Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/
-- Sound Agriculture's flagship product, SOURCE™, provides a
new option for growers looking to support positive environmental
practices and maintain or boost yield. SOURCE has been shown to
provide the equivalent of 25-50 lbs of nitrogen per acre for corn
growers, helping to optimize nitrogen application while improving
return on investment (ROI).
SOURCE grows corn more efficiently by reducing the need for
nitrogen fertilizer by 25-50 lbs per acre.
Nitrogen is the most essential nutrient for plant growth, yet
overuse of nitrogen fertilizers can have significant environmental
consequences. Up to 30-50% of applied nitrogen fertilizer is not
used by the plant. Unused fertilizer can pollute waterways, degrade
soil health, and contribute to climate change by releasing nitrous
oxide (N2O) into the atmosphere, which has 300 times the
heat-trapping effect of carbon dioxide. In addition, nitrogen
fertilizer is the most expensive nutrient input for growers,
costing $50-75 per acre for the
average U.S. corn farmer, up to 15% of overall operating costs.
SOURCE is a microbiome activator that unlocks both nitrogen
and phosphorus to increase nutrient use efficiency. SOURCE
stimulates the soil microbes that fix nitrogen and solubilize
phosphorus, making optimal use of existing nutrients and providing
a new option to growers looking to maximize profitability while
supporting environmental wellbeing.
Four years of field trials show that growers can improve ROI
multiple ways using SOURCE.
- Those who use nitrogen fertilizer efficiently can add SOURCE to
increase corn yields an average of 7.5 bushels per acre with an 83%
- Those with less efficient nitrogen fertilizer practices can use
SOURCE to provide the equivalent of 25-50 lbs of nitrogen per acre
while maintaining yield, greatly reducing input costs.
"If we look at the U.S. corn market, national yields continue to
trend higher, but at an increasing cost to profitability and the
environment. It takes more nitrogen to grow a bushel of corn today
than it did 50 years ago, which is not a sustainable trend," said
Jeff Divan, Senior Manager of Sales
Agronomy, Sound Agriculture. "As a grower myself, having a product
like SOURCE that allows us to grow corn more efficiently while
reducing impact on the land is a huge step forward."
Results from 2020 trials at multiple locations showed that using
SOURCE enabled the reduction of 25 lbs of nitrogen while
maintaining or increasing yield. In certain locations and soil
types, SOURCE enabled the reduction of 50 pounds of nitrogen while
"We are using chemistry that enhances the natural abilities
within the plant to improve yields and environmental outcomes
without adding complexity for the grower," said Adam Litle, CEO, Sound Agriculture. "SOURCE
checks all the boxes. We sold out last year and, thanks to 10x
higher production volume and top notch retail partners, are able to
get SOURCE into the hands of more growers for the 2021 season."
Growers and service providers can learn more about how to
maximize SOURCE benefits for their specific fields by contacting
About Sound Agriculture
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natural power of plants to meet the demands for more diverse and
nutritious food. Innovative, on-demand crop solutions allow
agriculture to adapt faster to climate change and evolving consumer
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