Sunday, 05 April 2020
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Advice and Guidance on Algifol Products.

  • A boost during dry conditions

    Dry conditions are causing concern for many growers as April showers don’t seem to be bringing much rain with them. Algifol applied on its own or mixed with other trace elements will give plants  a much  needed boost by improving fine root hairs which will help with the uptake of moisture and essential nutrients. 1 Litre per hectare is sufficient to start with, Algifol can be safely mixed with pesticides so can be incorporate into a spray programme.

    For more information on crops and timings please feel free to contact us.

  • Keeping hands warm in cold weather

    Keeping hands warm in cold weather is difficult when you need to work outdoors and still be safe. We are offering a range of thermal gloves designed with safety in mind. we have a range of gloves and other work wear to keep you warm and dry through the cold wet days of winter. The argon skytec pictured below is one of our best sellers at the moment. Its durability and added warmth makes work more comfortable and above all safe.

    Double insulated, durable and flexible to –50ºC

    Featuresargon thermal glove jan 2017


    Cat. II
    EN388: 2003
    EN511: 2006
    • Durable glove that remains flexible to –50ºC
    • Encapsulated air molecules provide an inherent cushioning effect
    • Secure grip in wet and dry environments
    • Excellent dexterity, flexibility and durability
    • Silicone free
    • Approved for food handling


    • Double insulated nylon liner with a HPT foam ¾ coating
    • Additional foam coating across the palm, knuckles and fingers provides greater protection even in wet environments
    • Warm and soft lining, anatomically designed for comfort and fit
    • Treated with Actifresh to kill bacteria and promote freshness
    • This true touch thermal glove is also very popular 
    • The glove is constructed with a crinkle latex coating which
      provides a fantastic grip whilst providing outstanding cold
      resistance. The Fluorescent Orange glove provides good
      visibility for the dark mornings and evenings. Overall this glove
      offers excellent wearer comfort, warmth and grip.
      • When working in low temperature
      • Where a general handling glove isn’t sufficient
      • Good grip and warmth
      • Outdoor usage
      EN 388 2132
      • Cold Store Handling
      • Construction
      • Maintenance
      • Refuse Collection
      • Local Authority & Outdoor Working
      • Scaffolding
      • Black crinkle latex coating on a warm Orange Acrylic liner
      • Elasticated wrist for secure fit and retention of heat
      • Ideal for heavy duty tasks in cold environments
      • Sizes –L, XL
      • 12 pairs per size per pack 120 Per Case
    • If you require any further information please feel free to contact us
  • Growth stage importance

    Growth stage importance is becoming apparent this season with a wide variation between varieties and planting dates. The prolonged planting season coupled with cold conditions have left a wide difference in crop growth stages. Sagitta shown here is now showing small tubers with a few still at initiation

    Sagitta dug on 17/06/2016 Sagitta dug on 17/06/2016

    With recent heavy rains the soils are nice and moist with sufficient moisture available to maintain good growth we are recommending another application of Algifol biostimulant in the next week this can be incorporated with the blight spray, algifol will help the plant maintain these tubers and ensure sufficient uptake of essential nutrients and help plants build a strong immune system to combat stress if it turns hot and dry.

    This root of Markies is only at hooking stage with a couple of tips just initiating so we will check again in a week to check for timing of second application of algifol biostimulant which will also be applied with the blight spray at 1 litre per hectare.

    Markies at hook stage with one or two tubers initiating Markies dug on 17/06/2016

    The growth stage differrence here makes test digging very important to asses the correct timings of inputs as planting was only three days apart, this highlights the problems of growing different varieties with different growth habits. At mjp supplies we can tailor a programme for algifol inputs based on individual clients varieties and conditions, including the end market which is very important. if needed we will go on farm and demonstrate the different growth stages for optimum application timing or if growers prefer they can dig their own and send photos to us for evaluation.

    Recent heavy storms have bashed some crops about, leaving fields  waterlogged and crops showing signs of stress already, An application of algifol biostimulant has been proven to help crops recover faster and reduce any yield losses further

  • Algifol found to raise sugar content

    Research shows Algifol found to raise sugar content in many crops including sugar beet.  Our on farm trials have shown an increase on average of 1 to 1.5% by applying up to 3 litres per hectare throughout the growing season.

