The companies build on existing seed treatment partnership to offer novel foliar bionutrient
GENEVA and RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Growers in Europe will have access to a novel, sustainable option for enhancing plant health and crop quality through a new agreement between Pro Farm Technologies, a subsidiary of Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI) (NASDAQ: MBII) and Corteva Agriscience (NYSE: CTVA). Under the agreement, Corteva will be the exclusive European distributor for Kinsidro® Grow, a novel, foliar bionutrient that delivers key nutrients resulting in increased plant vigor.
“This agreement combines Marrone Bio’s leadership in the development of biological, sustainable crop solutions with Corteva’s global market leadership. Working with Corteva, we will bring our game-changing foliar technology to European growers who know and trust Corteva,” said Kevin Helash, chief executive officer of Marrone Bio Innovations.
Kinsidro Grow is a proprietary product developed by Pro Farm Technologies that optimizes nutrient conditions in plants resulting in improved plant health and crop quality. Through foliar application on crops during the vegetative growth stage, the bionutrient delivers better yields and more favorable returns on investment. Kinsidro Grow is also easy to use and compatible with a grower’s current agronomic practices.
“Corteva Agriscience continues to bring new and innovative solutions to market by offering natural-origin products that improve crop performance, resilience, and work complementarily with our conventional crop protection solutions,” said Susanne Wasson, President, Crop Protection Business Platform, Corteva Agriscience. “We’re excited to work with Marrone Bio to scale up and maximize sustainable options that help farmers meet changing environmental conditions while keeping their crops productive and healthy.”
This collaboration represents another step forward for Corteva’s expanding global biologicals portfolio, which is dedicated to developing biostimulants, biofertilizers, bionutrients, biocontrol and pheromone products with proven, predictable performance. Kinsidro Grow will provide value through enhanced crop vitality and enhancing yield potential and sustainability, in line with the Corteva Agriscience 2030 Sustainability Goals.
The multi-year agreement, which goes into immediate effect, applies to European row crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton, and builds on the successful seed treatment agreement between both companies. In 2021, Pro Farm Technologies’ novel micronutrient seed treatment and growth promoter, Lumidapt®, was applied on more than 10 million Pioneer® corn, winter rapeseed, and sunflower seed hectares (25 million acres).
Marrone Bio’s Senior Vice-President of International Sales Matti Tianen added: “Corteva has a strong pulse on the needs of farmers throughout the region and is uniquely positioned to deliver our breakthrough fertilizer technology. We have spent a significant amount of time securing regulatory approvals and building technical sales knowledge, so we are ready to hit the ground running. We anticipate this partnership will be a material portion of our foliar fertilizer sales starting in the 2022 growing season.”
About Marrone Bio Innovations
Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ: MBII) is a growth-oriented agricultural company leading the movement to environmentally sustainable farming practices through the discovery, development and sale of innovative biological products for crop protection, crop health and crop nutrition. Our portfolio of 18 products helps customers operate more sustainably while increasing their return on investment. The company’s commercial products are sold globally and supported by a robust portfolio of more than 500 issued and pending patents. Our end markets include row crops; fruits and vegetables; trees, nuts and vines; and greenhouse production. Marrone Bio’s research and development program uses proprietary technologies to isolate and screen naturally occurring microorganisms and plant extracts to create new, environmentally sound solutions in agriculture.
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Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry – including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019 and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.
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