Natural nutrition is not just for the animals anymore as Alltech takes its technology out of the barn and into the field with the official launch of its Crop Science division. With industrial-use products and a consumer line backed by celebrity green thumb Jon Carloftis, Alltech Crop Science addresses the production of citrus to silage and everything in between. Fuelled by the power of yeast, Alltech Crop Science products offer a viable alternative to conventional agrochemicals.
“Consumers are increasingly discerning in their food choices, and are asking for more natural products. As a result, some traditional methods of production have become obsolete as more and more chemicals are being banned on a global scale,” said Geoff Frank, CEO of Alltech Crop Science. “As producers are looking for alternatives, our technology is integral to propelling the industry into the future.”
According to a recent issue of New Ag International magazine, in the European Union alone, 600 of 1,000 registered pesticide active ingredients have been de-listed with an additional 300 on the verge of prohibition. This rapid move to outlaw chemicals has left producers worldwide with increasingly-limited options in terms of disease resistance and production potential. However, it has likewise catalyzed the swift growth of the biological sector, bringing non-traditional control methods to the forefront of agricultural production.
Actively focused on research and development, Alltech Crop Science is equipped to provide solutions to the evolving agronomic landscape and lead the growth emblematic of this burgeoning industry. For nearly twenty years Alltech Crop Science, formerly known as Improcrop, has conducted research on 69 cultivars in 29 countries to form the scientific basis for its products. Their North American brand portfolio –Agro-Mos®, Compost-Aid®, Complex-Aid®, Crop-Set®, Grain-Set®, Soil-Set™ and Liqui-Plex™ Mn – addresses each stage of crop development, providing plants with precision nutrition and offering growers a naturally based alternative to chemicals.
The impact of Alltech Crop Science technology stretches beyond the landscape of major industrial production, however. The need to go green hits especially close to home for Jon Carloftis. The renowned Kentucky-bred garden designer has partnered with Alltech Crop Science to develop a line of natural-based home gardening products. Bloom & Fruit™ provides essential nutrients that stimulate plant growth while Soil & Root™ conditions the rhizophere region of the soil to ensure strong, sturdy roots.
“In my work, I have always strived to create beautiful spaces,” stated Carloftis. “In doing so, I recognized the need to cultivate each sanctuary in a sustainable way. Partnering with Alltech was the natural evolution of my desire to create lush and luxuriant gardens without compromising the environment or the safety of the families who enjoy them.”