Maximize Yields Through Weather Extremes

Crop farmers have faced their fair share of growing challenges during recent years – financial pressures from increasing input prices, and the economic impact of trade wars and COVID – all while meeting consumer demand for fresh and abundant food. Now they also face mounting pressure from consumers and food companies to produce food more sustainably as environmental advocates look to agriculture to do more to protect soil, air and water. 

According to USDA, the weather extremes that many regions have experienced in recent years can negatively affect farm productivity through alterations in rainfall patterns, altered pest pressure patterns, and changes in seasonal and daily temperature patterns. This strains food, fiber and energy markets, farm income and the environment. USDA suggests that how agriculture responds will determine the impact these extreme weather systems may have on future crop production, natural resources and food security.  

One way farmers can help mitigate increasingly frequent weather extremes is by enriching soil health by putting carbon back in the soil to continually feed soil microbes and soil biology. This single strategy will positively impact soil health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“An agronomic system that includes the use of precision agriculture tools, cover crops, and no-till combined with sustainable products and practices can create a path to profitability and sustainability,” says Hugh MacGillivray, Anuvia’s chief commercial officer.

Anuvia manufactures a bio-based slow-release fertilizer, SymTRX®.  The product was developed to cultivate strong, healthy crops naturally and efficiently as a sustainable and economically viable alternative to traditional synthetic fertilizers which are prone to leaching into waterways and volatilizing into the air.

Supporting Sustainable Systems with SymTRX
Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a leading environmental research firm, has verified the positive sustainability impact of Anuvia’s technology on corn, rice and cotton. For every million acres of crops using SymTRX, the greenhouse gas reduction is the same as pulling 20,000 to 30,000 cars from the road. For every 100 pounds of SymTRX used per acre, eight pounds of carbon is added back into the soil.  

A unique bonding process and delivery system known as the Organic MaTRX gives SymTRX a dual-release characteristic that helps plants more efficiently use key nutrients like ammonium, sulfate and orthophosphate, both immediately and longer into plants’ critical growing stages.

SymTRX has been shown in field trials to help boost soil health and accelerate economic returns. Average yield increases of 5.1% across corn, rice, cotton and canola trials resulted when SymTRX was used in a blend replacing AMS (ammonium sulfate). Research over a wide variety of crops consistently indicates the high probability of a positive net return.  

That is good news for farmers looking to increase their return on investment with higher yields while improving their soils and increasing environmental sustainability. 

“This unique technology has the potential to create an abundant tomorrow for farmers, the food industry and the planet,” says MacGillivray. “And of utmost importance to farmers, it delivers a positive yield benefit, feeds the soil and contributes to reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint.”

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