Tradecorp | Australia https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au Tradecorp are a European multinational with factories in Spain and Ireland that manufacture specialty fertilisers including: EDTA Chelates, Humic Acids, Biostimulants including Ascophyllum nodosum extract, foliar fertilisers and water soluble fertilsers (WSF) suitable for use in most agriculture Thu, 19 Nov 2020 13:03:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Are you using a top quality Humic Fulvic Acid product? This is our checklist to find it out! https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/are-you-using-a-top-quality-humic-fulvic-acid-product-this-is-our-checklist-to-find-it-out/ Thu, 19 Nov 2020 13:00:06 +0000 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/?p=5445 One of the biggest challenges in the Humic Acid industry is the lack of tests that measure the quality of Humic Fulvic acids and not just their quantity. Challenged by this situation, we carried out an insightful market study with the objective of better understanding what is for sale in the international Humic Fulvic Acids market. From […]

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One of the biggest challenges in the Humic Acid industry is the lack of tests that measure the quality of Humic Fulvic acids and not just their quantity.

Challenged by this situation, we carried out an insightful market study with the objective of better understanding what is for sale in the international Humic Fulvic Acids market. From the results, we have developed a series of indicators that could help in the assessment of the quality of Humic and Fulvic Acid products. Here you have our checklist to assess the quality of Humic and Fulvic acids and some of the most interesting findings.

1. Quantity: does the label match the real contents inside the bottle?

A high quality Humic Fulvic Acid would obviously contain or exceed the concentration of Humic and Fulvic Acids that the manufacturer has declared on their own label. However, in our study we found out that more than 50% of the products in the international market did not meet the concentration or quantity of Humic Fulvic Acids that were declared on the manufacturers own label.

In some cases, this could be related to the varied tests used in different countries or by different companies. However, the most concerning was that a high proportion of the products that did not achieve the declared label concentration could never have reached their declared content, regardless of the test used.

 

2. Is it 100% soluble?

A high quality Humic Fulvic Acid product would incorporate only 100% soluble Humic Fulvic Acids to keep filters and drippers free from blockages. But, 1 in every 3 products contained high levels of fine insoluble particles that could potentially block irrigation equipment.

We found three main types of insoluble products:

  • precipitated Humic Fulvic Acids that had become insoluble during storage
  • remnants of the raw material that remained after processing
  • micronised raw materials

A high quality product is designed to avoid the precipitation of Humic Fulvic Acids during storage and across seasons. Regarding raw materials, while it is inevitable that a small quantity of these will remain in the final product, there were large variations in insolubles levels between the products analysed. Most high quality Humic Acids should not contain any raw material remnants that will not pass through a 200 mesh (74 micron) sieve to minimise the risk of blockages.

In some cases, when the insoluble particles of the product were removed, there were little to no soluble Humic Fulvic Acids remaining. This indicates that micronised Leonardite, or other unrefined or unpurified micronised materials were utilised in the product. As a result, the Humic and Fulvic Acids in these particular products would not have been available in the soil, or to plants, possibly for decades.

A high quality Humic Fulvic product would be highly refined by the manufacturer, with all of the Humic Fulvic Acids delivered in a soluble form (either liquid or highly soluble granule / powder) for immediately functionality when applied to the soil, or sometimes in the case of Fulvic Acids the crop.

 

3. Which raw material does it use?

With so many sources of Humic Fulvic Acids now available in the market a high quality Humic Fulvic Acid product should be derived from well-researched, established, natural sources of Humic Fulvic Acids. Novel sources of Humic Fulvic Acids, with no scientific literature to validate their claims, should be treated with caution.

American Leonardite is a safe bet when dealing with this indicator. American Leonardite remains the most widely studied and understood source of all supplementary Humic Fulvic Acids sources in the international market.

 

4. What is the pH?

At a simpler level, the pH of the liquid Humic Fulvic Acid product, while still in the bottle, can give some useful indications:

  • A pure liquid Humic Fulvic Acid product (e.g. one that is not mixed with NPK, etc) with a high proportion of Humic Acids will typically have a pH close to 11
  • A product that is high in Fulvic Acids will usually have a pH around pH 6 – 7
  • A product with more equal proportions of both Humic and Fulvic Acids will often have a pH of about 9

Of course, this is only an indicative test. pH can be influenced by other factors, so it does not indicate quality by itself. However, these indicators can still be useful for growers and distributors when reviewing products side by side and a no-frills, low-cost pH meter is all that is needed.

