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New Biological Solution for Drought-Stressed Fields

Corteva Agriscience announced the Sosdia Stress abiotic stress mitigator, created to help farmers improve their drought-stress crop management.

Sosdia Stress abiotic stress mitigator shields row crops from environmental stressors such as drought, heat, excess salinity and too much sunlight. The biological solution permits plants to prioritize growth and productivity instead of cell repair due to challenging conditions, resulting in optimal yield potential.

“Farmers in many areas of the country face environmental challenges such as drought each growing season. We’re so pleased to offer a sustainable solution that can help overcome those challenges to improve farmer productivity and ease their worries,” said Ryan Ridder, U.S. product manager at Corteva Agriscience, in a news release. “Sosdia Stress abiotic stress mitigator can fit easily into almost any growing operation and works with several row crops, including corn, soybeans and wheat.”

Sosdia Stress abiotic stress mitigator is composed of naturally occurring ingredients including proline and potassium. These ingredients help crops react to stress comparably to plants that contain higher levels of osmolytes. Osmolytes are natural compounds that preserve cell integrity, water balance and metabolism while under stressful conditions, according to the release.

“Think of it this way: Cacti are plants with naturally high levels of osmolytes. Sosdia Stress abiotic stress mitigator helps row crops react to stressors like heat and drought more similarly to cacti,” explained Ridder. “Crops treated with Sosdia Stress abiotic stress mitigator lose less water vapor, maximizing the conversion of water into crop biomass for better yield potential.”

Sosdia Stress abiotic stress mitigator has limited availability for purchase but will be more widely available in the upcoming year.

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