Komeco B.V. specialises in processing chicken and cow manure to high-quality pressed composted organic fertilizer pellets and granulate. Based on the high content of organic material, Komeco organic fertilizer improves the structure and moisture-absorbing capacity of the soil, increases fertility and preserves the balance of natural soil systems. The principle of ‘slow release’, whereby the slowed down release of nutrients with a long-term effect and high effectiveness takes place, ensures a steady and continuous feed flow. Due to the shortage of organic matter in the soil, the international demand for organic fertilizer is increasing. This is where Komeco is challenged to supply high-quality fertilizers, with the right price-quality ratio.
Four Dutch companies in collaboration with the Dutch government and the Dutch embassy in Budapest have combined their knowledge and expertise for the Hungarian agriculture sector, with a special focus on soil fertility: Talajtáp.
This partnership seeks long-term solutions to the chronic crop nutrient deficiencies in Hungary. The activities are aimed at the promotion of changes in the soil nutrients management and offer a sustainable solution for growers and for the soil.
More than nutriment
Several studies and experiments carried out in Hungary have proved the usefulness of chemical fertilizers in growing arable crops. Nevertheless chemical fertilizers do nothing to maintain or improve the fertility of the soil, or even to make up for the loss of soil humus caused by soil cultivation. Organic matter for soil used in Hungarian arable farming is either not obtained, or it is obtained in minor portions, mainly from poultry manure. This manure is not processed and is also not used extensively enough to make a difference.
Talajtáp is using processed animal manure. It is composted under controlled conditions, the end product is dry organic fertilizer suitable for mechanical spreading. This fertilizer contains a wide range of essential nutrients in its natural form together with the necessary organic material. Natural fertilizer is an excellent addition to your management of crop nutrients on arable land. For farmers, natural fertilizer is at the least, as efficient as chemical fertilizer, but in the long term it is much more effective due to better crop revenues. In terms of supplying nutriment to the soil, natural fertilizer provides a more lasting solution because of its effect in improving the soil, resulting in optimal yields.
It is all about the mindset
When you realize that the depletion of soil through chemical fertilizers eventually leads to a loss of crop yields and land value than choosing the more sustainable use of manure is no longer difficult.
Many studies and trials demonstrate the importance of healthy soil for the crop in the short term. Soil fertility and organic matter provide for a consistent quality of crops and in the long run more yield per hectare. The primary objective is awareness among Hungarian farmers – the knowledge exchange with the farmers, universities and the government, the importance of organic matter, soil health and soil fertility. This awareness should lead to increased knowledge of the soil, the processes occurring in the soil and the knowledge of the farmer in regards to what needs to be done with the soil to get it in its optimal condition and maintain it.
Sound field trials
Since 2014 Talajtáp has been organizing scientifically sound field trials in Hungary. The aim is to gather trial data in Hungary. Hungarian farmers can see with their own eyes and evaluate, based on scientific data, what organic fertilizers do for their crops and to their soils.
In the last two years we have had trials in:
-Two trials in Püski
Talajtáp is working with a specialized company for field trials in Hungary. The trials are built up as follows:
Each trial plot is 3 meters wide and 10 meters long. At each trial place, we are working with 5 different treatments: usually one untreated part, one with a dose of manure, one with double dose of manure, one with a combination of manure and chemical fertilizer, and one with a combination of manure and a double dose of chemical fertilizer. Each trial is six times repeated and randomly divided over the trial place. Before each trial the soil is sampled and analysed.
During the trial period, all treatments are completed in accordance with the treatments done by the farmer on the total field. The trial company is measuring various variables during the growing season: Each day rainfall and min/max temperature is measured. Halfway through the growing season the height of the plant and the green intensity is measured. At the time of harvest the total fresh weight, the moisture content, and the final yield is measured. All data is processed and reported in a scientifically sound report.
It is difficult to give general advice on how to start. Each farmer needs a tailor-made solution depending on the soils condition, cultivated crops and vision towards the future. Therefore, if you are interested in using natural fertilizer or if you want to gain more information about it, please contact:
Phone: +36 20 614 4272 (Every Wednesday)
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Dutch DNA - Integrated Approach
For many decades, the Dutch agricultural sector worked together with knowledge and research institutes, businesses and the government to achieve the most optimal result. As well economically as in terms of soil fertility; it’s all about long term thinking. It is no coincidence that the Netherlands is continuously among the top exporters of agricultural products and technology in the world. In the Netherlands we have years of experience, scientific studies with field results and we believe that a long term integrated approach for the Hungarian agricultural sector is not only better for crop revenues but also for sustainable soil fertility. An important objective of the Talajtáp activities is to gather experiences from farming with organic fertilizers in Hungary and to share this knowledge with farmers, the government and knowledge institutes. The activities also have a commercial side involving the delivery of organic fertilizers licensed for sale and use from the Netherlands.