix applied to the soil is an excellent supply of an organic source of potassium. It reduces the ‘salt index’ (EC) associated with the application of inorganic fertiliser.
Amino K (fermented molasses) is an extremely efficient form of organically applied potassium in drought conditions, especially when applied to the soil through irrigation. It contains 4% potassium and other macro and micro elements, especially silicon and enzymes. With enzymes and metabolites from the fermentation process, it is an excellent food source for beneficial microbes, ultimately increasing plant vigour.
Nutri-Tech Triple Ten ™ (10-10-10) is a liquid fertiliser combining a hot-mix NPK blend, chelated trace elements and potent organic fertilisers. This organic fertiliser includes liquid vermicast, fish fertilisers, fulvic acid, seaweed fertiliser, vitamins and a powerful growth promotant – triacontanol. Nutri-Tech Triple Ten ™ represents state-of-the-art, crop-specific fusion fertilising.