For example, if a product claims very high Humic Acid proportions, relative to Fulvic Acids, but the pH is 8, this indicates contradictory information as a product very high in Humic Acids should have a pH closer to 11. Similarly, a product that claims high Fulvic Acids but has a pH of 10 is also indicating contradictory information, as it would be expected to have a lower pH and this would also call into question the quality of the product as data and product claim are not aligned.

 

5. What colour is your product?

Humic Acids tend to have a black colour, whereas Fulvic Acids are often brown. While this is a subjective indicator, and can be influenced by extraction process or manipulated, it is a quick and low-cost way for growers and distributors when looking for contradictory indicators that can call a product’s quality into question. A high quality product rich in Humic Acids will usually have strong black colour and a high quality product rich in Fulvic Acids will have a lighter caramel or brown colour.

 

6. Cutting Edge Technologies to assess the quality of Humic Fulvic Acids

A Humic Fulvic Acid product usually contains 10’s or 100’s of different types of Humic and Fulvic Acids. One of the most detailed and effective qualitative tests that can be used to analyse both quantity and theoretical quality of Humic Fulvic Acids is pyrolysis gas chromatography mass spectrometry (py-gcms).

Py-gcms is an analysis method that allows all the different types, and sizes, of Humic Fulvic Acids in a product to be analysed, quantified, and visualised. It is so accurate that it can be described as a creating a chemical fingerprint, identifying the individual Humic or Fulvic Acids at a chemical level, as well as their concentration.

This method is so detailed that in effect it allows each product to be more or less identified back to the manufacturer, even without product labels or other identifying features. So, two companies can take the same raw material, for example American Leonardite, and through using their differing Humic Fulvic Acid extraction processes, each resultant product will have different quantities of each individual Humic and Fulvic acids type in the final product. This explains why Humic Fulvic Acid products extracted from similar raw materials do not always perform the same in the field.

These cutting-edge techniques, while still expensive and requiring extremely specialised equipment, are increasingly available and offering new insights into the differences in quantity and quality of Humic Fulvic Acid.

 

7. What are the agronomic results?

Of course, the true and best test of the quality of Humic Fulvic Acids is performance in the field. Humic and Fulvic acids have differing results in soil or plants with each having differing strengths. Knowing the relative strengths of each before selecting a product allows growers and distributors to choose the option that is best suited to their particular agronomic needs.

  • Humic Acids are typically most effective at improving root biomass and have a strong secondary effect of strengthening soil structure. They should be applied directly to the soil as a soil spray, drench, or fertigation.
  • Fulvic Acids also have positive root biomass effects, but their effect is shorter as they degrade quicker. High quality Fulvic Acids are generally recognised as having a higher nutrient complexing capacity in soil and when tankmixing, compared with Humic Acids. Thanks to their smaller relative size and higher nutrient complexing capacity, Fulvic Acids have better foliar absorption potential compared to Humic Acids.

For best agronomic efficiency, co-application to soil of high quality Humic and Fulvic Acids will give the best combination of rooting, soil structure and nutrient recovery.

It is important to emphasise that all crop types will respond to high quality Humic Fulvic Acids when applied to soil to promote root growth. However, the quantity of root produced and other agronomic effects vary and depend both on the quality and quantity of Humic and Fulvic Acids used, as well as the individual crop type to which they were applied.

 

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The 7 major challenges in understanding humic acids https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/the-7-major-challenges-in-understanding-humic-acids/ Mon, 19 Oct 2020 23:56:10 +0000 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/?p=5440 The Humic Acid market remains one of the most challenging, confusing, and least understood aspects of the global agricultural input market. Tradecorp analysed the industry in detail and highlights the 7 major challenges for the humic acid industry on this article. 1. First of all, what does the term “Humic Acids” refer to? In simple […]

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The Humic Acid market remains one of the most challenging, confusing, and least understood aspects of the global agricultural input market. Tradecorp analysed the industry in detail and highlights the 7 major challenges for the humic acid industry on this article.

1. First of all, what does the term “Humic Acids” refer to?

In simple terms “general” Humic Acids can be described as all of the various organic acids derived from humus. Humus is the organic portion of soil, which is formed from the decomposed remains of plants, animals and soil microbiota. Humic Acids can be further subdivided into Humic Acids and Fulvic Acids, however for the purposes of this article we refer to them collectively as Humic Fulvic Acids.

2. One or many different Humic and Fulvic Acids?

When a retailer or grower buys a Humic Fulvic Acid product, they are in fact buying a combination of 10’s or 100’s of different Humic and Fulvic Acids and not a singular Humic Acid or singular Fulvic Acid. When a manufacturer extracts Humic and Fulvic Acids from a raw material, such as Leonardite, the extraction contains a mixture of 1000’s of different individual types of Humic and Fulvic Acids. Within this mixture, each individual Humic Fulvic Acid has a slightly different chemical formula from the other and also a different effect on root and plant growth.

