Lystek International Releases 2015 Crop Trial Results

Lystek International Releases 2015 Crop Trial Results
Canadian biofertilizer producer Lystek International has released the results of an in-depth crop trial completed during Ontario's 2015 growing year.

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Canadian biofertilizer producer Lystek International has released the results of an in-depth crop trial completed during Ontario's 2015 growing year.

The Cambridge-based firm uses low-temperature, low-cost thermal hydrolysis to produce biogas and a Class-A biofertilizer.

In 2015, Lystek and the Georgian Central Soil and Crop Improvement Association participated in a trial comparing typical application rates of commercial fertilizer with LysteGro. The trials were conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and each treatment was replicated three times at five different locations. On average, the LysteGro treatments increased yield by 16.5 bushels/acre when compared to commercial fertilizer treatments. LysteGro treatments also produced superior results in other tests conducted during the trial, including grain protein content and stalk nitrate tests.

Due to increasing fertilizer costs and the need to boost organic matter concentrations in soils, some farmers in southern Ontario have embraced organically based biofertilizers. LysteGro offers a unique combination of balanced nutrients, ideal for crop production as well as organic matter, which improve soil health in the long term. In addition to providing sufficient concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, LysteGro also provides a suite of micronutrients, including sulphur, magnesium, calcium, zinc and more.

Wayne Metzger of Highland Custom Farming, an organization that farms about 1,500 acres of their own land and an additional 8,000 acres as a custom operator in Grey County, was one of the first growers to use LysteGro.

"The initial results have been great," he says. "We’re getting 200 bushel corn on ground applied with LysteGro, which is extremely rare for this area. I’m really excited to watch the long-term effects of this product. When you see the positive impact this material has had on our soil, and the results of this trial, it’s a wonder why anyone would allow these materials to be sent to landfill, or anywhere else for that matter.”

“While I believed in the product before the trials, the results really do pop out at you, so I’m excited to use the product on my farm going forward,” says Jon Wiley, a trial participant and former president of the Grey County Soil and Crop Improvement Association.

Full results from the 2015 trials can be found here.

Lystek will continue trials with OMAFRA in 2016, investigating applying the material side dressed into established corn as well as with cover crop following wheat harvest.

About Lystek
Lystek is an award-winning organic materials recovery firm with proven solutions that are helping municipalities and other generators reduce waste, costs, odors and greenhouse gas emissions through an innovative approach to biosolids and organics management. Lystek is committed to beneficial use through the transformation of nonhazardous, organic materials into nutrient rich, federally registered, fertilizer products. At the wastewater treatment plant, the same innovative system can also be used to optimize the performance of digesters and BNR systems, while reducing overall volumes and increasing biogas production for green energy.


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