An ancient concept. Organic matter and nitrogen together in farm fertilizers. Liquid fertilizer that will give rise to a prolific crop while building the soil. It is coming around again. See our FARM FERTILIZER RESULTS page here…..
As seen, inorganic chemical fertilizer use in commercial farms has decreased in North America. Organic farm fertilizer use has increased.
Farmers know, crop productivity is linked closely to both nitrogen and organic matter in fields and pastures. The organic matter is needed so the nutrients available for crops are not able to leach to deeper soil layers where they become useless for crops. The nitrogen is needed for the base source of growth. If synthetic fertilizers such as ammonia nitrogen have been primary, the organic matter will be lacking. There comes a time when a partial or complete transition to more natural fertilizers is necessary. Not only for the soil but for the sake of ecology and water sources.
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AGGRAND: An answer in the transition back to more natural farm fertilizers
At the dawn of synthetic fertilizers, prolific, inexpensive and truly viable farm fertilizer choices were unloaded on farmers. For generations now, chemical fertilizers have been the standard with brand competition high. Very little was said of organic fertilizers or even liquid fertilizers – let alone all natural or organic liquid fertilizers. Finally, in the recent decade especially, the organic and all biobased fertilizers are being sought and proven as effective, if not more so, than farm fertilizers like ammonia nitrogen. But the confusion lives on.
- Why transition to a more natural fertilizer base?
- At what expense? The crops? The budget?
- And how to do so? What fertilizers to use?
Transitioning to Green Crop Fertilizers
No, the change does not need to be complete. Farmers have become excellent at making do. They already compensate by altering their fertilizer mix, opting for one less expensive. They try to ‘bank’ their fertilizer reserves right in the soil to get that extra growing season. They have always alternated the crops they grow. Organic matter from the herd and even the mint fields are used. But without a powerful, sustainable fertilizer base, crop yields remain unpredictable, strained, even severely diminished by summers like the one of 2012. Living in the Midwest with severe drought and three Derecho storms hit our area, and with bare creek beds, we know what farmers faced.
We also understand that farmers face the demand of the most unsustainable staple food crops of all time – the grains and legumes of wheat, beans, soybeans, lentils, corn and rice. Societies worldwide are dependent upon their carbohydrates, proteins, vegetable and corn oil from the commercial farms. We’re never saying to go off the course for other crops. Just allow the means to sustain the cropping system with sustainable farm fertilizer and fresh practices that carry farms through disease and drought, to name a few challenges.
Speaking of droughts. The consequences of the summer of 2012 will be relevant for comparisons to come.
- Farm fertilizers with organic matter and nitrogen
- Transitioning to Green Crop Fertilizers
- AGRICULTURAL LIME SIDE-BY-SIDE AMENDMENT WITH OUR LIQUID NATURAL FERTILIZERS
- Pasture fertilizer
- AGGRAND CROP GUIDE
- SUSTAINABLE FARMING
2012 DROUGHT RAMIFICATIONS ON FARMERS
- The drought of 2012 plummeted the United States harvest to the least within 9 years back then 6 years ago.
- In the summer of 2012, the Chicago Board of Trade for corn and soybean futures for prices hit an all-time high.
- Fertilizer corporations believe the incentive is there for the farmers with small harvest to maximize their crop production.
- These fertilizer companies have been reported as saying that they “…expect farmers to maximize crop production by applying yield-boosting fertilizers.” A thought from us: the farmers were already doing their best.
- Potash is predicted to be less of a priority since it is retained in the soil longer, especially after the lower crop production in the Midwest in 2012 drought. The prediction is farmers will spend their “excess” fertilizer budget on even more ammonia nitrogen since it must be applied every year because it is not retained in farm soil. That is because the excess runs off.
Let’s talk about the crop fertilizer called ‘nitrogen’
The unintended consequences of synthetic nitrogen on our environment and the food system are hindsight. It seemed like a good idea at the time when after World War II, large stocks of leftover ammonium nitrate munitions were marketed for agricultural use. That is how synthetic nitrogen fertilizer became popular in the United States, inexpensively and seemingly inertly. But the runoff of excess nitrogen fertilizers and the uptake of this fertilizer by livestock, then the organic matter they produce with, not true organic nitrogen laden manure, but synthetic nitrogen laden manures. Therein lies the issue. With ponds, lakes, even bays, such as Chesapeake Bay which is now attempting to rise from ecological ruin.
