Podcast – Replacing chemistry with biology and the role of biostimulants

In the latest episode of the Crop It Like It’s Hot Podcast  – 

With recent law changes to biostimulant regulations, Murray Smedley of the European Biostimulant Industry Council and CEO of Ilex Envirosciences explains how this is helping to remove the potential for manufacturers making false claims.

Offering an insight into products in practice, agro-ecological farmer, Tim Parton, whose system focusses on regenerative agriculture techniques discusses how since introducing biostimulants to his system eight years ago, he has broken yield plateaus, abolished chemical fungicides and disease bills now average £40/hectare.

For the more conventional arable farmer, bioagronomist, Jamie Stotzka of Frontier explains why such products could still have an important place in crop establishment and disease control, alongside chemistry.

Supporting these claims, Newcastle University’s Prof Robert Edwards discusses the results of three years’ worth of independent farmer-led trials data, which shows how biological products could be the first thing growers reach for to combat cereal disease control in the future.

For the more conventional arable farmer, bioagronomist, Jamie Stotzka of Frontier explains why such products could still have an important place in crop establishment and disease control, alongside chemistry.

Supporting these claims, Newcastle University’s Prof Robert Edwards discusses the results of three years’ worth of independent farmer-led trials data, which shows how biological products could be the first thing growers reach for to combat cereal disease control in the future.

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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.

 

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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.

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A Boost to Zinc & Copper

With many farmers and growers informing us that their plants are struggling to extract enough zinc from the earth recently especially in high pH soils and due to the low rainfall in February and March. With this in mind, Ilex EnviroSciences has developed an additional product to add to our foliar nutrients range, Cu-Zin.

Cu-Zin is a blend of zinc and copper nutrients in a highly concentrated form designed to effectively prevent and correct deficiencies in a broad range of arable crops. As well as preventing deficiencies, Cu-Zin has been manufactured to maintain increased levels of copper and zinc in the plant for extended periods of growth, thus maximising pollen production and in the case of cereals, enhancing grain-fill.

Trials have shown that the formulation used in Cu-Zin ensures it is rain-fast on the leaf surface soon after application. Together with the finely micronised particle size of the active ingredients this means the nutrients are fed to the crop evenly on a gradual-release basis.

Key Benefits

  • Extended nutrient supply
  • High concentration of copper with zinc
  • Effective at low application rates
  • Maintains increased levels of copper and zinc in the plant
  • Disperses quickly in the tank

For more information, please refer to our Cu-Zin product page or contact our head office on: office@ilex-envirosciences.com

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New Product Announcement- Mn-Zn Plus

Mn-Zn Plus

CONCENTRATED FLOWABLE MANGANESE (24%) WITH ADDED ZINC

Mn-Zn Plus is a unique combination of essential nutrients for foliar application to a wide range of arable and horticultural field crops. Both Manganese and Zinc play key roles as catalysts in many enzyme functions and encourage root interaction with beneficial soil microbes and fungi improving nutrient uptake. Supplied as a concentrated flowable liquid formulation it is designed to promote strong and healthy plant growth from early crop stages through to harvest. 

Due to its unique combination of soluble Manganese and Zinc nutrients, Mn-Zn Plus is able to demonstrate superior performance even at very low rates of application.

Mn-Zn Plus is available as 10L bottles (boxed as 2 x 10L) and 600L IBC

 

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