Terra Range

Introducing The Terra Range from Target Fertilisers

Author: Philip Kennedy 

 

Target Fertilisers have introduced their new range of sustainable fertiliser solutions. The three new products are namely TerraCAN + S (22N + 3S), TerraGRAZE + S (22N-5K + 3.5S) and TerraCUT + S (20N -2P-12K +2S). These products have been introduced to the market to provide customers with a solution to decrease their total nitrogen (N) use, while maintaining high crop outputs. Typically, these products will allow for up to 25% reduction in N use to provide the same yield due to increased N uptake and efficiency. It is also a great advantage that there are products in the range containing P and K. The trial results included below speak for themselves and locally we have received excellent feedback from customers commenting on good growth and dry matter levels.

 

How It Works:

The bio-stimulant PSI 362 enhances the biological processes within the plant. These bio-stimulants stimulate the nitrate transponders in the plant to take up more of the available nitrogen in the soil than they would normally do. The extra nitrates taken up are converted into amino acids which produce more chlorophyll and therefore more photosynthesis takes place. This means we get similar biomass levels produced even with 20% less N as well as seeing higher dry matter levels in the crop afterwards.

 

Irish Agriculture Challenges:

  • The current E.U. Farm to Fork Strategy is targeting a 20% reduction in fertiliser use by 2030.
  • They have a goal for all water to be classified as good or excellent by 2027; this is currently only around 50%, with highly stocked intensive areas noticeably poorer than others.
  • Dairy cows’ organic nitrogen allocation has already increased (85kg to 89kg) with proposals to increase higher-yielding cows even further which in turn will reduce permissible total chemical N applications.
  • Nitrogen use efficiency is likely to be part of a derogation review. (Teagasc 2019 figures reported 24.4% utilisation out of total N applied).
  • Greenhouse gas emissions require lower methane and nitrate oxide levels and Ireland has ammonia fines pending for 17/18/19 thus far.

 

Sustainable Fertiliser Solutions:

Target Fertilisers have now introduced the new Terra Range. Brandon Biosciences identified a specific molecule derived from marine bio-actives, the most abundant renewable resource available, called PSI 362 based on 22 years research.

PSI 362 is applied to granular N as a coating working at multiple levels on N absorption, transportation and utilisation. Multiple trials have been conducted over 8 different soil types. This product allows an 80% rate (20% less N applied) to provide the same growth response compared to Super CAN applied at a 100% rate and lower N required due to increased uptake. Dry matter in tested grass crops was also improved as well as silage quality improving by over 5% DMD.

The chart below is a mix of 1st, 2nd and 3rd cut for both years on TerraCAN vs SuperCAN CCF:

The chart below is a trial of grass on TerraCAN vs SuperCAN CCF:

As you can see in the table below there were additional benefits to herbage quality when TerraCAN + S was used.

 

Herbage quality with Terra Range

 

Leaf analysis where TerraCAN was applied contained higher rates of nitrate in the crop which allows for less ‘free’ N to cause any environmental impacts. PSI 362 puts more nitrogen in the plant from every kg applied so it can grow to become a high-quality crop.

This is a natural product with no harmful residues which increases crop yields and quality. The PSI technology platform has delivered consistent results over the past 5 years in trials. The increase in nutrient uptake efficiency is part of the solution to lower ammonia and greenhouse gases. The Terra range can bridge the gap between required crop yields and lower N allowances.

This product allows an 80% rate (20% less N applied) to provide the same growth response compared to Super CAN applied at a 100% rate. Lower N is required due to increased uptake. Dry matter in tested grass crops also improved as well as silage quality, which improved by over 5% DMD.

Leaf analysis contained higher rates of nitrate in the crop which allows for less ‘Free’ N to cause any environmental impacts. PSI362 puts more nitrogen in the plant from every kg applied so it can grow to become a high-quality crop. This is a natural product with no harmful residues which increases crop yields and quality.

 

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