Understanding the Role of Ethylene and Manage Stress
Don’t let stress take you by surprise. A plant hormone imbalance due to stress will reduce yields. As the growing season progresses control ethylene and plant stress from climate extremes and herbicide damage with StollerUSA’s Bio-Forge.
StollerUSA released a technical review on the suppression of ethylene and its impact on plant health. The technical review, ‘Understanding the Role of Ethylene and the Impact of Excess Ethylene,’ was researched and written by Dr. Albert Liptay, Director of Research and Development for Stoller Enterprises, Inc. with observations backed by independent university research.
Ethylene is a gas that is produced in the cells to regulate the movement of hormones. It can be produced in normal amounts for proper cell functioning, but under stress conditions ethylene can be overproduced. Reducing the excess ethylene only without reducing the ethylene critical for normal functioning of the plant is vital to productive growth.
“Suppressing all ethylene can be disastrous,” remarks Dr. Liptay. “The key to healthy plants and high-yielding crops is managing the plants’ ethylene level through stress conditions.”
According to the white paper review, the roles and interaction of just five key plant hormones have a profound impact on crop yield, growth characteristics and quality. Understanding this technology may be challenging, but through understanding growers can be profitable with crops experiencing stress conditions.
Products like Stoller’s Bio-Forge® are designed to manage plant hormones at an optimal level throughout the growing cycle. The results are a healthier crop and a better bottom line for the farmer.
It takes only a 2.5 bushel per acre increase in corn yield or one bushel per acre increase in soybean yield to cover the cost of Bio-Forge for growers - yet university studies average more than 10 bu/acre increases. The risk-to-reward ratio is worthwhile for any corn or soybean farmer where stress conditions threaten yield reductions.