The Next Big Breakthrough in Agricultural Production
In the last 70 years, most of our increased crop production has been derived from plant breeding, the normal use of crop nutrition, and an increase in chemical pest controls. During the last 10 years, we have had significant advances in genetic manipulation of plants to tolerate different chemical treatments and more resistance to various pests and diseases atta
In the last 70 years, most of our increased crop production has been derived from plant breeding, the normal use of crop nutrition, and an increase in chemical pest controls. During the last 10 years, we have had significant advances in genetic manipulation of plants to tolerate different chemical treatments and more resistance to various pests and diseases attacking these plants. We are currently in a situation where the seed industry is continuing to introduce new genetic traits. These genetic traits are significantly altering both crop nutrition and the use of chemicals applied to crops.
All of these advances have increased the genetic potential of plant yields and quality. Yet, many growers are receiving only approximately 30-35% of the genetic potential of the increasing prices of the seed they plant. There is a great distinction between the genetic capabilities and the expression of these genetics in order to obtain maximum yields. The greatest genetic capability is the day the seeds are planted. Every day from that point on we loose genetic expression. Most of this loss comes from the climate.
Temperature, moisture and light determine the genetic expression of this tremendous genetic capability of plants. Rather than thinking about crop yield increases, it may be better to think about reduction of genetic expression loss due to these environmental factors.
The next major breakthrough in agricultural production will be the treatment of plants in order to resist the genetic expression loss due to environmental factors. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the balance of hormones in the plant and how the plant carries on photosynthesis and respiration during adverse climate conditions. If you are able to apply this technology, the genetic expression will be more fully demonstrated from the plant’s genetic capability.
When you learn to achieve the regulation of the plant’s response to climate conditions it should result in significant yield increases. The yield increases will not be 5-10%. If you can regulate the plant’s genetic expression to climate conditions you should be able to achieve yields at 30% or greater than today’s normal production.
Over the years, growers have expressed one common observation, “The yields of my crops are more dependent upon weather than they are any other factor of production.” The Stoller Group has done significant research and development into these concepts. Receiving help from retailers and consultants worldwide the Stoller Group investigated the potential possibilities and is on the brink of achieving significant and consistent results.
At this time the Stoller Group is reasonably sure you can control sucking insects through the plant’s natural defense mechanism and can control plants against various disease organisms. All of this is through hormonal control. Currently the Stoller Group believes we can lock in the genetic expression for plants when they are young. This will allow the plants to resist the harmful effects of climate changes through the growing season.
It is important to have all forward thinking people who are interested in this technology to join forces with our company to explore the ability of plants to express themselves and defend in the presence of environmental changes all plants experience.