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Fine Particle Fertiliser

An ideal macro, mineral and biological application for any farm type. Fine particles of fertiliser ensure even plant uptake through the soil leading to improved dry matter quantity and quality. Applied by truck, aeroplane or helicopter.

Fine Lime

Owing to its fine particle size and therefore greater surface area, the calcium supplied through the lime flour is readily available for immediate uptake on soil colloids. Calcium supplied through the lime flour is released faster than the soil can buffer it, leading to a boost in soil biological activity and an increase in the uptake and availability. Applied by truck, aeroplane or helicopter.

What are the benefits of using fine particle fertilisers?

  • First – evenness of fertiliser spreading. The grinding process produces very small particles which are then suspended in water and applied by ground-spread trucks, fixed wing aircraft or helicopters. This leads to improved fertiliser use efficiency. Rather than some areas of a paddock receiving more and others less than optimum nutrients, all areas receive the same application rate. This results in a more even pasture sward with a higher density of plants per unit area and better dry matter production.
  • Second – finely ground fertiliser products have a much greater surface area (often more than one hundred times) per kilogram of fertiliser applied than conventional solid fertilisers. The impact of a larger surface area results in a rapid uptake of nutrients into the soil system. This in turn leads to nutrients that are available to the plants more quickly, which means a quicker growth response in the plant.
  • Third – many nutrients can be directly taken up by the plant through its leaves. As fine particle fertilisers are applied topographically, the leaves of the plant are able to absorb nutrients, where a nutrient in the soil is at lower than desirable levels, this shortage can be rectified very quickly.
  • Fourth – Both macro-nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur and potassium) and trace elements or minerals can be applied at the same time. All the nutrients the plant requires can be applied in the right proportions, in the same fertiliser blend, at the same time. By including these components in one application, both time and energy are saved – amongst others.
  • Fifth – the proportions of each nutrient within the fertiliser can be varied. Mainland Minerals’ fertilisers are not standard with regard to the proportion of for example, phosphorus or sulphur, as is the case with conventional fertilisers such as Superphosphate. Rather, the proportions of each nutrient within the blend can be varied according to need or specific requirement i.e. each blend produced is unique to each farm. For instance, an area may have adequate levels of sulphur but be low in phosphorus. If the farmer applies Superphosphate in this situation, he is paying for sulphur that he doesn’t need i.e. every tonne contains 110-120kg of sulphur whether it’s needed or not. This is could be environmentally damaging.
  • Sixth – fine particle fertilisers are much more environmentally friendly. When you apply lesser quantities of only those nutrients that are required and these are applied accurately by highly sophisticated spreading equipment, then there is little opportunity for nutrient to enter into a water body. Nor is any fertiliser blown by the wind accidentally onto a water course. Further, because smaller quantities of highly reactive fertiliser are used with fine particle fertilisers, the nutrients are assimilated quickly into the soil with little opportunity to be carried by overland flow and cause pollution.