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−− The only n-fixing bacteria to fix N from within the plant cells is proving results with farmers

Jan. 7, 2020

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Jan. 7, 2020
Registered in 49 states, Envita is in its second year of commercial production in the US following a farm scale trial program in 2018 and 6 years of global research trials. A naturally-occurring, food-grade microbe that provides corn and other plants with the ability to fix their own nitrogen from the air, Envita is a (has) proven success with farmers throughout the US corn belt.

The season-long N fixation capability of Envita has been proven to reduce the need for applied N fertilizer on average 27% without impacting yield. Beyond the natural ability to fix nitrogen, the big advantage of (is) Envita is that the bacteria physically enters plant cells, grows as the plant grows and is available throughout the plant where growth is occurring. The peak nitrogen need is right before grain fill which ironically is a low point of synthetic nitrogen availability (after early season nitrogen applications have been used for vegetative growth and have been subject to leaching and volatalization). Envita bridges the gap between peak nitrogen need and lower synthetic nitrogen availability and provides nitrogen when and where it is needed throughout the season at the critical points of growth and yield development.
Corn growth stage chart with nitrogen need/availability
Applied in furrow, Envita colonizes a host plant and provides season-long nitrogen to every plant cell. Over 80% of trials from the 2018 Envita grower program saw a yield increase with an average 7bu/ac increase, further validating previous 6 years of research trials. The product is currently registered in 49 states in the US and available through leading US distribution channels or farmers can register online to secure their supply. 

“Farmers want the confidence to know how Envita performs consistently at the farm level in growing conditions similar to their own,” explains Nolan Berg, President Azotic North America, “With trials across the corn belt, now they can use Envita with confidence in combination with their regular fertility program for a yield boost or to deliver same yields using less nitrogen.”

Missouri grower, Bo Raulerson achieved a 14% yield increase in his Envita corn trial. “Envita gives me the chance to fix what I don’t have a chance to do myself, whether it’s too much rain or we have other delays. So many things can go wrong on any given day, it’s good to know with Envita the plant can hold itself until I get there. You don’t want the plant to suffer because our timing is off.” Raulerson ordered 1,600 acres of Envita for his 2019 season.
Envita expands production to meet growing demand in 2020

With commercial success in 2019, Envita has increased production and made more acres available for growers to purchase in 2020. Farmers are still encouraged to register for acres or even buy online to secure supply for the spring as early registrations and sales are already high for the 2020 growing season.

With 49 states now registered for use, Envita is also offering a Performance Guarantee program for 2020, where farmers can try Envita completely risk-free. The guarantee is built on the fact that Envita delivers, on average, a 7-10 bu/ac yield increase in corn and rarely delivers an increase of less than 3 bu/ac, roughly the yield difference required to cover the costs.

Growers can purchase Envita by registering online.

For more information contact:

Mary Fearon, Director Communications
Azotic North America
About Envita

Envita is a naturally-occurring, food grade microbe that provides plants with the ability to fix their own nitrogen from the air replacing an average of 27% of their nitrogen needs in corn.  When applied in furrow or on seed, Envita grows with the plant, metabolizing nitrogen from the atmosphere (which is 78% nitrogen). Growers can choose to use Envita with their regular fertility program for a yield boost or deliver same yields using less nitrogen.

“Row crop farmers are quite familiar with the natural nitrogen fixing abilities of crops like soybeans.  Now imagine that crops like corn can also fix nitrogen on their own and not just in the roots – throughout the entire plant, all season long.  It’s like turning crops into nitrogen-fixing machines,” says Erika Wagner, Chief Agronomist North America, Azotic.  “Whether farmers are looking to boost their yields, reduce their nitrogen, or both, Envita provides options.”

Unlike rhizobia, which does not begin forming nodules until the root system is taking form, Envita starts to fix nitrogen very quickly and lasts all season long. This provides the plant with an additional source of nitrogen during critical growth periods where nitrogen loss may occur due to environmental conditions.

For decades, farmers have benefited from the naturally occurring bacteria Rhizobia, which fixes N in soybeans and other legume crops. However, there are two big differences between Rhizobia and Envita. The first major difference is that Envita fixes N in corn and other crops beyond legumes. The second is how Envita fixes N from within the plant cells and throughout the entire plant, as opposed to fixing N from nodules at the roots.

Extensive research and farm trials prove Envita performance

In 2018, 50 farm trials were conducted in 11 US states. Over 80% of the trials saw a yield increase with an average 7bu/ac increase, further validating previous 6 years of research trials. Now in its second year of commercial availability, the revolutionary nitrogen-fixing Envita is making a difference with farmers.

But research started long before that, in fact - Envita was originally discovered in 1988 and has been under development ever since, with a focus on North American crops since 2012. Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus or Gd for short is the primary ingredient of Envita and isolating this particularly robust strain of Gd to perform across all crops and conditions took decades before it was found, researched and patented. In 2013, Envita started doing small plot and farm scale trial across Canada and the US in preparation to launch in the US in 2019. Envita, along with a team of leading agronomists are committed to advancing the space for nitrogen solutions. 

Envita has also been submitted for registration in Canada, with the goal of commercial availability by the 2021 growing season.

About Azotic North America

Azotic North America was formed to introduce this natural nitrogen-fixing technology to farmers in North America. With a North American offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, Guelph, Ontario and a global office in Nottingham, UK, Azotic has taken more than 20 years of academic research and created the first large scale, commercially available nitrogen-fixation product and  is now offering it to farmers across the globe.   Finally, there is no compromise between high yield production agriculture and nitrogen sustainability. 

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