CAMBRIDGE, Ontario, March 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canadian biofertilizer producer Lystek International is excited to release a first round of in-depth, third-party, field data derived from crop trials completed during the 2015 growing year in Ontario's agricultural heartland.
The Cambridge-based firm is quickly establishing itself as a market leader in the low temperature, low cost Thermal Hydrolysis space. This is being achieved by demonstrating how advanced technology based in sound science and research can not only help reduce the volumes and GHG's that can be associated with biosolids and organics management, but also how these amazing resources can be safely diverted from landfills (or other, less beneficial uses) and converted into biogas for green energy, an alternative carbon source for BNR systems and a highly effective, pathogen free "Class A quality" biofertilizer product.
In an effort to better quantify the positive results seen by growers using the LysteGro product, in 2015 Lystek participated with the Georgian Central Soil and Crop Improvement Association in a trial comparing the use of typical application rates of commercial fertilizer with LysteGro at five field locations. The trials were conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and each treatment was replicated three times at each location. On average, the LysteGro treatments increased yield by 16.5 bushels/acre in comparison to the commercial fertilizer treatments. Other tests conducted during the trial, such as grain protein content and stalk nitrate tests also showed that the LysteGro treatments produced superior results, for lower costs, as compared to commercial fertilizer.
Due to the pressures of increasing fertilizer costs and the need to boost organic matter concentrations in soils, some farmers in Southern Ontario have embraced the use of organically-based biofertilizers to replace commercial fertilizer, build nutrient levels in soils and improve overall health. What they are finding is that the LysteGro product (in particular) offers a unique combination of balanced nutrients, ideal for crop production as well as organic matter, which help to improve soil health over the long term. In addition to providing nutrient concentrations of N-P-K (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium) at levels which meet crop demands, LysteGro also provides a suite of micronutrients, including Sulphur, Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc and many others.
Demand for the LysteGro fertilizer produced at Lystek's OMRC in Southgate, ON and a growing list of converted, municipal Wastewater Resource Recovery Centers (WRRC's) has been outstanding during the initial years of distribution, and continues to grow as word gets out about the results producers are seeing.
For example, Wayne Metzger of Highland Custom Farming, an organization that farms approximately 1,500 acres of their own land and an additional 8,000 acres as a custom operator in Grey County, was one of the first to use LysteGro. He describes it as; "…an important part of our long term strategy, this product allows us to build up our soils, which are typically low, to very low, in potassium and phosphorus." He adds; "The initial results have been great. We're getting 200 bushel corn on ground applied with LysteGro, which is extremely rare for this area. I'm really excited to watch the long term effects of this product. When you see the positive impact this material has had on our soil, and the results of this trial, it's a wonder why anyone would allow these materials to be sent to landfill, or anywhere else for that matter."
Following the trial, Jon Wiley, a trial participant and former President of the Grey County Soil and Crop improvement Association, stated that; "While I believed in the product before the trials, the results really do pop out at you, so I'm excited to use the product on my farm going forward".
Full results from the 2015 trials, they can be found here http://lystek.com/solutions/lystegro-biofertilizer/
The company (Lystek) will continue trials with OMAFRA in 2016, investigating applying the material side dressed into established corn as well as with cover crop following wheat harvest.
Lystek is an award-winning organic materials recovery firm with proven solutions that is helping municipalities and other generators reduce waste, costs, odors and greenhouse gas emissions through its innovative approach to biosolids and organics management. Lystek is committed to beneficial use through the transformation of non-hazardous, organic materials into nutrient rich, federally registered, fertilizer products. The same, innovative system can also be used to optimize the performance of digesters and BNR systems, while reducing overall volumes and increasing biogas production for green energy.
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CONTACT: For more information about LysteGro, please contact Mike Dougherty, Director of Product Management Cell: 519.731.5702 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @Lystek_MikeD For more information on Lystek International, please contact Kevin Litwiller, Director of Business Development Cell: 519.584.5437 | Office: 226.444.0186 x 106 | email@example.com
Source: Lystek Canada