Yara strengthens environmental focus

Rural Business Oct. 31, 2023

Yara Australia has announced it intends to play a leading role in helping primary producers to produce quality crops whilst reducing their carbon footprint.

“Our corporate ambition is to be a leader in creating a nature-positive food future,” says Yara Australia country manager Tim Erbacher.

“Put simply, we want to feed the world and protect the planet by delivering premium crop nutrition programs that produce better agronomic, business and environmental outcomes.”

And there’s sound reasoning behind the strategy. “There is little doubt that supermarkets and processors are going to require suppliers to document their carbon footprint as part of their trading contracts,” he said.

“All Yara fertilisers have a guaranteed specification, known traceability, and are produced using some of the world’s most energy-efficient processes.

“In fact, we are the only fertiliser manufacturer that can provide an independently-verified carbon footprint for each of our products.

“This is backed by innovative decision-making tools that help to improve the efficiency of crop nutrition programs.

“This means we have a unique opportunity to support brand integrity programs above and beyond delivering crop nutrition solutions.

“In turn, we are supported by Yara’s regional office in Singapore, which adds another layer of expertise in agronomy, digital innovation and corporate affairs.”

Mr Erbacher said Yara is focussed on maximising the potential of its YaraRega and YaraVita ranges in the horticultural and broadacre markets, respectively.

“YaraRega is a range of water-soluble, NPK compound fertilisers which are ideal for fertigation. “YaraRega formulations have a special coating that protects the granules during handling, storage and spreading – yet dissolves readily in water.

“Granules dissolve to leave less than one percent insoluble material.

“This means that just about any system that delivers water to crops – sprinklers, pivot irrigators, lateral irrigators, drippers or even furrow irrigation – can become a practical and cost-effective method of delivering essential nutrients.

“In many cases, producers will be able to create a complete and convenient crop nutrition program using just one or two products from the YaraRega range in combination with YaraTera Calcinit.”

YaraVita Gramitrel and Brassitrel Pro are ‘all-in-one’ formulations specially formulated to deliver a balanced blend of micronutrients required for optimal growth and yield potential in cereal and canola/pulse crops.

“There is overwhelming evidence that shows most broadacre crops are deficient in at least one essential micronutrient,” Mr Erbacher said.

“These deficiencies can reduce growth and yield, even if there are no visual signs.

“That’s why we call sub-clinical deficiency the ‘hidden hunger’.

“Traditionally, these deficiencies are only addressed once visual symptoms are observed.

“You then conduct a tissue analysis to determine the cause and then apply a specific formulation to address that deficiency.

“All this takes time – contributing to lost yield potential and missing the spraying window.

“Commercial experience has shown a foliar application of essential micronutrients can produce a return on investment, regardless of yield potential.”

Made using the highest quality ingredients, YaraVita Gramitrel and Brassitrel Pro are compatible with a wide range of crop protection products for one-pass application.

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