Feb. 14, 2019
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
Brandt do Brasil announced the launch of the Manni-Plex B-Moly, a unique technology that contains in its formulation natural elements that promote the mobility of boron by the phloem. This leads to the mobility of the system of the nutrient, supplying the nutritional needs required by the crop and reducing the toxicity of herbicides in cotton.
The manufacturer warns that the use of some herbicides - mainly glyphosate
- can reduce productivity by 5% to 10%. The main symptoms are the reduction of aerial and root size, necrosis, wilting, epithelia (mainly curling of the leaves), chlorosis, albinisms (bleaching), shrinkage, and loss of the photosynthetic area.
According to Brandt, Manni-Plex B-Moly reduces the damage caused by herbicides to the crop, using technologies that promote the partial or total reduction of this phytotoxicity. "Brandt do Brasil also offers Brandt Smart Trio from the exclusive Smart System technology that contains elements that reduce herbicide toxicity in the main crop (cotton) without affecting weed control," said Pedro Afonso, Technical of Market Development - Great Cultures of Brandt do Brazil.
In addition, it has in its formulation several nutrients (nitrogen, sulfur, zinc, manganese and boron), which complement this protection against deleterious effects, nourishing the plant for the continuation of its normal vegetative development, ensuring a better vegetable and balanced nutrition," he added.
Still, according to surveys presented by Brandt, one of the main limiters of productivity in cotton is the lack of the element boron. This is one of the most demanding crops and also one of the plants that extract the most boron per ton produced.
"Boron is one of the most important and indispensable nutrients throughout the cotton cycle and has been neglected in the crop due to the use of conventional sources or wrong application times and/or poor quality products. Therefore, this element is often not used by the plant because of its immobility in the redistribution system by the phloem, not reaching the points of use," Afonso explained.
Brazil plans to increase its area of planting and cotton production. The Brazilian Association of Cotton Producers (Abrapa) estimates the planting area will grow by 26% and a productivity of around 1.7 thousand kilos of pen per hectare. With this, the increase in production will also be in the order of 26%, reaching 2.26 million tons of cotton.