Agriculture’s greatest challenge now and in the future is availability of freshwater supply. As seen throughout the world, water availability for a growing population is putting a stain on irrigated cropping systems globally. By 2050, it is estimated that the world’s population will top 9 billion, a 2 billion person increase over 2012. As a consequence, food production will have to increase by 50% on less viable land. The chemistry and products that SNF currently offers to the agricultural market provide important means for increasing the efficiency of water and productivity, whether it be for turf, crop, or ornamental uses.
SNF is the leading provider of polymers for irrigation efficiency in turf, crop, and ornamental applications. Our FLOBOND® line of polyacrylamide (PAM) products provides a safe and efficient solution to water quality and quantity issues facing the turf, crop, and ornamental industry.
PAM increases soil porosity, which promotes uniform percolation and useable volume of the applied water. However, when PAM is used on sandy soils, it decreases percolation and allows plants to retain and utilize more of the applied water before it passes through the root zone.
In studies and of actual turf applications, FLOBOND® has demonstrated the ability the increase water efficiency up to 20 percent.
Benefits of using FLOBOND® include:
- Reduced water costs
- Reduced energy costs
- Improved overall turf quality
- Increase in playable surfaces
- Less runoff from irrigation and rain events
- Reduced localized dry spots and wet zones
- Green and sustainable