However, using conventional tests, it is difficult to separate or identify each different Humic and Fulvic Acid. What is inside the bottle is a combination of all the different individual Humic and Fulvic Acid types mixed together in one product, whereas the Humic Fulvic Acid content on the label will only reflect the total quantity.

3. The amount of Humic and Fulvic Acids in the bottle?

Nitrogen is tested, quantified and declared the same way in most countries around the world. However, when we talk about Humic Fulvic Acids, there are as many different tests for determining Humic Fulvic Acid content as there are days in the week, and each country often seems to have a different way of regulating Humic Fulvic Acids!

For example, some countries require the same standardised test be used on all Humic Fulvic Acid products, which gives some degree of cross comparison capability. However, in contrast, other countries allow different Humic and Fulvic Acids tests to be used on products that will be eventually be sold side by side.

The different Humic and Fulvic Acid tests will give different results, although they might be measuring the same thing! Differences of more than 20% are not uncommon between different testing methods and thus, there is often no way for retailers and growers to compare one product with the other, even by reading the label!

4. Manipulation of Humic and Fulvic Acid tests

All testing methods have both strengths and weaknesses and for the various Humic and Fulvic Acid tests it is no different.

One weakness that many of the tests suffer from is that if the raw material that contains Humic Fulvic Acids is micronised to a very fine size, and then added to the product, the aggressive nature of the Humic Fulvic Acids tests will detect the unextracted Humic and Fulvic Acids in the raw material, even though these may not be available for 10´s or 100´s of years.

In most cases the grower is usually paying for Humic Fulvic Acids that are readily plant / soil available and this is what should be inside the bottle… but this is not always the case.

5. Use of inconsistent language and exaggerated claims

This is responsibility of both manufacturers and governments around the world. It is common to see words such as potassium humate, humates, humus, compost, organic matter, humic dust, manure etc., – all of which mean different things – used interchangeably when talking about Humic Fulvic Acids.

High quality Humic Fulvic Acids are fantastic for improving the Physical, Chemical and Biological properties of soil, while Fulvic Acids, in particular, can have an effect on crops when applied as a foliar product. However, it is not uncommon to see exaggerated claims in marketing materials as to what a Humic Fulvic Acid product can achieve. Humic Fulvic Acids are undoubtedly fantastic products, but every product has limitations.

6. Where do Humic and Fulvic Acids originate?

It may be difficult to believe, but even today the exact natural origin of Humic and Fulvic Acids in soil is not fully understood by scientists. Humic and Fulvic Acids are somehow derived from decaying plant residues, although the exact production pathway remains unclear. They can be extracted from various sources such as coal type materials, peat, worm castings, composts and soil.

Each of these sources of Humic Fulvic Acids produces a different combination of individual Humic and Fulvic Acids. As a result, it is not correct to compare a Humic Fulvic Acid product derived from, for example, American Leonardite with one from peat or worm castings, as the quantity of Humic Fulvic Acids gives no indication as to the chemical type or quality of each product.

In most cases, legislation will demand that total Humic and Fulvic Acids are declared on the label. However, the source, quality, strengths, weaknesses, and field performance of the unrelated Humic Fulvic Acid products may be very different and affect the end result that growers obtain from their investment in these types of product.

7. Lack of consistent tests to measure the quality of Humic Acids:

Globally, almost all government testing and registration protocols focus on quantitative Humic Acids tests to determine “how much” Humic Fulvic Acids are in the bottle, rather than utilising qualitative tests that measure and focus on “the quality” of the product in the bottle.

As a consequence, it is natural for both retailers and growers to be confused particularly when looking at crop results. Applying a small quantity of high quality Humic Fulvic Acids can give very good crop results, while applying much higher volumes of a low quality Humic Fulvic Acid product will not give the same effect.

These 7 challenges combine and make accurate description of Humic Fulvic Acid products one of the biggest challenges for the global Soil Amendment sector. To find out how Tradecorp’s is responding to this and also some pointers to help you identify products that may potentially be high quality, do not miss out on our next article. Coming soon!

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Success Story: Increasing profitability using a Tradecorp Salinity and Sodicity management program – Tradecorp Central Office – 20/08/2020 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/success-story-increasing-profitability-using-a-tradecorp-salinity-and-sodicity-management-program-tradecorp-central-office-20-08-2020/ Wed, 26 Aug 2020 23:24:46 +0000 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/?p=5412 Between 25 – 35% of worldwide agricultural lands are affected by salinity and sodicity which are two of the most difficult abiotic stresses to manage. Below we present a case study of a grower from Australia who used a Tradecorp salinity and sodicity management program. The strategy used products from the locally available portfolio and was […]

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Between 25 – 35% of worldwide agricultural lands are affected by salinity and sodicity which are two of the most difficult abiotic stresses to manage.

