Excellence in Asia-Pacific agricultural crop production
Staying at the front of the pack is never easy. As Agspec’s Andrew Glynn says, “We learnt early on that there is enormous benefit in employing field researchers to test products on crops and prove the economic benefit to farmers. Within a few seasons we can refine the dosages and spray timings to get the most from the technologies we are using”.
Agspec has a determination to understand the crops grown in the region, and we are work with a wide variety of crops. From wheat, barley, grain legumes, canola and rice in large farming systems, to high input fruit and vegetable operations, as well as large-scale corporate farms growing pineapples and bananas. This year we have 16 field trials running just on sugar cane with bio-stimulants and crop protection products. Tests are also ongoing on more complex crops like durian, black pepper and cocoa.
In 2013 Agspec Australia launched its Rapisol® chelated micronutrient range. We invested considerable money in field-testing the Rapisol® range, identifying and refining a number of formulations and combinations in order to determine the right balance for growers. These products have been a hit with our Aussie farmers. As our Australian manager, Jonathon Lillecrapp recalled “We held off on a launch until we were truly confident of delivering the best possible products delivering both technical excellence and maximum yields to the market, and the results have been excellent”.
Agspec’s current research involves our Irish sourced Atlantik® and AgseaBio® Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed extracts. Our University partners are evaluating interactions on specific genes, and correlating these through field research. We can measure which metabolic pathway is being activated in the plant by testing the activity of different genes after the product has been applied.
Agspec’s continued investment in field research will continue to aid the prosperity and well being of our farming partners, and keep us at the forefront of our industry.