The Farment™ line of products helps restore the biodiversity of aquatic reservoirs or soils damaged during decades.
Farment Bio Solutions
FARMENT a liquid concentrate, multi-species, multi-strain blend of beneficial naturally-occurring microorganisms, that when diluted and applied to the ground increases the microbial diversity of the crop production ecosystem. The natural consortia of living microbials consists of photosynthesizing bacteria, lactic acid bacteria, beneficial yeasts, actinomycetes, valuable fermenting fungi and more. These microorganisms are physiologically compatible with one another and can coexist in liquid culture. The real benefits are in the impact each of these remarkable microbes has on the soil and on developing oilseeds, legumes and cereals.
Empowering farmers to fix nutrients with the heavy lifting power of naturally occurring soil microbes
The Importance of Soil Carbon
One thing soil experts can agree upon is that the most productive soil has a healthy level of stable organic matter – the solid form of carbon that holds four times its weight in water. Carbon should be the main structural element of your crop producing ground, the regulator of soil moisture and home for the beneficial soil microbes that help crops survive and thrive.
Crop residues are a ready source of carbon and full of nutrients.
The Life in the Soil – Beneficial Microbes and the Carbon Cycle
The beneficial microbes found in FARMENT Liquid are key to unlocking nutrients left in crop residue and storing those nutrients in a plant available form for next year’s production, in early testing we have seen multiple times higher levels of nutrient availability with as little as 2 litres per acre application post harvest.
The Importance of Fungi and Facultative Anaerobes on your Bottom Line
The particular fungi species found in FARMENT Liquid Concentrate are the “fermenting fungi” or “filamentous fungi”, classed as facultative anaerobes, meaning functioning with or without oxygen. Fermenting fungi are the cellulose digesting microbes responsible for the breakdown of crop residue, converting the decaying cellulose to sugar that feeds and sustains the life in the soil, as it also stores excess carbon, phos, nitrogen and micronutrients for the next crop production cycle. These microbes are essential to humus building, and release enzymes such as amylase, capable of breaking down these materials into simpler compounds that can be absorbed through the vegetative hyphae. All of this makes FARMENT a great product for converting the organic matter and crop residues left in your field to a plant available nutrient source.
- Carbon and nitrogen cycle – In response to its need for nutrition, studies have shown that these filamentous fungi are able to sense the presence of nitrogen and carbon material resulting in the fungi breaking down this material (particularly non-woody plants) to obtain nutrients and for absorption. This has been shown to be an important process in the cycle of carbon and nitrogen in nature.
- These filamentous fungi obtain their nutrients by releasing enzymes that break down organic materials into smaller constituents that can be easily absorbed. This mechanism has proved particularly beneficial in various industries where these organisms are being used for their enzymes to break down various proteins and other compounds.
- Remediation – These fungi also have shown their ability to breakdown herbicides, in these trials fermenting fungi were successful in significantly breaking down chemical residues that can disqualify products for certain markets.