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You’re not a number. You’re an individual with specific needs and challenges. Challenges that come with the territory of being a family-owned business. Challenges that keep you looking for sustainable, more efficient ways to grow healthy, nutritional crops.

We believe that to provide the best solutions for our clients, we first need to have a vested interest in understanding their processes. That is why we make it our mission to know our customers, delve into their unique needs and provide customised solutions. With a range of products that have been developed to meet the needs of the modern grower, Aiva Fertiliser is here to offer informative, regenerative options along with expertise and an invested passion that comes from years of pioneering regenerative agriculture solutions. 

Our products are developed to support agronomic solutions for regenerative farming systems in aid of increasing efficiency, quality, and crop utilisation. We believe in a systems approach which is why each range can interact synergistically with one another as a part of a working system.

Regenerative agriculture

Built reputation on listening to the needs of a new breed of farmers, fully focused on regenerative agriculture and creating a more sustainable, and healthier end-product.

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UK leaders and the pioneers of modern speciality plant nutrition, microbial consortiums, and bio-stimulant packages designed to benefit a systems approach.

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Sharing an extensive knowledge base of regenerative practices, offering farmers both the information and the practical tools to grow crops more efficiently and sustainably.

For millions of years nature has been growing plants of varying sizes in nearly all areas on the planet, from grasses to mighty trees. This has been possible because of a natural soil microbial life that lives in a semi-symbiotic way with the plant’s roots. The plants produce sugars for the microbes and in return, the microbes make nutrients available to the plant whilst simultaneously protecting them from disease.

We face a future where we will see our soils degrade at an ever-increasing speed as well as receiving sharply rising input costs if the term  ‘every nutrient has a microbe behind it’  is ignored. Only by rebuilding the soil food web and soil carbon levels will we see low-cost healthy crops being produced and the future of farming being protected.

Roots continuously secrete chemicals into the soil to liberate nutrients that are attached to soil particles. Bacteria and fungi that grow around the plant roots subsequently provide a bridge between the soil and the plant. This means that the correct nutrients can be taken up in balance. Exudates, a buffet of resources for anything in the rhizosphere, help plants procure nutrients, but they are also food sources for the microbes that are an important part of the soil microbiome. Exudates have an important role in holding soil together providing a glue that bonds the soil particulates together. These beneficially influence the soil structure. Additionally, many friendly soil microbials consume harmful pathogens thus reducing the possibility of disease when the conditions make disease a possible factor. 

Here at Aiva Fertiliser, we advise you on how to start balancing the nutrients in both the soil and the plant. We can also work with you to increase organic carbon in the soil, which is the starting point for intelligent farming, letting the soil microbial life do much of the work. To aid you in rebuilding your soils and their ecology, our biological microbial consortiums perform specific jobs within the soil: from disease resistance, freeing locked up Phosphorous, capturing free Nitrogen from the atmosphere and supplying the plant required nutrients. There is another way to grow, and it is sustainable and more economic.

Intensively managed soils are typically denuded of important microbial communities. The use of a consortia of synergistic bacteria, containing key species, is to help restore the benefits of a more natural ecosystem, aiding in soil regeneration and the availability of plant available nutrients.

Each of our biological products contains select biology, with a known performance within the soil, with the security of genetic integrity of the selected microbes by obtaining specific strains from registered ‘genetic banks’. This means Aiva Fertiliser can use consortia of synergistic bacteria containing key species to help restore the benefits of a more natural ecosystem. Each specific strain has been tested with various growth media in the fermentation process to ensure that sufficient numbers of microbes can be grown economically.

Our fermenters are both ISO 9001 and 14001 accredited and carry out a range of quality control checks for microbial counts and contaminants. The viability of the microbial products are also tested to well in excess of the pressures used in spraying equipment 60 – 700 bar to ensure ease of use.

The strains we use in our products were originally sourced from accredited repositories. As we carry out a continual program of product improvement by selective cultivation, our strains our sent back to the German DSMZ culture collection to carry out multi locus sequencing to confirm that the microbes we are using are still the same species (selective cultivation slightly changes the genetic make-up of the microbe so this is a part of our standard quality control). Once the species has been confirmed, because of the slight genetic changes from the original, it is assigned a new, unique strain number. This is why we can state that we use unique selected strains in our formulations.

The World Health Organisation says that we have only a hundred harvests left before our soils become totally unusable.

What has happened to systems-based farming? Why has it been left to the wayside? Over several generations farming has become product-based, and in truth, it has become overly reliant on just one product; Nitrogen. This means that, year on year, we burn out organic carbon and essential micronutrients from the soil leading to the widely witnessed fertility break down. More and more Nitrogen is needed each year, giving poorer and poorer crops which in turn need massive increases in agricultural chemicals.

