Jul. 13, 2017
Bayer has presented for seed treatment market two new inoculant technologies in Brazil.
According to Márcia Terzian, Seed Growth manager of the Crop Science division, the application of inoculants on seeds or the soils creates conditions for penetration into the root of the soybeans and increases the level of nitrogen in the plant, in quantities of over 300 kilograms of nitrogen per hectare.
The technology is simple and does not get lost in processes, such as leaching, denitrification and volatility. “Bayer provides for the producers two technologies of inoculants. In partnership with Novozymes, we developed the inoculant TSI, with high number of bacteria and this is aimed exclusively at industrial seed treatment. For the on-farm seed treatment, the solutions are the inoculant Biagro 10 and Biagro Líquido NG (with cell protector), which are already part of our portfolio.”
Both treatments have the same goal: to fix nitrogen, which is fundamental for the plants’ growth. In crops, for instance, the improvement of the initial development of the oilseed, as well as the plant’s health. “There are also other advantages, such as factors connected to the natural resistance, increase in foliar area and the plant’s root area (increase in the volume and length of the roots), and improvement of the absorption of water and soil nutrients. That is, there are diverse benefits of treating seeds with inoculants,” said the executive.
In this type of treatment, the equilibrium with other nutrients and micro-nutrients, results in strong plants and grains with better quality, once its use brings more efficiency of absorption and improvement in the nutrients of the oilseeds. Besides, the farmer can opt for formulations of fertilizer with zero nitrogen, optimizing investment in production and offering what the plant needs for its full development.
The soybean crop demands a large quantity of nitrogen to develop, due to the high protein content in seeds. According to studies from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa), it is estimated that for each metric ton of soybeans produced, 80 kilograms of nitrogen is necessary, which can be supplied by biological fixation.
Research by the institution indicates that even in some cultivated areas for long time, the process of re-inoculation offers an average increase of up to 8% in yields, because it reintroduces efficient bacteria annually with the seeds that contribute to this process. These results were obtained in over 80 tests conducted in Brazil in areas with a history of soybeans.