Digestate is well established as an excellent fertilizer, but recent field studies have revealed that it can be so much better. A well timed application of ACF-SR bacteria has shown in replicated trials to significantly boost the fertilizing capacity, and therefore value of the digestate. ACF-SR products are specially prepared consortia of natural bacteria which perform essential roles, particularly in the Nitrogen, but also Carbon and Sulphur cycles in the soil.
Heavy applications of digestate inhibit the micro activity in the soil and well timed applications of the right bacteria liberate the locked up nutrients necessary for optimum crop development.
The benefits of ACF-SR products are further enhanced by co-applying with Nu-Trel Intrafol B-Evergreen+ and other nutritional products.
ACF-SR products have been seen to:
• Enhance the performance of organic fertilizers (Digestate / Slurry / Manure / Compost);
• Improve soil structure and porosity;
• Increase the availability of nutrients resulting in better natural plant health and resistance to abiotic stress;
• Improve overall crop quality traits.
Corn Trials 2016 (Springvale Farm):
A wide range of trials were carried out comparing farm program including digestate to the same programs but with both ACF-SR products and specialist nutrition on Corn varieties. Total Trial area was 134 Acres in Clumber Park.
The following is a summary of results. Yields are provided by the farmer and tests carried out by independent laboratory (NIAB TAG, Cambridge):