That is Hollywood, Florida, a suburb of Miami just a few miles north. Scott Hammer, President and CEO of Vital Earth Resources, and Paul Syltie, Ph.D., Director of Research at Vital Earth Resources, joined Mike Hudak and Paul Ivanicky of Plant Designs International at the Diplomat Beach Resort from November 29 to December 2, 2021, where about 1,000 delegates from many nations around the world gathered to hear presentations on research performed with biostimulants, as well as navigate the many company booths which sell their products to a growing number of farmers in most agricultural areas of the world.
This year there were two featured presentations on Vitazyme, an oral remote program delivered by Robert Kremer, Ph.D., retired professor of soil microbiology at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, entitled “A Brassinosteroid-based Biostimulant Integrated With An Innovative Crop System Improves Maize Productivity.” Dr. Kremer discussed his research with Vitazyme and two maize varieties within the context of the rather novel solar corridor cropping system. He showed how Vitazyme will not only increase maize yield and yield components (ear size, row number, etc.), but also enhance the soil microbiome, leaf photosynthesis, root biomass, and nutrient uptake.
A poster presentation by Michael Rethwisch of the University of California, entitled “Differential Dehydrator Onion Yield Responses Due to Various Biostimulants and Growth Stage,” showed that Vitazyme, over a two year period, produced the highest yield increase of all seven biostimulants trialed. There were many dozens of posters presented along with talks by 73 speakers, who elaborated on research studies, registration issues, marketing concerns, and future prospects for biostimulants.
One thing that stood out from the various speakers and discussions among delegates is that the future of biostimulants is very bright, and they now hold a commanding position for farmer use alongside crop varieties, soil fertility amendments, and crop protection agents. Vitazyme is taking its place as an integral part of crop production systems in many parts of the world because of its proven ability to increase yields and profitability through improved nutrient conversion to available forms, photosynthesis enhancement, root growth stimulation, reduction of crop stresses such as drought and heat, and enhanced pest tolerance. These results have been shown to occur in over 1,000 research studies at universities and private research facilities worldwide. This program is indeed designed for the future of agriculture, for field, orchard, greenhouse, and ornamental crops.