Hemp cultivation in the United States has seen a dramatic increase in the last several years putting the U.S at the #3 position of top hemp growing countries (after China and Canada). 2019 saw the number of U.S. farmers that are licensed to grow hemp increase four times year-to-year. The U.S. hemp market is predicted to grow to 26 bln. USD by 2025, and farmers could benefit from producing this feasible crop. That is why hemp growers need the best agricultural technologies/inputs to meet growing demand.
One of hemp’s main growing issues are nematodes - the unseen enemy of the plant. These microscopic, unregimented roundworms feed on roots in the soil. By attacking the plant’s roots this slows growth and can even kill the plant. The Cyst, Needle, Root-Knot, and Stem Nematodes can reduce the hemp plant from absorbing nutrients, increase disease pressure and reduce yields. Using chemical crop protection is not the best option as more and more growers strive to meet the highest ecology standards. Biopesticides could be the best industry solution against nematodes.
GROPRO Corp. is a premiere producer of cutting-edge biopesticides and biofertilizers for the U.S. and international markets. GROPRO has added hemp labeled OMRI certified materials to its offerings. GROPRO has an effective solution to control nematodes with a proven effect on hemp – biological crop protection product Vigilance. OMRI approved, highly effective nematicide, manufactured using our proprietary formulated active ingredient Geraniol (extracted from the essential oil). Vigilance causes death, reduction in feeding, destruction of eggs, and a decline in populations of nematodes; it can be applied in drip, sprinkler, flood, and banded on the field. Over the past few years GROPRO has tested Vigilance in multiple regions and soil types. During these development and research trials, it has been proven to see an increase in higher yields and improved plant health.
With its biological crop protection products, GROPRO ensures that growers will have immediate control as well as preventative actions. All products are providing safer applications with a ZERO PHI (pre-harvest interval) and a ZERO REI (re-entry interval). GROPRO recognizes the importance of hemp in the modern cropping environment. With that recognition GROPRO works to provide hemp growers with effective inputs.
"Hemp growers now have a product line that will provide not only proven control but a superior return while being OMRI approved," added James Ronan, CEO of GROPRO.