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Groundbreaking Agriculture Report Reveals Farmers May Have Invested Over $1.3B on Fertilizer Products That Have Negligible Effect on Plant Yield
Findings Mark Launch of AgStraight, New Organization for Farmers
(June 29, 2012) – A new report using a breakthrough approach to agricultural research applauded by many eminent scientists reveals that two fertilizer enhancers that farmers frequently use have no practical effect on plant yield.
This provocative announcement of the findings marks the launch of AgStraight, a new effort to bring reliable information to farmers about what products actually work. AgStraight is an independent, unbiased farmer-led organization dedicated to sorting out the often conflicting and confusing data and marketing claims about the products they use and invest a great deal of money in.
The report, “The Truth About Avail & Nutrisphere-N was authored by noted soil scientists Dr. DC Edmeades and Dr. Robert McBride.
The report uses a new technique to agriculture, meta analysis, to examine and evaluate all the available experimental data on Avail and Nutrisphere-N in order to help farmers make more informed decisions about what products they want to use. The report’s conclusions are supported publicly by a number of respected agricultural scientists, including Prof. George Rehm, Prof John Grove and Dr. Bob Holloway.
The analysis aggregates 210 trial years for Avail and 121 trial years for Nutrisphere-N to refute the manufacturer’s claim of 10 to 15 percent increases in crop yield. It proves conclusively that neither of these products has any effect on increasing crop yield and that the money farmers are spending on them is being wasted. This figure is well over $1.3B since the launch of these products in 2006.
“We want to bring to farmers highly reliable independent and objective conclusions about what products actually work, and what products don’t deliver to the claims made,” said Andrew Trotter, a third generation family farmer, qualified agronomist and the chief executive officer of AgStraight. “My family has operated farms for close to 80 years. I am passionate about what I do. Farmers like me are being misled by industry claims about products that don’t work and they are paying dearly for it. I created AgStraight to ensure that farmers get what they have been promised and what they pay for.”
In coming months, AgStraight will publish similar revealing reports on other commonly used farm products. With the help of leading experts in the fields of agronomy, statistics, and other agricultural research, AgStraight will seek to be a trusted source of reliable information on the products and services that farmers rely on to feed a growing global population.
According to Trotter, he was astounded by what the report found and felt it was essential to make his fellow farmers aware of the facts so that they could save hundreds and thousands of dollars that they are now wasting on widely promoted products that don’t really work. “We will work to eradicate deceptive and unethical practices and do everything in our power to ensure that the farmer’s welfare comes first and foremost,” he said.
For more information about AgStraight, visit http://www.agstraight.com
AgStraight is a farmer-owned, online research resource for farmers and agronomsits. It was founded with one aim in mind – to become the custodian of farmers’ welfare by providing the most trusted information so they can best determine which products actually work as claimed.
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