High-quality forage is vital if growers are to get the most out of their livestock and dairy operations.
At Chr. Hansen we have extensive experience in providing microbial solutions that help farmers enhance the quality of silage fermentation and improve the nutritional quality of their feed.
Now, we have developed ATTIS® microbial crop inoculant – a unique strain of Bacillus megaterium. ATTIS® has been shown in numerous field trials to increase silage biomass through improved nutrient uptake, improved tolerance to abiotic stress and increased availability of nutrients from the soil.
By improving nutrient availability in the soil, ATTIS® provides more opportunity for improved crop quality and yield – and increased value to farmers.
The unique benefits of ATTIS®
Better availability of nutrients – including phosphorus
ATTIS® quickly colonizes the roots of plants to help increase the availability of nutrients. It increases the solubilization and uptake of bound nutrients – particularly phosphorus – from
Higher phosphorous uptake can mean more protein and improved starch production in corn – with up to 70% of the phosphorous uptake stored in the grains.
Increased nutrient availability and yield potential
ATTIS® helps the plant access water and nutrients from the soil.
By maintaining more consistent access and uptake of nutrients as the plant rapidly grows toward harvest, ATTIS® helps increase forage yield potential.
Improved stress tolerance
By optimizing soil conditions, ATTIS® provides a more robust and developed root structure and helps reduce abiotic stress such as drought.
Corn silage plants treated with ATTIS® have demonstrated higher water use efficiency, which helped maintain a higher rate of growth during simulated drought stress.
How does ATTIS® work?
ATTIS® bacteria (Bacillus megaterium) quickly colonize roots and release enzymes into the soil. These enzymes help break down organic forms of nutrients that are otherwise not available for uptake by the plant.
Plants can more easily absorb the available nutrients needed for energy production and growth. Improved uptake of nutrients such as phosphorus – which can be limited in many soils during early crop development – can improve root growth.
With a more consistent supply of nutrients and water, and a well-developed root system, crops are better prepared to withstand abiotic stresses, such as drought, acidity and salinity.