Agronomic advancements have brought corn yields to new heights, but producers have had little guidance on how to meet the nutrient requirements of modern, high-yield corn hybrids in a way that maximizes their yields, writes Fred E. Below, PhD, Professor of Plant Physiology, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on Agricen.com.
The plant health technology company, Agricen, is now operating in Australia. Using the name Agricen Australia the company is producing sustainable fertilizer biocatalyst products under the brands Basis and Foundation. Products are natural and locally sourced and are manufactured at a newly constructed plant in Dandenong. CropLife - "Biostimulants and Micronutrients: The Making of a Market" Growth is rapid in all geographies, led by the U.S. and Europe, says David Lanciault, President & CEO of Agricen Sciences. “Our sister company, Agricen, has in the past few years opened operations in Australia to provide biostimulant products, namely fertilizer biocatalysts in that market, and they are seeing a lot of interest in this technology," Lanciault says.
Growth is rapid in all geographies, led by the U.S. and Europe, says David Lanciault, President & CEO of Agricen Sciences. “Our sister company, Agricen, has in the past few years opened operations in Australia to provide biostimulant products, namely fertilizer biocatalysts in that market, and they are seeing a lot of interest in this technology," Lanciault says.
As the R&D engines grind on, a “second wave” of biostimulant technology will reach readiness, Lanciault says. “This wave will be consistent with the ‘natural product discovery’ pipeline in pharmaceuticals, featuring novel organisms (plants and microbes) and their metabolites — with targeted, well-documented modes of action that mimic chemical modes,” he says.
Extract Powered by Accomplish combines the concentrated biochemistry of Accomplish® LM with ammonium thiosulfate (ATS) to help growers access the full nutrient value of their crop residues.
Agricen, a Loveland Products company, developed the biochemical fertilizer designed to accelerate the breakdown of crop residues and release nutrients and improve mineralization. With rising corn yields and increasing concerns about crop residues drove interest in this product. The product is compatible with a number of liquid fertilizers, herbicides and fungicidies.
Though there are still a number of challenges and issues to address as the segment continues to grow, plant health products seem to have shed their once questionable reputation and been embraced by major manufacturers of traditional crop protection products. “It isn’t only the smaller, startup, or midsize companies investing heavily in the technology; the largest investors are the big traditional crop chemistry players,” says Dave Lanciault, president and CEO of Agricen Sciences.