Fertiliser to be banned

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Sandgropher, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. Sandgropher

    Sandgropher LawnSite Senior Member
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    Western Australia.

    Most Fertilisers will be banned within 3 years under a bold new state goverment plan.

    They leech into ground waters also into the rivers causing algal blooms, most will be banned highly soluble nitrogen and phosphurus will be the targets.

    W.A farmers federation says less soluble ferts would not be absorbed asd effciently, creating extra expense and an unknown eviromental out come.

    Well the jurys still out on the subject but it seems a step in the right direction perhaps???
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    We have many states and municipalities that have phosphorus bans. Others are encouraging the cutback on the uses of it. Here in our state of Michigan, we are being encouraged not to use it as much. Our regular ferts that we use contai none at the time, but there is such a buildup in our soils tht additional is really not needed. About the only time we use it (for turfgrass) is with new plantings.
     
  3. Let-it-mow!

    Let-it-mow! LawnSite Member
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    Sounds rediculous.

    the largest user of fertilizers is and always will be commercial farming. Commercial farming is all about profit...all business should be.

    Commercial farms will and do rely on soil tests to determine the proper type and amount of fertilizer. Commercial farms (other than the mom and pop operations with a few hundred acres) are watching the bottom line closely and unnecessary fertilizer is expensive. So...the biggest user of fertilizer is not going to over apply it.

    Removing the fertilizer that farmers need to maximize production is stupid.

    Now, it might make sense to require even the small time operator (and LCNs) to do soil tests and apply fertilizer only as indicated by the test. But removing fertilizer outright is a bad idea.
     
  4. Sandgropher

    Sandgropher LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think there idea is to get rid of the most soluble stuff high in nitrogen and phoshurus which they are causing the problems in the water ways they say, they are pushing for very slow release fertilisers, it may be a good idea but not every body agrees here, fertiliser companys are saying there no proof that less soluble fertilisers are better.
     
  5. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    the fertilizer companies are right.

    the more soluble the less runoff. the more soluble, the faster the product is dissolved into water then taken into the ground where it cannot run off into bodies of water.......unless it is put out just before a significant rain event.
     
  6. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
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    is fertilizer spelled differently down under?
     

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