Introducing Steady N
Grow more grass with less nitrogen
Steady N contains a certified biological soil activator which is proven to increase pasture and crop yields.
The ingredients in Steady N stimulate microbial activity within the soil, which hold nitrogen in the soil for longer leading to greater nitrogen efficiency and therefore better yields and greater productivity.
Steady N is different from other slow release nitrogen fertilisers because it contains humate.
The high levels of carbon found in humates are critical in assisting soil microorganisms to process the additional nitrogen found in steady N, making it a much more efficient nitrogen fertiliser.
A key attribute of Steady N is that it only contains 37% nitrogen, yet it has been proven consistently over four years of independent scientific research to grow more grass than urea (46% nitrogen).
The future of nitrogen fertilisers
We have reached the point in New Zealand agriculture where increased scrutiny has been placed on the fertiliser programmes used by farmers and growers.
One of the main drivers for this change in attitude has been the excessive use of nitrogen fertilisers, which has resulted in the pollution of many of our waterways. As our environment is of utmost importance, we must ensure our clean, green heritage is preserved for future generations. For this reason, we can only expect governing bodies to increase restrictions on nitrogen fertilisers.
However, for a farm to be productive, there are certain times of the year when farmers need the use of nitrogen fertiliser to boost pasture growth. Herein lies the great dilemma; to care for the environment and yet still provide a solution for farmers who need to increase pasture or crop production.
Steady N has been scientifically proven to be a fertiliser that grows more grass than urea, using less nitrogen. This is not only great for our environment but makes great economic sense for those involved in farming.
Independent Scientific Field Trials
Independent scientific trials were undertaken at Mataura, Southland, from September 2014 to April 2017. The trials set out to test the application of Steady N and measure the resulting dry matter (DM) growth through monthly lab analysis of pasture production.
Three scenarios were tested and compared:
- No fertiliser applied
- Urea applied
- Steady N applied
A second field trial was undertaken at Rakaia, Canterbury from December 2016 to March 2017. This second trial was also to measure the effect Steady N had on pasture production but under Canterbury soil conditions. This trial used the same three fertiliser scenarios and also measured DM production by way of monthly lab analysis of pasture collected.
The graphs clearly show the advantage of adding Steady N. In both Southland and Canterbury there was a significant increase in pasture production using Steady N, compared to urea alone.
The graph showing monthly pasture production demonstrates the ability of Steady N to continue to aid pasture growth to a much greater extent than urea alone, even nine months after fertiliser application.
The results strongly demonstrated that with Steady N less urea is required to get the same production as urea alone. This is of great benefit not only financially but ultimately for our environment.
To further understand why Steady N is causing greater pasture production in these trials, DNA research was carried out on the soil microbiology under each of the three scenarios.
When the soil fungal and bacterial populations under each treatment were studied, it was found that applying urea alone changed the soil microbiology. In comparison, when Steady N was added, the composition of the microbiology changed in a significantly different way. This change in composition is almost certainly one of the factors which leads to increased pasture production when Steady N is added.
The stimulation of soil microbial activity with the addition of humates is well known, and these DNA results suggest that the altering in the soil microorganism population provided a greater nutrient supply to the plants. This in turn increased the pasture production.