Continental Farmers Group implements a new fertilizer system in its fields

Continental Farmers Group implements a new fertilizer system in its fields

11 November 2020

In parallel with the harvesting campaign, the soil in the fields of the Continental Farmers Group is being prepared for the next year’s crops. For the first time ever, the Agricultural Holding is testing a new technology for it, which envisions a fertilizer treatment using mechanical hoes. Using this local fertilizer treatment technique, the Company plans not just to save up to 20% of fertilizers but also to increase the effectiveness of their application by 20-30%.

The Agricultural Holding has already completed this type of fertilizer treatment in the fields allocated for winter rape, and the fertilizer treatment campaign is now continuing for sunflower and corn. Unlike the widespread method, whereby the fertilizers remain in the upper dry or partially moistened (depending on the weather) layer of soil, in the case of a local application of fertilizers, phosphate and potassic fertilizers are introduced at a depth of 20 centimeters.

At this depth, there is always some beneficial moisture that ensures access for the plants to nutritional substances. Specialists at the Continental Farmers Group note that the introduction of fertilizers deep in the soil using mechanical hoes promotes a better growth of the roots. It is exactly the development of the roots that has the most impact on the nutrient and water availability to the plants. Plants with well-developed roots are more resistant to drought conditions as well as to drastic temperature changes and some other external factors. This is one of the conditions that would ensure an increase in the crops yield in the future.

Farmers note one more advantage to the local method: one pass of the equipment is enough to till the soil and introduce fertilizers. In turn, it means than the soil is compacted less. In conducting its operations, the Continental Farmers Group pays a particular attention to the attitude of care for the soil, the restoration of its stricture and preservation of its fertility; therefore, in choosing a technology, it always considers these factors as a priority.