Nanotechnology may influence multiple industries such as energy, water treatment, health and medicine. In agriculture, nanotechnology may involve using tiny particles developed at an atomic or molecular level to more effectively deliver crop inputs, such as yield-enhancers and crop protection products, and improve productivity.
Otherwise known as nanoparticles, these small particles in our case measure 50 nanometers to 100 nanometers. For context, one nanometer represents one billionth of a meter. Nanoparticles are selected and designed for a specific product such as a liquid cold-processed sweetener like BigSoy100 LB or herbicide like glyphosate. Nanoparticles are inert, so they don’t influence a product’s formulation or modify its mode of action.
Instead, nanoparticles reformat a crop input to enhance its delivery and effectiveness. Take cold-processed sweeteners as an example. In 2016, BigYield.us is introducing a cold-processed sweetener enhanced by nanotechnology. Making the product involves passing specially selected nanoparticles through the sweetener’s sugar molecules. Through this process, sugar atoms attach themselves to the nanoparticles. Leaf stomata, or pores, can more easily absorb sugar atoms through cell walls when those sugars are delivered on the small scale provided by nanoparticles. This improved permeation and absorption makes sweetener applications more effective.
During 2016, our team will continue to test the combined nanoparticles and BigSoy100 LB cold-processed sweetener, and we’ll have limited product available for purchase. We’re also introducing a product meant for combining nanoparticles and herbicides. Read more about this product in one of our upcoming columns.
To learn about using nanotechnology to get big yields on your farm, call us at 816-773-6018.