And now the late season nitrogen application before the corn tassels too. Where a nitrogen toolbar to be placed in where the spray boom was so corn can be sprayed with more synthetic nitrogen. But there are organic and natural forms of nitrogen that can be used as a foliar farm fertilizer.
Let’s put it in a nutshell. Our ability to feed ourselves depends on a non-renewable fossil fuel because the hydrogen source for the process of creating synthetic nitrogen fertilizer is natural gas. This is a non-renewable resource. The process accounts for around 90 percent of the cost of fertilizer production.
Where will that leave us? Farmers used little synthetic nitrogen at the dawn of the synthetic farm fertilizer age. Within sixty-seven years, U.S. farmers used 5.7 million tons of ammonia nitrogen on their corn crops, not even noting other crops. But as the organic matter dissipates, the farm soil’s ability to store any organic nitrogen is declining. That is when the excess nitrogen leaches away as nitrates, then fouling the ground water. The nitrates create a greenhouse gas called nitrous oxide with around 300 times more heat-trapping power than the carbon monoxide we are celebrating the synthetic nitrogen of soaking up from the soil. And all farmers can do to create more monster yields is add more synthetic nitrogen to their soil. But their soil has become compacted, therefore runoff and erosion are an issue hard to deal with since more irrigation creates more of the same. And water resources are limited. But irrigation and more nitrogen are the only answer. Unless the farmers transition to a base support of sustainable farm fertilizers that hold organic matter and all the nutrients. Cost effective and proven. All this, and to do so, farmers could be rewarded for conserving nitrogen and building the organic matter in soil, as there are programs developing across many states to commend and support the return of a more natural farming system, if not organic, then natural, biobased farm fertilizers are a course of support for the world’s food resources.
Like we all know, it is coming around again. See our FARM FERTILIZER RESULTS page here…..
SUSTAINABLE NITROGEN FOR CROPS
AGGRAND Fertilizer offers the All Natural USDA Biobased 4-3-3 and the Organic Series 4-3-3. These are multipurpose liquid concentrate that promote vigorous growth, increased root development and improved stress and disease tolerance in vegetables, fruits, nut trees and field crops. AGGRAND Fertilizer stimulates microbial activity in the soil and provides essential macronutrients nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in a ratio of 4-3-3. Ingredients are 1) Norwegian kelp from the North Atlantic Ocean to provide potassium for increased plant health and development. Kelp also helps increase plants’ resistance to drought and cold temperatures. 2) Menhaden fish emulsion that provides a natural, environmentally friendly source of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, to enhance plant growth and development. 3) Rock phosphate provides a natural source of phosphorus, calcium, manganese and iron. These elements maximize plant health and encourage plant structure and fruit development. 4) Sulfate of potash an extremely fine-grade natural mineral derived from the Great Salt Lake, increases potassium levels. 5) You will love this one. Wintergreen oil improves the scent of AGGRAND Fertilizer
- Multipurpose – excellent results on flowers, fruits, vegetables, lawns, trees, crops, and houseplants
- Formulated for foliar feed or soil application
- Promotes enhanced plant vigor, contributing to disease and stress resistance
- Convenient liquid concentrate
- Can be mixed with other AGGRAND Organic Series products for easy application in certified organic production.
POTASSIUM FERTILIZER SOURCES – SEAWEED KELP & POTASH
The soil reserves of potassium are seeming low in the Midwest, U.S.A. and additions of potassium chloride, potassium sulfate and other products that have a high salt index are a concern, especially as a foliar application. But potassium-deficient plants are susceptible to insect attack, have weak stalks and underdeveloped root systems. Though most foliar potassium applications have limited, inconsistent results there is a potassium rich fertilizer that is low in salt and does not contain chloride. In this way, the higher potassium rates are an advantage without canopy injury dangers. Potassium soil reserves and as a foliar application are able to:
- Improve tolerance for heat, cold and drought
- Promote nitrogen use efficiency
- Reduce susceptibility to insect attack and infection by disease-causing organisms
- Promote early growth and development
- Help increase oil content in seed crops
- Promote early ripening, improved quality and extended shelf-life of fruits and vegetables
- Aid seed formation and nitrogen fixation in legumes
AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash contains minimally processed sulfate of potash from the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Unlike other sources of potassium, sulfate of potash does not contain chloride (Cl), which can be damaging to soil life and plant roots. The potassium found in AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash helps produce high-quality vegetables and tree fruits.
