Potassium fulfills many vital functions in a wide variety of processes in plants, animals and man.
If the world’s farmers stopped growing food today, there would be enough grain inventories to feed the world’s population for slightly less than two months. As a result, 95% of globally produced potash is applied as fertilizer to help feed the world’s growing population.
Benefits of Potash Include:
- Slows growth of crop diseases
- Maintains cell resilience
- Reduces wilting
- Reduces water loss
- Increases the protein available to plants
- Assists in photosynthesis by activating more than 50 enzymes
- Improves drought resistance
- Builds cellulose
- Generally reduces the development of weak stocks, leading indirectly to increased crop yields
Potash has no commercial substitute as a potassium fertilizer source.
Potash is primarily applied to large yielding crops such as cereals, potatoes, sugar beets, pulses, and forage crops.
Potash is also used as a feed supplement, as it contributes to both animal growth and milk production. Additionally, potash has several industrial purposes, including the production of glass, ceramics, and soaps.
Visual Comparison of Impact of Potash
The Global Potash Cycle
Fertilizer potash forms part of a long-term global cycle of potassium which is both sustainable and natural: