K-Tech: A Unique Potassium Technology

For over 70 years, Nachurs Alpine Solutions® has been the industry leader in NPK liquid fertilizer technology.  We are proud to continue that tradition by introducing a new potassium-based fertilizer technology that is unique to both the ALPINE brand as well as the agriculture industry in general, and that is K-Tech .

K-Tech is a combination of an inorganic salt reacted with an organic acid to form a potassium acetate fertilizer.  In general, potassium acts the same in all plants by the following:

• formation and translocation of starches, sugars, and fats
• protein formation
• aids in enzyme actions
• helps cells maintain their internal pressure
• maintains balance of salts and water in cells
• improves seed quality
• increases root growth and resistance to disease and drought

What makes K-Tech unique is in the origination of its organic-based carrier (anion), the acetate molecule.  Acetate is a natural plant metabolite that has many important functions within the plant as well as in the symbiotic relationship between plant roots and soil microbes/mycorrhizal fungi.  It provides a base in which many plant compounds are thereby formed, which includes but not limited to the following:

• fatty acids
• auxins
• sterols
• phenolic acids
• gibberelins
• flavonoids
• amino acids
• chlorophyll

Acetate is also a very important part of signaling compounds (flavonoids, lipochitooligosaccharides, etc.) which promote plant-soil microbe relationships, enhanced defence mechanisms, and increased plant productivity.

Since the carrier portion of K-Tech is a natural plant metabolite, it is more rapidly and readily taken up by plants, which in turn leads to increased potassium use efficiency and higher productivity.

K-Tech also has a very low salt index and leaf burn potential, thus making it extremely safe for both foliar and in-furrow applications.  Including K-Tech™ Technology in a sound, well balanced fertility program will provide the plant with added energy (derived from acetate) which will ultimately lead to increased yield.