Locus Agriculture Unveils Six New Biological In-Furrow and Seed Treatments
Rhizolizer® Duo Line Expansion Provides Distinct Advantages for Row Crop Farmers and the Seed Treatment Industry
SOLON, Ohio (February 1, 2024) – In a major advancement for row crop farming, Locus Agriculture (Locus AG) today announced the introduction of six new biological treatments to its Rhizolizer® Duo product line. Available immediately for in-furrow, and upstream and downstream seed applications, the biologicals meet the evolving needs of row crop farmers, seed treatment companies, agricultural retailers and distributors. The launch is a strategic response to the industry’s need for cost-effective, sustainable biologicals amidst rising input costs, which are identified as the primary threat to farm profitability.
The six Rhizolizer Duo additions include three in-furrow biologicals for corn, cotton and legumes, and three seed treatments for wheat and cereals, soybeans and corn. The expansion caters to on-farm application, upstream treatment at seed production facilities or downstream at local retail locations, offering versatility to fit various agricultural practices. The in-furrow and seed treatments feature vital microbial strains that make them a significant advancement in agricultural biologicals.
“The Rhizolizer Duo biological expansion provides row crop farmers with an early advantage for higher yields and resource efficiency,” said Kade Haas, senior vice president of Locus AG. “It also gives seed treatment companies, ag retailers and distributors a competitive edge in the market by adding premium, high-performance biologicals to their portfolios that maximize seed performance and viability.”
Seed treatments play a critical role in today’s farming practices, with treated seeds currently being used on approximately 150 million acres of US cropland. The Rhizolizer Duo biological in-furrow and seed treatments offer an array of advantages that benefit the entire agriculture sector:
Endophytic Strains Improve Crop Productivity from Seed Planting
The Rhizolizer Duo biologicals feature vital endophytic microbial strains that enter plant tissue, promoting early growth and development while enhancing nutrient use efficiency. Treating seeds or in-furrow with these novel strains starts crops with a robust foundation at planting. Initial data confirms substantial yield increases, including up to 9.4 more bushels per acre on average using the corn in-furrow application.
Versatile Treatment Applications Drive Widespread Biological Adoption
Agricultural biologicals are a top trend for 2024, but widespread adoption requires them to be easily implemented into current farming practices. The Rhizolizer Duo in-furrow and seed treatments are designed to fit seamlessly into any input method, including applications upstream at seed treatment facilities, downstream at retail treaters and directly on the farm. The biologicals offer a head start to microbial benefits and boost overall plant productivity.
Carbon Sequestration Benefits Expand Biological Use in Carbon Farming
As part of their crop productivity benefits, the microbes in the new biological seed treatments can lead to increased carbon sequestration. Because of this, farmers can utilize the novel biologicals as eligibility to participate in Locus AG’s CarbonNOW® carbon farming program. According to carbon experts, farmers that use the biologicals with other regenerative practices can generate up to 3x more carbon credits per acre.
Sustainability Creates Emergence of Natural Seed Treatment Category
Locus AG’s new biologicals offer a proactive solution to environmental concerns and pressure for closer regulation of seed treatments. The fermentation-produced microbial products are 100% bio-based and align with the emerging category of natural seed treatments. They address growing demand for sustainable agricultural inputs that meet environmental and regulatory scrutiny.
The Rhizolizer Duo in-furrow and seed treatments join Locus AG’s current box applied (BA) biological options. They are made in the USA and available immediately for upcoming planting. For more details on product specifics, availability and how they can benefit farming and ag retail operations, visit LocusAG.com.
About Locus Agriculture
Locus Agriculture (Locus AG) is an agriculture biological company that consistently pairs the most vital inputs with data-driven guidance to help growers achieve more productive, sustainable crops. Its globally recognized CarbonNOW® carbon farming program gives farmers a new way to boost yields, profit and accelerate carbon sequestration while reducing operating costs and environmental impact. Locus AG gets its core scientific capabilities from its parent company, Locus Fermentation Solutions (Locus FS), an Ohio-based green technology powerhouse. Because of this, the process, team and partnerships are unmatched in the industry. For more information, visit LocusAG.com.