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Farmcraft has a dedicated Agronomy and Horticulture team with over 100 years experience in:

  • Broadacre Crops
  • Flowers
  • Forage Crops
  • Pastures
  • Small Crops
  • Tree Crops
  • Sugar Cane

 

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 Kalfresh_03 Our team can offer professional advice on:

  • Growing Crops
  • Diseases
  • Insects
  • Soil and Plant Nutrition
  • Weeds

 

Speak to one of our trained staff today!

 

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Crop Protection

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Our sales team has a wealth of knowledge from experience and training to provide you with expert advice on crop protection products. Farmcraft works diligently with product suppliers to ensure staff are kept up to date with new products.

We can offer advice and products for:

 

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 AcaciaR_08 500 Visit your nearest Farmcraft Store to see the range of products in stock. Looking for a specific product? Just ask! We have access to a huge range of suppliers and may even have it in one of our other stores.

 

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Fertiliser

 

At Farmcraft, we have a great range of quality fertilisers to suit your requirements.NPK Fertilisers
NPK Fertilisers are sometimes known as “complete fertilisers.” These products contain a blend of Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) in varying amounts. The way to tell how much of each element is in the blend is by looking at the numbers on the bag.The numbers will always bewritten as 15-12-15 (example only). This means that the blend is 15% N, 12% P and 15% K. These numbers will vary depending on the blend. NPK Fertilisers can be in either granular or liquid form and are generally synthetically produced. CK 88, Greentop K and Lawn Builder are examples of NPK Fertilisers. Slow Release NPK Fertilisers are also produced. The Osmocote range is an example of slow release NPK Fertilisers.
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 shutterstock_52603057 It is important that NPK fertilisers are incorporated into the soil either by digging or watering immediately after application.Organic Fertilsers
Organic Fertilizers are derived from the remains or manure of living organisms. Blood & Bone, Seaweed Extract and Dynamic Lifter are all examples of organic fertilisers. Organic fertilisers are broken down by bacteria and microbes in the soil, releasing nutrients as they decompose. Because organic fertilisers work very slowly, it is virtually impossible to overdose plants. Overdosing plants is very easy to do when using synthetic fertilisers. Organic Fertilisers are available in Solid or Liquid form.Specialty Fertilisers
Specialty Fertilisers are NPK Blends that contain a special formulation of NPK to increase performance from a particular plant or group of plants. Specialty Fertilisers can also be tailored to feed plants the required nutrients at a particular stage in their growth cycle e.g. flowering, fruit set, early growth etc. Fertilisers such as Nitrophoska, GF Fruit Fertiliser and Rose Food are examples of specialty fertilisers.Trace Element Fertilisers
Trace element fertilisers are produced to correct deficiencies in minor elements within the plant and the soil. These fertilisers are applied in very small amounts and therefore are sold in small packaging. Trace element fertilisers can be applied in liquid or granular form.

 

How do I choose the right fertiliser?

When selecting a fertiliser, there are several things to consider.

1. The plant or crop you intend to fertilise.
Different species of plants have different nutrient requirements. When assessing the requirements of a plant it is important to understand the basic roles of the three major elements in plant growth and reproduction.

Nitrogen – Promotes leaf growth and leaf greening as well as plant vigour.
Phosphorus – Aids in root growth and development
Potassium – Promotes flowering, fruit growth, fruit colour, flower colour.

Bear in mind that different plants also have different trace element (Copper, Zinc, Boron, Magnesium, Calcium etc.) requirements. These elements are required in very small amounts so inputs of these are generally very low. Some plants are also intolerant of some elements as well. For example, native Australian plants do not tolerate phosphorus, so when choosing a fertiliser for natives it is advisable to choose a blend with little or no phosphorus.

 

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 shutterstock_71794108 2. The growth stage of the plant or crop you intend to fertilisePlants require different levels of nutrient at different stages in their growth cycle. When assessing this, it is important to again consider the roles of the major elements mentioned in the previous paragraph. A very basic guide to nutrient requirements at different growth stages is listed below. Please understand that this information is a basic guide only and no information on how much of each element to apply is given as this varies greatly from species to species.Pre Planting/Planting —> Nitrogen, Phosphorus
Early Growth —> Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Calcium
Pre-Flowering —> Bud Set – Calcium, Boron, Potassium
Flowering —> Fruit Set – Potassium, Calcium, Boron.
Fruit Fill —> Fruit Development – Potassium.
This guide is not for all plants, for example root vegetables have high phosphorus, potassium and calcium requirements and low nitrogen requirements whereas leafy green vegetables have high nitrogen and potassium requirements and low phosphorus requirements.If you have a mixed vegetable or flower garden or want to use one single fertiliser for the garden and lawn, there are many good quality, general purpose fertilisers available that will satisfy most domestic gardeners requirements.

 

3. The response you wish to initiate from the plant
Nutrient inputs need to be tailored to suit the response you want from the plant. Identify whether you are looking for increased fruit size, brighter flowers, greener leaves or any other improvement in the plant/crop. Remembering the roles of the nutrients mentioned previously, you can tailor the inputs to suit.
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Which is better – synthetic or organic fertiliser?

There is much publicity surrounding the use of organic fertilizer as opposed to synthetic fertiliser. One is not “better” than the other as they provide nutrient to the plant in different ways. Organic fertilisers are very important in maintaining the overall health of the soil so should be used in any fertiliser program. Synthetic fertilisers provide nutrient in a form that is generally readily available to the plant so most times a quicker response is seen in the plant than if an organic fertiliser was used. Both synthetic and organic fertilisers should be used in a complete fertiliser program.

 

 

 

 

Seed

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If you’re thinking seed, think Farmcraft. We have the range to suit any agricultural or domestic requirement. Our range includes vegetable seed, pasture seed, grain & forage seed as well as couch seed for the household lawn. Ask our staff about a tailor-made fertilizer program as well to help get your seed off to the best possible start.

Get your seed ordered today

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Farmcraft carries seed from the following leading suppliers:

 

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Packaging

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Farmcraft works with Australia’s largest packaging suppliers to bring you quality packaging at competitive prices, in both small and bulk quantities.We can offer:

  • Cartons
  • Boxes
  • Bins
  • Hand or machine constructed

 

Need Packaging? Speak to our sales team.

 

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