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28 November 2023
New biostimulant launched at show after three field trials prove it can help combat climatic impacts.

A NEW biostimulant brand made its debut at the British Potato show last week, detailing results of three recent field trials.

The trials, which were conducted this year, supported Algifol's claims that it helps crops cope with stress and extreme weather while increasing and improving potato yields.

A field trial on Melody undertaken in Cheshire by 3 Shires Ltd found that three one-litre applications of Algifol throughout the season produced a 29.6% increase in the number of tubers. In the sweet spot for packing potatoes of 40-64mm, there were 27.3% more tubers. The tubers treated with Algifol were also 22% heavier than those grown under standard farm practice.

A second trial on Accord by 3 Shires Ltd showed that Algifol increased the uniformity of the crop and produced an 18% increase in weight compared to standard farm practice.

The third trial was undertaken on Accord and Lady Rosetta by Whole Crop Marketing at South Cave farm near Hull. Two test fields were utilised, with Algifol increasing tuber numbers by 13% and 7% compared to standard farm practices.

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"All three trials were undertaken in very challenging growing conditions, which is a real positive for Algifol as it makes the results even more impressive," said Marcus Palmer, Director of MJP Supplies, Algifol's UK distributor. "Algifol is growing in popularity, and our sales have increased every year since I first started marketing Algifol to UK growers back in 2005. Whilst it is anecdotal feedback, every grower who has used Algifol this year has said they're really pleased with how it has helped their crop, and we're receiving lots of repeat orders, which is fantastic."

Grower Andrew Megginson of J K B Megginson & Sons Ltd in Driffield said the canopy on this year's crop stayed "lovely and green" throughout the season despite some very challenging weather after being treated with Algifol. "The yield was up, and we were delighted with the uniformity of size and the overall quality of the crop when it was lifted," he said.

Produced by Neomed Pharma GmbH in Germany, Algifol is a concentrated brown algae gathered from the North Atlantic, dried and refined to maximise its wealth of trace elements, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, polyuronides and growth-regulating plant hormones.

The manufacturer says it can help lower the carbon footprint of the crop by improving fertiliser uptake through better rooting and improved photosynthesis, which reduces leaching and losses to the atmosphere.

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