Precision application of foliar fertilisers is more effective if the product can coat the leaf, so Hockley Agro is offering an innovative biodegradable super-spreader that promotes rapid coverage of hydrophobic leaf surfaces at concentrations of 0.1% or less for potential eco-fertiliser application.
Peter Rosevere of Hockley Agro, producers of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides for UK farmers, explains that that the product SILILO EVO helps reduces the cost of fertiliser and protects watercourses.
He says: “Many farmers use wetting agents to improve the absorption of fertilisers and plant protection products, but many are not currently biodegradable.
“SILILO EVO is formulated to reduce the surface tensions of a liquid to offer improved wetting, targeting, cuticular penetration and stomatal flooding.
“By enabling super-spreading the spray can reach locations that are not conventionally accessible, even from an angle of zero degrees, and results in better uptake of products, which reduces spray volumes and run off.”
After an hour of application, SILILO EVO also offers improved rainfastness, so there is no need to re-spray.
Extensive field-testing has proven its effects with herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and acaricides, PGRs, and micronutrients.
Hockley Agro will be discussing the benefits of foliar fertiliser application as part of the Virtual Innovation Hub.