What is UrateS?
Mainfert started trialling and working with a combination of Urea and humates nearly 10 years ago and we have been constantly changing and updating the mix to ensure we are getting the most out of every application for our clients.
It has been well known that combining nitrogen and humates/humic acid increases the stability of nitrogen in the soil, with this combination being used extensively in Europe for many years. Humates/humic acid attaches to the nitrogen molecule and to the soil colloid, reducing nitrogen volatilization and leaching. This means that a lower amount of nitrogen needs to be applied for a similar resulting pasture growth.
We took this efficiency of nutrient application further by adding in elemental sulphur to the mix to supply a controlled amount of sulphur on a regular basis to the soil and plant. For many farms, especially on the East Coast with sedimentary soils, getting a steady supply of sulphur to pasture over the growing season has been a challenge. Mainfert has recorded significant lifts in soil and plant sulphur levels by taking a ‘little and often’ approach to sulphur management.
Aside from the benefits of nutrient efficiency and reducing nitrogen applications, using humates from UrateS improves soil biological properties by feeding fungi and bacteria in the soil. This gives a regenerative result in building soil humus, organic matter and resulting in improved soil physical properties.
We have also recently added some ammonia sulphate to our mix which now gives two forms of sulphur and nitrogen for even better nutrient management and results in all conditions.
To find our more information about UrateS, or to book in a soil test give one of our Nutrient Partners a call.