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Boosting Crop Yields Naturally: Comparing Insect Frass and Fulvic Acid Biostimulants

As a commercial farmer, you always look for ways to enhance crop yields while decreasing input costs. Biostimulants are an increasingly popular option to improve plant growth and health sustainably. Two emerging biostimulants are generating much buzz - insect frass and fulvic acid. But how do they compare? Let's take a closer look.

What is Insect Frass?


Insect frass refers to the excrement of insects like black soldier fly larvae. As these larvae consume organic waste, their digestive process concentrates nutrients and beneficial microbes in their frass. Some studies have found insect frass can stimulate plant growth, likely due to plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and the slow release of nutrients. However, the composition and effects can vary significantly based on the insects' feedstock.


The Power of Fulvic Acid

Fulvic acid is a naturally occurring substance formed by microbial action on ancient plant deposits over millions of years. It's a complex of over 70 trace minerals, amino acids, and other bioactive compounds. When applied to plants, fulvic acid acts as a biostimulant in several ways:


  • Enhances nutrient uptake and utilization efficiency

  • Improves plant tolerance to abiotic stresses like drought and extreme temperatures

  • Stimulates root growth and beneficial soil microbes

  • Increases crop yield and quality


Fulvic acid's unique molecular structure allows it to transport nutrients efficiently into plant cells. It forms stable complexes with minerals, preventing nutrient tie-up in soil. Fulvic acid also has potent antioxidant and electrolytic properties that support plant health on a cellular level.


Harnessing the Fulvic Advantage with AGT-50

While insect frass shows promise as a biostimulant, its variability and limited research make it a riskier choice for large-scale agriculture. Fulvic acid complexes like AgTonik's AGT-50, on the other hand, deliver reliable and remarkable results.


AGT-50 is a highly concentrated, bioactive fulvic mineral complex carefully extracted from a pure, ancient plant-based deposit using a proprietary water-only process. This preserves the full spectrum of naturally occurring fulvic acids, trace minerals, amino acids, and other organic compounds.


With AGT-50, you can expect:


  • Increased nutrient efficiency, allowing you to maintain or boost yields with less fertilizer

  • Improved plant resilience against environmental stresses

  • Enhanced soil health and microbial activity

  • Better crop quality and shelf life


AGT-50's higher concentration of bioactive fulvic acid (4.5%) means you get more bang for your buck compared to other products on the market. And because it's OMRI listed for organic use, AGT-50 supports your sustainability goals.


Maximize Your Crop Potential with AGT-50


Depending on your specific application, there are many effective and interesting biostimulants. For years, AGT-50 has directly addressed farmers' stringent requirements to improve plant growth.

While insect frass is an interesting emerging option, fulvic acid complexes like AGT-50 are a proven, reliable, and cost-effective way to harness the power of biostimulants. Backed by decades of scientific research and field trials, AGT-50 can help you get the most out of every acre.


Experience the difference of this bioactive organic fulvic mineral complex. Contact AgTonik today to learn how AGT-50 can benefit your operation.

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