Fertilizer Enhancing Adjuvants - Part Two
Farmers want to make sure they are efficient with the use of chemical fertilizers, but some factors are out of their control. Maybe due to gravity, rainfall, or other factors, some nutrients never make it to the crop. Yesterday we talked about Augere, a fertilizer-enhancing adjuvant that improves the uptake of nutrients and reduces leaching. Dave Coorts is the vice president of technical development for BPS Agriculture which makes the product.
Coorts… “Another thing that tends to help people understand how this works is it's not forming a chemical bond like traditionally people would think. It's more of a static electric bond. So like if you've ever rubbed a balloon on your head and then stuck it to the wall. You know, that's held on through static electricity, and you've also seen how it's attracted your hair to it. And so it does the same type of thing, but only at a molecular level.”
The product helps keep the nutrients close to the roots of crops like corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, and cotton.
Coorts… “These are very, very small sub-micron in most cases. You know, they form and get to equilibrium and then the next one forms and so on and so on. So they float through solution just like anything else. It's just, instead of having an individual crystal or salt crystal or molecule or whatever, you've got a whole bunch of them coagulated together and held very tightly.”
Coorts says in greenhouse trials they’ve been able to nearly eliminate nitrate leaching.