Welcome Dara O’Doherty to the Ilex team

We are delighted to welcome Dara O’Doherty to the Ilex sales team as Business Manager – Vegetables.

Qualified in BASIS and FACTS, Dara’s expertise and in-depth knowledge of vegetables and brassicas is already well respected in this sector through her previous work with major growers, retailers and R & D trials work. With the vegetable industry going through challenging times, Dara says: “Whilst growers are very good at managing their crops, they also need advice and options to counter less controllable factors such as weather, pests and disease and crucially, help achieve more uniform growth and maximum marketable yield.”

One of the challenges this year is getting nutrition into the plant; following a ceaselessly wet winter which washed through the soil profile. With a broad portfolio on offer from Ilex EnviroSciences it is really easy to give growers a whole crop solution leading to higher product quality and yield.

Her work will help focus and target products so growers have confidence in the scientifically-proven benefits of a targeted nutrition approach. Current products include biostimulants and trace elements, together with phosphites which helps uptake of nutrients.

Dara notes that rooting, resilience and recovery are key to getting the most from vegetable crops.

Dara explains: “Phosphite has a biostimulant action which improves nutrient movement in the plant necessary to root development, and becomes especially important when drought or excessively wet conditions restrict normal root growth.”

She draws attention to the key nutrition tools for optimising root systems: phosphite-based technology in the foliar feeds PK VEG, PK MAXX+ and Capital. The Ilex portfolio also has a range of products that are suitable for all growers’ nutritional needs.

“We will be conducting intensive field trials with growers throughout the country; these will be results-driven and taken through all the way to yield; this way we will be working closely with our growers to help us build an even better knowledge of a needs and soil conditions approach.”

“With excellent tank mix properties and low dose rates all Ilex products are highly compatible with current application systems,” Dara points out.

“We cover a range of crops, including roots, brassicas, alliums and salads, and we offer value to farmers because we can offer a tailored approach that will work in their specific situation.”

“We have found that once people try something different – such as phosphites – and see the results, such as spring crops getting up and away faster and more evenly, they realise the benefits in the quality of the produce.”

Ilex EnviroSciences pride themselves on the ability to react to the ever-changing market and ability to develop and support growers with their individual needs on a technical and logistical level.

For more information contact Dara directly on 07833 578079 or 01673 885175. To view the full Ilex EnviroSciences product range go to www.ilex-envirosciences.com.



Strong Rooting is Key to Promoting Spring Growth in Cereals

As poorly established cereal crops continue to struggle in cold, wet soil providing plants with an early boost to root development will help with nutrient uptake and improve  spring growth.

In particular late sown cereals will need to get off to a quick start as soil temperatures finally begin to rise.  Nutrient access is crucial in providing the best possible start and rapid root development is a key factor towards achieving this.

Phosphorus (P) is the most important nutrient for effective rooting and phosphite P has been shown to be a highly efficient stimulant for root development. In combination with traditional phosphate P, they provide a powerful boost to root growth. The increased root length in turn allows the plant broader access to soil-held nutrients to maintain a consistent, healthy growth.

Crop Rooter® Plus is a foliar phosphite especially formulated  for use on cereals, working at low application rates to provide a concentrated boost of NPK, with high levels of both phosphate and phosphite P and now including 19 amino acids each playing a vital role in crop establishment and development. It acts fast, with the phosphite component accelerating the uptake and delivery of these key bioactive agents and nutrients within the plant.

Application & Timing
A timely application of Crop Rooter® Plus will enhance rooting enabling the crop to make better use of soil nutrient reserves. In addition it makes an ideal tank mix partner for early foliar manganese, improving uptake of the element, speeding up response time and improving efficiency.

For the best results, we recommend that Crop Rooter® Plus is applied at 1 l/ha once there is sufficient leaf area to capture the spray and again at early tillering.

Crop Rooter® Plus 

The next generation NPK phosphite formulated with 19 added amino acids to target root development and stimulate healthy plant growth.

The unique formulation of Crop Rooter® Plus combines mobile forms of Phosphorus with Nitrogen and Potassium, all essential macronutrients together with added amino acids and a seaweed base for healthy crop development. Timed foliar applications of Crop Rooter® Plus ensure effective crop uptake of nutrients, leading to improved root and shoot development, even when soil reserves may be less accessible due to an initial poor root system or when cold, wet, cloddy soils hamper nutrient availability.



ModipHy Xtra

A high-performance water conditioner formulated to counter the effects of hard water and high pH levels by maximising product stability in the tank and mobility in the plant.

The perfect partner to Crop Rooter® Plus, by adding ModipHy Xtra to your spray solution, it optimises pH levels and improves coverage and leaf uptake, giving a more consistent product performance over a broad range of spraying conditions and crop situations.



COVID-19 Update March 2020

With COVID-19 dominating the headlines daily, I would like to reassure you that Ilex EnviroSciences is taking this matter extremely seriously and closely monitoring the situation. We are following all available advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England. During this time, our aim is to continue to support our valued customers and keep our staff healthy and safe.

We have put plans in place to ensure the continuity of our service and are actively monitoring the ongoing situation. Our head office telephones are still manned and ordering of products will continue as normal.

Our delivery team are still active, please speak to one of our staff to confirm arrangements or follow the governmental instructions if you intend to be present and on site when your order arrives.

Please do not be concerned, if you have any queries our team are on hand to answer any questions.

Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times.