On the cultivation of barley

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Adequately chosen proportions of fertilizers may protect the cereal from drought, diseases and too rapid growth. It is therefore a good idea to plan the sowing and the fertilization well in advance, so as to avoid problems that arise when the ears of corn appear or during the harvest season.

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“Fosfory” support agriculture

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Gdańskie Zakłady Nawozów Fosforowych ”Fosfory” Sp. z o.o. boasts a tradition of over 100 years. I am particularly proud of to be taking the helm of the company at the time of its rapid development, and share this experience with the Readers of this blog.

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An alternative to artificial fertilizers?

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The scientists from Reach Earth Institute in Vermont were seeking for an effective fertilizer, which is not manufactured synthetically. Their immediate pick was at urine.

First experiments proved successful

In 2012 the team initiated a field trial. The scientists believed that if urine contains nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, it may be used for enriching soil. The mineral elements were obtained from the residue present in water treatment plants. The first experiment involved using 600 gallons of urine. The test results were promising, as the efficiency of cereals fertilized in this manner was twice as high as in the areas where cultivated crops were not fertilized.

What the future holds

In 2013 the volunteers provided 3000 gallons of urine. REI staff are preparing another trial, in which as many as 6000 gallons are to be used. According to experts, if the Americans produce 30 billion gallons of urine, they might provide 5 kilograms of fertilizer per person. There are plans to develop drugs based on minerals present in human waste. The application of urine as a fertilizer is possible on a local scale. Nevertheless, practical application of this solution on truly large farms remains a challenge.

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