Below we present a case study of a grower from Australia who used a Tradecorp salinity and sodicity management program. The strategy used products from the locally available portfolio and was adapted to the specific field situation by the local Tradecorp Australia team.

Soil salinity and sodicity affects about 50% of Australia’s agricultural land. This Tradecorp program was used in Queensland in a clay loam soil that is naturally rich in Potassium and has a high natural fertility. Soils in the area are traditionally used for cultivating vegetable and root crops.

In recent years, the soil in the area has suffered from increasing salinity, partly due to the irrigation water, which also suffers from high salinity, in particular dissolved Sodium and Chlorides. Growers in the region practice good salinity and sodicity agronomic management practices, such as regular applications of Gypsum. However, due to limited rainfall the problem is increasing year on year.

The soil at study site (5 ha, Control – existing program, 5 ha Tradecorp program) was classified as highly / severely saline, and the irrigation water contained high Sodium and Chlorides and was classified as Class 4 (both classifications were under Australian standards). The soil had an organic matter content of 2 – 3%, high NPK, Calcium, Magnesium and micronutrient status. Soil EC was high at ~150 mS/m, had high Chlorides, Sodium was also high, bordering on sodicity. Overall the site of the study is representative of the soil conditions in the region in general.

The Tradecorp Australia team developed a salinity and sodicity strategy adapted to the local field and crop situation. The program consisted of:

  • Humifirst WG & Saltrad (soil applications)
  • Delfan Plus & Phylgreen (foliar applications)

The program was applied to transplanted Broccoli, (a moderately salt sensitive crop) that is grown under drip irrigation.

Dosage

  • Humifirst WG 5kg /ha 4 applications 1, 4, 7 and 9 weeks after planting
  • Saltrad 30L /ha 3 applications 1, 5 and 8 weeks after planting
  • Delfan Plus 4L /ha 3 applications 3, 5 and 7 weeks after planting
  • Phylgreen 2L /ha 4 applications 3,6 and 8 weeks after planting

The results: Outstanding outcome in yield and quality with Tradecorp salinity and sodicity program…

During crop growth, parameters such as root length and stem diameter were positively increased – indicating the benefits of the Tradecorp salinity and sodicity program during the growth phase. The crop was hand harvested, as is typical for Broccoli, and tracked through the processing and packing facility.

Total yield

At the first cut-out, yield was increased +34%, both through higher head weight, as well as a higher cut-out percentage.

At the second cut-out, yield was increased +38% giving a net total yield increase of +35%. The cut out was high enough in the Tradecorp Program that a 3 rd cut was not necessary and this also eliminated the labour cost associated with this.

Analysis of the data indicated that in addition to the higher yield achieved through the extra cut-out of the crop (almost 4000 extra heads were harvested /ha), the quality of the individual heads was also improved as outlined below.

Fig. 1 Quality Parameters – Head Size Distribution

Fig. 1 Broccoli Head Diameter distribution using Tradecorp salinity and sodicity management program, adapted to local portfolio, grower and prevailing conditions.

Heads in the 140mm – 150 mm size category were increased 600% and heads in the undersize (<110 mm) category were reduced from 5% to 0 (Fig. 1).

Fig. 2 Quality Parameters – Head Weight Distribution

Fig. 2 Broccoli Head Size distribution using Tradecorp salinity & sodicity management program, adapted to local portfolio, grower and prevailing conditions.

The larger head sizes also translated into higher individual head weights with 10% of heads >500 g in the Tradecorp Program compared to 0% in the Control. Similarly, at the other end of the scale heads >300g were reduced from 15% in the Control to 5% in the Tradecorp Program.

The crop was tracked through the processing and packing facility and the Return on Investment (ROI) calculated. For every AU$1 the grower invested in Tradecorp products to manage salinity and sodicity , the grower recovered this investment, and also made an extra profit of AU$1.5 (ROI 1:1.5) indicating the financial benefit of working with your local Tradecorp team, and portfolio, to overcome agronomic problems specific to your local situation.

How can the incredible results of the Tradecorp salinity and sodicity program be explained?

