Can I dry sow my inoculated legumes?
29 JulBy atadmin
Yes, it is a matter of using an appropriate inoculant formulation for the seeding situation. Traditionally with moisture reliant legume inoculants that are applied to seed, like peat based inoculants, dry sowing has been an issue. Nitrogen fixing bacteria carried in moisture reliant inoculant products are susceptible to drying out under warm, low humidity conditions common to autumn sowing in Australia and other dryland farming climates.
The unique properties of the ALOSCA granule protects nitrogen fixing bacteria from heat and low humidity through the capacity of the carrier clay to hold in sufficient moisture for extended periods to maintain the viability of the product even when the surrounding soil is warm and dry. When the soil profile receives sufficient rainfall to dampen the granule it disperses the nitrogen fixing bacteria to the furrow and becomes available to the legume’s emerging root system. The ALOSCA granule activates on the same seasonal triggers as the sown legume.