NewLeaf and Meristem form biological partnership
NewLeaf Symbiotics based in St. Louis, MO and Meristem Crop Performance Group based in Powell, OH are working together to make biologicals more reliable and accessible for farmers.
Meristem founder Mitch Eviston says consolidation of multinational players and an outdated distribution system makes it hard for biological developers to find an easy path to market. NewLeaf Chief Commercial Officer Matt Helms tells Brownfield they hope this partnership is part of the solution.
“We are going to look for significant growth now with this new way that can go directly to farmers or through traditional distribution and we will be offering it both ways. If there is not a local dealer, a farmer can purchase through our website, but we are seeing an interest from retailers and distributors in carrying products.”
The first product to be released under the partnership is Meristem’s REVLINE HOPPER THROTTLE nutrition enhancer powered by NewLeaf’s Terrasym, which based on hundreds of trials has shown to improve germination and nutrition uptake, build larger root mass and create more consistent stands in both corn and soybeans. Terrasym is set to launch during the 2021 Farm Progress Show.
The two companies are conducting field trials for other new products in the pipeline including a bio control for corn rootworm to be released for the 2023 crop season.
“We all know that corn rootworm is a challenging pest, it is building resistance and that we need more tools and options. With this we have seen up to a 15 bushel per acre increase with no corn rootworm trait and an incremental 6 bushel increase when there are corn rootworm traits.”