What is Cropkare?
Cropkare is a concetrated multi-nutrient compound fertiliser. It is made from sustainable and renewable fuel, composed of poultry litter, that has been burned to generate electricity. The by-product of this burning process leaves a nutrient rich substance that contains all nutrients, except nitrogen, that can be recycled back into the soil.
Importantly, we can use Cropkare in your blends.
Cropkare is inorganic, has no smell and can be used where appropriate as an alternative to superphosphate and muriate of potash fertilisers. It also contains valuable secondary nutrients and trace elements.
An application of 500kg Cropkare/ha supplies
Why use Cropkare?
As the price of fertiliser rises, the use of Phosphate and Potash on farms falls. This has led to deficiencies in the soil that used to be common in the past.
Good supplies of phosphate and potash are essential for crops to make efficient use of nitrogen, so it is a false economy to risk nitrates not being taken up.
Cropkare is an affordable, consistent source of phosphate, potash and other valuable trace nutrients.
An environmentally friendly fertiliser which is sustainable
Consistent in its nutrient content and physical characteristics
Regular analysis confirms consistency of nutrients
Can be used on all arable and grassland
Extremely cost effective, reliable source of phosphate, potash, calcium, sulphur and trace elements
On the left crop with Potash deficiency
The right the crop needs phosphate
What primary nutrients does Cropkare contain?
Phosphate (typically contains 12% P2O5 to ensure full yield potential and response to nitrogen. Phosphate is essential for good establishment and early growth.
Potash (typically contains 12% K2O) important for high yielding crops. Essential for drought tolerance.
Magnesium (typically 500kg/ha supplies 30kg MgO/ha) essential for the formation of chlorophyll for photosynthesis.
Sulphur (typically 500kg/ha supplies 25kg SO3/ha) essential for the proteins in all crops. Deficiency can reduce nitrogen uptake.
Calcium (typically contains 29% CaO) regular applications helps to maintain soil pH and in doing so increases the uptake of other nutrients.
Sodium (typically contains 2.3% Na2O) improves the palatability of permanent grassland for dairy cows and livestock. Crops like sugar beet, carrots and root brassicas particularly need sodium.
Trace Elements Cropkare contains iron, manganese, boron, copper, zinc, molybdenum and chlorine. It also includes selenium which is often deficient in livestock.
What secondary nutrients are in Cropkare?
Cropkare contains secondary nutrients essential for healthy crops and livestock.
Sulphur (typically contains 5% SO3) changes to fertiliser production which has reduced sulphur in products means that many crops are now deficient in sulphur. Second cut silage and oil seed rape are particularly demanding but deficiencies are now found in many other crops including cereals and vegetables.
Magnesium (typically contains 6% MgO) essential for all crops and grass. A deficiency can lead to staggers and hypomagnesaemia.
Sodium (typically contains 2.3% Na2O) sodium is beneficial to some crops, for example, sugar beet, celery and carrots. It is also essential for livestock making the grass more palatable.
Is Cropkare safe to use?
The answer is yes. Cropkare is produced at a new state-of-the-art electricity power station that uses only deep litter poultry manure for fuel. The poultry litter is incinerated at temperatures higher that 850 degrees centigrade. This destroys all pathogens in the manure leaving only nutrients. Every batch of Cropkare is sampled and analysed for nutrient contents and metals. This careful monitoring can give the user confidence in the product .
Whilst poultry litter can be applied directly to the land, incinerated products have to comply to regulations and provide confidence to users. The metal concentrations in Cropkare are regularly measured and compared to statutory application limits.
How does Cropkare benefit the environment?
Renewable Resources Cropkare burns poultry manure which is, renewable and sustainable, to produce electricity. This helps to reduce reliance on non-renewable products like coal and oil. Recycling in this way also reduces the need for mining non-renewable resources like potash and phosphate.
Greenhouse Gases because the carbon in the litter was fixed from the air, burning it does not add new carbon dioxide to the atmosphere so helps reduce the accumulation of greenhouse gases.
Recycling Cropkare recycles the nutrients in the poultry manure which were in the poultry feed and the crops that supplied it. These recovered nutrients can then be reused in the soil and taken up by the plants once again.