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Coming close to IDEAL FERTILIZER (IF)

In the past 5 years the fertilizer industry has developed and produced the following two innovations in crop nutrition: UREA COATED (UC). Solving the problem of Nitrogen loses this family of products increased the Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE) from 35-50 % to 95 % allowing a single application at a rate of 50% of the conventional fertilization methods reducing the N fertilization cost per hectare in the same level of the commodity fertilizers. NPK+ME based on Potassium Nitrate (NPK-NOP): Since Potassium Nitrate is the purest Potassium source 100% of nutrients those fertilizers are the most nutrient concentrated products free of harmful elements (like Cl and SO3) which create stressful conditions in the root zone of the young plants.

Coming close to IDEAL FERTILIZER (IF)

My opinion is that blends of the above fertilizers are fulfilling all the conditions of the IF I have 
mentioned in my previous article here: 

Let's examine them one by one: 

•The IF must cover all crop needs for one season (YES) 

•The IF must be applied once with no need to enter many times in the field (YES) 

•The IF must be protected from losses like various Nitrogen fertilizers (YES) 

•The IF must be protected from fixation to soil clay particles like Phosphates (YES when the Phosphate is coated) 

•The cost of application must be the minimum possible (YES since we use reduced rates gaining the same yield) 

•The cost per hectare of the IF must be at least equal or less to current commodity fertilizers (YES) 

•The IF must withstand unfavorable weather conditions (very low temperatures, heavy rain, stress) (YES) 

CONCLUSION: Today the fertilizer industry is 
very close in the production of the 
front line nutrition innovators must spread 
the information to the farmer level.

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