These microbes boost wheat yield and bottom line
Using fertilizer coated with BiOWiSHTM Crop technology can make crops more profitable, according to a new study by Helena Chemical Company.
The study compared today’s farming standard (urea fertilizer) to two treatments: the typical amount of urea coated with BiOWiSHTM, and a reduced amount of urea coated with BiOWiSHTM. The outcome linked the BiOWiSHTM treatments with a number of benefits on wheat.
How does BiOWiSHTM Crop technology work? The secret’s in the proprietary blend of microbes!
What else can these microbes do for farmers?
Perhaps the most important finding in this study is that BiOWiSHTM increases the return on investment for farmers. When added to the standard urea application, BiOWiSHTM increased profits by $69.53 per hectare.
But, what if farmers don’t want to spend more money on fertilizer?
This study shows that reducing the amount of urea coated with BiOWiSHTM can keep fertilizing costs the same and still increase profits. Even with less urea, profitability was increased by $37.73 per hectare.
In both cases, the results are simple: applying urea coated with BiOWiSHTM results in more money for growers.
Maximize crop yields
The higher return on investment comes from increased crop yields.
More plants grown on the same amount of land isn’t just good news for bottom lines. As world population grows, the demand for food is also rising. Many food producers are looking for ways to increase crop production. How can we do this while conserving precious resources like land and water?
This study shows BiOWiSHTM Crop is a promising answer to these concerns.
In general, fields treated with the BiOWiSHTM-coated urea grew more wheat. When the standard amount of urea was coated with BiOWiSHTM crop and applied, it resulted in a wheat yield increase of 7%. Not only did wheat yield increase, so did root and foliar biomass. BiOWiSHTM plus the standard urea treatment led to a whopping 86% increase in root biomass.
That means BiOWiSHTM encouraged the growth of more wheat plants, with bigger leaves and root systems. These are general indicators of healthier, more robust plants. Larger root systems also make it easier for plants to access moisture during droughts.
The BiOWiSHTM-enhanced fertilizer was shown to grow more crops on the same amount of land. Those crops turned out to be bigger and more resilient to potential environmental stress. All this was accomplished while maintaining soil health.
Fight soil depletion
In the past, higher crop yield left the soil less healthy for future crops. More plants meant a greater strain on the ecosystem supporting them. In order to get those higher yields, crops used up more essential soil nutrients from the soil. Even if an increased yield led to higher profits, some of that money had to be used for fertilizer to restore the soil.
Helena Chemical Company’s study shows this is not the case when BiOWiSHTM is involved.
Macronutrients in the soil were measured post-harvest. After the harvest, the soil that was treated with BiOWiSHTM had higher soil health values than the soil that was only treated with urea. Specifically, wheat treated with BiOWiSHTM left behind more nitrate nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
BiOWiSHTM didn’t just grow more plants – it maintained healthy soil conditions for the next set of crops.
This is made possible by the proprietary microorganisms. They work to make more nutrients available to the plants. Many fertilizing techniques rely on adding more macronutrients. BiOWiSHTM microbes help convert the nutrients in the soil into forms plants can use. That’s why more plants can grow without stripping the soil.
About BiOWiSHTM Crop technology
This study shows that BiOWiSHTM Crop is a great method to increase wheat yield. Return on investment rises, and the soil is healthy for the next rotation of crops. For more details about BiOWiSHTM Crop technology’s impressive performance, read the full study here.
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