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Corteva launches its first nutrient efficiency biostimulant


November 10, 2021
By Top Crop Manager

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On Nov. 8, Corteva Agriscience launched its first nutrient efficiency biostimulant, Utrisha N, giving Canadian farmers a naturally derived biological tool to effectively manage their nitrogen investment, reduce their carbon footprint and provide crops access to nitrogen all season long.

Utrisha N is a natural bacterium that works by capturing nitrogen from the air and converting it to a plant-usable form while enhancing plant growth and resilience by providing crops with a constant supply of nitrogen throughout the lifecycle of the plant.

Kirsten Ratzlaff, product manager for seed-applied technology, fungicides and nutrient management, Corteva Agriscience Canada, says that Utrisha N provides crops with an alternative source that reduces dependency on nitrogen uptake from the soil and maximizes crop potential through improved nutrient management. Its mode of action is a naturally found bacteria that can be applied during existing field applications with existing equipment and has an application window that extends beyond the early growing season.

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Utrisha N is designed for established crops across Canada, including canola, cereals, corn and soybeans. For corn and soybeans in Eastern Canada, application should be in the V4 to V8 stage. For western Canadian farmers, optimal timing for all types of cereals is the four-leaf jointing stage, and in canola the optimal timing is the four leaf to rosette stage, before stem elongation.