Increasing Ratoon Cotton Productivity With Advanced Biotechnology

Anand Patil was at his wit’s end. Anand, a cotton farmer in Jalgaon, was experiencing problems with his ratoon cotton crop yield. Square drop just before boll formation was resulting in fewer bolls per plant. Fewer bolls meant lower yield and lower returns.

Frustrated, Anand reached out to us for a solution.

Premature boll drops are primarily caused by nutrient deprivation, climate variations or pathogen infestation.

During the boll development stage, there is excessive demand for carbohydrates and nutrients, with a major portion diverted to growing seeds. Leaves and roots receive a minimal amount of nutrients leaving roots weaker and decreasing the potential for nutrient uptake from the soil.

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Cotton grows best in cold weather with ideal temperatures ranging from 15 to 25-degrees Celsius. Minor temperature fluctuations, especially towards higher ranges are bad for bolls.

Cotton plants are often prey to nematodes, parasites and fungus. Fungal infection cause root and boll rot.

Our experts visited Anand at his farm and thoroughly analysed the problem. Our solution, application of Magic-Gro Dripsol. We recommended he use 500 grams of Magic-Gro Dripsol per acre immediately after the first watering followed by a second application, 30 days later of 250 grams per acre.

Magic-Gro technology is the fruit of over 15 years of rigorous research. It is a consortium of non-genetically engineered, beneficial and robust microbes that are non-pathogenic, enhance soil fertility and boost plant immunity. Strains used in Magic-Gro Dripsol are scientifically chosen for the best results of the products. The formulation is in powder form and free from any toxic chemicals.

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Anand was thrilled with the results. His productivity was higher than he expected after application of Magic-Gro Dripsol. Cotton bolls were healthier and disease free due to increased uptake of nutrients. Leaves weren’t discoloured, and his dependence on pesticides and fertilizers were significantly reduced. His yield was 90-100 squares per plant, in comparison to plants in his uncle’s farms, where only 20-30 squares developed per (ratoon cotton) plant. His yield had increased by almost 80 percent!