Excessive use of Nitrogen reduces Brix (sugar) levels in the plant. This means that it cannot produce the yields it has the potential to reach, and it cannot naturally fight off disease in the way that the plant is designed too. Therefore, at Aiva Fertiliser, we think Nitrogen management is key, and by achieving a more balanced approach that requires less input for more crops is the most important job a farmer has. Nitrogen farming leads to a program of fear, where agricultural chemicals are used because of what ‘may be’ rather than ‘what is.’ If Nitrogen is applied with a carbon source, balanced with all the other required nutrients, then you get a plant that can grow and naturally resist disease at the same time.

Balanced farming is proactive. A farmer should work with all the plants natural processes. Once Nitrogen is controlled, we can start to build the Humic fraction of the soil, which is both the living quarters and the food source to the soil microbes. Humic enables the plant to start to get the nutrients that it needs, to give you the crop that you need. At Aiva Fertiliser, we work with you on building the best system for your farm; to maximise your gains as well as support the environment, especially as the Environmental Land Management Scheme policies start to have an effect. Let’s not forget, it’s not just about yield, it’s about the profit.

Within the soil, it is vital that the correct ratios between nutrients are maintained so that they are taken up appropriately. Boron allows the uptake of Calcium, which in turn has a positive effect on the take up of seven other nutrients, all of which are essential to healthy growth and the proper use of Nitrogen within the plant. Calcium works with Magnesium to maintain soil structure to allow entry of air so that the roots and soil life can breathe. These are just a couple of examples and there is much more to this; it is imperative to understand how important and interconnected nutritional ratios are. 

Here at Aiva Fertiliser we understand the unique connections between root and soil. Using our systems approach ideology, we advise on how to build a natural structure in the soil using low input methods, which in turn builds the relationship between plant and soil. This leads on to conversations on tillage, as many farmers are looking at Direct Drilling, however we are quick to point out that proper soil nutrition is needed before purchasing a new drill such that the results are what you expected. An over tilled soil will not have good water diffusion, just as a heavy tight soil will not allow water and air to get in; both cause similar problems only in a very different way.

There are any number of additions that can be added to fertilisers to get the best from them. Carbon is the most obvious and it can come from a variety of sources. One of the most written about carbon sources in recent times are Humates.

Firstly, it is important to understand organic matter and organic carbon, both of which are at the very start of everything that we do. The degradation of the organic carbon in the soil is leading universities to suggest that we have limited soil life. The top metre of the world’s soils contains three times as much carbon as the entire atmosphere, making it a major carbon sink alongside forests and oceans. Identifying how much carbon has been lost from the soil could also help us understand how much could be replenished, if soils were managed so that they took up more carbon from the atmosphere than they released.

The Humic part of the soil is the result of work done by soil microbiology. This is where the repair starts, as long as we control two factors; getting Nitrogen management under control and releasing dependance on agricultural chemicals. As the soil gets degraded, we lose valuable cohesion. The risk of erosion increases, and the soil sediments sweep into rivers and nearby regions.

As organic carbon levels begin to increase in the soil, add carbon with nutrients as an aid to rebuilding soil humus. By adding a Fulvic acid (Humate), alongside a carbon source, the amount of Nitrogen used can immediately be reduced by up to a third and yet still have the same effect.

Carbon is one of the three most important components of a soil, along with water and minerals. There are many benefits to building soil Humus, such as: better drought resistance and soil structure, nutrient buffering, Nitrogen sequestration and complexing of Phosphates. The surface area of humus allows positively and negatively charged particles to function like a soil chemical  bank, in that they retain and release soil chemical constituents, helping to buffer nutrients when they are applied in larger quantities, reducing plant stress, and root burning. 

Fulvic and Humic acid are both required in the soil and on leaves. Humic acid is the main buffering part of the equation, while Fulvic acid is a powerful natural chelating agent that slows oxidisation and converts elements into readily available, bio-available nutrients. A 1% increase in humus in the soil would yield an extra 170,000lts of water holding capacity, so a Humic rich soil is extremely important for transporting nutrients from the soil to the plant minimising, leaching and run off, while also assisting in root zone moisture retention. 

Humus allows us to grow nutritionally rich foods. That is our aim at Aiva Fertiliser. By adding products that slot into your system, we can aid fertility to support the natural process of carbon building so that organic matter then breaks down into greatly beneficial humus and plant available nutrients.