From the 7 tips outlined for a Gold Standard salinity and sodicity management program, 4 were included in this particular program:

  • The application of Humifirst would have explained a large proportion of the increased root growth observed, while Saltrad would have reduced Sodium in the root zone. Both of these effects would have improved water and nutrient dynamics in the growing crop increasing growth and yield potential.
  • The regular applications of Phylgreen, with its Primactive effect, would have enabled the crop to better resist the abiotic stress effects of salinity and sodicity, for example, through increased gene signalling in the plant to make specific proteins that help reduce the negative growth effects of damaging oxidative chemicals released inside the plant during stress.
  • Similarly, the regular applications of Delfan Plus would have brought extra energy to the plant across the growing cycle. This would have helped the crop to maintain growth rate in these high stress growing conditions. Delfan Plus´ mode of action would also have helped preserve the correct functioning of plant metabolism, for example via the continued production of secondary metabolites that can help the plant better resist stress.

Should you have any questions in how to manage Salinity and Sodicity in your crop, how to better manage Abiotic Stress in general or other agronomic needs, our local team is ready to assist you. Please get in contact with your local representative.

References:

    1. Commonwealth Government of Australia, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Australia State of the Environment 2016.

https://soe.environment.gov.au/theme/land/topic/2016/soil-salinity-and-acidification

    1. Shannon, MC, and Grieve CM. (1999) Tolerance of Vegetable crops to Salinity. Scientia Horticulturae 78, 5 – 38.

https://www.ars.usda.gov/arsuserfiles/20360500/pdf_pubs/P1567.pdf

 

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49 Tradecorp products authorised by Ecocert for Organic Agriculture in 2020 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/49-tradecorp-products-authorised-by-ecocert-for-organic-agriculture-in-2020/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 01:38:00 +0000 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/?p=5408 The list includes many of Tradecorp’s main products. Some of them, such as Phylgreen and Delfan Plus V, maintain their approved status, while new products, such as IsliFe 8.2, join the list for the first time. In addition to complying with the European Union’s Organic Agriculture standards, some of Tradecorp’s products have also been carefully formulated to comply with […]

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The list includes many of Tradecorp’s main products. Some of them, such as Phylgreen and Delfan Plus V, maintain their approved status, while new products, such as IsliFe 8.2, join the list for the first time.

In addition to complying with the European Union’s Organic Agriculture standards, some of Tradecorp’s products have also been carefully formulated to comply with other Organic Agriculture regulations.  As of today, Tradecorp has:

  • 49 products approved for Organic Agriculture under EC regulations (European Union)
  • 5 products approved for Organic Agriculture under JAS standards (Japan)
  • 5 products approved for Organic Agriculture under the NOP regulation (United States)

 

Organic Agriculture product range

The product portfolio for organic production approved by Ecocert includes many different types of solutions, for example:

  • Chelates, such as Tradecorp AZ, Tradecorp Mn and Ultraferro (EC and JAS)
  • Amino-acid-based biostimulants such as Delfan Plus V (EC and NOP)
  • Biostimulants based on fresh seaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum), such as Phylgreen, Phylgreen B-Mo and Phylgreen Atlas (EC)
  • Foliar fertilisers, such as Tradebor (EC, NOP and JAS), Tradebor Mo (EC and NOP) and Final Eko (EC).

In addition, Tradecorp also holds authorisations for Organic Agriculture issued by other organisations, such as the OMRI (NOP) and FIBL certifications:

  • OMRI certification for Humistar, Humistar WG and Phylgreen
  • FIBL certification for Ultraferro (Netherlands), Phylgreen (Switzerland), Vegenergy (Germany), Phylgreen Atlas (Germany) and Phylgreen B-Mo (Germany)

 

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Looking back on Tradecorp’s 2019 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/looking-back-on-tradecorps-2019/ Wed, 12 Feb 2020 10:39:03 +0000 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/?p=5279 Tradecorp pushed through with hard work and perseverance to achieve their goals. Let’s take a look at what we have accomplished this past year. Group Expansion Our biggest news of the year was that Sapec Agro Business became Rovensa. The group is composed of different companies that share synergies and offer a complete portfolio with […]

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Tradecorp pushed through with hard work and perseverance to achieve their goals. Let’s take a look at what we have accomplished this past year.

Group Expansion

Our biggest news of the year was that Sapec Agro Business became Rovensa. The group is composed of different companies that share synergies and offer a complete portfolio with one objective: Well Balanced Agriculture.

Last year we introduced Microquimica into our growing brand. This Brazilian company was integrated into the crop nutrition division of Rovensa. Its experience in microbial inoculants and biological amino acids provides the company with a more well-balanced approach to agricultural solutions.

In September, Microquimica invested in its growth by expanding its industrial plant to almost double its size. This plant expansion allows for more research jobs and for a huge increase in production.

