Keeping an Open Mind on the Future of Bio-Stimulants

If the word “biological” or “bio-stimulant” makes you think of fairy dust and unicorn hair, you’re not alone, but these once-mysterious and poorly-understood products are proving their worth in broadacre, commercial agriculture.

For example, large, science-based companies such as Monsanto and Alltech have joined in to the business of biological field crop products that reach far beyond inoculants. From soil amendments, to crop health support, to yeasts, bacteria, amino acids and more, biologicals are gaining ground in North America.

I sat down with Colin Richardson, with Alltech Crop Science, to talk about bio-stimulants, what farmers can expect from product offerings, and, yes, even tackle that oft-used “snake oil” term when we talk about new products.


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