As a grower, you understand the critical connection between the health of your soil and the quality of your crop production. Throughout the years, numerous probiotic soil treatments have been incorporated into the agricultural marketplace in order to increase plant strength, enhance growth rates, and help crops be more resistant to disease. While probiotics may be an effective means of enhancing plant nutrition, they are not without their shortcomings.
If you are searching for a natural way to decrease inputs while increasing your crop yields and profits, AgriGro® has a solution for you. We offer several prebiotic products that can help you achieve your production goals while enhancing soil health and increasing crop production. Let’s take a look at what makes our prebiotic formulations so effective.
Probiotics vs. Prebiotics for Crops
To understand the fundamental difference between probiotics and prebiotics, we must review the makeup of each treatment.
Probiotic formulations rely on live microbial strains to provide the majority of crop production benefits. Many of the numerous probiotic products available on the market today are not well suited for commercial agriculture application. Probiotics are somewhat unstable because they contain live microorganisms. Additionally, they:
- Only contain one to four strains of effective microorganisms
- Have a very short shelf life
- Are difficult to mix with fertilizers, pesticides, and other inputs
- Don’t feed native microbial populations in soil
Although probiotic treatments have become common in agricultural production in recent years, it is difficult to determine exactly how much benefit they provide. For example, the Oregon Department of Agriculture evaluated 20 probiotic products in 2015. All of these products were well within their label-displayed expiration date, and all claimed to contain four commonly guaranteed bacterial strains: Bacillus, Glomus, Pseudomonas, and Trichoderma.
The evaluation detected no live bacteria in at least one or more of the bacterial strains that the manufacturer claimed on the label. What’s more, only 25 percent of the products tested actually met its guaranteed label analysis. This information can be difficult to process, especially for growers who invest their hard-earned money on potentially unreliable products.
Here is where AgriGro can help your agricultural operations: unlike probiotic products that contain live bacteria, our exclusive formulations delivers an advanced prebiotic concentrate that contains no live bacteria. These innovative prebiotic formulations contain more than 400 different biomolecules that are naturally produced, making them some of the most complex in the industry today. Our prebiotic formulations have many advantages over probiotic formulations because they are:
- Stable. Our prebiotics have a long shelf life — four years or longer — because they do not contain live bacteria.
- Versatile and convenient. Our prebiotic products can be applied with fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides without concern.
- Environmentally beneficial. Prebiotics in our products significantly increase the thousands of beneficial native microbial species already residing in the soil.
Choose Prebiotic Plant Nutrition
Here at AgriGro, we understand the importance of the biological component of crop production, and we have been a leader in the field of prebiotic technology for agricultural use for more than 40 years. Our innovative prebiotic products are designed to help you grow higher quality, better yielding crops while lowering your production costs and reducing dependence on chemical inputs. It is our mission to provide sustainable, cutting-edge technologies that help farmers improve soil quality and crop production by maximizing biological performance by enhancing what nature has already provided, and we would love to do the same for your commercial agricultural operations. To learn more about SeedMaxx®, Ignite S2®, FoliarBlend®, Ultra®, and our other products, or to locate a dealer near you, contact our team today.