With increasing concerns about the environmental impact of fertilisers, there is an urgent need for the sector to develop more sustainable methods of crop production. Biosolution products, such as biostimulants, are an exciting premise as they offer the potential to enhance yields through stimulation of the natural processes in crops.
One farmer in Lincolnshire, UK has embraced this alternative method and has been treating his crops (wheat, potatoes and pumpkins) with a seaweed-based biostimulant (Algifol) since 2018.
As weather patterns become more unpredictable, farmers must have the means to offset potential damage that can incur as a result of prolonged periods of drought and floods.
Ryan Wrisdale of the Louth Potato Company applies Algifol to his crops to offset the effects of heat stress and other extreme weather conditions that can prove detrimental to one's yield.
After the dry summer of 2018, Wrisdale's crops were suffering as a result of the hot weather and lack of an on-farm irrigation system. However, after the first application of Algifol the crops thrived, with potato crop yields averaging around seven - ten tonnes per acre.
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