    We recommend using 1 litre per hectare at the four to six leaf stage, followed 2/3 weeks later and a third with the first fungicide.  The first application will help plants overcome any toxic shock received from extensive herbicide use.  We already know that plants treated with seaweed products develop a resistance to pests and diseases.  Not only to sap seeking insects such as red spider mite and aphides but also mildew and fungi.

    With the current outbreak expected of leaf minor and no insecticide derogation at present, the use of Algifol may bring natural benefits to plant health by stimulating plant growth and allowing the plant to build natural defences.

    Algifol also contains auxins which stimulates growth in both stems and roots of plants, the auxin content alone is scarcely enough to promote growth but plants treated stimulate more vitamins and growth hormones than would otherwise be the case.

    Any growers wishing to try this for themselves to see the results on their own farm can contact us for supply or further information.

    Left side treated with ALgifol Left side treated with ALgifol
  • Cold weather slowing crop establishment

    Cold weather slowing crop establishment this spring is becoming a worry for many growers up and down the country. With a cold and late spring delaying planting of many spring crops establishment has been very slow and variable, the weather at the moment in the eastern counties is also holding back many crops, which is adding stress to plants and small seedlings.

    Potato crops are emerging slowly in many cases and with the added blight pressure some are suffering from stress, most growers are starting blight programmes now and this is the perfect time to start thinking about adding Algifol biostimulant, a natural seaweed based product containing a wealth of essential nutrients, plus plant hormones amongst other ingredients. Algifol can be applied in conjunction with most blight spray programmes at a rate of just one litre per hectare. We would recommend applying the first application when plants meet along rows, then a second at tuber initiation followed by a third four weeks before lifting or burning off. The use of seaweed in potato growing is nothing new. it has been used successfully for many years because we have seen that seaweed contains all known trace elements, but it is important that these elements are present in a form acceptable to plants.Trace elements can be made more available to plants by chelating.  Such chelating properties are possessed by the starches, sugars and carbohydrates in seaweed and seaweed products.  That is why trace elements in seaweed and seaweed products do not settle out but remain available to plants when needed.

    It is also known that plants treated with seaweed products develop a resistance to pests and diseases, not only to sap seeking insects but also aphides, scab, mildew and fungi.  Such a possibility may seem novel but it is keeping with the results in research in related fields.

    Anyone wishing for more detailed information on this subject can contact us either by going to our contact page where details are available.

    Potato Crop nearly ready for first application Potato Crop nearly ready for first application
  • LAMMA 2016

    Last years stand Last years stand

    LAMMA 2016 is getting closer and we are looking forward to meeting our customers there in hall 7 stand 788. LAMMA is the main agricultural show of the year with the largest display of machinery and exhibitors
    We will be there ready to advise our customers on our range of Algifol products and how they will best help in any individual situation
    Our range of storage solutions is as popular as ever and any questions regarding storing liquids can be sorted
    We hope to have a new powered wheel barrow which we can attach our application range to along with many other ideas
    With current legislation tightening up on grandfather rights many people will be thinking taking tests with application equipment so we can supply you with the correct PPE as well as any new equipment. Our specially priced knapsack sprayer is exceptional value for money at just £40.00 plus VAT
    we hope to see you all there

  • Algifol to boost sugar beet yield

    Algifol is being used to boost sugar beet yield on many farms this year as more growers realize the benefits of using Algifol bio-stimulant to help struggling beet plants overcome the stresses of cool weather combined with winds and in some cases dry seedbeds. Every grower realizes the difference of making a return on sugar beet this year is purely down to maximizing yield and we need higher sugar content and root weight to convert to yield. Early establishment is crucial in getting good leaf area to maximize the photosynthesis over a longer summer period, the use of harsh herbicides can have a toxic effect on small beet and set them back in poor conditions. We recommend an application of Algifol @1 litre per hectare after 4 to 6 true leaves preferably in between applications of herbicide or sooner if plants are struggling. A second application of 1 litre per hectare 2 to 3 weeks later will help canopy closure and increase green leaf area. Algifol stimulates the root system and enables nutrients and water to be obtained more easily making the plant better at dealing with stressful growing conditions. Algifol can safely be mixed with most other nutrients and can have a synergistic effect when combined allowing quicker uptake into the plants.  We have growers reporting sugar increases of up to 1.5% in some cases by just adding Algifol so a good return over investment is seen. With late lifted crops a later application combined with a fungicide will help maintain yield and sugar content. For more details on using Algifol on sugar beet or any other crops please contact us for more detailed instructions to help you get the most from your crops

    Left side treated with ALgifol Left side treated with ALgifol

    Written by Marcus Palmer

  • Productivity in farming

    Productivity in farming is of course a major area of focus, and according to the Financial Times, one UK farmer is relying on satellite imagery to help with fertiliser administration.  Looking at images of his Hampshire farm, the darker blue pools indicate where there needs to be more fertiliser used, whilst the yellow areas indicate where less fertiliser is required.

