RESEARCH INDICATES GROWERS PREDICT INCREASE IN BIOSTIMULANT USE
Results of a perception survey indicate that use of biostimulant products will increase in the future, due to building pressure from pesticide restrictions and a need to embrace new technologies.
The independent research sampled growers across a variety of sectors and size of cropping areas, including fruit, vegetables, potatoes and arable/cereals. Of those sampled, nearly 80% believed that they will increase their use of biostimulant products.
Reasons cited for this increase included reduced pesticide registrations, a need to embrace new technologies, and that biostimulants are effective as part of wider crop management programmes.
Of those that already use biostimulants, the majority were fruit and vegetable growers, with more than 50% of those sampled having used biostimulants before. The arable growers sampled were using biostimulant products the least.
The research was commissioned by Arysta LifeScience UK, with the aim of understanding the industry’s perception of the biosolutions sector, particularly biostimulant and biocontrol products.
Country Manager for Arysta LifeScience UK & Ireland, Bruce Morton, said: “We commissioned the survey after completing a brief literature review on existing independent biosolution research. There was little available on the perception of these products, and ultimately, we wanted evidence for what farmers and growers think of biosolutions and why.
“By commissioning our own independent survey, we have been able to answer some important questions around the subject, such as do people even understand what they truly are? As a company, we take great pride in our research and innovation, so this seemed like a natural next step for us.
“The overall outcome is positive and supportive of biostimulants and biocontrol products, and will hopefully open up discussions for the industry as a whole to explore further.”
To support the results of the survey, in-field trial research is now taking place using Arysta LifeScience biostimulant products such as Rooter. It is hoped that these results will further instil confidence amongst growers in the biostimulant sector.
One area highlighted for greater investigation is biocontrol, the benefits of which were well understood by respondents who used the products.
However, whilst around 75% of specialist fruit and vegetable growers were familiar with biocontrol, arable growers were much less likely to have used them in the past, or intended to use them in the future.
The survey was conducted by Independent Business Resource Ltd (IBR-Ltd) on behalf of Arysta LifeScience. For more information, contact