Facts of Fertilizer

Fact 1: Fertilizers ensure that the soil is not depleted

Fertilizer act as nutrient providers to the soil for plants to grow healthily. Fertilizer ensures that the nutrients in the soil do not deplete when the plants are harvested. When plants are harvested, they take along the nutrients that the plants have absorbed from the soil during development. Therefore, it is essential for the nutrients to be replenished so that other plants can be grown on the same soil. Applying fertilizer to the soil helps to restore the needed nutrients.

Fact 2: Fertilizers are made of natural elements

Some important nutrients essential to the soil and plants include nitrogen, potassium, and phosphate. Nitrogen can be obtained from the air. One of the most common processes to produce fertilizer is the Haber process which utilizes air and hydrogen to produce nitrogen. Potassium can be obtained from old sea and lake beds and also known as sodium chloride, similar to table salt.

Fact 3: Fertilizers do not alter the plants we eat

Using fertilizer in agriculture and edible plants do not affect or change the DNA of the crops. Fertilizer helps to improve the plant’s growth and quality. The nutrients added are based on the property of the soil. The right amount, type and frequency of fertilizing can give a great impact on the health of the crops.