Most industries strive to do more with less, and agriculture is no different. Today’s farmers use advanced tools and technologies that focus on the basics of plant science: how to make plants more efficient at taking up the essential nutrients they need. These new tools include products that increase fertilizer efficiency, make nutrients more available to growing crops and even create “hunger pangs” within those crops that signal plants to grab more nutrients.
By increasing nutrient use efficiency or ensuring more nutrients go to the plant, these technologies not only improve crop yields but also benefit the environment, especially soil health and water quality. Nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus that might otherwise wind up in waterways are instead left in the soil in significantly reduced amounts where they can be used by the plants that need them.
“Advanced science allows us to create new interactions among biological, chemical and physical relationships that benefit plant growth and output,” said Greg Thompson, president and chief operating officer for Verdesian Life Sciences, an industry leader and global supplier of plant health, biological and nutrition technologies headquartered in
The product and technology portfolio offered by the company focuses on minimizing modern agriculture’s environmental footprint while simultaneously helping farmers to remain profitable. “Conservation on farmland can seem hard to define. We define sustainability and conservation as continuous improvement on every acre around water quality and soil health,” Thompson added. “Our purpose as an organization is to help farmers adopt and follow best practices that support environmentally, economically and socially sustainable crop production. Being a good environmental steward and operating a profitable farm are not mutually exclusive.”
“Farmers want to see their fertilizer and nutrients leave the field in a grain truck at harvest—not be left in the soil or washed away in drainage,” said Mike Wilson, specialty products marketing manager and agronomist for Wabash Valley Service Company, a major supplier of farm inputs and agronomic services for farmers in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. “This new category of nutrient use efficiency products is every bit as revolutionary as the first John Deere plow.”
“We meet our environmental objectives by only applying the minimal amount of fertilizer needed to make a crop and we’re very careful as to what, when, where and how much is applied,”
This latest agricultural evolution benefits consumers by maintaining a plentiful and affordable supply of healthy and safe food, clean drinking water and productive, sustainable soils that will feed and nourish us for generations to come,
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