4950 samples, 330 farms and 163 counties – here are the statistics of the first edition of “Knowledge is Essential”, a program via which Grupa Azoty and PKO Bank Polski conduct research about the soil on Polish farms. As of January 2016, farmers can apply to take part in the second stage of the project.
Promoting rational fertilization methods
According to a report by the Supreme Audit Office, it is rare for Polish farmers to commission soil tests, and therefore they are prone to commit mistakes during fertilization process. As a result, the dosage of fertilizers is either too small or too large. In the former case, the crops lack the necessary nutrients, while in the latter – the environment is affected. What is more, farmers waste money buying excessive quantity of fertilizers or “economize” by buying low-cost fertilizers which lack quality and efficiency. Such developments have motivated us to launch a nationwide program of doing research on the soil in the cultivated areas. The program aims at popularizing rational fertilization and educating on making agricultural activity as efficient and profitable as possible.
The first edition of the “Knowledge is Essential” launched in October 2015, after the harvest and before the autumn fertilization season. Thanks to the program, the participating farm owners were able to find out about the real demand for nutrients of the soil and plan fertilization strategy. 330 farms from 163 counties in Poland took part in the program. 4,950 samples were analyzed in the laboratories of District Chemical-Agricultural Stations. The second edition of the program is expected to rouse even more interest, with the schedule involving the testing of 6,300 samples. The farmers wishing to participate are welcome to sing up.
As a leading fertilizer company in Europe, Grupa Azoty feels responsible for the development of Polish agriculture and raising crop quality. Our program has been scheduled for 3 years, and a total of 17,000 samples from 2,000 farms are going to be analyzed.
We are confident that thanks to such initiatives as “Knowledge is Essential”, soil testing is going to become common practice among agricultural manufacturers all over the country. The tool constitutes the foundation of modern, sustainable agriculture.