Trials show biostimulant boosts yield

Recent trials have shown that when applied to winter oilseed rape, biostimulant product Rooter can increase yield and oil content.

Rooter, a GA142-based product by Arysta LifeScience, improves the rooting mass of the plant, resulting in better water and nutrient access and therefore, a healthier crop.

Trials conducted in Kent earlier this year successfully demonstrated that when applied to the crop at 4-leaf stage, both yield t/ha and oil content @ 9%m.c. increased by 6%, compared to the oilseed rape that was not treated with Rooter.

Product Development and Technical Manager at Arysta LifeScience UK & Ireland, Don Pendergrast, said: “We are delighted to have the data to support what we believe is a product with great potential for UK growers, demonstrating that despite a difficult environment, Rooter improved returns.

“Aside from the obvious increase in yield, an added bonus is the increase in oil content, which we believe may be due to an increase in seed per pod. European trials consistently support this theory, with an average increase in seed per pod of 7%.

“But we also recognise that biostimulants such as Rooter certainly aren’t a replacement for traditional plant protection or nutrition products, they are to be used as a complimentary addition, to encourage overall health and vitality.”

Rooter will be among the products showcased by Arysta LifeScience at CropTec on November 29 & 30.