Levity CropScience has unveiled new research claiming its product Potato Lono can increase potato yields by up to $1,000 per hectare.
The Myserscough College-based business said that independent three-year field trials held in England, Ireland, the Netherlands and France had proven the uplift in yields. The company announced the results at the British Potato Show in Harrogate.
Potato Lono is described as improving photosynthesis, and helps crops increase carbon efficiency during times of stress, improving tuber initiation and bulking. This can result in increased tuber numbers, when applied during tuber initiation, with trials showing increases of over 60,000 extra tubers per hectare across various potato varieties.
“We’re excited to have revealed this groundbreaking data” said joint MD David Marks. “Our hard work has paid off and now growers around the world will be able to benefit from this research and our innovative application of this knowledge into unrivalled, pioneering fertiliser products.”
Fellow joint MD Anne Weston added: “It is another example of how our innovative Lancashire company is driving research into increasing crop yields throughout the world, which will ultimately benefit both the environment and the local population.”