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Simplot fertilizer recognized by NASA

Simplot’s GAL-XeONE controlled release fertilizer was recognized at the 33rd annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for innovating the way fertilizer nutrients are released in a controlled manner, the J.R. Simplot Company said in a press release. The product uses a polymer coating for its controlled release capability developed by Florikan, LLC and its founder Ed Rosenthal. Simplot purchased the technology in 2012, and has helped create an international distribution channel for the fertilizer. Florikan was inducted as an “Innovating Organization” into the Space Technology Hall of Fame at the ceremony. In addition, The J.R. Simplot Company was recognized with a commendation for the role it played in allowing world-wide distribution of the fertilizer. 

“GAL-XeONE is an example of the innovative ideas and out-of-box thinking that we need as we explore ways to feed a growing world,” said Jeff Roesler, vice president of Simplot’s Specialty Business Unit team. “We congratulate Ed and the Florikan team for this and are thrilled that it is part of the Simplot team.”

Simplot GAL-XeONE polymer coating controls nutrient release over an extended period of time – up to 18 months in specialty agriculture applications like potato production. This technology is said to provide predictable release of plant nutrients throughout the growing cycle – a critical component in planning nutrient management, Simplot said.

A new web-based application was also recently introduced by Simplot to plot the release-timing of nutrients based on product applied, regional weather, and application rates. Simplot said this system enables effective nutrient management for specialty crops including potatoes.

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