AF SINERGY is a micronised Calcined Diatomaceous Earth product that is a remarkably safe way of applying Silicon. It slowly complexes with the plant’s natural processes and can increase the health of the plant, increasing the strength of the cell walls and deepening the palisade layer. AF SINERGY is uniformly micronised to an extra-fine grade so that it will quickly become available to the plant and translocate to cells within the plant where it is needed.
About AF Sinergy
Calcined Diatomaceous Earth >10 – <20
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
IMPORTANT: This information is approved as part of the product label. All instructions within this section must be read carefully in order to obtain safe and successful use of this product.
Shake the container well before opening and use. Spray equipment should always be clean before adding product.
COMPATIBILITY: Compatible with a wide range of agrochemical products. For details of compatabilities contact your local AIVA FERTILISER representative. Carry out a jar test before adding to a new mix.
SOIL DRENCH/STARTER FERTILISER
MIXING: Never prepare more spray solution than is required. Suspend the required dose of AF SINERGY in water, as 1 volume of AF SINERGY in 5 volumes of water. Mix thoroughly. Add suspension to required amount of water in the liquid applicator to obtain final drench volume. Once mixed, it is vital to continue agitation until application is complete. Apply without delay. It is not advised to leave products in the tank for long periods of time.
DOSE RATE: 1-3 L/ha
WATER RATE: 60-100 L/ha
FOLIAR NUTRITION APPLICATIONS
For best results of nutritional uptake, apply in the evening or early morning. Do not spray when the crop is in stressed conditions such as very hot weather or drought. MIXING: Never prepare more spray solution than is required. Suspend the required dose of AF SINERGY in water, as 1 volume of AF SINERGY in 5 volumes of water. Mix thoroughly. Add suspension to required amount of water to the sprayer last, after any other nutrition. Rinse the container thoroughly and add the rinsings to the sprayer. Once mixed, it is vital to continue agitation until application is complete. Apply without delay. It is not advised to leave products in the tank for long periods of time.
TIMING: It is preferable to apply prior to forecast rain or light showers.
DOSE RATE: 1-3 L/ha
WATER RATE: 100-200 L/ha
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) consists of the microscopic, fossilised remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled protist (single-celled aquatic eukaryotic organisms). Diatoms are a major group of algae, specifically microalgae, found in the oceans, waterways, and soils of the world. Living diatoms make up a significant portion of the Earth’s biomass: they generate about 20-50 percent of the oxygen produced on the planet each year, take in over 6.7 billion metric tons of silicon each year from the waters in which they live, and contribute nearly half of the organic material found in the oceans.
Diatom cell walls are made up of biogenic Silica; Silica synthesised in the diatom cell by the polymerisation of silicic acid. A large part of the plant response is based on Silicon, but DE also contains a broad range of micronutrients. Silicon is one of the most prevalent macro-elements, performing an essential function in healing plants in response to environmental stresses. The purpose of using Silicon is to induce resistance to distinct stresses, diseases, and pathogens.
Calcined Diatomaceous Earth has been treated at a temperature above 1000ºC to agglomerate the exoskeletons of the diatoms in order to create a range of permeabilities. This process causes the amorphous Silica that makes up the exoskeleton of the diatom to turn into crystalline Silica.
Modern methods of micronisation use supercritical fluids in the micronisation process. Supercritical fluids are used to induce a state of supersaturation, which leads to precipitation of individual particles and manipulates the principles of solubility. Micronisation is used to improve bioavailability of poorly soluble APIs by accelerating dissolution rates. Silicon, as AF Sinergy, breaks down quickly because of this and becomes an available nutrient to the plant faster.
The Silica washes from the plant to the root zone (rhizosphere) where it complexes with Boron in the soil to form plant available monosalicic acid which is the form that it translocates within the plant.
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