Frequently Asked Questions
A naturally occurring bacteria, Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus, has a unique ability to enter plants and fix nitrogen from the air in a form that the plant can use. It lives in the roots AND the foliage of the plant to offer season-long nitrogen where and when the crop most needs it. Please visit our Science Behind Envita page to learn more.
Envita is applied to a crop or plant and migrates into and lives within the plant (endophytic). It moves into and among plant cells to live in roots and foliage of the plant. The bacteria in Envita converts nitrogen from the air to a form the plant can use for growth.
We have yet to find a crop that Envita cannot successfully colonize and achieve N-fixation benefits. Our research started in corn and soybeans and now has moved into other crops like rice, wheat, canola and cotton. Please visit our Crops page to see Envita results across different crops. If you are interested in testing Envita on a new crop, please contact us.
You can use Envita two ways:
1) apply your recommended fertility program (i.e. apply 100% of the N you planned) and Envita will boost your yield OR
2) cut back your synthetic N fertilizer (i.e. apply 75% of the N you planned) and maintain your normal yield.
On corn, we see up to 20% yield increases when Envita is applied on top of recommended fertility programs, or growers can reduce approximately 25% of their planned N fertilizer program and maintain traditional yields. Two great options.
Since Envita is an endophyte (lives within plants) it does not survive in the soil from one season to the next. Additionally, if Envita freezes, mortality occurs and it becomes ineffective.
Envita is now approved for use in Canada as an in-furrow or foliar application. Registration comes following six years of field research and successful farm trials in Canada and the US. Learn More.
If you are aiming for higher yields on corn, Envita is guaranteed to perform. Conditions apply. Read more here: Performance Guarantees
On corn, Envita is proven to replace an average of 27% of the nitrogen needs of the plant. For example if a field has the equivalent of 200 lbs of N, Envita can replace 54 lbs. On other crops like rice, Envita can replace up to 50% or more of the nitrogen needs.
Envita can be applied in-furrow in tank-mix with leading starter fertilizers or as a foliar application with leading herbicide tank-mixes. See Use Instructions for more information
There is a labeled use of Envita liquid as a seed treatment and this requires a higher volume than the seed easily holds. We are working on a dry formulation for seed treatment. If you are considering Envita liquid as a seed treatment, please contact a representative for more information. Contact Us
Dosatrons are sometimes used with a liquid fertilizer system and such a system presents a good option to apply Envita. Mix the Envita with the appropriate amount of water for application through the dosatron. Example: if applying 1 quart/acre through the dosatron, mix 3.2 oz of Envita with every 28.8 oz of water. It would still be wise to add water to the liquid starter in the tank.
Envita is compatible with leading herbicides. See use instructions.
Upon receiving Envita, keep it away from extreme heat or cold. The product will perform best if stored at a cool room temperature (39 to 46 degrees) until use.
Do not open the bottle of Envita before you intend to apply it, and use all of the product in the bottle on the day that the bottle is opened. After mixing Envita for application, do not allow it to sit in the tank overnight. All Envita should be applied on the same day it is mixed in the tank.
Please review our use instructions for more information.
Envita is a naturally occurring, food-grade bacteria endemic to North America and is not genetically modified. We are exploring OMRI certification. At this stage, the best approach for organic growers is to work with local certification regulators. Envita is accepted by the USDA as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). It contains water, polysaccharides and pure culture of non-pathogenic organisms.
Yes! If you would like to discuss using Envita with one of our agronomists, please contact us. We will get in touch to answer any questions or concerns.