Apple orchards – Turkey

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Sodium and boron problems in Apple orchards

Situation

Almula Tarim have been growing apples successfully in Turkey since 1999. The company’s 740-acre orchard is located in Ulukışla, in the south-central part of the country. The winters there are cold and snowy, while the summers are warm and dry – perfect conditions for growing shiny green Granny Smith apples.

What hasn’t always been perfect is the farm’s well water. Among other things, it contains high levels of boron and salt. Both are common elements found in soils and water supplies around the world, but too much of either can inhibit plant growth, and consequently fruit and leaf development.

Aqua-4D’s patented system uses low-level electromagnetism to treat water before it is applied to fields, vineyards or orchards. The methodology is complex, but the results are immediate: the physical structure of the water is subtly changed, allowing the plant to better absorb the minerals it needs, and leaching away salt and more harmful elements. Measureable reductions in soil salinity can often be seen in less than a month with continuous use of the system. Salt and other mineral crystals are gradually dissolved below the rhizosphere, allowing for sustainable cultivation. Considering these facts, Almula Tarim believed there was a chance this could be the solution they were looking for.

One apple orchard would be irrigated with well water treated with Aqua-4D’s system; the other orchard would receive untreated water from the same well. The orchards were chosen for their similarities – EC soil readings of 8.9, boron levels of 5.44 mg/litre in water and 8.16 mg/kg in the soil, and sodium levels of 13.5% in water and 570 mg/kg in the soil.

Apple boron water treatment

Solution

Aqua-4D’s patented system uses low-level electromagnetism to treat water before it is applied to fields, vineyards or orchards. The methodology is complex, but the results are immediate: the physical structure of the water is subtly changed, allowing the plant to better absorb the minerals it needs, and leaching away salt and more harmful elements.

Measureable reductions in soil salinity can often be seen in less than a month with continuous use of the system. Salt and other mineral crystals are gradually dissolved below the rhizosphere, allowing for sustainable cultivation. Considering these facts, Almula Tarim believed there was a chance this could be the solution they were looking for.

Results

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    Like growers everywhere, the owners of Almula Tarim have tried various methods of reducing the boron and salt levels, including leaching, but with limited success. They needed a better and more effective long-term solution.

    After more than 60 years in business, Almula Tarim has developed a reputation for its willingness to test and implement new technologies in its citrus groves and apple orchards. It was this innovative mindset which first led them to Aqua-4D Water Solutions in 2017. Could Aqua-4D’s system provide an environmentally safe way to permanently address these boron and salt problems?
    The resuls below show that all these problems and more were successfully solved.

     

-92%

Sodium in the leaves

-84%

Boron in the leaves

-26%

Reduction of soil EC

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