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MARION, OHIO – February 18, 2020 – Nachurs Alpine Solutions® (NAS), a division of Wilbur-Ellis, announced today that it has received two patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its potassium acetate technology. This technology is a method of fertilizing an agricultural crop using an environmentally friendly and versatile high potassium-content liquid fertilizer.
Plants extract a variety of nutrients from the soil to maintain healthy growth and development. With vital nutrients becoming less plentiful in soil, it is important to provide supplemental nutrients to the crop throughout its stages of development.
Potassium is required by a growing plant to stimulate early growth, increase protein production, and activate enzyme and hormone systems within the plant. These systems impact the plant’s ability to withstand biotic and abiotic stress and improve the plant’s resistance to diseases and insects. Potassium also increases the efficiency of water use and transforms sugars to starch.
Additionally, potassium acetate results in lower phytotoxicity damage compared to other sources of potassium for liquid fertilizer products. It also may be applied in a variety of ways, including in-furrow, foliar, side-dressed, soil injected, broadcast, fertigation or other applications.
Lab tests and field trials have proven potassium acetate to be an effective and safe source of potassium for crop production. NAS potassium acetate technology is branded in the U.S. as NACHURS Bio-K® and in Canada as ALPINE K-Tech®.
About the Wilbur-Ellis Companies
Founded in 1921, the Wilbur-Ellis companies are leading international marketers, distributors and manufacturers of agricultural products, animal nutrients and specialty chemicals and ingredients. By developing strong relationships, making strategic market investments and capitalizing on new opportunities, the Wilbur-Ellis companies have continued to grow the business with sales of over $3 billion. For more information, please visit www.wilburellis.com
About Nachurs Alpine Solutions®
Nachurs Alpine Solutions (NAS) became a division of Wilbur-Ellis in 2019. NAS is a 73-year-old specialty chemical business that pioneered the low salt liquid starter fertilizer industry by introducing the first true solution liquid NPK fertilizer. Today, NPK liquid fertilizers sold by NAS are marketed under the NACHURS brand in the United States and under the ALPINE brand in Canada. For more information visit www.nachurs-alpine.com
Thirteen years ago, soil chemistry and agronomy led Brad Hanmer to use ALPINE liquid fertilizer to provide in-furrow liquid orthophosphate in his farm’s challenging soil. He still uses ALPINE G22 today because he’s seen it consistently deliver results, and he’s benefited from the ability to use his ALPINE delivery system to easily apply other nutrients and inoculants to his crops if he needs them.
Hanmer chose to move to liquid fertilizer because of the science behind the product. His farm in Saskatchewan has high pH, high Ca and high Mg soil that ties up nutrients, so he needed a way to deliver available phosphorous to the plants during seeding.
ALPINE G22 does not require warm soil and moisture to convert to plant available orthophosphate unlike other phosphate sources. It is readily available and can be used up by emerging seedlings regardless of the soil condition. Its benefits are magnified in cold, dry soil, but Hanmer has seen it work consistently in his farm’s challenging soil conditions regardless of temperature or moisture levels.
While Hanmer originally used ALPINE G22 liquid fertilizer because of the science, its performance along with consistency and quality has made the company a trusted partner.
“ALPINE is a true hot mix product,” says Hanmer, speaking of the manufacturing process the company uses to create its liquid fertilizer. “They provide a new molecule from clean sources as opposed to a suspension-based orthophosphate or by-product based liquid fertilizers.”
After his ALPINE District Sales Manager helped Hanmer set up the equipment to store and deliver the fertilizer, he found he had a mechanism that made it easy to deliver beneficial ingredients, like micro-nutrients or inoculants, at seeding and in foliar nutrition programs developed in concert with the ALPINE technical team. That ability combined with one-on-one support has helped him get the best crop possible, even in the most challenging years.
While Hanmer’s operation runs five drills each seeding about 6,000 acres, he believes the advantage of ALPINE liquid fertilizer is the same regardless of the farm size simply because all crops require quality nutrients to reach their agronomic potential. ALPINE allows him to deliver them in the right form, at the right rate, in the right place, at the right time.
