. . ph & Why it Matters . .

It is believed that the term pH translates from German to mean “Power of Hydrogen”. It is a universal measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. The scale runs from 0 to 14 and is logarithmic. For example a pH 6 is 10 times more acidic than pH 7, and 100 times more acidic than pH 8.

Now this might be very interesting, but how does it affect your farm? Well just have a look at the image below. This gives you some insight into how nutrient availability changes as the pH rises or falls.

You will notice that between 6.5 and 7.5 most of the elements are very available, but as you move above and below that band things start to change quite dramatically. If your pH is out of range, your agronomist will normally allow for this when doing your recommendation by suggesting you use a pH changing ameliorant like lime for example, or by suggesting you use higher rates of fertiliser to compensate for the likely losses.

It is worth noting at this point that treating the area of the soil where the fertiliser is placed is clearly the most important in this respect. Therefore it may be more cost effective to just treat the plant row or to use fertilisers that have pH changing products built into them (Like Katek Calcium Booster). Either way you need to be happy that the treatment is the most economic way of achieving your production goal.

The Many Benefits of Poultry Manure Fertiliser Pellets!

Composted poultry manure pellets like Katek Super Booster and Katek Super Growth are composted at high temperatures, which kills off pests, pathogens and weed seeds.

Just a few of the improvements to soil health from using poultry manure pellets:

  • Suppressing disease
  • Increasing organic matter and
  • Slow release of nutrients as the pellet breaks down

To give you an idea of what products we have available take a look at our comprehensive PRODUCT GUIDE of organic and organic based fertilisers.

We have a number of stockists throughout Australia.

Visit our WHERE TO BUY page to find a store near you.  If there is currently not a stockist listed for your area give us a call.

Andrew Weeks is our Sales Manager, please phone 0427 223 307.


Put LIFE Back in Your Soil!

Based on biologically active, fully composted poultry manure. Super Growth also contains a number of other ingredients chosen for their ability to enhance plant growth, promote strong root and shoot development and improve fruiting and flowering.

Available in 15kg & 25kg bags, bulka bags & Loose Bulk.