How Digestate From Anaerobic Digestion Plants Is Beneficial To Our Local Farmerscreative55
Our anaerobic digestion plants are located in North Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. From here, we manage the decomposition of food and animal waste into a substance known as digestate. Both this nutrition-packed material, and its creation, is benefitting local farmers. Want to know how? Read on to discover the advantages of digestates in agricultural settings.
Improve your soil quality & yield
Digestate stems from the anaerobic digestion process and is an amazing substance. Improving the condition of the land’s soil, it is a natural fertiliser packed full of nutrients. Suitable for organic farming, it will enrich a field’s soil quality.
It follows that better soil equals better produce. Often given the nickname ‘rocket fuel’, a WRAP study found that crop yields were greater when grown using anaerobic digestion alongside normal fertiliser. The study also revealed that farmers can expect an extra £300 yield per hectare, in addition to the money saved on fertiliser.
These savings are noteworthy, with Farmers Weekly reporting that the substitution of large quantities of ordinary fertiliser for digestate could save farmers £110 per hectare. Still unsure if digestates are right for your agricultural practice? There are yet more benefits for you to realise.
A better environment
Another advantage of using digestate in farming is the reduced impact on the environment. There are “no negative impacts on crop quality or safety” according to a DC-Agri report. However, it is vital to follow Quality Protocol and BSI PAS 110 regulations for the avoidance of such difficulties.
Other environmental benefits include the decreased agricultural reliance on fossil fuels. Digestates lower your farm’s carbon footprint, especially when located near to our anaerobic digestion plants. Here, less fuel is required to reach us and you can always upgrade to the methane-based biogas product that comes from anaerobic digestion to offset your journey.
With many consumers looking for organically grown food and eco-friendly farming practices, digestates could help your produce stand out from the crowd too.
Easier waste management
ADAS’ leading soil scientist John Williams claims that approximately 90 million tonnes of animal manure is used on farming land every 12 months in the United Kingdom. Yet, other indigestible animal and food waste can also be included in the anaerobic digestion process. So why not reap the rewards of clearing away this combined waste whilst improving your seasonal crop growing prospects?
At a time when demands on farmers are high, we believe that our services are of considerable value to local agricultural businesses. Please get in touch to find out how you can reap the rewards of digestate.