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Vermicast Application: Kiwifruit
2 October 2014
Vermicast Application: Kiwifruit

Speaking with Leighton Oats, Manager of BayGold Kiwifruit Orchards, MyNOKE explores the benefit of using their organic vermicast in kiwifruit application. By improving the biology of the soil, these orchards benefit from increased nutrient uptake, more earthworms, and a lighter, better soil structure.

MyNOKE has worked closely with kiwifruit orchardists over a number of years, establishing a healthy relationship in the promotion of well developed, fertile kiwifruit soils. By blending a mixture of MyNOKE organic vermicompost with traditional compost, these orchards have seen an increase of carbon in the soils by 1.5% compared with untreated soils. Not only that, but MyNOKE vermicompost greatly improves the presence of fungi, protozoa and other important soil microbes which all help to improve the soil profile and plant health.

With just two milimetres of organic vermicompost applied to these soils we see healthier, more productive kiwifruit vines with a more developed root system. By improving the biology of the soil with the introduction of earthworms and other microorganisms, nutrients in the soil become more available, the soil is lighter and overall it is able to retain more water. Vermicast is different than traditional composts in that it contains natural, humic-like acids (such as auxins and gibberellins) which promote root growth. A more established feeder root system allows the kiwifruit vines to uptake more water and nutrients, which promotes the vine’s growth and productivity.