Inflexion Point Technologies, LLC (IPT) and ALMACO have announced a business relationship that the companies believe will sustainably increase food productivity and farmer profitability while using sustainable organic seed treatments suitable for agronomic areas and growing conditions. ‘a farmer.
IPT, co-founded by CEO Steve Smith and President Nick Iwig, is a company that has developed the industry’s first prescriptive planter seed treatment (POP-ST) solution.
“We are delighted to be working with industry leader ALMACO to commercialize our POP-ST technology,” Smith said in a press release. “ALMACO’s long history of successful technology offerings in the research market will ensure that our POP-ST technology is field tested and approved by farmers. By working with ALMACO, we will be positioned to meet the needs of our clients in research and on the farm. ”
ALMACO has developed and commercialized new technologies in the processing, packaging, planting, plant phenotyping, harvesting and seed pollination markets over the past decades.
ALMACO will optimize the final product development phase of IPT’s patent pending POP-ST technology. ALMACO research planters with POP-ST technology will be available for the spring planting season 2022 with commercial planter kits available for the spring planting season 2023. In return for product optimization, ALMACO will obtain certain preferential conditions in its license to market the POP-ST solution on the research planter market.
“Despite our unprecedented success in the seed research equipment market, we have recognized the need to continually adapt to maintain this success,” said Patrick Clem, CEO of ALMACO, in a press release. “One of the ways we’ve done this is to actively seek out partnership opportunities with startups bringing breakthrough technologies to market. When we heard about IPT’s POP-ST solution, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play a pivotal role in bringing it to market. We believe this will dramatically improve the way seed treatment is done for both our research clients and farmers. ”
New class of biological seed treatments
The organic seed treatment market is booming with an increased desire to sustainably improve performance per acre on the farm, company officials say. “New technology is needed to enable green yield-protecting solutions that also maximize return on investment for farmers,” Smith said. IPT’s new POP-ST technology allows a wider range of biological and niche treatments to be applied directly over previously treated seeds.
“Our POP-ST technology increases the number of valuable technologies a farmer can apply to seeds compared to current practices,” added Iwig. “POP-ST is the first seed application technology allowing farmers to maintain organic seed treatments in optimal condition until they are deployed in real time in the field to provide farmers with the most value. ”
Prescriptive entry movement
POP-ST enables precise, real-time application, delivered directly from the planter to each seed in the most sustainable and flexible method, company officials say. “POP-ST is a revolutionary solution that, for the first time, will allow planters to vary the seed treatments they apply, the combinations and rates they apply them to, and the locations where they do so depending on the agronomic area and other planting conditions, ”Smith said.
“Our solution is designed to be added as an upgrade to existing planters and integrated into the manufacturing process for new planters. Ultimately, our POP-ST offerings create a whole new class of seed treatment – prescriptive field and real-time seed treatments, ”adds Iwig.