Payne Crop Nutrition, the Norfolk-based fertiliser blender and distributor has launched two new products seeking to reduce the environmental footprint of fertilisers. It says the new products address the growing concern over soil health and balanced crop nutrition programmes.

The company was re-established at Fakenham in 2017 by a group of former J&H Bunn executives after Bunn owner Koch Industries rationalised the operation before divesting the business to Origin Fertilisers.

The first new product is a blend containing the proprietary Orgamino-N13 granules, supplied in the UK by Fertiliser Ltd, and marketed under the Carbon from Humic Substances strapline. Orgamino-N13, a co-product from molasses fermentation to make food ingredients, is enhances soil carbon levels and microbial activity. It can be added to any bespoke fertiliser blend or straight P and K plant nutrients such as TSP, MOP and DAP. Orgamino-N13 is also approved by the Soil Association for use in organic crop systems.

‘Soil Carbon provides the fuel for the microbial activity, which helps free up soil available nutrients for root uptake. Humic substances help improve soil cation exchange capacity, thus improving moisture retention and promoting the breakdown of soil and plant toxins,” says Jeremy Hitcham, PCN technical director and owner of Fertiliser Ltd.

The second product uses ZM-Grow as a coating for fertiliser blends and straights, adding 100% sulphate-based zinc and manganese to the fertiliser. This builds on the launch of the Recycled ZM-Grow foliar-applied micronutrient in the UK & Ireland in spring 2019. ZM Grow, using recycled minerals obtained from used batteries, is supplied in the UK and Ireland by advises PCN commercial director David Harrod’s company, Badger Consultants.

’Coating every granule is an efficient way to apply these micronutrients,” advises Mr Harrod. He says zinc deficiency is linked to on sandy soils with high pH and phosphate indexes, while manganese is one of the most common micronutrient deficiencies, especially in sugar beet, potatoes, oilseed rape, cereals, maize and vegetable crops.

“Research shows it may be beneficial to apply small starter amounts of soil applied Zn and Mn, even on high pH soils, due to the 100% sulphate based nutrient content,” says Mr Harrod. “Coating fertiliser with ZM-Grow works in parallel with a foliar applied strategy during GS13-GS39, following agronomy-based leaf analysis to check deficiencies.

Mr Hitcham adds: “Both these innovative product additions fit well with Payne’s Healthy Soils – Healthy Crops strategy.”
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