Biologicals provide growers with natural tools that complement their current production practices—such as protecting their crops from pests or enhancing plant resilience and growth—while providing sustainable tools to maximize crop potential. Each year, growers are facing increased pressure to meet demands for abundant, sustainable, high-quality outputs. In turn, we have seen a heightened need for innovative solutions that not only help farmer’s meet these demands, but also improve their bottom line.
Biologicals are a type of agriculture solution derived from natural materials. They are often living organisms and can be bacteria, amino acids, or plant extracts1. Building on processes that are already effective in nature and created in collaboration with some of the world’s leading innovators in biologicals, Corteva Agriscience has developed an industry-leading biologicals portfolio to help keep Canadian farms healthy and productive today and tomorrow.
At Corteva, we know innovation only matters if our advancements make a difference on Canadian farms. That’s why our biological products go through the same rigorous testing processes as any of our crop protection offerings, to verify safety, efficacy and enhance plant health and protection. Our knowledgeable field and agronomy teams also have boots on the ground across Canada so they can provide expert recommendations on how biological products can complement and enhance existing farming practices.
Incorporating biologicals on the farm is like adding another tool to your toolbox. They are designed to be a complementary solution to persistent challenges such as resistance management, environmental impact, and nitrogen loss in soil. Take conventional nitrogen fertilizer, for example. While it will remain critical in Canadian farming for years to come, it can be subject to loss varying from 25-60% depending on environmental conditions2. Identifying this clear need in the market, Corteva recently introduced Utrisha™ N nutrient efficiency biostimulant to help growers maximize the potential of crops like canola, corn, cereals, and soybeans.
Designed to be used in conjunction with conventional fertilizer, Utrisha N enhances and diversifies nitrogen programs by providing a supplemental and continuous source of nitrogen. As a result, Utrisha N helps to maximize plant growth and crop potential by improving the nitrogen availability in the plant throughout the growing season, resulting in healthier and more resilient plants.
We develop our biological solutions to work side by side with evolving farming practices, with simple, flexible storage and application. In fact, according to a recent customer survey, 8 out of 10 growers plan to use Utrisha N again this year, with one user calling it “very easy to handle, great to tank mix and spray.”
Showing our continued commitment to both the biologicals category and to Canadian farmers, Corteva has also released a new formulation for Utrisha N that will further improve ease of use. This formulation provides additional tank-mix options as well as an expanded application window.
Biologicals are expected to represent approximately 25% of the overall crop protection market by 20353 as farmers around the globe seek new, proven options to increase production and sustainability. Growing the most productive crop possible In the coming years, Corteva biologicals will help the agriculture industry meet demands for affordable, abundant, high-quality food by protecting crops from pests and disease, enhancing plant health, and maximizing nutrition efficiency.
As a perfect complement to existing practices, biologicals will also help tackle the challenges of resistance management, preserve land for the future and, most importantly, enhance productivity and profitability for farmers across Canada.
To learn more, head to the Biologicals page.
2Cassman, K.G., Dobermann, Walters, 2002. Agroecosystems, Nitrogen-Use Efficiency, and Nitrogen Management. Agronomy & Horticulture— Faculty Publications. Paper 356