 

In 2019 Rovensa also acquired the company Rodel Flowers in Ecuador. Rodel, a leading Company in the production of cut flowers and other agroindustrial products, will be integrated with Tradecorp in the Crop Nutrition sector. Tradecorp and Rodel have a long history of working together in Ecuador and now as one company they will be able to grow faster and expand into other crops.

In addition, Tradecorp opened a new branch in China last year. As part of our long term expansion and development in Asia Pacific, this branch will play a major role in our business strategy to make Tradecorp a key player in the Chinese Biostimulant and Specialized Nutrition Market. This branch, in Shanghai, will be the regional base for Asia Pacific (APAC) operations, covering India, South East Asia, South Korea, and Australia.

Campaigns

We started off the year with a bang, presenting our newest campaign, 2k19, Tradecorp’s year of Potassium, that was focused on how top notch Potassiums, like Tradecorps’, can get the maximum quality potential out of your crops.

 

In 2019, we also presented Biostimulation 360, a campaign to promote the most effective ways of using biostimulants to overcome the effects of abiotic stress.

The information and recommendations provided in the campaign are the result of Tradecorp’s in-depth research in collaboration with renowned institutions, such as, Queen’s University of Belfast (UK), Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) and the DiSAA of University of Milano (Italy), along with the fieldwork accomplished over the last 15 years

Product innovation

In 2018 we launched a new product called IsliFe 8.2, the first biodegradable iron chelate in the world to be stable under alkaline conditions. Moreover, in 2019, our product was awarded in the list of top ten novel fertilizers by AgroPages.

IsliFe 8.2 was launched in 2018 and we had our first sales of this unique product in 2019. Our Regulatory department is working on the registrations to make IsliFe 8.2 available in many other countries in the world.

We also had 50 of our products approved by Ecocert for organic agriculture. This is something we strive to achieve because of our commitments to a sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture.

Fairs and exhibitions

Last year we had the opportunity to attend many fairs and exhibitions around the world, where we shared our new innovations, provided technical advice,, and promoted our 2K19 and Biostimulation 360 campaigns, among others. For instance, we were present at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, FuturPera in Italy, SITEVI in France, Fruit Attraction in Spain, Agroalimentaria in Mexico, and many more all around the world.

 

In November, we went to one of the most important gatherings for the Biostimulation industry, the 4th annual World Biostimulant Congress in Barcelona, where we attended as Gold Sponsors. Also, Antonio Ferrante, Associate Professor at the University of Milan, Italy, presented his research on heat stress using three different Tradecorp biostimulants.

Social Responsibility

Tradecorp has donated to several NGO’s this year as part of its commitment to Social Responsibility. Among others is the Fundación ITER whose mission is to educate children around the world by providing greenhouses and seeds and growing techniques so that they have the ability to grow food and feed themselves.

In 2019 we also participated in the annual event hosted for PYFANO (Parents, Relatives, and Friends of Oncology Children of Castilla y León) in order to raise funds for the fight against child cancer. 100% of the funds raised went to an initiative that benefits children with cancer in the Castilla and León regions of Spain.

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Australian Ambassador visits Tradecorps Factory in Ireland https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/australian-ambassador-visits-tradecorps-factory-in-ireland/ Tue, 03 Sep 2019 11:57:06 +0000 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/?p=5228 This July the Australian Ambassador, Richard Andrews, and his wife, Saovanee Andrews visited the OGT factory in Ireland to see where OGT, a Tradecorp subsidiary, combines its innovative technology and experience to create the Phylgreen range. This product is a liquid seaweed extract based on 100% Ascophyllum nodosum harvested from the coasts of Ireland. OGT Facilities Ambassador Richard […]

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This July the Australian Ambassador, Richard Andrews, and his wife, Saovanee Andrews visited the OGT factory in Ireland to see where OGT, a Tradecorp subsidiary, combines its innovative technology and experience to create the Phylgreen range. This product is a liquid seaweed extract based on 100% Ascophyllum nodosum harvested from the coasts of Ireland.

OGT Facilities

Ambassador Richard Andrews and Savanee Andrews were first greeted by Nuala Byrne, Lab Technician at OGT. She gave an overview of the OGT facilities, and the processes such as the raw extraction of materials, and the quality procedures in place.

Upon their visit, the Ambassador and his wife witnessed how after extraction, the seaweed is taken to the OGT factory where it is then washed and then converted into granules. In observing the natural process, they witnessed how no additives are added to the seaweed extract.

Subsequently, the Andrews witnessed the Gentle Extraction process, a method of cold extraction, which preserves all the active ingredients from the seaweed without the addition of chemical substances while simultaneously preserving the enviornment This occurs with the help of evaporators that then separate the seaweed into soluble and non-soluble groups. The Soluble is then used to create the final product, Phylgreen.

