A NATURAL PROTECTION FOR HEALTHIER, MORE PRODUCTIVE CROPS
Vita-Protect is a liquid concentrate consisting of a broad range of minerals and sugars, with humic and fulvic compounds only found in our unique Vitaplex V8 product.
Combine monosilicic acid with biological activators and plant growth stimulants and you have a powerful product that can boost both yields and profits for the farmer.
Since silicon strengthens the cell walls of leaves, disease caused by fungal spores and insects cannot break through the outer epidermis and so the plant is protected, therefore creating an option for crop growers to reduce adding fungicides and insecticides at times when they are usually tank mixed.
Promotes Stronger, Healthier Plants
Helps Reduce Disease Pressure
Helps Reduce Insect Pressure
Increased Phosphate Uptake
Protects from Frost Damage
Reduces Temperature Stress
THE NEXT GENERATION OF CROP PROTECTION
CAN PLANT NUTRITION STOP DISEASE?
Vita-Protect intensifies the activity of the plant soil system. Photosynthesis is increased so more carbon from the air is fixed into plant tissue.
Energy-rich compounds produced in the leaves by this vigorous metabolism move into the root system and out into the soil, where billions of bacteria, algae, fungi, protozoa and other organisms feed on this energy.
The organisms in turn release minerals and growth stimulants for plant uptake - a beautiful symbiosis.
Plant stress is reduced, removing growth and yield limitations.
Silicon can help to keep the plant protected but we found that this protection increases significantly when we included our specially formulated VitaplexV8 product cleverly produced from balanced organic compost, converted by worms into Humic and Fulvic acid and other organic molecules. This material is then processed further to make nutrients readily ‘available’ to plants.
The single most important leaf in wheat is the ‘flag leaf’. In order to protect this leaf from disease, apply Vita-Protect as soon as the leaf is fully open.
This will provide a barrier in the leaf that will protect it from ‘boring’ insects at the same time as raising the pH of the leaf, thereby reducing the risk of mildew spores gaining a foot hold.
Another benefit is in the more erect nature of the leaf, which means it will receive more radiation and reduce limpness often seen in hot conditions.
Apply up to 4 litres per hectare in a minimum of 250 litres of water.
For added benefit and to reduce risk from aphids, an application to the ear at flowering or soon after is advisable, when it will prolong the green area index and improve proteins by better utilisation of nitrogen.
VITA-PROTECT is in a form that plants can readily absorb together with humic/fulvic compounds and essential trace minerals.
If you want to grow a healthy crop and reduce the need for chemical applications, then you will need to use VITA-PROTECT on a regular basis, as part of a biological programme.
Not only will this help stop disease, it can also increase yield potential.
MONOSILICIC ACID - It’s effect on plants
1. Produces strength of the cell walls together with calcium and lignin
Stiffer plant stems = less lodging
Keeps leaves rigid and therefore at the best angle to capture sunlight
2. Reduces plant stress caused by heat, drought, wind and water-logging
Photosynthesis continues for longer during spells of hot or windy weather:
Larger fruits and grains
Increased retention of fruits and grains
Quicker recovery from water-logging
3. Reduces the toxic effect from excesses of manganese, iron, sodium, nitrogen and phosphate
These can occur when the soil is wet in winter and spring
4. Assists in the distribution of manganese through plant tissues (thus avoiding local toxicity)
5. Triggers natural defence (facilitates deposition of phenolics and phytolaxins)
To fight powdery mildew, downey mildew, botrytis
To suppress mites and other suckling insects
6. Barrier against fungi and suckling insects
Silicate accumulates where the epidermis is penetrated to form a barrier against fungal hyphae and insect proboscis
7. Increases the pH of the leaf surface, inhibiting fungal growth
Many crops in ‘conventional’ farming systems are deficient in soluble silicates, which may be one of the reasons for the increased use of growth regulators and fungicides. Deficiencies are less on well-run organic farms, due to the use of organic manures and a more balanced crop nutrition.
Mixing monosilicic acid with organic Humic and Fulvic acids makes for a very effective crop protection (in the broadest sense) product, capable of a substantial increase in yield and improved crop quality.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Silicon is one of the most abundant minerals on the planet. It is also one of the least researched and most overlooked of nutrients. Only now is the importance of this element being appreciated.
Silicon may be abundant in your soils, but it’s not in a plant useable form - no more than the elements phosphorus, potassium and magnesium are, or the other minerals that make up your soil’s nutritional bank. They must be ‘locked-up’ or you would lose them all into your drainage water, the same as you do nitrate and nitrogen.
Plants need high levels of silicon in the form of monosilicic acid. In fact, they need similar amounts of this key element as they do nitrogen and potassium. You may apply nitrogen which does indeed make the plant grow quickly, so much so that the cell wall is weakened and this allows disease to enter.
If you also had high levels of silicic acid, this would strengthen the cell structure, make the leaf stronger and more erect. In order for a pathogen to penetrate living tissue, the pathogen must get through the wax layer first and then penetrate this hard rigid layer of silica material, before it then reaches the cell wall. Pests and disease just cannot get through the strong silicon barrier.
Apply between 1 - 4 lt/ha
(0.5% - 1.5% of spray volume - to a maximum of 5 lt/ha)
OR as recommended by your adviser.
Always add Vita-Protect last, when spray tank is almost full then mix thoroughly.
Available in 20 litre drums and 1,000 litre IBC’s
Vita-Protect is highly alkaline
Needs a ‘jar test’ but will mix with most fungicides and blight sprays
DO NOT apply to grazing grassland, the extra silicon in some grasses can cause damage to the digestive system of livestock.
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