Balchem Provides New Solutions to Reduce Numbers of Applications Required in the Field for Organic Production
New Product Combinations provide convenient and safe solutions for Organic Fruit and Vegetable Growers
The USDA projects that agriculture applications alone can cost anywhere from $10 to $15 per acre for aerial applications, and approximately $300 per acre for backpack applications. For farmers, especially in organic production, reducing the number of applications becomes vital in maximizing efficiencies and maintaining profit. Reducing applications include maximizing the number of products in a tank, compatibility, and targeted solutions to address specific challenges in the least number of passes through a field.
Balchem® announced the registration of two new organic foliar products, including Metalosate® CaK and Metalosate ZMI™, a combination of zinc, iron and manganese. This extension of the current Metalosate Organic product line allows growers to customize sprays more effectively than by mixing multiple ingredients into one application. Bringing more convenient solutions to bear is critical for the ever-growing organic produce segment. Balchem Plant Nutrition’s research team found that applying the minerals in each combination can give a synergistic effect. “We understand how important it is to minimize passes in the field, but that should not be a reason to sacrifice quality, or the ability to target particular applications for your spray program. In conventional crop production these mineral combinations gave excellent results, so we wanted to bring the same benefits to organic growers. Our product development team took the time to find the correct balance of minerals and takes the guesswork out of product mixing. That provides peace of mind since growers can feel confident the application is safe and effective.” Said Jeremy O’Brien, Balchem’s Plant Nutrition Global Sales Director. These new products provide organic farmers with more solutions to supplement crops in a more financially and environmentally sustainable way. As an extension of the current Metalosate product line, they provide an added level of convenience, backed by the rigor of Balchem’s scientific research and development. These products aim to deliver convenient, targeted solutions for organic growers of grapes, berries, melons, tree nuts, and more. Metalosate products implement trusted technology that has been utilized for over 50 years in over 300 crops. Metalosate’s organic products are certified via OMRI, Kiwa, California’s State Department of Agriculture, and Washington State Department of Ag. The full line of Metalosate organic foliar sprays can be purchased at agriculture retailers throughout California. For more information about these new products visit www.balchem.com/plant-nutrition.
Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures and markets specialty ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide. The company reports three business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; and Specialty Products. The Human Nutrition & Health segment delivers customized food and beverage ingredient systems, as well as key nutrients into a variety of applications across the food, supplement and pharmaceutical industries. The Animal Nutrition & Health segment manufactures and supplies products to numerous animal health markets. Through Specialty Products, Balchem provides specialty-packaged chemicals for use in healthcare and other industries, and also provides chelated minerals to the micronutrient agricultural market.