High crop yields require good nutrients, and the amount of nutrients delivered (like phosphate and nitrogen) can also make a big difference in crop yield. Nutrients can be added in different ways, one includes using treated peat with crop seed. The peat processing system can be fully automated from the introduction of raw unprocessed peat, through adding enzymes and other ingredients necessary to nutrient delivery, to bagging for delivery to the end customer. Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. has provided completed peat processing systems from start-to-finish.
Seeds germinate best when provided with optimum light, temperature and moisture. Starting the seeds indoors gives you control over the climate, unlike when you try to grow seeds outdoors in fickle spring weather. The growing media gives you further control over moisture. Using treated peat with crop seed supplies drainage that combats sogginess and compaction while retaining enough moisture for healthy germination and growth. Peat isn’t suitable on its own and requires the addition of other elements to provide an optimum growing base.
The following steps are in the peat processing system for using treated peat with crop seed:
- Dry peat unloaded into the primary surge hopper
- Dry peat moves to upper continuous blender
- Wet peat delivered to the Retention Blender
- Final packaging for Peat