Koppert has been harnessing the power of nature for decades by offering biological crop protection and natural pollination methods. However, we also want to make you, the grower, aware of the importance of healthy soil and help you to stimulate soil life and bring it into balance.
You are what you eat, as the saying goes. If you want to perform optimally, you are advised to stick to a healthy and well-balanced diet. Just like people, plants also depend on their food to survive and perform well. Although we now know a great deal about how plants grow, flower and produce fruit, problems arising from pests and diseases still represent a threat to crops.
Chemicals and disinfectants inadequate
An increasing number of bacterial and viral infections occur in crops in addition to the usual pests and fungal diseases. In response to this, businesses are increasingly investing in far-reaching company hygiene and more frequent use of disinfectants.
The disadvantage of disinfectants and chemical pesticides is that in many cases they are only effective for a short period. Often, only part of the population of the pathogen is killed, and/or the pathogen develops resistance.
Maximum disease suppression for a healthy crop
Continuous research brings new insights. For this reason, we at Koppert are convinced that having maximum disease suppression in the soil forms the key to a healthy and vigorous plant. This is something we can influence with the right products. By stimulating beneficial bacteria and fungi in the soil or substrate, and ensuring a good balance, disease-resistant substances become available to the plant and nutrients become easier for the plant to absorb. This has a positive effect on the plant’s vitality and resistance level.
Healthy plants boosts harvest security
A healthy plant with good resistance levels is less susceptible to diseases such as Pythium, Fusarium, mildew and Botrytis. Consequently, the chemical pesticides can remain on the shelf for longer and gather dust. This reduction in chemical use is in turn beneficial for productivity and the end product. After all, supermarkets and consumers are increasingly demanding healthy products with minimal residue levels. For growers, this means that the harvest is more secure, as production losses are more limited due to the lower incidence of diseases and pests. When they do occur, they are easier to control.