Micronutrients are having a moment

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Micronutrients are having a moment. According to market research, the global agricultural micronutrients market this year is estimated to be valued at roughly $3.6 billion dollars. This number is projected to reach a value of $5.4 billion dollars by 2025. We know that our customers are often conservative and even cautious about how adding new products to their operations, but with proven technologies and growing data to support the efficacy of products, Wedgworth’s is adopting the use of these new technologies.

For a little over four years our team has been researching and promoting the benefits of Small Particle Technology (SPT.) Through various processes, often adopted from the pharmaceutical or food production industries, particle sizes are reduced for optimal plant uptake and drastically lower application rates. Our investment in science, education and proven positive return-on-investments have our customers seeing the benefits of increased micronutrient use on a wide variety of operations and industries. With the recent adaptation of our Clewiston facility to manufacture and process our own micronutrients, we are fully invested in the benefits of SPT nutrients to our customers.

When the micronutrients Iron (Fe), Zinc (Zn), Copper (Cu), Manganese (Mn), Manganese (Mg), and Calcium (Ca) are naturally chelated using SPT those nutrients do not as easily bond and are therefore more available to the plant. Chelation is a chemical process that occurs between a metal ion and a ligand, also known as an ion attached to a metal atom; that results in the metal ion becoming soluble. Our SPT natural chelation process provides organic acids that provide the plant metabolic benefits as well.

Our mission for nearly a decade has been a focus on customer success. We’ve shown in countless trials in more than 20 crops across the Southeastern United States that products powered by SPT unlock these vital micronutrients, increasing yields and ensuring growers aren’t throwing away their investment.


Summit Nutrients is a proven line of micronutrients that bring SPT technology together with proprietary molecules that further enhance foliar penetration and increase the mobility of micronutrients. With enhanced efficiency and mobility plants are healthier at every growth stage.

To learn more about SPT & Summit Nutrients products and benefits contact a Wedgworth’s advisor.

What is SPT?

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You might be curious about what our “spt stands for! 

Well, “spt” stands for “SMALL PARTICLE TECHNOLOGY”, a novel, proprietary technology that involves several steps and leads to dramatic improvements in plant nutrient uptake and assimilation efficiencies.

Step-1: Proper Sizing

Our manufacturing equipment utilizes advanced “Shearing Technology” which reduces the size of different nutrients into very small particles measured on the Nano scale.  This sizing takes into consideration the actual size of plants’ root hairs, root pores, and leaf stomata and sizes the nutrients correctly for immediate entry and availability.  Hence, Small Particle Technology enables an extremely effective way to get nutrients into the plant.


Step-2: Protection, Complexation, and Homogenization

Utilizing advanced “Carbon Complexing Technology”, nutrients are protected from tie-up in the soil and/or the plant leaf by forming neutral electrically charged particles.  This technology prevents the applied fertilizer from forming other, non-plant available compounds.  Finally, the liquid fertilizer is homogenized to form a completely homogenous liquid blend so that every drop contains the identical formulation.


Step-3: Advanced Natural Chelation

Our proprietary formulation of “Natural Chelates” consisting of 18 Amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, derived from our exclusive “Vegetable Protein Hydrolysate”, enables metallic micronutrient ions to move quickly into the plant, resulting in the prevention and/or correction of micronutrient deficiencies. Unlike other manufacturers’ use of inexpensive synthetic chelates, which require plants to expend precious energy to expel the synthetic chelates through the roots and into the soil, all advanced natural chelates that we use have plant metabolic functions.  Our natural chelates attach to micronutrient metallic ions to form neutral electrically charged particles.  This allows the chelated nutrients to move readily into the root tissue, and/or above-ground plant parts via foliar application.


Phosphorus was irradiated and added to the soil
70 pounds of 11-52-0 on the left and the equivalent of 2 quarts per
acre of  SPT Root EDG+ on the right. The efficiency of uptake on the SPT
side, uptake was immediate and in less than 5 hours the plant had
assimilated the soil phosphorus throughout the entire plant.


Leave any questions or comments below to get a response from our Chief Agronomist, Dr. Nael El-Hout.


For more information or to use SPT products on your crops or turf – contact us!

Best Management Practices in South Florida: A Success Story

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A mandatory Best Management Practices (BMP) program was implemented on Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) farms in 1995 as required by the Everglades Forever Act to reduce phosphorus (P) loads from drainage waters that enter the Everglades ecosystem. All farms in the EAA basin implement mandatory BMPs. Our objective was to determine long-term P load trends of the basin as well as ten individual farms after implementing BMPs for 7 to10 yr. Mann-Kendall trend analysis was used to determine the degree of change in water quality trends. Decreasing trends in P loads were observed in the outflow of the basin and two of its sub basins, the S5A and S8. A decreasing trend in P load was observed on sugarcane farms, while mixed crop farms showed either decreasing or insignificant trends. The insignificant trends are likely related to management practices of mixed crop systems. The EAA Basin P load reductions have consistently exceeded the 25% reduction required by law, indicating the success of the program. Differences in P load reduction exist between farms and sub-basins due to differences in cropping and management systems, and environmental factors. Key Words Best Management Practices (BMP), phosphorus (P), Everglades agricultural area (EAA), South Florida, Everglades Forever Act (EFA). Introduction The Everglades in south Florida is the largest contiguous body of organic soils in the continental United States (Stephens 1956) originally occupying approximately 778,000 ha (Jones 1942). A portion of the northern Everglades was drained at the beginning of the 20 th century for agricultural and urban purposes, becoming what is known today as the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). The EAA basin is located south and east of Lake Okeechobee and north and west of Water Conservations Areas (WCA) in Florida, U.S. (Figure 1). The EAA comprises an area of approximately 283,300 ha and is planted predominantly to sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) with the remaining arable land planted to winter vegetables, sod and rice (Oryza sativa L.). The EAA basin has four sub-basins (S5A, S2/S6, S2/S7, and S3/S8).The soils of the EAA, classified as organic (soil order: Histosol), were formed under anaerobic conditions (Snyder and Davidson 1994). Drainage of organic soils has caused the loss of soil through decomposition leading to soil subsidence and variable soil depths. Soils are deepest in the S5A sub-basin and shallowest in the S3/S8 sub-basin. To farm successfully, growers in the EAA actively drain their fields via an extensive array of canals, ditches, and large volume pumps. Excess water is pumped off farms into South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) conveyance canals, from which it is pumped to Stormwater Treatment Areas (STA). After treatment, water is sent southward to the WCAs and the Everglades National Park (ENP). Concerns about the quality of drainage water leaving the basin and entering the ENP prompted the Florida legislature to adopt the Everglades Regulatory program, part of the Everglades Forever Act (EFA). The main objective of the program is to reduce P loads from the EAA basin by 25% or greater compared to a ten-year, pre-Best Management Practices (BMP) baseline period which spans from 1978 to 1988.


Authors: Samira H. Daroub, Timothy A. Lang and Stuart Van Horn

University of Florida/IFAS, Everglades Research and Education Center and Soil and Water Science Dept, Belle Glade, FL.

Full Article can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228520604_Best_Management_Practices_in_South_Florida_A_Success_Story

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