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Digestate as a soil improver



The benefits of digestate as a soil improver

We produce nutrient-rich digestate as a by-product of the anaerobic digestion process at Apsley Farms biogas farm.
We can supply bulk quantities for your exact requirements with a price that suits you.

What is digestate?

Digestate, a co-product of the anaerobic digestion process, is highly regarded as a soil improver for several reasons, leveraging both its nutrient content and physical properties to enhance soil health and fertility:

  1. Rich in nutrients: Digestate is packed with essential nutrients needed by plants, including nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), among others. These nutrients are in readily available forms for plant uptake, making digestate an excellent natural fertilizer that can reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers.
  2. Improves soil structure: The addition of digestate can enhance soil structure, increasing its porosity and aggregate stability. This improvement in soil structure can enhance water retention and drainage, making soils more resilient against both drought and excessive rainfall.
  3. Increases organic matter content: Incorporating digestate into soil boosts its organic matter content, which is crucial for maintaining soil health. Higher organic matter levels can improve soil fertility, water holding capacity, and microbial activity, contributing to a more vibrant and sustainable ecosystem within the soil.
  4. Promotes microbial activity: The organic compounds in digestate serve as food for soil microorganisms, which play a vital role in soil health. These microorganisms help break down organic matter into nutrients that plants can absorb, promote soil structure, and compete with harmful pathogens, reducing disease risks.
  5. Sustainable and eco-friendly: Using digestate as a soil improver recycles waste products from the anaerobic digestion process, reducing landfill use and greenhouse gas emissions. This practice supports sustainable agriculture by closing the loop on waste and nutrient cycles.
  6. Reduces chemical use: By providing a natural source of nutrients and improving soil health, digestate use can reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This can lead to healthier soils and reduced environmental impact from agriculture.
  7. Versatility: Digestate can be applied in both liquid and solid forms, making it adaptable to various agricultural practices and soil types. This versatility ensures that it can be used effectively in different farming systems and environments.

By improving soil health, structure, and fertility, digestate contributes to more sustainable agricultural practices, enhances crop yields, and helps mitigate climate change impacts, making it a valuable resource for modern farming.

Soil Improving Mulch (solid digestate)

Apsley Farms supplies peat-free mulch in bulk quantities up to 30 tonnes.  The crop-derived solid digestate is rich in NPK nutrients.

Find out more here

Natural Plant Food (liquid digestate)

Apsley Farms supplies bulk quantities of liquid plant food ranging from an IBC holding 1,000 litres to a tanker-full.

Find out more about our plant fertiliser here

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About Apsley Farms

Apsley Farms are a family-run arable farm and contractor producing crops and generating renewable energy to heat 8,500 houses all year round. Crops are fed into our biodigesters where anaerobic bacteria turns them into sustainable biogas and a semi-solid digestate. It’s the same type of natural fermentation process that takes place inside cows, except we capture and use all of the products.

Sustainability and efficiency is at the heart of everything we do at Apsley Farms. We’ve adopted cutting edge technologies and turned low value crops into renewable energy. We focus on a circular economy by returning the nutrients in our digestate products back to the land as a fertiliser.
Our process of generating green gas and other important by-products ticks three important boxes: it displaces natural gas (fossil fuel) in the gas grid to heat people’s homes; it displaces CO2 made by the fertiliser industry, which is essential in the food industry; and it simultaneously generates natural fertiliser in the process!