Quite often our customers and clients ask us about the differences between the Baltic Peat harvesting types. Here we have explained the differences as well as the reasons, why we should choose one or the other. Here are some of the differences between the peat types as well as advantages of using particular type of peat.
When harvesting milled peat it requires milling a few centimetres of the peat fields, which are levelled and drained beforehand. The loosened layer is turned repeatedly. The dry, loose peat is then pulled or shoved together into a small pile and afterwards vacuum harvesters collect and transport it to larger stockpiles.
Although milled peat is cheaper to harvest than block peat, it generally has a larger amount of fine granulation.
Block Peat refers to the machine extraction of peat blocks by white peat cutting machines. The peat blocks or sods must dry in the field for at least one year in order to reduce the moisture content from 90% to about 40-60%. In the factory we slice the peat blocks and sieve into various fractions!
Usually, block peat is u in coarser products, with larger fractions. Ensuring more air in the substrates and natural peat products, block peat allows greater air and water retention for most demanding plants. Better root development and access to valuable vitamins and minerals from the additives in the Nord Agri substrates.
Additionally, with the recently installed block peat cutting machine, Nord Agri can ensure almost perfect block peat fractions, with homogenous and ideal peat moss pieces – in the needed fractions and sizes!