AGRICULTURAL LIME SIDE-BY-SIDE AMENDMENT WITH OUR LIQUID NATURAL FERTILIZERS
Agricultural liming is necessary where topsoil has been lost, surrounding woodland soils are acidic, acid rains build acidic soil, the erosion and leaching have carried away calcium, magnesium and nutrients crops need, and the nitrogen fertilizers leave farmland at a loss. Agricultural lime is believed greatest deal for farmers. There are some issues due to the wait for full effectiveness. Such as the crops and land will endure for two or more years without the full impact of the pH recovery. This while the dry aglime takes time to move downward into the cropland. Besides withholding calcium and magnesium as it breaks down, the crops are not as strong and the desirable bacterial activity lies diminished still. Worse, the elements of fertilizer application are next to wasted because the nutrients are not there for the uptake of the synthetic nitrogen. Viscous cycle, again. The synthetic nitrogen farm fertilizer makes the farm soil more acidic. And more lime is needed.
What of a foliar application where the lime nutrients are available to plants through their leaves? AGGRAND is proven. Imagine liming where tilling is not possible, the permanent cover crops, the perennial pastures and hayfields with liquid lime instead of a powdered aglime and praying for rain? Consider that the lime can be added to other liquid fertilizers, perhaps only needed once, all applied at the same time?
- It features super-finely ground calcitic limestone in a liquid suspension that can be absorbed by leaves and roots.
- The essential nutrients and proprietary ingredients penetrate into the soil profile quicker than more coarse dry aglime, aid in uptake of other nutrients and promote green-up of perennial pastures and hay fields.
- AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime can be used with AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer to supply additional calcium to crops such as tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage and lettuce that need copious amounts of this vital nutrient.
Soil liming is vital to the health of newly planted lawns, pastures or hayfields, increasing soil microbial activity and the proliferation of earthworms and beneficial insects. Optimum soil health depends on a proper annual fertilizing plan. As the fertilization system transitions, the AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime can help immediately deliver productive pastures and hay fields by delivering the calcium needed to promote superior plant growth.
The natural farm fertilizer called manure
Except when using turkey, poultry and rabbit green manure, all other manures need to be seasoned, preferably the entire year. The amount of manure alone is daunting when fertilizing farmland. But the seasoning, and turning of the green manures to kill pathogens and weed seeds is a task formidable, making certain all the manure has been in the center to be exposed to the high temperatures for days on end before it is done. We have seen the mountains of beef manure and horse manure. The manures that are still used for fertilizer are swine, dairy, beef, turkey, poultry, goat, sheep and horse. Well seasoned manures for fertilizer is the key, but in the end, the most prolific provider of nitrogen and nutrients to the soil are the turkey and poultry manure. But we know a lot of outcome does not happen from this size of gifter.
The drawbacks are still the seasoning, foremost. The beef and all the other manures are, in fact, too hot to use. We know they will burn the plants. We know the green, unseasoned manure can be contaminated with weed seeds. So it comes back to the seasoning, to prevent all types of contaminating the field and garden. The cost of manure is cheap until that process called seasoning comes into play. Then the expense begins. Besides that, the chemical analysis of the manure product needs done on each type of manure to know what the balance is for the particular crop.
Doing farm fertilizer the old fashioned way is a way to be certain their is a complete cycle of the harvest, yes. And there are farms and market growers set up to season and balance the manure fertilizer use safely and with great harvest yields. But there are generally still fertilizer needs after all the seasoned manure has been used. That is where AGGRAND Liquid Fertilizers come in for those farms too. By the way, the menhaden fish were called ‘that which manures’ by the native cultures using them for fertilizer.
Agricultural fertilization is not all about the fertilizer prices, but getting the best price through all efforts is the goal. The more recycling and upcycling done, the better for the environment and for the land. Consider supplementing your farm fertilizer program with the USDA Biobased or NOP-Certified liquid fertilizers, the liquid lime, liquid bonemeal and liquid sea kelp with sulfate of potash. See how it will balance out, the AGGRAND costs at wholesale or commercial rates vs. the commercial fertilizers at these rates…. Farm Fertilizer Pricing.
Here is our guide for pasture fertilizer. A page is designated, perhaps more. But in this short sequence on farm fertilizer, customers are most often requesting information and guides on pasture fertilizer. Hay & Pasture Guide (G2806) Hay and pasture applications require special treatment and fertilizer application techniques. Learn what AGGRAND has to offer with this informative guide. A page not in pdf is in the application articles.
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