A Florida start-up company called Anuvia is recycling a wide range of organic waste materials into high-value slow-release crop fertilizers. The process creates a pound of fertilizer for each pound of material used. Compared to conventional fertilizers, a study of the product by Environmental Resources Management says this new technology will feed crops and also reduce greenhouse gasses.
Greenhouse gases are produced when nutrients in traditional fertilizer are lost as gas or vapor into the atmosphere. The EPA estimates that agriculture accounts for nearly 10-percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
Braulio Pikman is ERM’s technical director and lead author of the study. He says they assessed nutrient delivery of the product, and its carbon footprint lifecycle from production to use.
"The quality of the land is improved with SymTRX returning 16% organic matter back to the soil, thereby improving its health," says Pikman. "It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 32% on the acre, depending on the crop we are dealing with. And, it also will boost yield production up to 5% across all crops."
The product is applied like other dry fertilizers – pre-plant, post-plant, as a top dressing or in some cases with seeding.
"It releases 65% of its nitrogen within the first 2-3 weeks from application, and then the balance could be released in up to 8 weeks after application."