Draper-based agricultural company is turning heads around the world
Aqua-Yield, complete with over 100 patent properties, and co-founded in 2014, is changing agriculture with its nanotechnology fertilizer system. From grasses to nuts to citrus, yields are higher quality and harvest cycles are increased because of the process invented and developed by the Aqua-Yield founders and team. What began as tests on Utah’s own BioGrass Sod Farms, now has incredibly impacted dozens of crops in the United States and around the globe.
New data supports Aqua-Yield as the nation’s leader in nano-technology fertilizer and recently the company released information showing its technology and distributor partnership with Bethel TriYield is having a major, positive impact on the devastating physical and economic effects of Huanglongbing (HLB) or “Greening”.
HLB has devastated Florida citrus operations since first discovered in the state in 2005. The systematic greening of orchards took an incredible economic toll and farmers had few weapons to fight back. Over the last 12 years, numbers indicate a discouraging trend. The 2004-2005 growing seasons produced 242 million boxes of oranges compared to the 2016-2017 season of only 68.5 million boxes—the culprit: HLB. Aqua-Yield’s patented nanotechnology process and delivery system, combined with Bethel Farms experience and distribution expertise (distributing as Bethel TriYield), are the farmer’s best and most direct tools in combating HLB.
Steve Sorrells, President of Sorrells Groves Inc. located in Desoto County Florida, stated, “We use the TriYield/Aquayield program on 5,000 acres… and our trees look better and production is up! This gives me optimism for the future. We can operate and preserve our family business for the next generation.”
Bethel’s initial use of Aqua Yield’s nanotechnology fertilizer began on the company’s sod farms in late summer of 2013. Because of immediate successes there, trials aggressively moved to Bethel’s Valencia Sweet orange groves at their Arcadia headquarters. At the time, all blocks were considered 90-100% HLB infected. After only two months of applications, the younger trees began to show improvement in comparison to control trees. By December 2013, mature trees were yielding more leaves and improved root density. In January of 2014, all Bethel Citrus Blocks included Aqua-Yield technology in production programs. The numbers tell an incredibly positive story. While the 2014-2015 Florida production dropped statewide, Bethel Farms production increased 21% from an average of 224 boxes per acre to 270 boxes per acre. In 2015, additional nutritional and organic formulations were created for use in citrus production. While the average 2015-2016 Florida production dropped another 26%, Bethel Farms 2015-2016 crop was up an average of 39%, from 270 boxes per acre to 376 boxes per acre.
Clark T. Bell, CEO and co-founder of Aqua-Yield, says, “We were confident in our ability to reproduce results we had seen in so many practical university applications and field tests. We knew the science was not only clearly behind what we were doing, but supported every effort made in transitioning results to all areas of agriculture, from grasses to nuts and from melons to citrus.” He continued, “The early results from Florida, now over several cycles, prove that our patented system and delivery process can help Florida’s citrus growers return to what we hope to be historically high production numbers. Our partnership with Bethel TriYield could literally save Florida’s citrus future.”
The Aqua-Yield process works to “Purify, Minify, Shield, Yield,” which means the technology delivers materials directly to the plant’s cells leading to a much higher overall efficiency. Every step in the Aqua-Yield process is patent-protected, or patent-pending protected. The process works for better crop yields, a higher nutrient uptake and reduction in fertilization usage with liquid nanotechnology. This leads to significant advantages for the grower. Results of the company’s unique technologies include; higher yields, lower cost inputs, shorter crop cycles, less environmental impact and an increase in nutrient impact.
Stan Pelham, Business Manager for McCarlton Partnership based in Hardee County Florida, says the new technology almost assuredly saved his operations. And Pat Carlton, who serves on the Citrus Commission, says, “One-and-a-half years ago, we were seriously considering pushing up our groves and putting them in pasture. We were devastated by HLB just like everyone in our region. We started on the Bethel TriYield program and that turned it around for us. We are a testament that it does work.”
Aqua-Yield has won four American Business Awards, or Stevies, and has been featured in national publications such as Inc. magazine and The Huffington Post.