Hibrix – The proof is in the pudding.

How many alternative agricultural products have sprung onto the market in the last 5 years? It seems that every man and his dog are trying to sell a cure-all concoction made from Himalayan yeti droppings or juiced worm skin harvested by unspoiled vegans.

Whenever you hear about a new product you should ask one question and one question only;

Can you show me independent, replicated trial data proving your claims?

If the answer is no (as it usually is) then hang-up, put down the brochure and close the door. Australia’s marketing laws do not require a product to substantiate its claims, which allows manufacturers to prey on the gullible. Canada, and to a lesser extent the USA are way ahead of us when it comes to truth in advertising, Hibrix was required to undergo rigorous efficacy testing before being accepted for sale in the Americas.

On that note here are two of our independent replicated trial reports for the 2014/2015 season.

Hibrix Wheat Trial 2015

Hibrix Pasture Trial 2015

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Good luck to all and Merry Christmas

 

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RIP Phillip Hughes

It always comes as a shock when young people die.

Deaths in traffic accidents dismay me. Every parent has a hidden fear. However we know that facing danger is a crucial part of growing up. We must allow freedom to be hurt. Some take their activities to extreme levels, sometimes losing their life doing what they love to do.

 

Cricket is a very safe sport. My last memory of a cricket death was wicketkeeper McPartland who survived the War only to be hit by mishandled cricket bat, as I remember, in a charity match at the WACA in Perth.

 

Like hockey, cricket has lots of hard balls close to heads. One has to be brave to face fast bowlers and bouncers  or rocket hits in a Short Corner. Rarely however, is there serious injury. Deaths are very rare, almost never from a cricket ball.

There is always the call for safety and restriction on dangerous activities, after an accident. We must resist making life for our children too safe. Children learn from exposure to danger. We must guide them and then let them run free.

 

The life of a farmer is full of danger. Animals can kick and gore, barb wires spring at one, tractors turn over, trucks fall off jacks, snakes bite. There are lots of physical dangers. Manufacturers have worked hard to improve safety of equipment and the loss of fingers and arms and indeed lives has radically reduced.

 

The greatest danger to farmers and their families is the constant exposure to dangerous chemicals. Weeds are controlled with up to five dangerous mixtures. Pests require dipping of animals, seeds are coated with fungicide.

Agricultural magazines are mainly about advances in or experiments with more and more chemicals that are dangerous to man.

The problem is our system of agriculture, based on outdated technology. Imported NPK fertilisers and herbicides and pesticides are sprayed with abandon, leaching into our rivers and streams, even threatening the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Farmers should know that they can get better pasture by using absolutely safe Hibrix Activated Spray. The pasture if rotated into crop will give them increased yield all without exposure to any of the dangerous chemicals still in use.

 

If we are to reduce nutrient run off we must gradually reduce chemical farming. We should start with making farmers safe.

Hibrix to help remedy the decline of 30m Marri tree.

Hibrix Marri

Situated along the banks of Collie River, Honeymoon pool campground in Wellington national park Australia is a 30m Marri tree that has some serious health problems.  The last 50 years of foot traffic have compacted the soil around the root zone so much that the root system can barely penetrate the biomantle.

The end result is a shrinking canopy, which if left unchecked would lead to the trees eventual demise and removal.

Kings Tree Care of Bunbury PTY LTD was tasked with restoring life back into the old Marri.  Careful air-spading to breakup the compaction, a good dose of Hibrix Gold nutrients and some mulch was the order of the day.

Ben Jorgensen from Kings Tree Care says he choose Hibrix Gold as the preferred nutrient on the recommendation of several respected arborists.  It has the right blend of nutrients and is safe to use along the banks of the environmentally sensitive Collie River.

Mick Reilly From Hibrix says “Hibrix is generally used to increase growths rates so its great to be a part of something unique like the restoration of an ancient tree, we will be checking in with Ben periodically for updates on the trees recovery”

Hibrix Marri 2

Site visit Northam Trial – Wheat

We visited our Wheat Trial Northam today which is about 100km east of Perth.

The hills are green and a picture of a good season. The Trial is being conducted by Peracto – an international agricultural research company with a Perth office. Our consultant is Mark Sumner who meets us on site at Preston Farm on the road to Goomalling.

Last year we had no rain June and July and this year has been the opposite so the farmer has added 100kg of urea in recent weeks to his practice.

Above ground there is certainly a slight colour difference in the plots. Other than that a bit more consistency in the full fertiliser plot but not enough to be statistically different. This is what we would expect at this stage.

Mark form Peracto said that we should see the real difference from September onwards.

Below ground is where the Hibrix plots differentiated themselves from the non-Hibrix plots. We saw an increase in root mass, particularly the fine hair roots responsible for secreting malic acid to sequester nutrient.

Hibrix generates fine root hairs

Hibrix generates fine root hairs

Mount Barker pasture improvement

Howard farms Mick John Sheryn

Headed South this week to the Mount Barker area to visit John and Sheryn Howard.

