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XiteBio / 12.06.2020

One of the major pests North American pulse farmers will be dealing with this year is Pea Leaf Weevils. They can have a huge effect on nitrogen fixation, reduce yields and erase the effects of applied fertilizers and inoculants on your pea and faba bean crops. So what are Pea Leaf Weevils? And how do they affect nitrogen fixation in your crops? Pea Leaf Weevils (Sitona lineatus) are present in virtually all pea producing regions in the world and have become a major economic pest in North American pulse...

XiteBio / 05.06.2020

When looking at crop inoculants and biologicals, you may have seen the mention of PGPR, or products that mention their use of PGPR to enhance plant growth. So what does PGPR mean? How does this affect your soil? How can this benefit your crops? PGPR stands for Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria, and refers to bacteria that live in the rhizosphere of a plant whose activity has a beneficial effect on the growth or health of that plant. The term rhizobacteria refers to bacteria that colonise plant roots or live...

XiteBio / 29.05.2020

When it comes to inoculants, not all are created equal, and there is no end to the variation you can find between products. One of the key differences between different brands and products is the colony forming unit (CFU)/ml or g, or more plainly, the actual number of bacteria within the product. An inoculant that boasts a higher CFU/ml will have more bacterial colonies in it, and therefore provide more bacteria to your soil. So the question comes to mind: is more always better? The simple answer is no. More...

XiteBio / 24.01.2019

Thriving Through Innovation Newsletter Fall/Winter 2018 CEO's Message This is the time of year when we reflect on the previous growing season, and make our plans for the future. Be it the weather or the market, 2018 had its share of challenges for many of our farmer, retailer and distributor customers. We are in an industry where so much can be determined by factors beyond our control, however, finding sources of reliability is invaluable. At XiteBio, we are continually working to develop products and technologies that consistently perform under a variety of...