What is Potash?

The term "potash" refers to a group of potassium (K) bearing minerals and chemicals. The compound, Potassium Chloride (KCl), is a dominating force in the world potash market.

Potash is an important element because when there is a potassium deficiency in the soil, fertilizers containing potassium are used to help boost crop yields and improve the quality of the plant. Used in combination with nitrogen and phosphate (N-P-K Fertilizer), potash increases the yields of important crops such as: corn, soybeans, grains, and rice.

Potassium protects plants from extreme temperatures. It helps plants to fight stress and disease, and deter pests such as weeds and insects. Potassium stops wilting, strengthens roots and stems, and assists in transferring food. It activates plant enzymes to ensure plants use water efficiently. Higher levels of potassium in the soil help crops withstand stressful conditions.

Potash plays a central role in helping feed the world's growing population. Approximately 95% of world potash production is used as fertilizer, the rest is used in a variety of chemical and manufactured products.

There is no substitution for potash.


WPX Core, Drilling Program 2009