OPTIMAL YIELD & PRODUCTION
Global Leaf Energy Corp., (GLE) and its partners are able to achieve higher than average yields with many crops through the implementation of a range of strategically developed and executed plantation management systems.
These Plantation Management Systems include:
- Unique High Density Planting Format
- Superior High Yielding Plant Genetics
- Soil Evaluation & Intensive Soil Nutrition Program
- Application of proprietary, crop specific microbial inoculations (Mycorrhizal fungi) assisting faster growth, tolerance and yield
- Long-term Secured Water Tenure and Superior Irrigation System
- High Tech Nursery Establishment / Seedling Propagation
- GPS Guided Mechanical Planting & Harvesting System
- Intercrop Legumes that enhance carbon capture and assist soil fertility, as well as eliminating the use of weedicides.
- Superior Pruning Techniques designed to induce more flowering and subsequently more seed andhigher yields.
- Introduction of Bee Colonies throughout plantations to aid pollination.
- Fast 12 Hour Harvest to Processing System, ensuring highest oil recovery.
- Next Generation Oil Extraction Technology
Global Leaf Energy Corp., (GLE) provides a customized offering of solutions and services to help customers design plan and manage commercial energy crop projects.
GLE has developed customized local agronomic protocols including irrigation, crop nutritional requirements, management of disease, insects and weeds:
Crop Nutritional Requirements
Macro and micro nutrient inputs need to be tailored based on the capacity of the soil to deliver nutrients and the demands of the plant during its specific development cycles. By understanding the specific nutritional demands of the plant during flowering, fruit production, and vegetative periods, GLE has developed localized recommendations that specify the correct timing and quantities for nutrient applications.
Management of diseases, insects and weeds
Due to the misconception that Jatropha was generally resistant to diseases and pests, farmers failed to set up adequate scouting and monitoring protocols to address infestations. By developing preventive rather than reactive monitoring and control programs for disease, insects and weed control, GLE is able to adequately plan for managing these types of risks which are common when farming crops.
GLE has developed specific protocols ensure that the management of the crop is adequately suited to its genetic profile:
Site selection and establishment
Site selection is fundamental towards influencing production over the lifetime of the plantation. GLE dedicates significant time to understand the possible challenges and limitations of a site in order to address solutions and prepare the land.
Soil and water relations management
By managing excess or deficiency of rainfall, and water availability in the soil with adequate irrigation or drainage systems, GLE ensures the delivery of minimum water volumes required by the plant for healthy plant growth and fruit production.
Plant and harvest management
GLE has dedicated significant time to understand the effects of pruning and develop methodologies that influence production. Plant spacing is another critical driver for fruit yield which GLE has been able to optimize by means of understanding the potential of hybrids to thrive in higher densities.
GPS Planting / Harvesting
GLE uses GPS Guided Mechanical Planting Technology for the rapid establishment and management of it’s large-scale plantations. GLE uses GPS Guided Mechanical Planting Technology for the rapid establishment and management of it’s large-scale plantations.
Perfect Plant / Row Alignment
This allows mechanization of weeding, pruning, and harvesting, resulting in considerably lower labor requirements
Tree / Branch Development
Exact distance between each tree means that branch development will be uniform, allowing also, and consistent yield for each tree. If plantation trees are not planted exactly the same distance apart, branches of both trees can cross, causing alternation of yield where some trees produce larger amounts of branches, but less fruit, meaning lower yields.
Less Damage to Plants
Planting mechanically guarantees less damage to plants, which means a lower percentage of losses during the plantation establishment.
Higher Planting Speed
Higher speed in planting allows plantation establishment and harvesting to be completed sooner, resulting in earlier yield and returns.
Superior Root Development
When planting is mechanically GPS guided, the machine opens a deep ditch in the soil, under the exact place where the plant will be planted. This allows a larger development of the roots as they find the earth broken, also allowing faster growth rates and better plant nutrition, hence an earlier and larger harvest.
Less Labor Required
Lower manual labor requirement for planting, allows the planting process to be completed faster, with less human error.
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