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  • Global Fertilizer Day 2018

    From your toast this morning, to your pint of beer after work, and even to some forms of fuel and electricity. Fertiliser contributes to a huge part of everyday life and is so important, in fact, that it is estimated that two out of every five people owe their lives to it.

    Fifty years ago one hectare of land fed two people. It is estimated that by 2025 that the same hectare will have to feed five people. As the global population continues to grow, the amount of land mass with which to produce food does not. Fertilisers provide plants with essential nutrients required for growth, and help farmers to produce crops more efficiently. Global Fertilizer Day is a celebration of the part fertilisers play in helping to feed the world.

    It has been called one of the greatest inventions of our time, but where did it all begin? One hundred years ago German scientists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch devised a method of fixing nitrogen from the air to produce ammonia, thereby enabling fertiliser to be produced on an industrial scale. As the Germans put it, it was quite literally “brot aus luft” – “bread from air.” A century later the process produces an estimated 450 million tonnes of nitrogen fertiliser per year.

    But it is not just nitrogen that is supplied by fertiliser. In all, and not including Hydrogen, Carbon and Oxygen that are supplied by air and water, plants need thirteen nutrients for growth: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulphur, Calcium, Magnesium, Boron, Cobalt, Copper, Iodine, Manganese, Molybdenum, and Zinc. Sounds a lot, right? Well they’re not all required in the same quantity, and some are more readily available in soil than others. In order to grow crops efficiently, it is about identifying what is in your soils, which nutrients you need to supplement with fertilisers, and in what quantities you need to do so.

    And that’s where Glasson Fertilizers comes in…

    We have been producing fertilisers and supplying UK farmers with the nutrients their crops need for nearly thirty years. We start with the soil, which is analysed for nutrients, and those results allow us to create bespoke fertiliser plan based on the requirements of any given crop. The required nutrients are blended to together in the correct ratios, meaning that the plant gets everything it needs in order to thrive.

    With the UN aiming to eradicate hunger and create sustainable food systems by 2030, fertiliser has a huge part to play in the future of the planet. Held on the 13th October, Global Fertilizer Day helps to raise awareness of the industry and helps outline the role of fertiliser in creating a sustainable future.

    For more information on Global Fertilizer Day search @fertilizerday on Facebook or Twitter.

    For more information on the UN’s Zero Hunger Initiative visit: www.un.org/zerohunger/

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