In the latest phase of strategic release in selected agro markets of the world, ICL Fertilizers (ICLF) has launched its new Polysulphate fertilizer in Brazil. At a special event attended by the leaders in the Brazilian fertilizer supply sector, the technical and agronomic benefits of this unique and high-potential product were enthusiastically received.
Leading the industry in Brazil
More than seventy industry blenders and distributors met at the launch to discuss developments in Brazilian agriculture and to be briefed about ICLF’s new Polysulphate™ product.
Paulo Ruivo, Commercial Director of ICLF Brazil, reviewed field crop experiments using the new fertilizer and the potential for Polysulphate to be integrated with other ICLF products that are currently used on major Brazilian crops.
Dalmo Caserato, Commercial Manager for ICL Brazil, described ICLF’s broad portfolio of specialty fertilizers, including its controlled release fertilizers (CRF), fertigation and foliar grades, and products suitable for the ornamental market.
Extolling the evidence
Agronomic research on Polysulphate in Brazil, conducted by Dr. Fabio Vale from Adubai Consultoria, has underlined the new fertilizer’s application flexibility. Farmers have been shown to appreciate that it can be applied by either banding or broadcasting. Controlled experiments using Polysulphate on soybean, rice and corn demonstrate the effective uptake of nutrients from its use.
Broad range of crops benefit
In addition, the fertilizer provides important new blending options for Brazil. Derived from the mineral Polyhalite found at ICLF’s mines in the UK, Polysulphate contains four nutrients – Potassium (K), Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg) and Sulphur (S).
For Brazil that means that Polysulphate can be blended with other products to meet the needs of soybean. It can meet high sulphur required by cotton, the high potassium supplement required for coffee crops, and it also effectively provides the magnesium and calcium needed to improve the quality of citrus and tomato crops.
Proving environmental benefits
ICL continues to conduct large-scale experiments using Polysulphate in various agro-ecological zones of the world relevant to Brazil. Preliminary results suggest leaching of Polysulphate is less than for an equivalent product mixture of SOP, kieserite and gypsum. This work is the basis for additional research by ICLF in cooperation with the International Potash Institute and in collaboration with various Brazilian research centres.
Giving the global context
Adar, President of ICL Fertilizers, who presided over the launch of Polysulphate in Brazil, gave an overview of ICL’s major fertilizer activities around the globe.
The expansion of potash resources in Ethiopia and Spain, its phosphate resources in China, and Polysulphate™ in the UK, as well as ICLF’s business development activities in Latin America were all explained.
Brazilian agriculture has grown rapidly, gaining important market share in global trade. Maintaining productivity in Brazil - as everywhere else in the world - depends on balanced fertilizer use.