Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced RyzUp SmartGrass plant growth regulator has received certification from the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production. RyzUp SmartGrass is specifically designed to increase growth in cool season grasses in dairy, beef, equine, sheep and goat pasture and forage operations.
"OMRI certification is an important organic designation for RyzUp SmartGrass," said Steve Slaveck, Valent U.S.A. product manager for plant growth regulators. "Organic producers can now increase their production by starting earlier in the spring and extending grazing later in the fall naturally."
Organic producers know the start of winter through the beginning of spring is a crucial time for promoting pasture growth to provide quality forage for meat and milk production. These producers need products that will enhance pasture growth and nutrition naturally.
According to Roger Kaiser, Ph.D., Valent BioSciences Corporation's global product development manager for RyzUp SmartGrass, research has shown applying RyzUp SmartGrass under cool weather conditions supplements the plants' need for gibberellins and stimulates growth during these periods of reduced pasture production.
"RyzUp SmartGrass has shown the best results in the late fall through early spring when temperatures are between 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit," Kaiser said. "Under these conditions we've seen outstanding results in dry matter production without any loss of pasture quality."
Many producers using the product experienced a visual difference in pasture growth within seven days and accelerated growth for up to three to four weeks. University trials in the United States have shown substantial increases in dry matter production when RyzUp SmartGrass was applied either alone or as part of a fertilizer program.
"As organic producers look for ways to make full use of their pastureland, we see RyzUp SmartGrass as a tool to sustainably increase their bottom line," Slaveck said.
Source: Valent U.S.A.