Nitrogen is necessary for all known forms of life on Earth. For plants, Nitrogen is an integral part of all proteins, and is one of the main chemical elements required for plant growth and photosynthesis. In basic terms, Nitrogen helps plants with rapid growth, increasing seed and fruit production and improving the quality of leaf and forage crops.
Let’s explore how to get Nitrogen to your plants. All fertilizers have the element Nitrogen. You will often see the NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium) on the label of fertilizer products. For example, ChickenFuel is 2-2-2. To determine how many pounds of Nitrogen you will get, divide 100 by the number N. For ChickenFuel: 100/2 = 50. You will need 50 pounds of ChickenFuel to apply 1 pound of Nitrogen to your plants.
Creating a living soil experience is even better than applying Nitrogen. Living soil will create what is known as the Nitrogen Cycle. The Nitrogen Cycle is how Nitrogen moves between plants, animals, bacteria, the atmosphere and soil in the ground.
The most important part of the cycle is bacteria. When Nitrogen is absorbed by the soil, different bacteria help it to change states so it can be absorbed by plants. In basic terms, there is Nitrogen in the air and already in our soil. Bacteria eating this Nitrogen break it down into forms that are easily consumable by plants. Once you have this optimal living soil experience, you have the potential to get hundreds of pounds of Nitrogen for free every few months.
For example, an analysis of ChickenFuel shows that 1 gram contains roughly 4.4 million Amoebae bacteria; 4 times the expected high range. Because of this, one acre has the potential to naturally produce 300+ pounds of Nitrogen, every 3-6 months when roughly 500-600 pounds of ChickenFuel is applied.