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During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, Nachurs Alpine Solutions is actively implementing our plan to continue to provide quality chemical products while protecting the health and safety of our employees and customers. Utilizing our 7 plants that are strategically placed throughout the U.S. and Canada, we will make every effort to continue to deliver products to our valued customers in a timely fashion. All office administration staff will be working from home to help protect our essential staff working at our plants. Please follow our website at www.nachurs-alpine.com for further updates.
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
“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”.