GLOBAL crop nutrition leader, Yara, has released a new range of water-soluble NPK compound fertilisers developed specifically for delivery via irrigation systems.
YaraRega - whose name is derived from the Old Norse word for "rain" - readily dissolves in water for easy and efficient application using pivot, macro and micro sprinklers, low tech drip or furrow irrigation systems.
Alternatively, it can be broadcast as a soil application prior to anticipated rainfall or irrigation.
Yara Australia commercial manager, Paul Eitzen, said YaraRega delivers a balanced supply of macro and micro-nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, boron and zinc, to a wide range of fruit and vegetable crops, grapes and flowers.
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"Many fruit and vegetable growers would like to have the flexibility and convenience of a fertiliser that can be either fertigated or spread," Mr Eitzen said.
"Standard fertilisers are not designed for this use and often contain up to 20 per cent 'fillers', coarse and insoluble particles that can block filters and drips.
"Likewise, many have special coatings that help to improve their handling and spreading as dry granules.
"Dissolved in water, these waxes and oils are released into the solution and again, can create significant problems.
"YaraRega has less than one per cent insolubles and a special coating that protects the granule during handling and storage, allowing the product to be handled using bulk bags while keeping the strength in the compounds to allow ease of spreading."
Mr Eitzen said the delivery of a balance of nutrients via irrigation systems can deliver higher yields compared to broadcast application of dry granules.
"In field trials at Yara Research Centre in Hanninghof, Germany, on the addition of an NPK compound fertiliser via irrigation increased yield in strawberries by 46pc compared to standard broadcast application and 35pc compared to broadcast application at the same time as irrigation," he said.
YARAREGA complements the rest of the Yara range, including YaraTera water-soluble NPK crystalline fertilisers for use in hydroponic systems, YaraVita foliar fertilisers, YaraLiva calcium nitrate fertilisers, YaraMila NPK compound fertilisers and Yara Liquids fertilisers.
Yara fertilisers are supported by range of innovative decision-making tools to provide a complete crop nutrition solution for all production systems.
"With over 100 years of knowledge and expertise in plant nutrition, Yara can offer expert technical support and a range of decision-making tools and services to help growers get the very best results," Mr Eitzen said.
Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has a worldwide presence with about 17,000 employees and operations in more than 60 countries.
Yara grows knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet, to fulfil its vision of a collaborative society, a world without hunger and a planet respected.
To meet these commitments, it has taken the lead in developing digital farming tools for precision farming and work closely with partners throughout the whole food value chain to develop more climate-friendly crop nutrition solutions.
See the Yara team at Hort Connections 2019 in Melbourne this month.
- Copy supplied by Yara.