    As a result, yields on the farm are up 3-4 per cent and the farms fertiliser bill is down 5 per cent.  However, although the UK has some of the world’s highest yields for arable farming, wheat yields have failed to improve over the past decade and approaches such as satellite imaging could be one such tool to help leverage that much sought after increase. There is also the area of Bio-stimulants as in Algifol that can help push yields even higher by stimulating the plants ability to scavenge for nutrients and water and therefore make better use of applied fertiliser, this is another way of saving money by not wasting money down the drain as less nitrogen is likely to leach away from the root zone.

    Liquid fertiliser tanks are another method that might help farmers increase their margins.  Enduramaxx liquid fertiliser tanks enable bulk buying and the storage of large volumes of pre-mixed fertilizer.  For information on storing liquid fertiliser and the Enduramaxx range of plastic water tanks, including potable water tanks,Call MJP Supplies now 



    With nearly 750 million people throughout the world having no access to clean drinking water or improved sanitation, World Water Day, which took place on Sunday 22nd March, raised awareness that a secure water world is emerging as a top human development priority in the post-2015 Development Agenda.  The theme of water and sustainable development emphasises how water is an essential asset to all aspects of life, including livelihood, health, economy and environment.  Ensuring access to water will ensure progressive efforts to reduce poverty, build peace and to give practical transformative effect to sustainable development goals, according to Aid Forum.

    As well as the 750 million people with no access to clean water, 2.5 billion people have no access to adequate sanitation.  500,000 children die each year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation and women tally up over 200 million hours across the world each day collecting water, time which could be better spent on income-generating jobs or attending school.

    Developing countries also face many of the same problems over water quality and supply including; poor access to water supply, poor water resource management and poor water productivity in the agricultural sector.  The last factor is something that mjpsupplies  is striving to help farmers to improve and that is with the help of dedicated rainwater harvesting solutions.

    Enduramaxx rainwater tanks capture roof rainwater run-off.  Large volume horizontal and vertical tanks store rainwater safely due to a very rugged single piece mould of uv-stabilised polyethylene.  To find out more about rainwater tanks and the extended range of Enduramaxx tanks call MJP SUPPLIES

  • Is Plant stress capping yields ?

    10390227_390891924383445_5160412205048180335_nIs Plant stress capping yields? This is a question often raised when discussing the use of bio- stimulants in crop production. It is known that stress is a major yield robber but it's difficult to quantify by how much. Generally the healthier a plant is its ability to fight off infection is greatly improved which can result in lower usage of pesticides. It is well known that the early stages of crop growth are important and optimizing rooting is key to reducing stress as the plant can withstand drought by having a larger or deeper root system. this will inevitably increase the uptake of essential nutrients and moisture which are vital in reducing stress.

    There is a lot of confusion about bio-stimulants and they are often branded as muck and magic products, this may be due to lack of trial work in the industry or growers reliance on conventional inputs. With a better understanding of how these products work within the overall crop production system we can increase quality of produce by reducing plant stress and in turn increase yields.

    Growers often ask me when using Algifol in a programme if they can reduce fertiliser inputs, the simple answer is no.The Algifol is there to improve plant health, reduce plant stress and fully utilize the fertiliser. Our product is unique in the way it works by combining a wealth of trace elements along with vitamins,enzymes amino acids ,carbohydrates,  polyronides and growth regulating plant hormones.These ingredients are essential for good crop health and maintaining the plants ability to produce good quality end yields. More information on Algifol can be found at or 

    Our industry is facing many issues at the moment, weather its chemicals under scrutiny or the fact that the population is growing and we need to feed more people with less available area. One answer could be Algifol products like bio-stimulants which could help resolve these two important issues.

    Written by Marcus Palmer

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