Plant Booster is a new foliar feed comprised of a slow-release nitrogen source coupled with fulvic, humic and amino acids, i.e. bio-stimulants.
Bio-stimulants work with a plant’s endogenous processes to boost growth responses and increase resistance to stress and pest/disease damage, while nitrogen is a key nutrient required for protein synthesis. Plant Booster also contains innovative, patented surfactant technology to drive uptake by the plant, maximising its impact on a growing crop. A variety of foliar feeds are available that either contain a high nitrogen content or are marketed as a biostimulant, but none contain this unique combination.
Plant Booster is a foliar product comprised primarily of a nitrogen source (urea) in combination with humic, fulvic and amino acids, all of which are bio-stimulants along with the patented surfactant. A biostimulant is a material that contains substances which stimulate endogenous processes in plants to improve nutrient uptake and use, drive targeted growth and improve the crop’s ability to withstand stress (rather than acting as a conventional fertiliser). The surfactant increases the wettability of the product, increasing contact with the leaf and promoting uptake. This unique combination places it at the interface between two distinct market areas: foliar feeds and bio-stimulants whilst exploiting the benefits of the surfactant technology. Foliar application of nutrients and other materials is a well-established practice for targeted provision of nutrients to a growing crop to ensure optimum crop conditions are achieved, giving maximal yield quality and volume.
Plant Booster acts to provide a general macronutrient to ensure that the crop is not limiting its potential as a result of poor uptake of nitrogen from the soil. Foliar applications of nitrogen are also considerably more efficient than soil applications as reduced proportions of loss to the environment through leaching or through microbial activity before the nutrients can be taken up by the plant are seen, with positive results seen in the crop on a much shorter timescale (1/2 days compared with a week or more for conventional fertilisers). By targeting nutrient applications higher levels of nutrient use efficiency can be achieved, offering savings for the grower, reducing the environmental impact of cultivation and ensuring peak crop condition. The impact of a foliar feed can be greatly linked to crop condition, application method and timing, and the starting soil/fertility condition of the crop.