Enhance nitrogen use efficiency with our material. Correcting soil pH can result in an improvement in NUE where soil P and K is sub-optimal. By optimising soil pH, up to 80kg more N/ha/year can be made available to plants, unlocking soil P and K and increasing the response to freshly applied N, P and K. Our material also releases bioavailable silica, which should strengthen crop stems and lessen the impact pests can have on crop health, potentially decreasing the need to apply pesticides.
Boost fertiliser impact
The EPA estimates that the application of agricultural lime in Ireland in 2020 led to 399,480 tCO₂e being emitted. Our material could potentially eliminate these emissions, as unlike ground limestone (CaCO₃ ), our material does not release CO₂ as it reacts with the acids in agricultural soils. At the same time, increasing soil pH can lead to a decrease in N₂O emissions, with Teagasc research indicating a 39% reduction in N₂O emissions can be achieved through soil pH amendment.
Grow farm revenue
There is a lot of interest in soil organic carbon, which can be increased through planting cover crops and adopting a min-till system – working with Silicate in no way impacts your ability to earn additional revenue from adopting these practices. Our material uses soil as a medium, but the carbon, which is inorganic, is actually stored in groundwater and ultimately in the ocean. Meaning that you can still create carbon credits from your soil while partnering with Silicate.