How can you reduce fertiliser costs on your farm?

How can you reduce fertiliser costs on your farm?

Fertiliser costs constitute a significant portion of your operating budget, which is why using them as efficiently as possible can help you reduce your overall expenses. If you're looking to boost the health of your crops and livestock while also reducing some of your spending, water conditioning technology might be an attractive option – particularly if you have substandard water quality.

The nutrients you put into your crops through fertilisers are vital to the health of your plants and the success of your harvests. However, they're also a significant investment. According to a 2013 summary report by the International Plant Nutrition Institute, fertilisers account for 20 to 25 per cent of all variable costs for grain growers – making the substance the largest single category for these expenses.

How can water conditioning treatment help? Some farmers keep adding more fertiliser without seeing the results they expect in their crops. There are several reasons for this. For starters, bonds between minerals in their water might prevent natural nutrients from being bio-available to plants. Furthermore, roots can get clogged by mineral deposits in the soil, often carried by hard water. Piling on the fertiliser won't do any good if the plants are unable to absorb the nutrients. On the contrary, this could even cause more issues as run-off carries fertiliser away from the fields it was intended to nourish.

Resonance frequencies employed by Hydrosmart's water conditioners break down these mineral bonds, and help the minerals to better dissolve. Not only does this enable plants' roots to have greater access to fertilisers, it also makes nutrients in the water more bioavailable to crops The essential minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron, are all key to plant growth and are targets for Hydrosmart. Consequently, farmers using the system are able to reduce their fertiliser bills – while seeing impressive results as their plants spring to life and flourish.