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Castor cake or castor oil cake  also known as castor meal, is a byproduct obtained from the extraction of oil from castor seeds (Ricinus communis). It is a valuable organic fertilizer and soil conditioner due to its nutrient content and other beneficial properties.

 

Benefits of Castor cake:

  • Nutrient-Rich: Castor cake is known for its nutrient content. It contains nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and other essential elements, making it a valuable organic fertilizer.

  • Organic Fertilizer: The castor oil cake fertilizer is commonly used as an organic fertilizer in agriculture. Its slow-release properties provide a sustained supply of nutrients to plants over time, promoting healthy growth.

  • Soil Amendment: Apart from being a fertilizer, cake fertilizer can also serve as a soil conditioner. It helps improve the structure and fertility of the soil, enhancing its water retention capacity.

  • Pest Repellent: Cake fertilizer has pesticidal properties. It contains substances that are believed to act as natural pest repellents, protecting plants from certain insects and pests.

  • Nematicidal Properties: The  cake fertilizer is known for its nematicidal (nematode control) properties. It can help in managing certain types of soil-dwelling nematodes that can be harmful to plants.

  • Biodegradable: Being an organic product, castor meal is biodegradable and environmentally friendly. It can be used as a sustainable alternative to synthetic fertilizers.

  • Application: The cake meal is usually applied to the soil around plants or crops. It can be mixed with the soil during planting or used as a top dressing. The dosage and application methods may vary depending on the specific crop and soil conditions.

 

While castor cake has several benefits for agriculture, it's essential to use it judiciously and in accordance with recommended guidelines to avoid any adverse effects.

 

How to use castor oil cake in Agriculture?

Soil Amendment and Organic Fertilization:

  • Incorporation into Soil: Mix castor meal with the top soil during land preparation or apply it as a basal dressing. The cake adds organic matter, improving soil structure and water retention.
  • Application Rates: Follow recommended application rates based on soil fertility and crop requirements. Typically, 1-2 tons per hectare is a common starting point.

2. Planting Hole Application:

  • For Perennial Crops: Place a handful of castor cake in the planting hole during the establishment of perennial crops. This provides slow-release nutrients to support early growth.

3. Mulching:

  • Mulch Cover: Spread a layer of cake meal as mulch around the base of plants. This helps conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, and gradually releases nutrients.

4. Compost Addition:

  • Composting: Include castor oil cake in compost piles to enhance the nutrient content of the compost. It contributes nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to the compost mix.

5. Crop-Specific Application:

  • Broadcast Application: For crops with high nutrient demands (e.g., vegetables), broadcast castor meal evenly over the field before incorporating it into the soil.

6. Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping:

  • Cover Cropping: Plant cover crops like legumes and incorporate castor cake into the soil when turning over cover crops. This enriches the soil with organic matter.

7. Benefit for Nitrogen Fixing Plants:

  • For Legumes: Leguminous crops can benefit from castor meal due to its nitrogen content. Apply it at the time of sowing or transplanting.

8. Natural Pesticidal Properties:

  • Pest and Disease Management: Castor meal contains compounds with pesticidal properties. Its application in the soil can help suppress certain soil-borne pests and diseases.

9. Caution and Precautions:

  • Avoid Excessive Application: While cator cake fertilizer is beneficial, excessive use can lead to nitrogen immobilization. Follow recommended application rates to prevent nutrient imbalances.
  • Pre-soaking: Some farmers pre-soak castor meal before application to reduce any phytotoxic effects it may have on plants.

10. Monitor Plant Response:

  • Observation: Monitor plant response to castor cake application. Adjust application rates based on crop performance and soil analysis results.

Castor Cake-Castor Oil Cake (Fertilizer for plants and soil)

₹21,000.00Price
1000 Kilograms
Excluding Sales Tax
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