Fertilizers - The Importance Of Phosphate

Along with two other nutrients, phosphate is added to soil using fertilizers. Phosphorous is produced from mining inorganic phosphate. The phosphorous the is then used in agriculture. Phosphate sends energy to the plant cells, encourages young plant growth and quickens the maturation. It is an essential nutrient for soil.

Crop Fertilizer

These are the specific effects of phosphate on the growth of crops:

  • Photosynthesis

  • Cell division

  • Forms fat and albumen

  • Growth and reproduction

The Phosphate Cycle

Phosphate, potassium and nitrogen are needed for vegetable fertilizer in a home garden and large scale crop farming. Phosphorous is needed for the roots and seeds to develop properly. The plants take phosphate from the soil and animals eat these plants. Phosphates get put back into the earth when anmials' excrement further decomposes into the soil. When people eat the plants, phosphorous is supplied to bones and cell membranes.

Soil Mineral Content

The amount of phosphate in the soil determines the mineral content in plants and produce. The more water soluble phosphate in the soil the more mineral content. The phosphate that is in fertilizer is very soluble. The majority of phosphate in fertilizers is treated rock phosphate; the acid treatment makes it more soluble. When the phosphate gets into the soil, it goes through a process of forming mineral compounds that are good for crops.