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More about Phylgreen

Phylgreen is a biostimulant made from a natural resource, a pure seaweed extract Ascophyllum nodosum. This brown seaweed lives in a highly stressful environment, subject to constant tidal action. Therefore, the seaweed plant has developed a high number of anti-stress active ingredients to survive, such as alginates, mannitol and polyphenols, among others. In addition, the seaweed is harvested in a sustainable way, by hand. Tradecorp combines this unique technology with its experience in biostimulants and specialty fertilisers to create anti-stress solutions which nourish and enhance the metabolism of all crops.

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IsliFe 8.2, Tradecorp’s new iron biodegradable chelate https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/islife-8-2-new-iron-chelate/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 11:36:45 +0000 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/?p=5243 More than a decade of work and research yield results in Islife 8.2, a novel iron chelate that corrects and prevents iron deficiencies even in unfavorable conditions, such as calcareous and alkaline soils with extreme pH conditions.  Thanks to its exclusive chelating agent, IsliFe 8.2 has a unique feature: progressive biodegradability, which combines biodegradability with high availability […]

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More than a decade of work and research yield results in Islife 8.2, a novel iron chelate that corrects and prevents iron deficiencies even in unfavorable conditions, such as calcareous and alkaline soils with extreme pH conditions. 

Thanks to its exclusive chelating agent, IsliFe 8.2 has a unique feature: progressive biodegradability, which combines biodegradability with high availability of iron throughout the crop cycle.

With this launch, Tradecorp turns the attention of the market to the chelates, the range of products that helped the Spanish company (belonging to Sapec Agro Business) position itself as a global benchmark. Despite the increasing attention generated by biostimulants and Tradecorp’s investments in this segment in recent years, José Nolasco, Tradecorp’s Director of Innovation and Strategy, affirmed that this is not a change in Tradecorp’s strategy since “We have never stopped considering this part of our business as strategic and a priority “.

 

Chemical and agronomic characteristics of IsliFe 8.2

Amongst the advantages that Tradecorp highlights for its new iron product is its high iron content (8.2%),which is greater than that of other chelates with similar characteristics and stability. It also guarantees a 100% chelation grade and a high stability constant, which allows for the protection of iron against possible interactions that could limit its effectiveness.

In addition, IsliFe 8.2  presents a wide range of pH stability of the chelated fraction (3-11), “which makes it an ideal solution for the prevention and correction of iron deficiencies in extreme pH conditions”, explained Nolasco. This stability differentiates IsliFe 8.2 from other biodegradable chelates available on the market, which “show stability up to a pH close to 7”, added the director of Strategy and Innovation.

The agronomic trials developed by Tradecorp in collaboration with independent research centers revealed the efficacy of the product, even when applied in lower doses than other products available on the market. IsliFe 8.2 provides a fast correction of iron chlorosis, as the chlorophyll synthesis increases immediately after its application. Because of its persistence, it also efficiently provides iron to the plant throughout the crop cycle; even after months of the application.

 

Environmentally friendly: Progressive biodegradability

IsliFe 8.2 is Tradecorp´s answer to the market trend towards more efficient, profitable products with a lower environmental impact. This milestone in Tradecorp is aligned with the group’s strategy that aims to “be a world leader in clean, sustainable and ecological agriculture,” Nolasco explained.

One of the differentiating features of IsliFe 8.2 when compared to other chelates on the market is its progressive biodegradability, “which simultaneously allows for a low environmental impact, thanks to its degradation; and a high persistence, by progressively and gradually degrading throughout the crop cycle, ” stated Nolasco.

 

Registration and availability of IsliFe 8.2

Because of its innovative chelating agent, IsliFe 8.2 is not included in the current fertilizer legislations. Although Tradecorp has already started the registration process in some countries, “registration requirements as well as times vary from one country to another. As a consequence, in some countries – like Australia – we could launch immediately, while in others – like Mexico – the process could take up to two years” said Sara Tormo, director of Regulatory Affairs at Tradecorp.

Regarding the introduction of this product in the European market, Tradecorp has already requested the amendment of legislation along with the inclusion of a new type of fertilizer. The Director of Regulatory Affairs explained “by the end of this year, we expect approval from the Spanish Authorities” and added that “with this approval, we will begin mutual recognition procedures for other countries within the European Union”.

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Biostimulation 360º, a new biostimulation concept to efficiently overcome abiotic stress https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/biostimulation-360/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 11:15:18 +0000 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/?p=5242 Tradecorp recently presented Biostimulation 360º, a new concept to promote the correct approach towards different kinds of abiotic stresses. The Biostimulation 360º campaign entails a series of training activities to foster an efficient use of biostimulants and encourage proper crop handling, fully covering the plant’s biostimulation needs from sowing to harvest and from roots to […]

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Tradecorp recently presented Biostimulation 360º, a new concept to promote the correct approach towards different kinds of abiotic stresses.

