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    All organic by-products from agriculture are valuable. But they need to be managed carefully to maximise their re-use in the circular economy.

Agricultural Waste

First off – there is no such thing as agricultural waste!. We’re not talking about waste packaging and fertiliser bags – we’re talking about slurries, manure, bedding, straw, stubble, etc.

But if we don’t consider these by-products as waste, how can we include them as part of the valuable circular economy? This is a challenge that faces modern farming the world over, but particularly in the highly intensive farming systems found in Ireland and the UK in particular.

We call it full-cycle-farming, and bacteria has a huge role to play.

So our bottom line – if it is an organic by-product of agriculture, it is valuable and needs to be handled in a way that maximises its value as a soil amendment and minimises its environmental impact. Here’s how we do it:

Microbial Inoculation for Agricultural Waste

The AquaClean(TM) ACF products are highly active bacteria designed specifically to accelerate the biological oxidation process of slow to degrade organic matter. A stable range of bacteria products, when applied to organic streams, significantly reduces odours and improves biological breakdowns.

  • Slurry / Manure / Bedding applications to breakdown organic matter, reduce odour and improve the fertilizing value
  • Applications for deployment on stubble ground to help breakdown the straw left on the ground – essential in min-till and non-till farming.
  • Applications for compost

Bacteria will take up some ammonia to facilitate growth and reproduction.  Once incorporated in cell mass the odour is locked away. Biochemical reaction in the process will also reduce the pH slightly.  Reduced pH means the ammonia becomes less volatile and is retained in the liquid.

In Slurry applications, AquaClean™ bacteria is effective in the following areas:

  • Significantly reducing odours
  • Stabilises and retains sulphur
  • Reduces crusting and improves homogeneity
  • Stabilises volatile ammonia
  • The AquaClean™range are natural products, non-pathogenic and with no genetically modified organisms.

The relevance of odour:

The main constituents of odour in agricultural waste are ammonia and sulphide. Therefore, by definition, if you can smell it you are losing it and wasting money. Reducing or eliminating odour means you have to be retaining both ammoniacal nitrogen and sulphur.

Cost Saving Bio-Reactor Kit

We offer an easy to use Bio-Reactor kit that will reduce the cost of treating slurry tanks to increase your return on investment. 

Instructions for use:

  • For best results, apply AquaClean™ to slurry tanks and lagoons when at lowest levels.
  • AquaClean™ ACF-SA can be applied to slurry at dilutions ranging from 10:1 to 50:1 
  • Apply by watering can, bucket or spray.

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