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Agnition Launches Microbial Catalyst® Wheat Seed Coating in Europe

Agnition announced today that it has launched Commence® for Wheat, a microbial catalyst seed coating for wheat in Europe. Commence for Wheat stimulates microbial activity for healthier soil and a superior growth environment. Increased microbial activity near the seed liberates nutrients to create a healthy environment for superior germination and nurtures wheat throughout the growing season.

“We consistently see faster emergence and healthier and more robust wheat plants that stay ahead all year long,” said Agnition Senior Research Manager Evan Johnson. “We bring value to the market through better plant health, and because our seed coating stimulates microbial activity we provide value through healthier soil. Commence not only provides an advantage to this year’s crop but also long-term value through increased soil health.”

Typical seed coatings are defensive and provide passive protection that is effective only when insect or disease pressure is present. Commence for Wheat is offensive in nature, allowing it to provide value to your crop every year.

Unlike inoculants the active ingredients in Commence for Wheat are released in the soil after planting where they stimulate naturally occurring microorganisms to improve plant vigor, root structure and overall plant health.

“Our wheat seed coating is active and goes out into the rhizosphere, the area around the root, and that’s where the plant gets all its nutrients for a much larger root structure. Commence is an offensive seed coating that positively affects the rhizosphere rather than a coating that sits on the seed and waits for something to attack,” Johnson said.

Commence for Wheat is a highly compatible seed coating that enhances drought tolerance by helping wheat plants become healthier and more efficient when less water is available. Multiple European trials reinforce several years of research conducted in the U.S. which demonstrate that Commence for Wheat consistently increases yield.

“We started working on Commence for Wheat three years ago. After extensive lab, greenhouse and field research were conducted to optimize the formula and rates; we are confident that Commence for Wheat is a product that consistently improves soil and plant health,” Johnson said.

Commence for Wheat is built on two exclusive technologies. Patented Microbial Catalyst® technology increases the number and activity of soil microorganism that liberate the nutrients plants require to thrive. Commence uses a unique encapsulation technology. This film-forming polysaccharide adheres the active ingredients in Commence to the seed and then releases them after planting for maximum benefit.

Commence for Wheat is classified as a liquid micronutrient fertilizer blend in compliance with EU regulation 2003/2003.

About Agnition

Agnition is a brand of Ralco, a third-generation family owned multinational company, including a headquarters in The Netherlands, with distribution in more than 30 countries. A leading global provider of crop enhancement products, livestock nutrition and animal health products; Ralco supports large segments of the livestock, poultry, aquaculture and crop industries.

For more information contact: Glenn Bader (507) 337-6867


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