Aug 2, 2023Locus Agriculture expands biologicals line
Locus Agriculture has expanded its biological line.
The move comes as rising prices and fertilizer availability threaten crop productivity and profitability, U.S. farmers are turning to new biologicals.
Biologicals can significantly boost return on investment by up to $4,000 per acre. The products are part of an expansion of Solon, Ohio, based Locus Agriculture’s award-winning trademarked Rhizolizer product line, and feature crop-specific formulas that ensure broader availability, according to a news release.
Rhizolizer is a line of agricultural biologicals composed of carefully selected strains of endophytic microbes tailored to specific crops. The biologicals are designed to colonize roots, promote early root development and boost productivity.
Locus AG Rhizolizer Biologicals expansion is set to include these products:
- Rhizolizer Duo for Berries & Melons
- Rhizolizer Duo for Fruits & Vegetables
- Rhizolizer Duo for Vineyards & Orchards
Third-party trials performed through Contract Research Organizations (CROs) confirmed an increase in yield and a return on investment for all crops studied using the new crop-specific Rhizolizer Duo biologicals, including:
- Strawberries: up to 1,523 more pounds per-acre and $4,190 return on investment (ROI).
- Tomatoes: up to 3,993 more pounds and $2,021 ROI.
- Peppers: up to 2,238 more pounds and $880 ROI.
- Grapes: up to 1,939 more pounds and $2,277 ROI.
“The new Rhizolizer Duo products contain proprietary Trichoderma and Bacillus strains that are scientifically proven to enhance crop performance,” David Dyson, Locus AG’s lead agronomist, said in the release. “This product line unlocks a host of benefits for farmers that wouldn’t otherwise be achievable.”
This expansion joins the Rhizolizer row crop line which includes Rhizolizer Duo, Rhizolizer Prime and Rhizolizer Organic. The new specialty crop products are available as a wettable powder that can be mixed into irrigation, making it easy to use with optimized application rates. The products possess higher CFU counts and more microbial activity compared to competitive products, according to the release.
Through the production of vital biologicals, Locus AG’s aim is to empower farmers to overcome the challenges of a volatile market and achieve unprecedented success. As a result, farmers can grow more profitable, productive and sustainable crops with this new specialty biological product line while maximizing crop yields and profitability, according to the release.
Locus Agriculture (Locus AG) is an agriculture biological company that pairs the most vital inputs with data-driven guidance to help growers achieve more productive, sustainable crops. Locus AG receives its core scientific capabilities from its parent company, Locus Fermentation Solutions (Locus FS), an Ohio-based green technology firm.