Reduce expensive artificial nitrogen
Take advantage of atmospheric nitrogen
Promotes root growth = Healthier Plants
Releases Phosphate = Stronger Growth
THE NEXT GENERATION OF NITROGEN DIRECT FROM THE ATMOSPHERE TO THE CROP
How Does it Work?
The Bio-N bacteria work by feeding off carbon compounds and exudates pushed out by plants through their roots. In return Bio-N will fix plant available nitrogen from the inert atmospheric nitrogen found in soil pores and cycle a range of macro and micro elements bound in your soil back to the plant. Leading to a more nutritionally balanced crop that is healthier and more disease resistant. The nitrogen fixers are a mix of free soil living bacteria and some that will actually bind to the roots, creating a truly symbiotic partnership.
Bio-N produces Plant Growth Promoters including auxins, gibberellins and cytokinins with humic and fulvic acids. These stimulate plant growth, encourage strong roots and green growth without soft growth typical of nitrate nitrogen fertiliser induced flushes.
The atmosphere contains over 70,000 tonnes of nitrogen over every hectare (30,000 tonnes per acre) of your soil. Your soil contains another 4,000 kg or more. But none of this nitrogen is in the form that your crop can easily use…
The NEXT GENERATION of NITROGEN FERTILISER
What is Bio-N ?
Bio-N is the next generation nitrogen fertiliser providing a true slow release of nitrogen that is 100% efficient to your crop as and when required. A consortium of nitrogen fixing bacteria in a biological activator which converts inert atmospheric nitrogen and nitrogen from organic matter into readily plant ‘available’ ammonium directly to the plant.
Bio-N can be used on a range of crop types, independent NIABTAG crop trials show that Bio-N will fix over 70 kg/ha of nitrogen (see table below).
Either replace applied nitrogen with Bio-N (for a more cost effective source of N) or add on top of standard rates to boost yield and protein levels even further.
Golden Rules of Using Bio-N
1. Soil must be well structured - ideally 25% air
2. Soil temperature must be at least 6°C although 8°C would be better
3. Must be applied either in rain or before a rain
4. Must be applied on it’s own, NOT mixed with anything
5. Large droplet size or dribble bar.
We recently got the results from Future Bio-gas, who ran independent 1 year trials, applying Bio-N at the 4 leaf stage in some field scale trials, in a low yielding trial in a very challenging situation. Very high pH, low Mg and very little organic matter.
We got an excellent and significant response with a yield increase of 3.46 t/ha over the control plots, which followed the standard fertiliser guidelines in RB209.
This was a gross profit of £120/ha and a net profit of £90/ha when the cost of the Bio-N application was taken into account. (The application rate of Bio-N has since been adjusted slightly)
Organics, NVZs and the Environment
Bio-N is organically approved and is a REVELATION for ORGANIC producers. One application will provide a slow steady release of nitrogen for any growing crop for the entire season.
The nitrogen in Bio-N is 100% efficient (why would the bacteria fix more than is required?) therefore leaching and run-off are zero. Ideal for NVZ’s and doesn't count towards your farm N-Max limits.
Reduce your carbon footprint with Bio-N as nitrogen is fixed in the soil, compared to artificial fertilisers e.g. Urea manufacture will release 11.19kg of CO2 equivalent per kilogram of N to the atmosphere.
These carrots and leeks were trials carried out on an organic farm in Lincolnshire. The differences in quality are easily visible. Both Bio-N treatments show clear increases in root growth, crop uniformity and green leaf area.
Both crops showed dramatic increases in marketable yield where Bio-N was used. The leeks had a 43% increase in yield and the carrots a 34% increase. This was brought about by providing a steady source of nitrogen and balancing out the plants nutritional status, resulting in healthy nutrient dense organic vegetables that were harvested earlier than the standard organic crop, resulting in a premium.
70 - 100 kg/ha of nitrogen to 20ha equates to 200 litres of Bio-N and costs just £400 (£20/ha)
69 kg/ha of nitrogen to 20ha equates to 4 tonnes of AN 34.5% and costs Over £1,000 (£50/ha)
60 kg/ha of nitrogen to 20ha equates to 200 tonnes of 6% N FYM and just looks a mess!
Mix 10 litres of Bio-N with 200 litres of water per hectare.
Apply to well structured soil (not waterlogged or compacted).
Apply with low pressure, large droplet or stream nozzles for maximum soil application.
Will not contaminate water courses
Advised to spray at coolest part of day
Best applied in the rain
REDUCED NITRATE LEVELS
IMPROVES AIR AND WATER MOVEMENT
SMALLER STORAGE AREA REQUIRED
IMPROVED HEALTH TO ANIMALS COMPARED TO ARTIFICIAL NITROGEN PASTURES
BETTER SHELF LIFE FOR FOODS
REDUCED DISEASE PRESSURE SUCH AS FUSARIUM OR PHYTOPHTHORA