Agricultural technology company Sound Agriculture has announced an innovative fertilizer replacement guarantee for U.S. growers, the first program of its kind. This groundbreaking guarantee helps farmers eliminate reliance on costly and frequently inefficient synthetic nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer applications.
When farmers use Sound Agriculture’s flagship product, SOURCE, on qualifying corn acres and reduce nitrogen and phosphorus by 25 lbs per acre, the company guarantees yield will be maintained at the same level. If yield drops after reducing synthetic fertilizers, Sound Agriculture will reimburse farmers up to $100 per acre under the Fertilizer Reduction Guarantee program. This gives farmers confidence and support to decrease dependence on synthetic fertilizers while protecting against volatile fertilizer prices and potential regulations.
Sound Agriculture helps farmers take a more proactive, sustainable approach to crop fertility through this innovative program. The company recognizes the challenges growers face when reducing fertilizer use and aims to support their business while enabling positive environmental change.
While necessary for plant growth, synthetic fertilizer applications can be highly inefficient. Estimates show that 50% of applied nitrogen and 85% of applied phosphorus are wasted, costing growers $50-$85 per acre. Crops do not fully utilize the nutrients and can be lost from fields, negatively impacting air and water quality. Additionally, research shows corn gets two-thirds of its nitrogen from the soil microbiome, not synthetic fertilizer. However, decades of fertilizer overuse have caused soil microbes to go dormant, limiting natural nutrient exchange.
SOURCE, Sound Agriculture’s flagship product, is a microbiome activator that ignites the natural symbiotic relationship between plants and soil microbes. It stimulates nitrogen-fixing bacteria and phosphate-solubilizing microbes to provide nitrogen and phosphorus in a form crops can readily use. A foliar application of SOURCE provides 25 lbs of nitrogen and phosphorus equivalency and enhances micronutrient uptake. Farmers can decrease synthetic fertilizer applications by 25 lbs per acre without yield loss.
Sound Agriculture is confident in the yield benefits of SOURCE, reflected in their unprecedented fertilizer replacement guarantee. The company aims to reduce global fertilizer use by 30% through products like SOURCE. This will lower farmer costs, improve soils, and reduce the environmental impact of agriculture.
Farmers interested in learning more about SOURCE and the fertilizer replacement program can visit Sound Agriculture at upcoming agricultural shows like the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days. The company will have agriculture experts available to answer questions. Farmers can also contact Sound Agriculture directly to get the best pricing for the 2023 growing season.
Sound Agriculture is pioneering innovative nature-based agricultural technologies like SOURCE. The products leverage the power of the natural microbiome to enable more sustainable food production. SOURCE gives farmers a new tool to maintain yields while reducing reliance on synthetic fertilizers with negative environmental consequences. The fertilizer replacement guarantee assures for farmers to make the switch.
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