FAQ’s about Fertilizer

  • Can you explain the key advantages of compound fertilizers over blends?
    Compound fertilizers contain all the nutrients in each prill or granule which eliminates nutrient segregation during handling. Compound fertilizers also give you an even distribution of nutrients across your fields.
  • After applying fertilizer, how long should my animals be kept out of my fields?
    We advise you to keep your livestock out of your fields until the fertilizer prills or granules have fully dissolved. Ensure that they are no longer visible
  • What are the ideal storage requirements for fertilizers?
    Enclosed buildings with clean environments that are free of dirt and dust. Avoid double stacking by making use of pallet racking. Stack on level, dry floors.
  • Why is it important to calibrate my fertilizer spreader and how often should I do it?
    Calibrating your fertilizer spreader is imperative to ensuring delivery of fertilizers at correct rates. Calibration should be done before each application season.
  • Can you explain the key advantages of liquid vs solid fertilizers?
    Liquid fertilizers penetrate the soil immediately which means your plants get their nutrients faster. Liquid fertilisers are also easy to handle, store and give you increased efficiency
  • What are the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers?
    Over-use of chemical fertilizers can be harmful to your soil because they harden it, decrease fertility, and pollute the air and water. Thy can also cause root burn and plant dehydration.
  • How do I treat and prevent fertilizer burn?
    Using a slow-release fertilizer will reduce the risk of fertilizer burn. If suspect you may have over-fertilized, then we strongly suggest you flush your soil with as much water as it will hold over the next few days.
  • Do bio-fertilizers differ from normal fertilizers?
    Yes, they do. Bio-fertilizers contain live micro-organisms and are eco-friendly. Normal or conventional fertilizers are made using chemicals
  • How do I maintain my fertilizer machines & equipment?
    Fertilizer is corrosive so we suggest you clean your equipment after every operation. Compile a checklist of machine faults and attend to them timeously.
  • What are the advantages of using customised fertilizer blends?
    Customised blends are designed to meet your soil and crop needs. They eliminate the need for on-site mixing and ensure you always have precise mix ratios. They also save you time and money.
  • Why is Nitrogen important as a plant fertilizer?
    Nitrogen is a major component of chlorophyll which is necessary for photosynthesis. Nitrogen is also an essential nutrient that helps plants grow, develop and reproduce.
  • What fertilizers are suitable for fertigation?
    Commonly used water-soluble fertilizers for fertigation include Urea, Potash and other special fertilizers such as Poly feed (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium), and mono ammonium phosphate (nitrogen and phosphorus)
  • How can I use my fertilizer effectively and efficiently?
    Engaging in management practices such as soil testing, uniform applications, and maximising your yield with a minimum amount of fertilizer.
  • Is too much fertilizer bad for plant osmosis?
    Yes, it is. Fertilizers contain salts that can harm plant roots. They can also interfere with water intake which can cause plants to wilt.
  • How can I tell if I have over-fertilized?
    Look out for yellowing of leaves, slow plant growth, wilting, the rotting of roots and leaf drop. These are all signs that you may have over-fertilized.