Goldstrike ML99 Multileaf® Lucerne vs. bare untreated seed sown into base potting mix with no background fertility or rhizobia. This demonstrates the benefit of Goldstrike Professional seed treatment to help seedling legume stands to achieve high levels of plant nodulation and increased plant survival and production.
Goldstrike is the premium seed treatment in the Australian market. The treatment process and technical advances with Goldstrike are ongoing. This season Seed Distributors have added the Nutrient Enhanced package to all of the Goldstrike seed treatment range. It includes a complete starter package with macro and micro nutrients.
Benefits of a successful nodulation:
Seed Distributors has had an extensive goal to extend the life span of the live Rhizobia on Goldstrike Seed Treated products. This challenge has taken the current industry standards to further than most companies have been able to achieve within Australia. The extension of the lifespan enables the Australian farmers to take advantage of a wider window of opportunity for planting Goldstrike products.
This treatment exposes the limitations to standard farmer applied inoculation systems where in most cases the rhizobia treated die within the first 48 hours. Seed Distributors understands the limitations that farmers and retailers have and have seen this project as one of the most important issues for Australian Farmers. Pasture legumes that are pre-inoculated need to be able to handle long timelines between application of rhizobia to being stored and transported then to wait for the most accurate seeding window. These long time lines end up affecting some of the current treated lines within our industry.
As part of the research that has gone into meeting long term rhizobia survival Seed Distributors has invested many hundreds of thousands of dollars into cutting edge technology that allows for accurate application of rhizobia, fungicides, insecticides and nutrient packages. These products need to be applied at separate stages of the treatment stage very accurately.
The Rhizobia themselves can be severely affected by certain chemicals, fungicides, heat and rapid or aggressive movement at the treatment stage. The recommended standard number of viable Rhizobia per seed at time of sowing (according to ALIRU) is 1000 for large and medium sized seeds, and 500 for small seeds such as White Clover. This should achieve adequate nodulation under all conditions, though some constraints such as drought, highly acidic or sodic soils, etc., may suppress nodulation. However, the recommended standard does represent realistic and attainable numbers of Rhizobia that should ensure nodulation under most conditions of establishment and plant growth.
Goldstrike Longlife® Achievement details:
This season Seed Distributors is very proud to announce that after many years of Research.
In 2009, under normal storage conditions this has been achieved by Seed Distributors, and independently verified using third party testing (New Edge Microbials and SARDI). This ground breaking achievement now gives Australian Agriculture extra confidence in Goldstrike Products. The Longlife Rhizobia now gives a wider opportunity for the planting window. Seed is a living product and requires to be handled with care. Rhizobial treated products need to be stored in cool dry conditions out of direct sunlight.