“I have not forgotten when my first ALPINE rep told me that in our type of soil their ALPINE G22 would provide a highly available, concentrated, safe phosphorous as a solution to the limitations caused by my soil,” says Hanmer. “That holds true 13 years later.”
“After being in no-till for over 20 years we were seeing no response to phosphate fertilizer. After being introduced to ALPINE I liked the theory so we tried it for the first time in the spring of 2007. We instantly noticed the quicker crop emergence and had substantial yield increases compared to our checks with up to 25% yield increase on yellow peas. We also like the ease of handling the product.”
“I have used ALPINE for three years now going on four; I really like the vigor of the plants in cold early springs. we are noticing fast emergence and large root development compared to the fields around us using dry phosphate. I have been using micronutrients with our ALPINE in the seed row and find that a very efficient way to apply the micronutrients I need. when we first set up the ALPINE equipment we found it very easy to install on the drill and ALPINE being a highly available product with low use rates we do not need a lot of liquid storage. The product stores well over winter and ALPINE’s Early Booking Program works quite well.”
Kevin seeds 4200 acres with one 42 foot Seedhawk air drill with a 1200 gallon liquid tank on board, carrying enough ALPINE to seed 350 acres per fill.
Jim started using ALPINE G24 liquid starter in 2007 and now uses ALPINE foliars to push his corn and soybean yields even higher. In the dry spell of 2012, Jim tried a combination of ALPINE SRN and ALPINE TMR-F to counteract the setback he was seeing in his soybean crop.
” We were trying to keep the plants going and give them a boost to fill the top pods, which we call Florida pods because they’ll pay for a trip to Florida if you can get them. ‘ says Patton.” It really put the bushels in the bin when we finally got rain. We had five-bushel yield advantage on those beans. ALPINE products work well for us because we can custom blend in whatever we need. It’s not a one-blanket approach. They’re also plant safe. There’s no leaf scorching and they tank mix well. We’ve stuck with ALPINE products because they suit our management strategy really well, and you can see the difference in our plant health and performance”
“Our Plant health has been great with ALPINE G24, and that has contributed to higher yields,” says Steve Bradley. “We’ve also noticed bigger vines and which are essential to producing a good crop.” More uniform crop emergence has meant harvest is more predictable and on target, he adds. “it’s given us a consistent start date for harvest because the crop matures roughly at the same time.” The Bradleys switched to ALPINE G24 after doubling production in 2012, which immediately prompted a change in their fertility program. “we put down 1,200 pounds dry fertilizer per acre ant the potato planter will only hold 5,000 lbs, so we could only plant 4.5 acres per fill. We needed a quicker way to get the crop planted.” They decided to pull an air cart and broadcast dry phosphate, “but we still needed to get some phosphorus close to the roots to give the crop a little kick to get it going in cold soils” says Bradley. By mounting a liquid kit to their planter and adding ALPINE G24 to their fertility program, they now get 20 acres between fills and give their crop the boost it needs each spring. Bradleys initially applies ALPINE G24 at 10 gallons per acre the first year, but it worked so well that we bumped it up to 15 gallons per acre the next year.” ” We get great results with ALPINE G24 so we plan to stick with it, adds Bradley. “it definitely works for us.”
“We’ve seen a 4 to 7 bu/acre yield increase on our winter wheat since switching from dry phosphate to ALPINE G24 liquid starter about 15 years ago. And our winter survival rate is quite a bit better with the ALPINE starter. It’s non-corrosive and it’s much easier to pump liquid fertilizer through hoses than to truck and auger a dry product. Having the ALPINE kit frees up space for more seed in our air cart, so we can seed more acres in less time. Sometimes we’ll have a soft red wheat in one hopper and a hard red wheat in the other, and depending on what field we are planting we have the choice to seed either. You don’t have that kind of flexibility if you’re putting dry fertilizer down”.
As crop growers, it must be nearly a full time job at times of the year trying to analyze all the plots, side-by-side trials and government information to make an informed and economically beneficial management decision regarding management practices for your operation.
We’ve all walked soybean fields and observed how sometimes the top cluster of pods is finished nicely and sometimes they aren’t. Many use the term “Florida pods” to describe these, since the yield from them represent the extra profit that can take the family on a trip to Florida.
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