John has a combination of sheep, barley and oats. John has been using Hibrix for 3 years inconjuction with some mineral fertlisers. We must say after a fairly long dry span in the area Mount Barker is looking green and certainly the animals look very healthy!!!

Although wanting more rain to top up dams the ground is certainly saturated.

There has been enough rainfall for a promising season but local farmers would welcome another good down pour to fill the dams.

John is intialting a pasture trial next month based on the CSIRO parametres and measuring pasture density with his rising plate metre. Keen to report results in a couple of months.

 

Kukerin wheat farming trials

Heading east this week to visit Darren Smith near Kukerin to intiate our new product trial. We are trialling Hibrix Optimise, a new technology which is applied 30 days after seeding. Hibrix Optimise is specially designed increase nutrient uptake during tillering and head emergence ultimately resulting in yield increases.

Lab trials have shown a 15% yield increase and we are hoping replicate this in the field.

This is one of two trials in WA and we will keep you up to date with results.

Carnavon

Escaping Perths dreary winter we headed north to Carnavon . Visting Annie and Luke at the Carnavons Growers association who have intiated two trials with local growers.

Sampling some local produce whilst following the tourist “food trial” we can vouch for the amazing produce coming out of this region. Carnavon produces 100 million dollars worth of crops per year and fill a major season supply gap in western Australian growers produce.

We look forward to visiting again to follow up on trials and do a little more fishing and eating of the local produce.

We recently lost the legendary Jack Brabham

I am an aviation man and although I rode motor bikes and maintained them, I was never attracted to the motor sport.

In 1958 I did the standard trip to England for a working holiday and almost immediately met up with John Blake the curator of the Popular Flying association in London.

John was an authority on aeroplanes and for many years was the voice at Farnborough air displays and was well known to all in aviation.

He also knew everything about motor cars and took me to lunch at the Steering Wheel Club, normally reserved, I later found out, or Formula I drivers and sponsors.

As we entered the club John was called over to a table where three men were dining and we were asked to Join them.

That is how I met Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss and Lord Brabazon of Bristol.

I had a vague idea of who Stirling was and could guess the aircraft related Brabazon, but I knew nothing of Jack.

Jack was learning to fly and suggested that I join him to fly to Australia. I should have grabbed the opportunity but I felt I lacked experience at the time.

Jack asked me to come and see the car he was building. John was enthusiastic, so despite my ignorance I went along.

Stirling Moss picked us up the next day and we drove to Jack’s garage and we were taken into his construction room. The room was immaculate with painted floor and the near finished car most impressive.

John joined the two drivers in an animated discussion about every detail of the vehicles design, construction method, engine gear box, everything.

I kept in the background afraid to show my total lack of comprehension, when suddenly Jack turned and asked me for my opinion.

I made what seemed the obvious comment. The engine was at the rear. Even I knew that all racing cars had the engine at the front.

Jack had me attend a couple of meets. England was recovering very slowly from the war and although rationing had ceased London was still in ruins. The motor racing was the first glamour sport to recover and it was lots of fun but not really my scene.

In 1959 we celebrated Jack’s win in the Monte Carlo Grand Prix and then of course his World Championship (with pushing his car over the finishing line having run out of petrol). He went on to win a championship driving that rear engine car and finally another championship in that same car with the Australian Repco engine.

It is interesting that at this time we are celebrating the first victory by Western Australian Daniel Riccardo in the Canadian Grand Prix.

We at Hibrix are sponsoring our own driver Jacob de Cerqueira, admittedly on Go carts, but he is following the Riccardo path and showing outstanding skills.

You will be able to follow Jacob’s progress here

Catching up: Mycorrhiza fungi

We were glad to see on TEDS Talks 29th October 2013, French biologist Mohamed Hijri suggesting the use of Mycorrhiza fungi to reduce the wastage of phosphorus.
wwwted.com/speakers/mohomed_hijri.html
Hijri pointed to the dwindling supply of world phosphorus and the wastage as only 15% of the phosphorus applied is consumed by plants; the remainder is locked up in the soil or creates dangerous algae blooms in rivers and lakes.
Hibrix Sales Pty Ltd is at this moment demonstrating just this technology to Queensland sugar farmers, who are blamed for algae based destruction of the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia’s CSIRO claim that huge quantities of phosphorus, applied over the last century remain locked up in iron and aluminium in our soils. The Hibrix System of farming releases such deposits.
Hijri is correct in all he says, but much more than Mycorrhiza is needed to have a satisfactory fertiliser, applicable to a wide range of plants, soils and conditions.
It is good to hear scientists supporting our claims. It is also great to see how far ahead is our research.
We are currently harvesting a very successful trial on wheat in Western Australia where NPK fertiliser has been reduced to 50% of normal application and the rest replaced with low cost Hibrix Fertiliser. Farmers will see that they can safely reduce NPK fertilisers and add Hibrix fertiliser in their first year of changing soils.