Compass Minerals Presents MicroActive Technology at Fertilizer Conference
At this year’s Latin American Fertilizer Conference, Produquímica, a Compass Minerals company, introduced MicroActive™ technology, an innovative alternative to coating NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) fertilizer granules with micronutrients.
Produquímica, in partnership with the research company Embrapa Instrumentação, developed MicroActive technology, an advanced and efficient concept of micronutrient supply for soil application. This groundbreaking water-based technology coats NPK fertilizer granules with micronutrients through a highly adherent, homogeneous water suspension of nanoparticles. The MicroActive technology provides a more uniform and consistent coating quality, more convenience in seeding, and better distribution and application guarantee – all which result in improved performance and yield.
“MicroActive technology is available in a product line with different nutrient ratios that were developed based on the demands of the micronutrient market,” said Michel Castellani, Produquímica research and development manager. “It was essential to use special and high-purity raw materials so the resulting products would be high-quality, with high performance application to coat NPK granules and higher agronomic performance.”
“Coating one nutrient onto another, without losing adherence over time, and keeping the correct nutrient ratios was a great challenge during the research,” said Embrapa researcher Cauê Ribeiro. “Together, we developed a formula with enhanced performance features that is more environmentally friendly.”
MicroActive technology is presented as a complement to the Wolf Trax™ line, providing the market with high performance liquid and solid solutions for NPK fertilizer coating.
“Innovation is one of the main pillars of our company. We make significant investments in the development of our projects and work in partnership with renowned research institutions worldwide. We are proud to have partnered with Embrapa, a research company we admire so much, to develop the MicroActive technology” commented Ithamar Prada, Produquimica research and development director.
To the right, the research and development team responsible for leading the MicroActive project along with Embrapa. From left to right: Ricardo Oliveira, research and development engineer; Samantha Faria, research and development assistant; Michel Castellani, research and development manager, Gabriel Uehara, junior researcher and project MicroActive leader and Isaías Barros, research and development assistant.