New Product: AGpHRx from Nano Ag Technologies

Biocatalyst-infused product dramatically reduces water usage while increasing overall yield

Published online: Jan 11, 2018 Fertilizer, New Products
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Considering today’s low commodity prices, growrs cannot afford to waste chemicals, fertilizer or even irrigation water. That’s why a growing number of producers are adding AGpHRx from Nano Ag Technologies to the water that goes into tank mixes and irrigation pivots. AGpHRx is a novel, biological-based, sustainable solution designed to instantly lower pH and water hardness for long-term stability. AGpHRx blends with most herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers and micronutrients, and it improves the solubility and effectiveness of those products through improved foliar and ground penetration.

Justin Brester, who grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa near Howells, Neb., says he’s never seen corn emerge out of the ground as quickly as it did last spring after he added AGpHRx to his in-furrow starter mix at planting time.

“The corn was out of the ground in about five days,” Brester says. “Between the extra oxygen the product adds to the soil and the way it enhances the effectiveness of the fertilizer and micronutrients, we’ve seen amazing benefits.

“I also wanted to stay away from adding more salts in the furrow,” Brester adds, “So all of the products in the mix, which I blend myself, have less than 2 percent salt.”

On the other hand, AGpHRx separates salt that is already in the soil into the separate sodium and chloride components, making sodium available for the plant to utilize. After salt becomes bio-available, a plant can use up to 30 to 40 percent of it.

However, Douglas Stengel, president and CEO of Nano Ag Technologies, says that crops benefit even more from the way AGpHRx makes well water mimic the chemistry of rain water.

“Oxygen gas, which is vital to plant growth, is one of the most important elements collected from falling rainwater,” says Stengel. “Unfortunately, dissolved oxygen is quickly lost and is even less present in well water than it is in lakes and ponds. AGpHRx makes well water better balanced than rain water. It helps maintain and keep the pH stable until water is absorbed into the soil and taken up by the plants. That helps increase yields and lowers the cost per acre.”

Soil pH affects more than soil acidity, though, according to Stengel. It also affects soil conductivity and electrochemical balance. Plants like soybeans, alfalfa and clovers, he says, tend to take up more cations or minerals in proportion to anions, depending on soil pH. This causes H+ ions—which are accumulated as ammonium and converted to nitrates—to be released from plant roots in their efforts to maintain the electrochemical balance within their tissues based on the conductivity of soil. The result is a net soil acidification due to increased conductivity as soil pH fluctuates. AGpHRx helps reverse the damage caused by high-salt, chemical-based fertilizers and improves the balance in subsoil acidity and conductivity.

John Troutman, owner of Troutman Agri Solutions in Marienthal, Kan., attests to the effectiveness of AGpHRx when added to irrigation water. In fact, AGpHRx is the only thing several of his customers have added to the water applied to alfalfa fields.

“We’ve done side-by-side trials with and without AGpHRx added to the water applied through the pivots, and we found that the alfalfa in the treated plot had bigger, healthier plants with more leaves and produced a higher yield and an increase in relative feed value,” says Troutman. “By treating that well water, we’re releasing the dissolved minerals in the water so they become bio-available to the plants. At the same time, we’re adding a huge dose of carbon, oxygen and energy to that water, which gives the plants a real shot in the arm.”

Troutman says he has also found that soil irrigated with AGpHRx-treated water stays wet a little longer, which translates into fewer rotations of the pivot and a measurable savings in water. Some estimate up to a 30 percent savings in water alone.

In the meantime, AGpHRx releases the calcium, clay and zinc that cause compaction, allowing water and plant roots to more easily penetrate the soil, reducing compaction and further conserving water.

As an added bonus, AGpHRx in a tank mix or center pivot supply line helps remove and dissolve calcium deposits and rust from spray jets and keeps lines and nozzles free from buildups and clogs from fertilizers and chemicals.

Contact Nano Ag Technologies, LLC at (785) 477-9118 or www.nanoagtechnologies.com.