Biofertilizers for Farming
I spend a lot of time on this site talking about biofertilizers. In this post, I’ll talk about specific information about biofertilizers for farming and some key benefits to the grower and to the plant. We’ll also discuss why many of us think that biofertilizers are the future
What is a Biofertilizer?
A quick definition is in order. A biofertilizer is a living microorganism that helps promote plant growth. Biofertilizers help plants by increasing the availability of key nutrients to the plant. Additionally, they provide growth hormones, known as phytohormones, to the plant.
Benefits to Farmers of Biofertilizers
While this is not all of the benefits, here are some specific benefits to farmers of using biofertilizers.
- Increase Yield
- Reduce Fertilizer Usage
- Reduce Irrigation and Water Usage
- Replenish the Soil
- Increase Farm Profitability – Increased Return on Investment (ROI)
- Supports Ag Sustainability – Can be Used in Organic Farming
Of course, no two farms will get the same results, but in general this is a good list of the benefits of using biofertilizers.
Let’s talk about each of these benefits in a little more detail.
Biofertilizers increase the amount of beneficial microorganisms in the soil, particularly in the root zone. In turn, these microorganisms release trapped nutrients, capture atmospheric nutrients, help balance the soils pH, help trap moisture, and produce plant growth hormones. The end result is an increase in plant root size, a healthier, more productive plant, and increase plant yield for the farmer.
Reduced Fertilizer Usage
Biofertilizers work in the root zone or rhizosphere. In the rhizosphere, these beneficial microorganisms help unlock existing soil and atmospheric nutrients. In some cases, solubilizing nutrients such as phosphorus. In other cases, they convert atmospheric nitrogen into a form of nitrogen that can be used by the plant (Azos). In all cases, biofertilizers use existing nutrients more efficiently thus reducing overall traditional fertilizer usage.
Reduce Irrigation and Water Usage
Using biofertilizers can reduce irrigation. This happens because the beneficial soil microbes reduce the compaction of the soil, creating micropores in the soil. This reduced compaction, increases the ability of the soil to retain moisture. An increased soil moisture content, reduces runoff and wasted water.
Replenish the Soil
Beneficial microorganisms and soil nutrients are the keys to healthy soils. Each year beneficial microbes are lost to flood, freeze, fire, and toxic chemicals. Replacing and maintaining the soil biota is an important function of biofertilizer usage.
Increase Farm Profitability – Increased Return on Investment (ROI)
The key to running a successful 21st century farm is profitability. Bio-fertilizers maximize crop production and reduce traditional fertilizer costs. This combination allows biofertilizer usage to produce an outstanding return on the investment dollar for the farmer.
Supports Ag Sustainability – Can be Used in Organic Farming
Agricultural sustainability is key concept for modern farms. Biofertilizer usage reduces traditional fertilizer (N,P,K) usage and runoff. Controlling fertilizer runoff is a key in many sustainability plans. Additionally, biofertilizers can be used in organic farming. Check with your Organic certifier.
Custom Biologicals manufactures a wide variety of biofertilizers for farmers. Should you have questions about biofertilizers for farming, or any of are other products, feel free to contact me at (561) 797-3008 or via email at Bill@CustomBio.biz.