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The genetic potential of crops has risen due to advances in agricultural inputs and farming practices but plant stresses such as heat, drought and salinity still limit crop yields worldwide. Crop enhancement technology mitigates these effects.
What is crop enhancement?
New to the USA: Fortalis® for soybean

Our comprehensive trial programme proved a 4.8 bushel per acre yield uplift when Fortalis® was used in a tank mix with the grower's preferred soybean foliar fungicide.

  Annual Report 2016
 

Closing the yield gap: taking crop enhancement to new markets

Our Annual Report 2016 is available to view and download now

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Key crops: soybean stats

Small beans, big numbers.

Why are soybeans such a big deal in Brazil, the USA and Argentina (among many more countries worldwide)?

  • Protein power - these little beans contain lots of protein
  • Global crop - they are grown on 121m hectares of land globally
  • Multi-uses - we eat them and they can even provide fuel but most of them feed the world's cows, pigs and chickens
Products and crops: global map

Plant impact is developing a complete portfolio of crop enhancement products for the world’s most important agricultural crops.

Our news
06 3 2017

Today Plant Impact plc (AIM: PIM) published its interim trading statement for the six months to 31 January 2017.

 

22 2 2017

New soybean yield enhancement product launched for 2017 US growing season

Plant Impact, a leader in research and development in crop enhancement products that growers can rely on to improve the yield and quality of their crops, is pleased to announce its US launch of Fortalis®, a yield-enhancing foliar spray for soybean.

Fortalis® is proven to maximize soybean yield potential for US growers when applied with a foliar fungicide, particularly premium strobilurin, triazole and SDHI chemistries. 

US trials show 4.8 bushels per acre uplift when used in a tank mix with a foliar fungicide
A comprehensive replicated trial program in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and an extensive 2016 on-farm commercial trial program was conducted across prime soybean acres in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi.  A summary of all 147 treatment comparisons showed an average yield improvement of 4.8 bushels per acre when used in a tank mix with the grower’s preferred soybean foliar fungicide and as part of their usual application program to protect from foliar disease and maximize yield.

Fortalis® contains the second generation of Plant Impact’s patented CaT™ technology, a synthetic molecule which enhances the mobilization of calcium within plant tissue, improving the fixation of flowers and pods in soybean and resulting in an improvement in yields. The first generation of CaT™ technology has been helping Brazilian growers to improve yields for four years as part of the Group’s successful Veritas® soybean product.

Plant Impact is also proud to announce that in 2017 Fortalis® will be available to retailers and growers through the following trusted distributors across key soybean-growing states:

 Helena Chemical Company
• GROWMARK
• Van Diest Supply Company

Mike Eade, Plant Impact US Commercial and Marketing Director, commented:

“We are delighted to be introducing Fortalis® to help US soybean growers to drive yield and overall profitability in this 2017 season.  Growers across the US are facing challenging economic conditions and there is no better time to seek new ways to find more value from the same acres.  Fortalis®, along with a preferred strobilurin, triazole or SDHI chemistry can help those growers to improve yields and profits.  Fortalis® has also achieved our ground-breaking Quality Standard, a biostimulant industry first for efficacy, innovation, safety and compliance. We are proud to be working with some of the very best distributors in the United States and look forward to launching Fortalis® with these partners to improve soybean plant health and bring more value to our grower customers.”

Further information on the technology behind Fortalis®, its field research data, the results from the 2016 on-farm testing program, and the resulting application and timing instructions for best-use are available at www.fortalisyields.com

Plant Impact representatives will be available to meet with retailers and grower customers at Commodity Classic, San Antonio, March 2 - 4 at booth 233

For further information, contact:

Mike Eade, Commercial and Marketing Director, USA   Tel:  +1 984 465 4188
Ailish Tracy, Global Communications Manager, UK   Tel: +44 1582 465 540
www.fortalisyields.com


08 2 2017

New Plant Impact Quality Standard: industry first for transparency on efficacy, innovation,  safety and compliance


Plant Impact plc, is pleased to announce the launch of the Pi Quality Standard.  A first for the fast developing biostimulant industry sector; this standard sets demanding and transparent requirements in product efficacy, innovation, safety and compliance.

 

Why?  Our growing industry sector is awash with confusing claims but shares very little data, resulting in scepticism that holds back adoption of new technologies which can make a big difference to farm yields and grower income. We believe that we need to step forward to shine a light on the efficacy, innovation, safety and regulatory compliance needed to push the industry forward.  

Our management and R&D teams have many years of experience working in the agrochemical and seed industries, and we are drawing on this background to create an industry-leading framework.

The Quality Standard standard will only be awarded to Pi products that have completed comprehensive multi-year and multi-location trial programmes providing independently proven, statistically significant and transparent data on efficacy.  This and other criteria concerning safety and compliance, align with and exceed current industry guidelines and legal requirements to create a robust standard that we will monitor and report against annually. Full details of our 15 Quality Standard pledges are on our website www.PlantImpact.com/about-us/Pi-Quality-standard

Veritas® and Fortalis® – awarded first Quality Standards

At launch, Plant Impact are proud to announce that our soybean foliar sprays, Veritas® and Fortalis®, are our first products to achieve this standard. Other established and pipeline products are undergoing focused R&D trial work to build the volume of data required for the standard.

