Canola and fodder grasses
Materials used in this chapter are published in book Biostimulant Albit for
increasing yields and protection of agricultures against diseases, A.K. Zlotnikov,
Ed. Prof. À. Melkumova. All-Russia Institute of Plant Protection, Russia, 2006.
Grass cutting is very stressful for plants (more stressful than hail). High
effective antidote can help plants to restore after cutting, normalizes metabolism
and productivity of plants. Albit is a “gold standard” among antidote products.
According to conducted field trials, Albit treatment of fodder grasses (galega,
lupine, alfalfa, vetch, clover) increases:
- One of the few products that have proven efficiency and registered
for application on fodder grasses (Reg. No. 081-07-866-1)
- Increases the regrowth after overwintering and mowing of
clover on average by 36%, fodder galega – by 22%, alfalfa – by 34%, cereal
fodder grasses (Festuca rubra, Agrostis capillfris, Poa
pratensis, Lolium perenne L. ssp.) – by 34–68%
- Increases yield of green mass by 2-11 t/ha according
to average long-term data
- Increases productivity of old-growth plants
- Increases resistance to drought, chilling and underflooding
- Increases resistance to many diseases of fodder grasses:
biological efficacy against anthracnose and rust of clover – 92,2% and
72,7%, common leaf spot and Ascochyta leaf spot of alfalfa – 18-31% and
60-70%. As a result, plant losses are significantly reduced
- Increases the coefficient of removal of nutrient elements from
soil and fertilizers: N – by 43 and 25%, P – by 33 and
47%, K – by 38 and 18%, respectively
- Stable effect of Albit (repeatability of effect is
observed from year to year) is higher in ca. 2 times in comparison with
- Non-toxic (Class 4 Hazardous Agent). Certified for
use in organic farming
- Albit has been successfully used for over 20 years
(on 70 agricultural crops) by farmers 50 regions of
Russia and 25 countries ranging from Germany and Switzerland
to China and Australia
- yield of green mass by 2-11 t/hectare;
- yield of seeds by 0,039-0,1 t/hectare;
- germination by 4-13%;
- drought and cold resistance;
- regrowth after skewing by 14,1-34%;
- herbage height and density by 10%;
- resistance to diseases (BE 95-100%)
Albit is also tested on fodder cereals used as lawn herbs (meadow fescue, bent,
meadow grass, and ryegrass). For these grasses, Albit increases:
- tillering and regrowth by 33,6–68%;
- green biomass increment by 7,6–17 %;
- chlorophyll content by 8,6–9,7 % (see details here).
Application methods. The main
treatment for fodder herbs is foliar spraying. The treatment
should be performed in the first half of vegetation (for example, in the stage
of budding). Consumption of Albit and Albit working solution is 40 ml/hectare
and 300L/hectare respectively. Purpose of Albit foliar spraying is growth
stimulation and improvement of mineral uptake. As result, hay harvest
is increasing stably approximately by 20%. For enhancement of effect,
the twice repeated Albit treatment is possible. It is recommended also to perform
an additional foliar spraying after skewing (to accelerate regrowth).
Presowing seed treatment (50-70 ml/tonne of seeds) is also
quite effective. Seeds should be soaked for short time in Albit solution conc.
3-5 ml/L. Seed treatment increases germination, stimulate plant growth in early
stages of development, protects from root rots and adverse environmental conditions.
Presented techniques (Albit foliar sprayings 40 ml/hectare and seed treatment
50-70 ml/tonne of seeds) are universal for all fodder herbs.
For canola, addition of Albit (60 ml/hectare) to insecticide
and herbicide solutions used for foliar sprayings is optimal.