Jun 7, 2017AgroFresh’s LandSpring technology receives EPA approval for expanded crops
AgroFresh Solutions, with its LandSpring product, has secured EPA approval for its use on 12 additional crops beyond tomatoes and peppers. The pre-transplant technology can now be used on the following seedling crops: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, gherkin, muskmelon, bell pepper, non-bell pepper, summer squash, tomato and watermelon.
According to a news release, LandSpring maintains seedling quality through the transplanting process and minimizes the impact of plant stress both during transport and in the field. Application to seedlings 1-3 days prior to transplanting mitigates the negative effects of plant stresses such as heat, cold, drought, excess water, salinity, fertility, disease, insect damage and physical damage. Plants are then able to establish more quickly in the field and maintain better health early in the growing season, which maximizes yield potential for growers.
“The results experienced during research trials and by our current tomato customers are proving LandSpring to be highly effective,” said Tim Malefyt, Global Brand Manager. “We are excited to be able to offer the protection that LandSpring provides to these additional crops to help mitigate the widespread issue of transplant shock, reduce seedling mortality and maximize yield potential. LandSpring is just one example of AgroFresh’s continued commitment to the development of innovative technologies in this area for growers, packers, and processors.”
EPA approval of these expanded crops more than doubles the acreage on which LandSpring can be used and now covers most transplanted seedling crops. LandSpring is currently registered for use in the U.S., with the exception of California. California registration has been filed and is expected in 2018-19. In addition, AgroFresh will be establishing global distribution over the next 2 years as registrations are approved for priority markets.
Source AgroFresh Solutions