Fruit & Veg growth and yield boost with DELTAPosted on April 13, 2017
WA market gardener Ben Tran knows a higher, stronger capsicum plant returns a better yield. And he says that’s what DELTA technology has delivered at the Bullsbrook property he runs with his parents.
Ben, dad Tran and mum Ma watched their capsicum crop climb for the sky after installing a DELTA water treatment system on their bore irrigation supply. The yield climbed too.
The family turned to DELTA technology to counteract the toll their ground water, with its high levels of sodium and chloride, was taking on plant growth and yield on their 65-hectare property. DELTAwater solutions Australia been helping people successfully tackle water quality issues in agricultural, domestic and industrial sectors for almost 25 years.
“We try to grow our capsicums high here because then we can pick more fruit off them,” Ben says.
If you have a stronger plant, you can get a higher plant. DELTA added another 30 centimetres of growth to our plants and our capsicum yield was a lot more than before the DELTA.
Ben and his parents grow mainly strawberries, tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants and watermelons at TLB Farm, 60 kilometres north of Perth. They decided to trial a DELTA unit in 2010 after watching plants show signs of stress and struggle to grow.
“We did a water test, then we got a grade-five unit to test out on our strawberries first,” Ben says. “Within a couple of weeks it was possible to see signs of improvement in the plants as sodium levels dropped and they stopped showing salt burn.”
The strawberries plants were only weeks old when the DELTA unit began treating bore water irrigation supply to the crop. Then he went on holiday for a fortnight.
“When I came back you could definitely see the difference. It was a surprise, you could see the leaves greening up, getting darker,” Ben says. “We have a better yield without the salt factor.”
Ben, Tran and Ma are firm converts to DELTA’s water treatment system. They have several DELTA units now, treating supply to strawberry, capsicum, eggplant and tomato crops. All units are installed close to a bore.
“This is good technology,” Ben says. “A lot of research has gone into it. While the theory is very simply with the magnet, it’s backed by lots of research. And DELTA is very good to deal with too.”
The market gardener urges people facing water quality issues to consider DELTA when looking for a solution.
As long as you can get better yield, have a healthier plant and longer production, then it’s satisfactory for me,” Ben says. “DELTA’s technology has certainly worked for us, that’s for sure.