Research has demonstrated that not all plantains (current cultivars or breeding lines) are capable of reducing nitrate leaching to the same degree as Ecotain® environmental plantain. Ecotain can dilute, reduce, delay, and restrict. In all other agronomic aspects, as well as environmental, Ecotain is an excellent example of a high quality, productive forage.
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By combining not one, but four modes of action that work together to mitigate N leaching from the urine patch, this system has the power to revolutionise how we farm and its impact on our surrounding environment. Here’s the science behind the power of four…
Ecotain environmental plantain increases the volume of urine animals produce from a similar amount of N ingested. This means the N being excreted is in a more dilute form, resulting in a reduced N load in the urine patch. Learn More
Ecotain reduces the amount of dietary N which is excreted in urine, compared with ryegrass. This reduces the amount of N released into the soil via the urine patch. Learn More
In urine patches from animals grazing Ecotain, the conversion of ammonium to nitrate is delayed. Slower conversion allows plants a greater opportunity to uptake N, significantly reducing the potential for leaching. Learn More
The presence of Ecotain plants in the soil reduces nitrate leaching by restricting the amount of leachable nitrogen in the soil. Learn More
When it comes to N leaching management Ecotain is four steps in the right direction. Reducing N leaching is one thing, but doing it without compromising production is another.
Ecotain is the only plantain that is capable of reducing nitrate leaching in four ways, so it's a superior product in that category. Being a quality bred plantain cultivar, Ecotain provides enhanced forage feed availability particularly in summer, kicking in when grass quality starts to drop off.