I first met the team at Australian Soil Biological Supplies (ASBS) in 2012 when I attended a three day workshop on creating and analysing compost, compost teas and compost extracts presented by the Soil Foodweb Institute.
Our macadamia orchard was planted in the early 1980’s and until 2007 the orchard had regularly achieved annual production levels of between 4 and 5 tonnes of nut-in-shell per hectare. In the six years from 2008 until 2012 average annual production had fallen to just over 2 tonnes of nut-in-shell per hectare and the trees were looking very run-down.
We subsequently undertook some Soil Foodweb Institute soil tests and sought recommendations from Australian Soil Biological Supplies.
Over the last three years production has steadily but consistently improved to average almost 4.5 tonnes of nut-in-shell per hectare and this year (2016) we have enjoyed our best crop ever.
I recently contacted Australian Soil Biological Supplies for some information about air pumps and in passing I asked if they had had any first-hand experience of a product that was being recommended as an aid to improving soil health.
Chris’s advice with regard to the air pump and the relative merits of compost teas and extracts for our purposes was, as always, straight forward and practical and has saved me a lot of time, energy and money.
Chris also suggested a simple means of testing how effective any product is that makes claims about improving soil health – I strongly recommend you ask ASBS about this yourself!
Australian Soil Biological Supplies continues to be an invaluable source of good no-nonsense advice and competitively priced products for our business. I strongly recommend Australian Soil Biological Supplies to any farming business that is aiming to improve production or to target expenditure better.
Tim Salmon, Macadamia grower,Gympie, Queensland
"I have been using ASBS's products for the past six months and have finally achieved the results I have been seeking for many years of trying to improve my soils.
The ASBS products have given my compost and soils an enormous boost in terms of microbiology, as observed under my own microscope.
ASBS provided me with specific advice as to the timing and application rates of specific products (mainly fish hydrolysate and kelp) to the compost and soils, which has resulted in an excellent response from my citrus trees and lawn (even through winter).
I have no hesitation in recommending ASBS as a highly credible company with a genuine interest in helping its clients to receive results."