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Aquagrain an organic based soil improver which can absorb up to 30 times its mass in water

Aquagrain enables crops to be grown in free-draining, sandy soils, using a fraction of the water that would ordinarily be required.

In its standard format, Aquagrain has an organic base with both fast and slow-release nutrients to improves soils, stimulate microbial activity and provide food and water for plants. Aquagrain has a nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) value of 5.4-6.6-4.2. It is pH neutral and has substrate binding properties.

Because it is an organic-based, cross-linked polymer granule, it can be manufactured to hold any number of additional ingredients that may be required for different crops or substrates. The NPK values can be enhanced, the absorbency ratio can be increased and its pH value can be altered.

Trials conducted at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) confirmed Aquagrain’s properties for extending the wilting point of plants.

Tomatoes were grown in sandy soil where the plants were irrigated normally until mature and then irrigation was ceased.

After 9 days under water stress, the plants without Aquagrain had reached permanent wilt point but the Aquagrain plants continued to grow, thrive and fruit.

1% Aquagrain layer between sensor 2 and 3

Delta-T is a company which specialises in instruments for environmental science, including agronomy, plant physiology, eco-physiology, and soil moisture. Trials at Delta-T were conducted to demonstrate Aquagrain’s ability to absorb liquid, maintain soil moisture and reduce leachate.

Delta-T PR2 probes were buried in two columns of sand, one with and one without a layer of sand containing a ratio of 1% Aquagrain. These were then connected to a GP2 data logger which took readings at 30 second intervals. 1 litre of water was added to each sand column and the drainage water was collected.

 

DeltaT Aquagrain Column Trial 60 Hours Cropped

After 2 1/2 days, most of the water in the column without Aquagrain had drained to the 40cm sensor and below, with low moisture levels (under 10%) present in the top half of the column. However, in the Aquagrain column, most of the water was held in the top half, with relatively little water present at 30 and 40cm.

Benefits of Aquagrain

  • Aquagrain enhances plant growth rates by 20% in good quality soil
  • Aquagrain is ideal for sandy soils, allowing plant growth in substrates as poor as ‘builders sand’
  • Aquagrain reduces the need for irrigation by up to 50%
  • Aquagrain ‘retains’ its water absorbing’ qualities for up to 6 months before completely breaking down with no residual toxicity
  • Aquagrain slowly releases soil improver over 4 to 6 months
  • Aquagrain reduces leachate reducing the amount of soil improver needed on first and subsequent applications
  • Aquagrain is a combination soil improver reducing the number of separate applications a farmer needs to make, as well as being a cheaper product than other combined crop treatments
  • Aquagrain can be applied using standard farming machinery
  • Aquagrain increases soil stability
  • Significant CO2 reduction through reduction of fertilising and irrigation operations
  • Significant NO2 reduction through reducing the amount of fertiliser farmers need to use
  • Significant reduction in irrigation requirements
  • Allows economic crop growth in unfertile lands
  • Significant reduction in fertiliser ‘leachate’
  • Does not create soil salinity like other agricultural soil additives
  • Completely breaks down with no residual toxicity
  • Increased soil stability
  • Can assist reverse desertification
  • Significant CO2 reduction by avoiding animal waste incineration
  • Aquagrain increases crop yields
  • Aquagrain reduces farmers fertiliser costs
  • Aquagrain reduces farmers irrigation costs
  • Aquagrain reduces farmers operating costs
  • Aquagrain can provide considerable profit margins when compared with other fertilisers, soil improvers and water absorbers on the market
  • Aquagrain manufacture uses commonly used production technology which could utilise existing facilities in the country of distribution