CRISTOPER PILE: What’s New In Fertilizers

CRISTOPER PILE: What's New In Fertilizers
 CRISTOPER PILE: What's New In Fertilizers

The good thing about scientists is that they continue to come up with products that make farming easier and more profitable. Did you know, for instance, that you can now incorporate in the corn seed that you plant the fertilizer it needs for its early growth stage? Now, you donโ€™t have to apply basal fertilizer before planting the seeds. This simplifies the work of the farmer. Which could mean less work and expense, and the fertilizer could be more effective, too.

Cristoper Pile, a good friend who used to be with a seed company, explained to us the latest developments in fertilizers. He is now a ranking technical man of a big fertilizer company, Yara Fertilizer Philippines. YaraVita Teprosyn is the name of a liquid that is used to coat the corn seeds for planting. Only 150 ml is needed to coat the seeds for one hectare.

The coating contains 14.6 percent nitrogen, 24.3 percent potassium and 29 percent zinc. This has a starter effect which is very important in corn production. An international seminar we once attended stressed that the first 45 days of the corn plant is the most important stage of growth so that the best care should be provided at this stage.

ANOTHER NEW FORMULATION – YaraMila Actyva is another new formulation that Yara has introduced in the market, especially for rice and corn, according to Pile. He emphasized that the current practice in conventional rice farming is for the farmer to mix together different fertilizer formulations for topdressing rice. He could mix 14-14-14 with urea and 16-20-0 to achieve a balanced fertilization.

With YaraMila Actyva, the three major fertilizer elements are incorporated in each grain. And the interesting part is that YaraMila Actyvaโ€™s nitrogen content comes in two forms which is advantageous. The first is in nitrate form. This means that the nitrogen is available to the plant immediately. The second is in ammonium form. This has to be converted into nitrate form before the plant will be able to absorb it. This will serve as the food of the plant after the nitrate form has been exhausted. This means the rice plant has a steady supply of nitrogen from start to a later stage.

The phosphorus in YaraMila Actyva is also in three forms so that the supply to the plant is continuous. The first form is orthophosphate form which is the form that is readily absorbed by the plant. The next is polyphosphate form which is available after the orthophosphate is finished. The last form is the dicalcium phosphate form which is the latest to be made available to the plant.

Cris Pile claims that the YaraMila Actyva does not make the soil acidic. Also, compared to urea, it is much better because in the course of applying urea in the field, about 50% of the nutrients is lost to the atmosphere. By the way, Cris Pile will soon be writing about balanced crop nutrition in the monthly Agriculture Magazine published by the Manila Bulletin which is edited by yours truly.

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