For strength, growth, and the key to success, crops require the gradual, controlled release of nutrients. Aiva Fertiliser uses Flex Fertilizer System technology where the liquid fertiliser contains nutrients in a form that can be taken up by the leaves and utilised by plants highly efficiently. The nutrient content is put into complex compounds using complex chemistry. This formulation results in nutrients being kept available to the plants for a longer period of time and are not lost to leaching or evaporation to the same extent as traditional fertilisers.

Aiva Fertiliser’s suite of pioneering solutions and treatments go through a rigorous product development process, including peer-reviewed research, proof of concept studies, and on farm comparisons.

Aiva Fertiliser’s manufacturing system allows salt fertilisers to be mixed in such a way that the Salt Index is reduced to almost zero. After 48 hours, the excellent absorption rates, mean that virtually all applied nutrients are inside the plant and working. This remarkable ability means that you can combine nutrients together to get maximum effects with minimum inputs. Mixing groups of nutrients is far more advantageous than singularly applied ones; studies show that plants respond better to nutrients if they are kept in balance within the leaf. When large amounts of any single nutrient is applied, they can ‘lock up’, or make less available, other necessary minerals. To avoid this, applying nutrients in multi-nutrient blends ensures that the vital nutritional balance is maintained.

In traditional liquid feeds based on salts or suspensions, Nitrogen is added to the leaf as urea, which is converted to ammonia, increasing the risk of leaf scorch. In a traditional liquid form, metal ions and Phosphorus are also able to readily form new, stable compounds making these nutrients unavailable to the plant.

When utilising complex chemistry, Nitrogen is bonded in an amide form allowing a complete range of macro and micro nutrients to be supplied to the plant, where they are steadily, and efficiently released and can be rapidly assimilated.

The supply of complexed amide Nitrogen also reduces the need for the plant to expend energy on organic Nitrogen synthesis and limits the nutrient imbalance that can occur with traditional forms of foliar Nitrogen, which can flood into the plant, swamping and diluting other essential nutrients. 

There are various routes by which foliar applied nutrients can enter the plant, for exmaple; via the leaf cuticle and stomata, however they all rely on the plant surface remaining wet. Aiva Fertiliser’s Complex Nutrients have a very low Point of Deliquescence (PoD) meaning that they stay in a liquid form much longer than a solution of urea or chemical salts. As a result, a full range of nutrients are quickly utilised by the plant rather than drying and accumulating on the leaf surface.

Due to the reliance on one major nutrient, Nitrogen, over the recent generations we have depleted the organic matter in the soil and many of the vital micronutrients. About one fourth of the world’s total crop land is affected by degradation severe enough to restrict its productivity. Now that we can see the error of our ways, we can say categorically that all nutrients should be applied as a complete program to build and maintain a balance so that we build yields without destroying our soils. This method of growing also has the advantage of being able to grow healthy crops, needing little or no agricultural chemical fungicidal inputs.

Using nutrients in a singular fashion can often lock up other nutrients so that the plant fails to work properly. By mixing nutrients, or complexing, we can overcome these disadvantages and get much better results, often from much smaller inputs. For example, when large amounts of Nitrogen are applied alone, Mulders chart shows us that we lock up Potassium and Copper. Potassium activates most of the enzymes within the plant, helps move the sugars from the leaf to where they are needed, helps the synthesizing of proteins and balances water within the plant cells. Copper is vital for enzyme activation and aids the respiration process. Both are vital to a healthy plant and are needed as a complex before Nitrogen application. Using Aiva Fertilisers extremely efficient system, we can balance the nutrients within the plant so that all applications work and do not lock up other nutrients, giving far more effect from far smaller inputs. 

There are so many nutrient balances within a plant, all different pieces of the very same puzzle, however regularly monitoring them moves us away from high inputs to low input, healthy plants. This is a must if we want to achieve nutrient dense foods required by the population. It is time to get more for less.

A system approach to farming means that we work with nature rather than against it. We balance, we re-build microbiology and we aim to strengthen the plants cells so that they grow in a more natural way. This method of growing is now being referred to as intelligent farming because it is sustainable and profitable. Only by being profitable can we invest in the future and a kinder way of farming. 

Here at Aiva Fertiliser we help you understand how each action is linked to another. We prove that a well fed crop can sustain itself and yield well without recourse to agricultural chemicals. Our motto of  ‘do more with less’  means that we are part of your future and the future of your farm, where the ideal is to leave it in a better state than you found it, therefore granting farming a long term future.

Fighting nature and poisoning the soil has no future and the conventional farming system has failed. It is time to regenerate our industry and once again connect with the soil and all the life that thrives there.