NPK Fertilizer: What is it and How Does it Work?

The agriculture industry relies heavily on the use of NPK fertilizer. But what makes up NPK fertilizer, and how does it work?

There are numerous building blocks of life that plants need for healthy growth. Soils often lack these elements, either naturally, or as a result of over cultivation, and needs to have these building blocks put back into it.

NPK fertilizer is primarily composed of three main elements: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K), each of these being essential in plant nutrition. Among other benefits, Nitrogen helps plants grow quickly, while also increasing the production of seed and fruit, and bettering the quality of leaf and forage crops. Nitrogen is also a component of chlorophyll, the substance that gives plants their green color, and also aids in photosynthesis.

Phosphorus, also a key player in the photosynthesis process, plays a vital role in a variety of the things needed by plants. Phosphorus supports the formation of oils, sugars, and starches. The transformation of solar energy into chemical energy is also aided by phosphorus, as well as is development of the plant, and the ability to withstand stress. Additionally, phosphorus encourages the growth of roots, and promotes blooming.

Potassium, the third essential nutrient plants demand, assists in photosynthesis, fruit quality, the building of protein, and the reduction of disease.

While these three elements only scratch the surface of healthy plant nutrition and growth, they are the main nutrients required in the development of healthy, productive plants. FEECO International has over 60 years of experience providing fertilizer and equipment solutions to the fertilizer industry. FEECO has the ability to process waste materials into fertilizers, and to process various types of nutrient-rich, easy to handle fertilizers.

Below are a couple of FEECO’s fertilizer-related project profiles.

Bio-Fertilizer Processing for Premium Standard Farm
Ammonium Sulfate Granulation for United Farmers Co-Operative

For more information on FEECO’s waste to fertilizer capabilities, contact us today!

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