PEORIA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today AgriScience, Inc. (ASI) released results from a pilot demonstration of its Smart Soil technology for driving increased crop yields by preventing the run-off of fertilizer nutrients. The company’s patent-pending technology aims to solve a multi-billion dollar environmental problem while feeding a growing global population.
“ASI’s unique approach for addressing nutrient run-off makes farming dramatically more productive while eliminating pollution,” said Chief Strategy Officer Kevin M. Riley. “After years of development, we have demonstrated Proof-of-Concept with a corn crop that generated a 48% average increase in yield versus the control crop. ASI is leading a paradigm-shift in agriculture as we move toward commercialization.” Riley, who has advised teams in successful startups for a decade, will help lead the company as it now expands to commercialize its innovative approach for agriculture.
The company has developed highly-concentrated Nutrient Complexing Reservoir™(NCR) soil agents. These complexing agents, which resemble a fine powder, are mixed in soil and retain fertilizer nutrients in the root zone of plants and only release the nutrients when plants need them.
The complexing agents build upon nature’s blueprint and are able to retain large quantities of nutrients. Similar to the function of clay particles which have a negative ionic charge, NCRs can have a Cation Exchange Capacity, allowing them to retain positively charged nutrients. The NCRs, however, can also be produced with a positive ionic charge, or Anion Exchange Capacity, which will retain negatively charged nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates.
The company sees its ability to retain anions in the soil as the missing link for preventing nutrient pollution. Toxic 'dead zones' in places like the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes are caused by nutrient run-off and the company’s approach aims to deliver a cost-effective solution for farmers and the environment.
“Our original objective was to eliminate pollution from agricultural sites by improving Nutrient Utilization Efficiency. An anticipated side benefit was reduced fertilizer usage,” according to ASI Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer, Robert J. Littmann, P.E. “We are very pleased with the large increase in crop yield. The pilot plant data is opening up exciting new avenues to reduce pollution from farms while increasing economic benefits to farmers.”
ASI’s pilot crop experienced record-breaking rainfall during the 2015 growing season which afforded an opportunity to demonstrate the efficacy of the company’s technology under extreme, real-world conditions. Independent lab analysis was performed on each corn plant component to measure Nutrient Utilization Efficiency along with soil analyses to calculate mass balance and overall system efficiency.
“The company’s technologies apply to other crops, such as soybeans, and other areas of farming, including innovative water solutions,” added Riley. “Details on these technologies will be announced in the first half of 2016 and we anticipate overwhelming interest from farmers and large agriculture companies.”
About AgriScience, Inc.
AgriScience, Inc. is an early-stage agricultural technology company commercializing nutrient and water technologies. The company’s Smart Soil technology prevents nutrient run-off and groundwater contamination by retaining nutrients in the root zone of plants, delivering increased crop yields as a result. More information can be found at www.AgriScienceInc.com.