Rhizobia are the key to cultivating all legumes. Gartensoja sells highly effective, inexpensive inoculants through direct sales with accompanying professional advice.
LegumeFix and LiquiFix are traditionally being used in the big pulse growing countries like Canada and the Ukraine. I sell them in Europe since 2017. In the meantime they are being used on a big acreage and with very good success here, too. Besides Soya and lupin lately the demand for specialties such as chickpea has also increased a lot.
The very high number of Rhizobia assures good nodulation (5 billion bacteria per g at manufacture). Optimal, safe nitrogen fixation is being attained by using the best and newest strains of rhizobia available. For soya, for example, two of the most efficient brasilien Embrapa-strains (Semia 5079 and 5080) are being combined.
Both products are approved for organic farming in the EU.
LegumeFix is a classic peat-based inoculant comparable to HiStick.
LiquiFix is a liquid inoculant sold in big containers. Due to its practical handling it is often used by big growers. It can very well be applied with the inoculation method with the spraygun.
In researching a market overview of soya inoculants (in German), it became apparent that the same products are considerably more expensive in Central Europe than in larger growing regions. In addition, Gartensoja was looking for a quality manufacturer whose attention was focused specifically on inoculants, where they weren’t seen as just another product.
In this search, we found LegumeTechnolology, a British company that has been producing inoculants exclusively for 20 years. The owner, Bruce Knight, is a microbiologist and his work focuses on product optimization. LegumeTec`s products have been used with great success in Canada and the Ukraine, among other countries. Through direct purchase, production on order, short delivery routes and large containers, Gartensoja can offer the products at very reasonable prices. In the meantime Gartensoja supplies several thousand hectares of legume crops across Europe with LegumeFix and LiquiFix every year..
The German Soya Association provides detailed information on the inoculation of soya beans (in German).
When it comes to dry soya beans, the benefit of inoculation is undisputed. The addition of rhizobacteria to the seed ensures that the legume can implement its wonderful ability to bind atmospheric nitrogen. Edamame tends to be cultivated in well-equipped garden soil where inoculation is rather unnecessary; however, when the nitrogen supply is low, the lack of inoculation is clearly shown by the yellow color of the leaves and pods. If larger areas are cultivated for commercial purposes, inoculation is always worthwhile for edamame as well as other legumes. Gartensoja gives customers the necessary amount of inoculants with every order of edamame seeds free of charge.
Each legume species needs its own specific rhizobia partner species for nitrogen fixation. In principle, suitable rhizobia are naturally present in arable soils for long-established species such as peas, field beans and lupins. However, depending on soil conditions and crop rotation, inoculation can make sense for several native species. In the cases of lupins, peas, lentils and bush beans, for example, some farms achieve significant additional yields with inoculants. Inoculation is generally recommended for alfalfa and especially for chickpeas.
If you have any questions about inoculants and/or inoculation procedures, please give us a call.