Many crops across Western Canada are suffering from early-season stress linked to cold and wet conditions, the inability of soil to transfer nutrients, pathogens, pests and weeds. This delicate time is also when herbicides are due to be applied, which can further stress the crop. At OMEX, we developed technology to help relieve stress on crops, and this technology is now the star feature of our Stress Reliever family of products including C3, P3 and Nutri-Boost. Stress Reliever Technology has seven measurable, positive effects on crops.
Enhancing Root Production
OMEX formulations with NPK, micropackage of trace elements and Stress Reliever Technology™ were designed to maximize nutrient uptake and translocation within the plant. The complex range of compounds found within our formulations help promote root formation especially when crops are under stress.
Tolerating Environmental Stress
When Stress Reliever Technology™ is applied to crops it initiates and speeds up the process of acclimatization to cold stress. Combined with high levels of phosphorus and trace elements, this allows plants to tolerate greater levels of other stresses such as wet conditions, dramatic fluctuations of temperatures, drought, hail and reducing the amount of damage the crop sustains.
Triggering the Immune System & Strengthening Plant Health
Application of OMEX products with high phosphorus levels, micronutrients and Stress Reliever Technology™ at herbicide timing not only improves the crop’s ability to withstand environmental stress, but also reduces the attacks of early-season pathogens and flare-ups of sap-sucking insect pests. It also strengthens plant natural defenses, leading to improved health and productivity. This is due to the fact that these products induce Localized Acquired Resistance (LAR) and Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR) against a range of fungi, bacteria and viruses that attack plants when their energy level is low.
Fending-off Pathogenic Microbes
OMEX formulations with Stress Reliever Technology™ contain specific carbohydrates that serve as a food source for beneficial microbes, making their numbers increase substantially in the rhizosphere. These microbes promote plant growth, stimulating substances that enhance root growth and the size of root biomass. This increase in bacterial population also helps by physically excluding and competing with soil-borne pathogens.
Enhancing Chlorophyll Production and Function
Application of OMEX foliars with Stress Reliever Technology™ and essential micronutrients results in greener and bushier plants with a high content of chlorophyll functioning at their fullest capacity. This is, in part, due to a complex family of compounds used in our formulations, which help reduce photo-oxidative damage to the photosynthetic process.
Boosting Crop Recovery
Stress Reliever Technology™ provide the crops a boost of energy in form of phosphorus and essential micronutrients at herbicide time, making them catabolize chemistries faster and recover from oxidative damage.
OMEX foliars with Stress Reliever Technology™ and essential micronutrients have been on the market for over 15 years and their use in Western Canada has shown that treated crops establish bigger and deeper roots with a faster growth rate and emergence. They also develop bigger and greener shoots that are more resistant to stresses from pests, diseases and adverse weather conditions, thus avoiding setbacks and stalling under situations of stress and hastening maturity and preserving yield and quality.