- Can I add chemicals into my FPA fertiliser application?
Yes, most agricultural chemicals can be incorporated and spread with the fine particle application system. These include; gibberellic acid, insecticides, herbicides, trace elements and biological additives. When chemicals are applied with fertiliser the uptake of chemical is markably enhanced. Talk to your FPA consultant today if considering this option with your fertiliser application.
- Does fertiliser applied FPA last as long as fertiliser applied as granular?
One perception of fertiliser applied FPA is because the product is finely ground and applied as a suspension the fertiliser response will be quick and won’t last as long as fertiliser applied in granular form. From the extensive on farm monitoring done over the last 20 years we can conclude that the opposite applies. This is because on the day of application every plant receives an even distribution of solid fertiliser nutrient.Fertiliser applied in granular form on the day of application is not evenly distributed to every plant and is contained as an isolated concentration of nutrient designed to feed a number of plants. To achieve even distribution of solid fertiliser in granular form the fertiliser has to move sideways through the soil structure which solid fertiliser cannot do. The FPA distribution system is designed to achieve total solid fertiliser coverage on the day of application, there is no reliance on fertiliser to move from where it lands because it is already there.
- How effective are minerals applied in fine particle form?
FPA is proven to be the most effective way to apply trace elements to pasture for stock health. Fine particle application of minerals significantly enhances the uptake of minerals in the plant. This is very effective system for raising mineral levels in pasture resulting in improved stock health.
- How long till I can graze my stock on pasture that has been fertilised FPA?
Fine particle application of fertiliser should be treated no differently to pasture fertilised with any other method of application. With FPA, fertiliser shifts off the plant foliage into the soil overnight with dew. Ideally pasture should be left for a few days post application prior to grazing. In our experience of over 20 years we have not incurred any stock health issues with grazing of fertilised pasture.
- Is FPA a form of liquid fertiliser?
No, FPA is term for suspension fertiliser whereby the solid fertiliser particles are suspended with a small amount of water at a ratio of 80% solid to 20% water. The water is added to achieve 100% control of the fine fertiliser product. The FPA system is directly comparable to mixing and spreading of cement with is also a suspension distribution method. Water in a cement suspension evaporates leaving the solid product evenly spread, the same principle applies to fertiliser applied in fine particle form.
- Is FPA more cost effective than granular application?
Yes, fertiliser efficiency is significantly improved through fine particle application achieving more grass per kg nutrient applied compared granular application. Fine particle application‘s improved efficiency halves the cost of dry matter production. Read More.
- Is rain required immediately after application to activate the fertiliser?
The requirement for rain post application with FPA is less than granular because the nutrient is already perfectly distributed across the surface of the plants and soil and only requires an overnight dew to activate it. Fertiliser response is always enhanced by optimum climate conditions of moisture, soil temperature and sunlight.
- Who supplies fertiliser for FPA?
You do. At FPA we are not fertiliser company we do not supply fertiliser. At FPA we coordinate the entire process for you from soil testing and recommendations to ordering fertiliser from your preferred supplier to application and monitoring of results. One of the key effiencies to FPA is sourcing your fertilieer from your normal supplier and the normal retail price.