“Knowledge is Essential”
Six months ago under this slogan the Azoty Group in cooperation with the PKO Bank Polski started a national program of free soil research concerning the abundance of nutrients. In the scope of a three-year action the company aims at reaching almost 2 thousand farms all over the country and collecting 28 thousand samples in 17 District Chemical-Agricultural Stations. Besides the Puławy Competence Center, it is our another initiative that creates the base of knowledge and has its support in science. – said Paweł Jarczewski, President of the Azoty Group Management.
The report published this year by the Supreme Audit Office shows that only few Polish farmers examine soil before the usage of mineral fertilizers what may result with using too big doses. As a result it may increase costs of agricultural production and influence the natural environment pollution. The Supreme Audit Office shows that a wide education on wise fertilizing among farmers is necessary. This is one of the presumptions of the program “Knowledge is Essential”. – The Azoty Group does not promote a maximum crop. The Azoty Group promotes a maximum economical effect for a farmer and this is a totally different approach. – says Hubert Kamola, Director of the Department of Corporate Trade of Fertilizers in the Azoty Group and adds – Soil research inspires to think about quality of fertilizing products and we, as a big producer of fertilizers know how demanding in knowledge and practice is the process of production and research of fertilizers. In each of five factories we have laboratories and we know that not all fertilizers existing on the market meet the highest parameters. Soil research may also show pseudo savings of a farmer after using so called cheaper substitutes. Then it turns out that the fertilizer does not work or it works in a different way.
Success of the 1st edition of the program
From the first months the program has been very popular. Supporting farmers, 4950 soil samples were examined in accredited laboratories of District Chemical-Agricultural Stations as to pH and abundance in phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. The research was conducted in the period from August to October 2015 after harvest and just before fertilizing in autumn. In total, 330 farms from 163 poviats participated in the research and more than half of them were of 50-100 ha.
Results of the research
Optimal and desired by most of plant kinds is slightly acid and neutral soil reaction. Among examined soil samples 61% of them were acid and slightly acid soil reactions. Only every fourth examined soil sample is not of acid reaction. Soil of neutral reaction are 16% and soil of alkaline reaction are 18%.
What is going to happen next?
With the beginning of 2016 the Azoty Group started the IInd edition of the program. This time 6300 soil samples are planned to be examined.
– Even after three years we want the program to have its further effects in the form of practices promoted by our Terrain Representatives promoting knowledge about the Azoty Group and technologies of fertilization – says Hubert Kamola and adds – Besides that, we want to promote knowledge intensively all the time, support development of fertilizing technology and learn together. We want to learn the needs and adjust the produced fertilizers to the challenges of plant production. Already today we work on new fertilizers which will allow for better aggregation and operation of micro and macro elements. We research and learn implications taking place in the area of microbiology. We know where the losses occur and where to find savings. At the same time we activate an application for smartphones called “Farmster” and also there we will develop technology supporting farm management.