Veritas® is consistently delivering a 4-8% yield uplift per hectare to soybean growers in Brazil and this season, new product Fortalis® has proven an average 4.8 bushel per acre uplift when used with a fungicide by US soybean farmers.

John Brubaker, CEO of Plant Impact said “If crop enhancement technology and biostimulants more broadly are to make a global impact on the yield gap, we and our peers in this innovative industry sector must adopt transparent and robust practices.  Only then will we build trust among hard-working and savvy growers.  This Quality Standard marks our commitment to helping growers identify reliable new crop enhancement technologies in a fast-evolving and potentially confusing new sector.”

 

For further information, contact:                                                                            

Ailish Tracy, Global Communications Manager                                                    Tel: +44(0) 1582 465 542

Ailish.tracy@plantimpact.com                                                                                 www.plantimpact.com
02 2 2017

In agriculture, world-wide game-changers can come from anywhere and their experiences provide inspiration for us all.  We value innovators at Plant Impact and our team took time this January to celebrate the people and companies who have inspired us with their innovation, creativity and dedication in improving crop yields. We nominated forward-thinking farmers keen to try new technology, ground-breaking agricultural scientists and the powerful impact of modern machinery.

Following a team vote, we found our top 5 Crop Yield Heroes:

Dr Norman Borlaug

Nominated by Matt Audley, KTP Post Doctoral Research Scientist
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr Borlaug had to be on our list.  Through his understanding of wheat physiology and genetics, his team developed high yielding, semi-dwarf varieties which made it possible for nations like Mexico, India and Pakistan to feed their people during the population expansion of the post-war era. Throughout his career Norman showed enormous dedication.  He faced scepticism towards his methods but remained a staunch proponent of the need to embrace science and technology to fight poverty. He is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation.

Dr Peter Jennings

Nominated by Anuradha Bansal, Research & Technical Analyst
Dr. Peter Jennings and his team saved India from brink of famine and hunger by developing the miracle rice IR8 and November 2016 marked the 50th birthday of that discovery. It became popular with farmers because it had a short growth duration and a high-yield capacity related to its response to nitrogen fertilizer. The development of IR8 kickstarted the Green revolution in Asia by almost quadrupling rice production. India and Philippenes then became largest producers of rice owing to IR8 and its successor varieties. Scientists from Philippenes, India and US worked together in an unprecedented manner which was truly inspirational.  Anu said “Who knows…I might not be here if India didn't get its green revolution thanks to IRRI. Dr Jennings and his team are my personal heroes because they changed my country and saved the lives of millions!”

Sir John Bennett Lawes

Nominated by Dr Amarjit Basra, R&D Program Manager, Cereals
Sir John Bennet Lawes is Amarjit’s hero and he is said to be the originator of the principles of crop nutrition. His originality in applying chemistry to agriculture, first on plants in pots and then on a field scale, and the effects of those chemical substances on plant growth laid the foundations of modern agricultural science.

Sir John Bennet Lawes owned the Rothamsted Estate in Harpenden, England, and established the first of a series of long-term yield experiments in 1843, which continue to this day on the same site.   He initiated these with Joseph Henry Gilbert, a chemist and his scientific collaborator.  In fact, an American visitor to Rothamsted was heard to say of the Broadbalk wheat experiment, "Americans have learnt more from this field than from any other agricultural experiment in the world."  Amarjit says “Our Plant Impact HQ is on the Rothamsted Estate alongside our friends from Rothamsted Research and being surrounded by such agricultural heritage is truly inspirational.”

Massey Ferguson

Nominated by Dave McLellan, Market Development Agronomist, EMEA

The modern Massey Ferguson company has roots in Canada back in 1857.  Ingenuity and tough, reliable products made them instrumental in improving farm efficiency worldwide. Much later, in Belfast, Ireland, following WWII, Harry Ferguson was employed by the Irish Board of Agriculture to instruct farmers in ways to better use their tractors. He went on to revolutionise the farm machinery market. Further growth, development and mergers led to the birth of the Massey Ferguson company, eventually becoming the largest tractor company in the world and changing modern farming forever.  Dave McLellan nominated Massey Ferguson, saying “I’ve nominated a company rather than one individual but the creativity and quality delivered by Massey Ferguson so consistently over so many years has made a real difference to yields for farmers globally. From a personal perspective, my first tractor was a Massey 135 so I guess I may be a little biased too.”

Allison Hilgemberg, innovative soybean grower, Ponta Grossa, Brazil

Nominated by Guilherme Carvalho, Marketing Manager, Brazil
Allison’s farm is in Paraná state, Brazil. He currently plants around 900 hectares of soy and drybeans. He is well known among the grower community in Brazil for his tenacity and his innovative approach. A great influencer, he continually pushes the boundaries and becomes an early adopter of new technologies to take his own yields higher and share his experiences with neighbouring growers. In the 2014/15 season Allison was the Brazilian CESB group champion of productivity for soybeans, harvesting 141 bags per hectare.  This was an annual record but also the best level of soybean productivity per hectare since the beginning of this important regional competition.

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09 12 2016

Today Plant Impact plc (AIM: PIM) will hold its Annual General Meeting at 9.00am at Rothamsted (RoCRE), Harpenden, UK.

Ahead of the Annual General Meeting, the Group announces a trading update for the three-month period ended 31 October 2016.

Read the trading update in full

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