Increasing crop yields is not just a regional issue, it’s a global challenge.
Globally, humans rely on four main crops for their survival: wheat, rice, maize and soybeans. These essential crops make up two-thirds of our caloric intake, meaning any impact to current yields will have a significant impact on global health and sustainability. But with increased temperatures from climate change, crop yields are at risk, according to an international meta-study released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on August 15, 2017.
The study, which analyzed extensive published studies, found that independent methods consistently estimated negative temperature impacts on crop yields at a global scale. Specifically, the study estimates that each degree-Celsius increase in global mean temperature would reduce wheat yields by 6%, rice by 3.2%, maize by 7.4% and soybean by 3.1%.
Focusing on increasing yields, we have developed products which harness the power of lignin, an organic carbon-containing compound which helps support the structure of plants as they grow and increases their ability to capture solar radiation and power photosynthesis. Lignin is structural in plants: it supports the plant superstructure so it stays upright and can capture the sunlight in greater amounts.
Ligniseed – Applied directly to seeds or pre-treated before planting, Ligniseed supports the seed’s emergence and early development of roots and shoots improving plant strength in early development stages.
Lignileaf – Applied during early stages of growth and multiple times throughout the season, Lignileaf supports longer growth cycles for maximum results.
With both products, plants are able to grow faster, are more resilient, and develop stronger and taller for longer periods of the crop year. With the power of Lignition products, your crops will more efficiently access solar radiation, carbon dioxide, and even water. Through our soybean trials and research conducted over four years, we’ve found that with Lignition seed application, there was an average increase in bushels per acre of 12% per year, while our winter wheat trial saw an average increase in bushels per acre of 14%.
Our products are not only impactful at the regional level, but can have an impact on a global scale. Stronger, more resilient photosynthetic processes within your plants allow them to absorb more carbon dioxide (CO2) to support their own growth while also releasing clean oxygen into the air and increasing yields.
Increasing yields on major crops in the face of climate change is a global issue and the results of the PNAS study highlights the importance of developing crop- and region-specific adaptations to establish future food supply in an increasing world population.