Reducing Phosphorus Inputs

Introduction

Here at Redox Chemicals, LLC we have mostly focused on United Nation’s Track 3 “Boost nature-positive production” by striving to reduce phosphorus inputs by over 90% of traditional commodity inputs. Redox’s Jason Cook has worked in conjunction with Jared Cook from Rocky Mountain Agronomics and Blake Matthews from Matthews Land and Cattle on replacing traditional phosphorus input programs on potatoes in Idaho. In Idaho, potatoes on average get 200+ units of phosphate throughout the growing season. This has not led to any yield loss, or soil imbalances, but has actually improved over quality and yield on Matthew’s potatoes. With this program, we are seeing less carbon emissions with less trucks going in and out of fields, and even the potential of phosphorus leaching into water ways will reduce significantly.

Jared and Blake's Story

With the beginning of 2021 growing season, marks 6 consecutive years of success with reducing commercial phosphate inputs using Redox Technology. By integrating Redox Phosphorus product Rootex (6-46-5) into our fertility program we have legitimately cut all of our commercial phosphorus inputs for growing our potato crop. Due to the integration of livestock on our (Matthew’s farm) operation we have the privilege of turning our manure source into high value compost that we take to the fields.

We have found great success by utilizing the soluble-carbon technologies from Redox product portfolio to enhance our nutrient availability from applied compost. From a soluble-carbon management standpoint Redox carbon Technology has taken us to a whole new paradigm of management. We have seen our soil humus values increase and our soil’s water extractable organic carbon is on the rise.

In no way shape or form have we seen any downside to the new way of managing our soil phosphate. Quality is excellent, yields are improving, soil health is on the climb. We are accomplishing all of this with 6-10 lbs. of actual phosphate from Redox Technology. From a carbon emissions standpoint we believe we are seeing way less of a carbon footprint per unit of production.

How it Works
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