INNOVATIVE KELP SCIENCE
What IS Maritime?
The research and discovery teams at Nutrien Ag Solutions® have dedicated tremendous resources to understanding how seaweed extracts can benefit your crop systems and utilized this information to develop the next generation of kelp science—Maritime™. Maritime is designed for use with specialty crops such as almonds, grapes, citrus, strawberries, broccoli, lettuce and more.
How Does It Work?
Maritime augments a balanced crop nutrition system by stimulating soil microbiota, improving plant health and aiding plant response during periods of stress. Our scientists identified the naturally occurring compounds in kelp which are responsible for the plant health effects typically associated with seaweed extract applications. This optimized, revolutionary extraction system creates a finished product unlike any other on the market. Maritime has a higher concentration of key bio-active compounds which can help improve crop quality, reduce effects of crop stress and contribute to better soil health in specialty crops.
Take a quick look at the science that sets Maritime apart from traditional kelp products.
The Advantage of Maritime
Maritime in the Field
FIELD DATA TRIALS
2018 University of Arizona Farming Grounds Commercial Lettuce & Pepper Trials
From our labs to test plots in Yuma, Arizona, and all over the US, Maritime has outperformed traditional products and given growers real results they can see each growing season.
Cold Tolerance Demonstration
During Cold Tolerance tests on young tomato plants, Maritime @1 qt/A equivalent rate consistently improves plants’ ability to withstand cold and freezing temperatures compared to untreated plants. The time lapse video to the right shows what happens after the plants are exposed to 59°F temperature for 24 hours, 14°F temperature for 1 hour, then returned to room temperature.
Drought Soil Study
After a recent drought soil study, Maritime delivered results in three phases—with healthy plants, through a drought simulation and in plant recovery.
Healthy plants were treated with Maritime at 4 quarts per acre, water, competitive seaweed at 2 quarts per acre and Maritime at 1 quart per acre.
Drought simulation had water withheld to simulate drought following the application of materials.
Recovery was seen after precipitation was simulated.
Seedling Germination Demonstration
After a recent seedling germination demonstration in a saline environment, Maritime helped contribute to better results than a competitive seaweed at 2 quarts per acre or from using water alone.
THE ADVANTAGE OF BIOLOGICAL EXTRACTION
|Microbial extraction, bioconversion||Strong acids, KOH||None|
Mode of Action
|Kelp extract, microbial metabolites (phytohormones, fatty acids, phenolics) that may act as signaling molecules||Kelp extract, nutritional or hormone additives||Undigested, Unextracted Dried Kelp|
|Superior stress mitigation, improved seed germination, plant growth, and nutrient uptake||Some benefits||No noted benefits|
|Highly soluble for mixing||Viscous, suspended solids (kelp)||Insoluble powder|
|Biological||Microbial extraction, bioconversion|
|Chemical||Strong acids, KOH|
|Dimension||Mode of Action|
|Biological||Kelp extract, microbial metabolites (phytohormones, fatty acids, phenolics) that may act as signaling molecules|
|Chemical||Kelp extract, nutritional or hormone additives|
|Kelp Powder||Undigested, Unextracted Dried Kelp|
|Biological||Superior stress mitigation, improved seed germination, plant growth, and nutrient uptake|
|Kelp Powder||No noted benefits|
|Biological||Highly soluble for mixing|
|Chemical||Viscous, suspended solids (kelp)|
|Kelp Powder||Insoluble powder|
Phases of Biological Extraction