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The long and short term effects fertiliser has on your soil

If you asked any farmer in your area what they would do to increase their output most of them would say “use more fertiliser”. Their last approach would be working to improve the soil.

There is no doubt that short term benefits are gained from using chemical fertilisers but some farmers don’t fully appreciate the consequences from excessive and improper use. Under some conditions chemical fertiliser can be more harmful than helpful.

Farm fertilisation has a high cost in both time and money. Farmers want increased production and therefore use chemical fertilisers repeatedly. The problem is that some chemical fertiliser applications can only last up to 21 days, requiring re-application at un-sustainable rates.

More importantly, without enough sun, photo-synthesis cannot convert these chemically based fertilisers into proper protein leaving residues of harmful nitrates. These nitrates poison the pasture and are then available to contaminate aquifers and run- off.

What’s most concerning is that the over-use of chemical fertilisers poses a serious health risk to you, your family, your animals, and the wider community through soil and water contamination. The media has reported on numerous examples of how the over use of chemical fertilisers has gone terribly wrong.

Contamination from overuse has also occurred on dairy farms where chemical fertiliser residuals have shown up in milk as a result of cows eating pasture contaminated with chemical pollutants. Recently, farmers in New Zealand suffered substantial adverse scrutiny when their milk exports to China exceeded the heavy metal limits set by authorities. A direct result of synthetic fertiliser build up.

No matter how we try to justify it, the use of chemical fertilisers is not safe or sustainable. Yet farmers continue to use them because they aren’t aware of the long term consequences. We have worked with farmers over the last 20 years, helping them to increase the profitability of their farms and we have proved that repeated chemical fertiliser use is detrimental in the long term.

To truly see results, farmers need to address the issue from the ground up – starting with their soil.

All too often, farmers keep adding chemical fertilisers to soil that is in poor health, making it even weaker. Organic soil corrections provide a far safer solution to this problem that is more effective in the long run. The right approach for your farm should result in:

  • Less cost. Organic correction has a far longer effective life in the soil when compared to the effective life of chemical fertiliser applications.
  • Improvement in the quality of your soil for the long term, rather than just the appearance of a short term boost as a result of using chemical fertiliser.
  • Resistance to erosion.
  • Eliminating the health and contamination risks for humans, animals and the environment.


TNN recognises the dangers and unsustainability associated with chemical fertilisers and is dedicated to providing farmers with access to an effective, sustainable organic alternative that meets all of these specific requirements.

Farmers who have stopped using chemical fertilisers and have switched to using our organic and sustainable products have reaped the benefits of improved farm profitability and produce quality year upon year.

I firmly believe that this product has benefited the growth and establishment of what is turning out to be the best oats crop I have ever grown not-withstanding the fact that our rainfall to date has been minimal. In fact 5 inches LESS than last year so something is different. The plants look healthier and the volume of growth appears heavier.” – Paul Nixon, Gunnedah.

“The TNN program enables us to finish off our cattle all year round on natural pasture. Our soils have become softer and retain more moisture near the surface in long dry periods. We feel the cattle are much quieter and more content. We have had only positive remarks about the quality of the meat in the butcher shop.” – John Thompson, Central Coast.

For many farmers, the first steps towards a healthier, more sustainable farm begins with a clear understanding of their soil’s health as it currently stands, and what they need to improve it further.

The reduction of synthetic fertilisers and the introduction of effective organic and sustainable alternatives on Australian farms can ensure greater farm profitability, better quality produce while helping keep our environment clean and our family safe.

Learn how to get the chance to have a free soil test as a first step to creating a more profitable future by calling Max on 0408 039 297 to organise your  test now.

Max Hansford has over 30 years of practical experience helping agricultural and livestock farms revive their soil fertility. As the founder and director of TNN Industries, Max sources the highest quality inputs to build sustainable farm management programs, along with his trusted team of consultants.


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