The Biostimulation 360º campaign entails a series of training activities to foster an efficient use of biostimulants and encourage proper crop handling, fully covering the plant’s biostimulation needs from sowing to harvest and from roots to fruits. Based on a 2-year calendar, the campaign will address different types of abiotic stresses, such as; crop management stress, growth stress and unfavourable climatic conditions (hot and cold temperatures, drought or salinity). It will also focus on a detailed explanation of key topics in biostimulation such as the priming effect (Primactive) and precision biostimulation, a new concept about the delivery of targeted, specific solutions.

The information and recommendations provided in the campaign are the result of Tradecorp’s in-depth research in collaboration with renowned institutions, such as, Queen’s University of Belfast (UK), Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) and the DiSAA of University of Milano (Italy), along with the fieldwork accomplished over the last 15 years, whose results demonstrate the key role biostimulants play in the performance of the crop across its whole cycle, from the moment a seed is set in the field until it provides profitable produce.

The campaign addresses farmers, agricultural experts and technicians of the distribution channel.

Why Biostimulation 360º?

The Biostimulation 360º campaign will deal with different types of abiotic stresses and will provide specific solutions to approach the biostimulation needs of the plant, from sowing to harvest and from roots to fruits.

“Today, Biostimulation 360º is a reality thanks to the thorough and exhaustive research on biostimulation that Tradecorp has been carrying out for the last decade,” said Carlos Repiso, Biostimulants R&D coordinator in Tradecorp. “Delving into biostimulants’ mode of action, as well as their performance on different crops in the field, allows Tradecorp to define a precise application of biostimulants and the best technical advice, enabling the farmer to maximize their return on investment,” added Repiso.

“The Biostimulation 360º campaign aims at bringing all this knowledge to the field, answering many of the questions that are usually raised by farmers and crop technicians regarding biostimulants,” stated José Nolasco, Strategy and Innovation Director in Tradecorp. “With this new proposal, Tradecorp keeps working on its commitment to provide farmers with the proper knowledge and experience related to the abiotic stress management to reach crop’s full potential,” added Nolasco.

Solutions for 360º biostimulation

Tradecorp counts on 3 broad ranges of innovative biostimulation solutions:

  1. Solutions based on seaweed extracts from Ascophyllum nodosum: Phylgreen range is comprised of specific solutions for every development stage of the plant, and for different types of abiotic stress. Its “priming effect” is capable of anticipating and preventing the stress’ negative action, as demonstrated by several scientific tests at recognized universities and research centres.
  2. Solutions based on amino acids: This range, which comprises products such as Delfan Plus, is specifically recommended for overcoming stress during, or right after, its action on the crops, providing a curative effect. More than 140 trials, collected under all the different stress conditions, have demonstrated the efficacy of this range
  3. Solutions based on humic acids: With over 130 trials conducted worldwide, products such as Humifirst and Humifirst WG have proven their efficacy on several types of crops by achieving an increment in water and nutrients available for the plant under stressful conditions.

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Tradecorp https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/tradecorp-apac-home-page/ Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:58:26 +0000 https://tradecorpaustralia.com.au/?p=4155 Tradecorp are experts in crop nutrition, particularly micronutrients and plant biostimulation. Established in Spain in 1985, Tradecorp manufactures and distributes specialty fertilizer and crop nutrition products for agriculture.       Tradecorp APAC The Tradecorp Asia Pacific (APAC) Regional Office is based in Australia with sales, technical and support staff located in Australia, India and Korea. […]

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Tradecorp are experts in crop nutrition, particularly micronutrients and plant biostimulation. Established in Spain in 1985, Tradecorp manufactures and distributes specialty fertilizer and crop nutrition products for agriculture.

 

 

 

Tradecorp APAC

The Tradecorp Asia Pacific (APAC) Regional Office is based in Australia with sales, technical and support staff located in Australia, India and Korea. Tradecorp APAC also has local country partners in Bangladesh, China, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

Tradecorp R&D 

Research and Development is a high priority for Tradecorp. More than 5% of our annual turnover is invested in R&D. Our focus on R&D and new product development is driven by our mission to continuously add value for all of the agricultural supply chain most importantly farmers and growers.

 

Tradecorp Efficacy and Quality

Tradecorp is committed to providing our customers premium quality products and services. Tradecorp has implemented an Integrated Quality and Environmental Management System, which led to the certification in accordance to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

 

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