Ecotain - Delay
Urine Patch (Delay)
Ecotain™ can slow the nitrification process, giving plants more opportunity to uptake N, which reduces the possibility of leaching.
Urine patch N loss
- The animal urine patch is the main source of N loss from agricultural grazed pasture systems (up to 90%). This is because the N deposited in these areas generally far exceeds the needs of the plants or their ability to uptake the N.
- Urinary N loading is determined by N intake, but can be modulated with the use of Ecotain which reduces N concentration as described in the DILUTION and REDUCE sections.
Slower ammonium/nitrate conversion
- Recent research by Plant and Food Research as part of the Greener Pastures project has determined that urine from Ecotain-fed animals has a slower nitrification process in the soil, compared to urine produced from other feeds. This means plants have more time to uptake N and there is less potential for leaching.
- The urine from Ecotain-fed animals showed significantly lower nitrate levels during the first 21 days of the experiment (Graph below).
- For this characteristic not all plantain varieties were effective, with some providing no additional benefit compared to ryegrass in the speed of nitrate accumulation.