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How biotechnology can boost grass growth and crop yields

The judicious use of bio-stimulants is not only being recognised by conventional arable farmers to boost yield and crop quality, but also improves grass growth and dry matter output, whilst at the same time sustaining the fragile ecosystem in soils.

Yield increases and efficacy improvements on crops and grassland can be achieved, whilst reducing fungicide and herbicide inputs, with interventions of natural bio-stimulant products in tank mixes.

AminoA products are natural bio-stimulants, obtained through enzymatic hydrolysis. Containing essential amino-acids that plants synthesise throughout their growth cycle, they can contribute positively to yield and quality if the plant is not already producing optimal levels of amino-acids itself.

Independently trialled extensively in a variety of crops, including cereals, legumes and grassland, the AminoA range of bio-stimulants, including AminoA FLO, has shown significant yield increases and efficacy improvements, by working in combination with other agrochemicals. In grassland, AminoA FLO also improves uptake of expensive herbicides.

Importantly, the farmer does not have to increase input costs to improve efficacy. Fungicide and agrochemical inputs can be reduced with the addition of AminoA applications.

AminoA FLO also helps build resistance to stress, including frost protection in soft and top fruit, as well as crop stress from heat, drought and waterlogging.

The new OF&G organic approved seed treatment, AminoA STAART, helps to maximise early crop vigour and emergence, while increasing the uptake of available nutrients.

STAART is particularly effective in establishing grass seed, which is relatively small and can suffer from lack of vigour, especially in dry conditions.

The repeated use of AminoA products, in combination with other agrochemicals, enhances effectiveness to produce a yield response in the crop.