What do you do when your water usage goes down?

The answer is simple: Use fertilizer!

According to new research, fertilizer is the answer to the water crisis.

In a study released this week by the American Association of Agribusinesses, farmers can reap the benefits of using fertilizers by saving up to 1.6 million gallons of water a year. 

As the authors of the study note, “the increased use of fertilizer can be achieved by planting less water-intensive crops, reducing water consumption by planting trees and plants with higher yields, and increasing soil fertility by planting water-efficient crops.” 

What’s more, fertilizers can be applied on a large scale and are also a great way to save water by reducing energy use. 

“Using fertilizers on a wide scale and for large-scale irrigation projects has the potential to significantly reduce the amount of water needed to irrigate crops and increase crop yields,” they write. 

What is an Organic Fertile Window Calculator?

A fertilized field is filled with organic soil.

The soil absorbs fertilizer through the roots, where it is incorporated into the soil.

When a nutrient is present, it allows nutrients to enter the soil, allowing the plant to produce more energy, grow faster, and maintain a healthier soil. 

In most cases, fertilization is done using a fertilizer called phosphorous. 

The study found that the average fertilizer application cost was $2.49 per acre for corn, $3.00 for soybeans, and $4.99 for cotton. 

While these figures are small, they indicate that if the average farmer planted 1,000 acres of corn, soybeans and cotton, they would save more than $1,400 in water use per year.

What are the benefits? 

According to the study, “fertilizers can help reduce water use by reducing water usage by planting more trees and shrubs with higher yield, and improving soil fertility, thereby increasing crop yield, water and fertilizer use efficiency, and soil fertility.” 

This is an excellent way to reduce water usage, increase crop yield and reduce soil fertility. 

According the study’s authors, “improving soil fertility in areas with high irrigation demands can result in significant reductions in water and soil use, with the water savings being offset by increased crop yield.” 

As a farmer, it is imperative to be aware of fertilizer’s role in reducing water use.

As you can see in the graph above, the more you plant trees and other plants with high yields, the less water you need to apply. 

It’s important to remember that fertilizer use is the largest factor in water consumption, and fertilizer is not always used in the right ways.

In addition, it’s important not to apply fertilizer in the early spring, or the fertilizer may have a negative effect on the water table, which is why it is best to apply it in the fall and spring. 

Here are a few of the benefits fertilizer can offer: Improved water retention Fertilizing crops increases the water retention of soil, which can increase the amount that can be taken up by roots.

In the United States, water retention is the amount by which water is retained by plants, trees, and shrubbery. 

Pruning water and reducing nutrient use Fruit trees can help keep the soil moisture levels at a safe level.

A tree can remove nitrogen and phosphorus from the soil to create new nutrient rich soils. 

Fruits and vegetables also provide nitrogen and phosphorous for plants, which helps them to grow faster. 

More efficient irrigation The more efficient the irrigation system, the fewer water required to irrigates the crops. 

Improving soil health Fertility can help to improve soil health, which in turn helps to reduce disease and pest outbreaks. 

Using organic fertilizers The use of organic fertilisers is one of the most effective ways to reduce energy use and water use in agriculture. 

This study found the use of fertilizers in the United State increased by $1.5 billion per year, or more than 1,400% from 1990 to 2014. 

To learn more about fertilizer, visit the Organic Food and Farm Product Association (OFAPA). Read More