When it Comes to Fertilizer Going Small Delivers Big Results

Aqua-Yield

Continuing to innovate, Aqua-Yield introduced NanoPhos at the 2017 Agricultural Retailers Association Conference in Phoenix, AZ. NanoPhos offers growers improved phosphorus retention and application rates at only 4 ounces per acre.

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With the exception of bank accounts and perhaps a few other notable items, there seems to be an obsession with making things smaller. We like things smaller and more powerful whether it’s phones, computer chips, or fertilizer.

Yes, fertilizer. At least that’s the philosophy behind a process developed by Aqua-Yield the company calls Aquamization, which takes purified water and combines it with nanoparticles that are fused with fertilizer molecules. Put simply, the particles are so small they can easily and more efficiently enter a plant through the roots or leaf tissue, allowing growers to use less while increasing the impact they have on a crop.

How much less? Aqua-Yield founder Clark Bell says macronutrient use can be decreased as much as 70% and micronutrient use as much as 80%.

“Growers know exactly the kind of fertilizer they need for their type of soil and water,” Bell says. “We make those products much more efficient through the aqueous technology.”

Read more at AgriBusinessGlobal.com.

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Avatar for George Rehm George Rehm says:

There is a basic, fundamental principle taught in all soil fertility and nutrient management courses in colleges and universities. That is–nutrients enter plant roots and are translocated throughout plants as ions — not particles regardless of size of the particle. If these products are so new and revolutionary, where are the data from independent sources to support this concept? I doubt if these data exist.

When there is potential for narrow farm profits such as forecast for 2018, there is always an increase inn sales activity for questionable products. This material appears to be one of those products. Based on the advertising claims, this is nothing more than foo-foo juice.

George Rehm
Extension Nutrient Management Specialist (retired)
University of Minnesota

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