The use of biostimulant seed treatments and foliar sprays, when used correctly as part of a broader management programme, will improve crop vigour and quality. It is important to understand the mode of action and the appropriate conditions for application in order to achieve the best results.
Biostimulants work best in conjunction with other nutrients to improve the productivity of other inputs and provide incremental gains in yield. They can also have a positive effect on post-harvest shelf life.
Phosphite biostimulants encourage root development, leading to quicker establishment and improved nutrient uptake in the young crop. Phosphites also stimulate root exudate which is beneficial to soil mycorrhiza.
Pidolic acid is a signalling compound in nitrogen metabolism, increasing nitrogen assimilation, amino acid synthesis and protein production. It is influential in aiding stress tolerance and recovery once limiting factors are addressed.
R100® is a patented nutrient uptake and phytohormone biosynthesis technology combining two diphenylurea (DPU) compounds and Gamma Polyglutamic Acid (Gamma-PGA). It increases the uptake and utilisation of cationic nutrients and stimulates cytokinin production. It also encourages magnesium assimilation, which is critical for photosynthesis.
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