COCONUT CREEK, Fla., Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IHO-Agro International Inc. (IHO-Agro) an innovative international fertilizer company announced today it has received product testing and product results from IHO-Agro Distribution, Inc. (IHOD).
A brief history from IHOD – Bobby Lindsey began using the IHO-Bio product in the fall of 2014 on a 5 acre navel orange block that was under heavy stress from citrus greening – HLB. Mr. Lindsey was in the process of pushing, piling and burning the grove when he became aware of the IHO-Bio product and try it on the remaining 5 acres that had not yet been pushed. His initial interest was due to the possible efficacy in enhancing the immune system of citrus trees and possibly combating the effects of citrus greening. Changes in growth patterns were noticed following the second application, with substantial results and improvement seen in October 2015. At that time the last two flushes of growth did not show symptoms of greening and leaf samples from those latter flushes showed lower levels of HLB infection than earlier tests conducted by the USDA. Lindsey expanded the treated acreage in the Spring of 2015 to include pineapple and hamlin oranges in the St. John's Improvement District. Due to the success of the product and its effect on HLB there are 10 growers that are now applying the product in test blocks of their own. There is great potential for the expanded use of IHO fertilizer over the significant amount of crops to these growers.
On April 14, 2016, IHOD received a Fertilizer License from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. IHOD has since provided sample product to several growers of cotton and peanuts in Georgia. In addition, Triangle Chemical Company, which does business in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina, has agreed to become a dealer for the IHO-Bio product in Florida, with other states to be considered pending grower testing in those states.
Mr. Ioan Hossu - President and CEO of IHO Agro International commented, "We are delighted with these results. Mr. Lindsey's experience in the citrus industry coupled with the superior products of IHO-Agro will benefit farmers and the industry immediately. The results we see on plant health, growth, yield and tolerance of the HLB bacteria are in line with our research and confirm the important value our products will add to the citrus industry and to the broader agricultural community."
About IHO-Agro Distribution and Mr. Lindsey: IHO-Agro Distribution is a newly formed company that will distribute IHO-Agro products for distribution in the United States. Mr. Lindsey will represent the products with his team and is based out of Vero Beach, Florida. Mr. Lindsey is a 5th generation Florida citrus grower with long standing ties and many years of service to the Florida Citrus industry. He also grows cotton, peanuts and timber in Colquitt County, Georgia, and has cattle in Vero Beach. He was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Mercer University and a Master of Science in Agriculture from the University of Florida.
About IHO-Agro: IHO-Agro is an international fertilizer company with its head office in Florida, and regional offices in Canada and Panama. IHO-Agro sells and markets its product in various regions around the world. IHO-Agro prides itself on marketing truly all-natural fertilizers that will change the way plants are grown around the world. IHO-Bio, an IHO-Agro product, is FiBL approved as being suitable for use in ecological agriculture in the European Union.
For more information on IHO-Agro please visit: www.ihoagro.com
About HLB (Citrus Greening): Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening or yellow dragon disease, is one of the most serious citrus diseases in the world. It is widespread in Asia, Africa, and the Saudi Arabian Peninsula. In July 2004 it was reported in Brazil, and in August 2005 it was found for the first time in the U.S. in south Miami-Dade County. Huanglongbing is a bacterial disease that attacks the vascular system of plants. Once infected, there is no cure for the disease, and in areas where the disease is endemic, citrus trees decline and die within a few years. There are three known forms: Asian, African and Brazilian. The HLB bacteria is transmitted primarily by insect vectors (citrus psyllids), but can also be spread through plant grafting and movement of infected plant material. Even though the pathogens are bacteria, the disease does not spread by casual contamination of personnel and tools or by wind and rain. Though citrus is the primary plant host for HLB, other citrus relatives can also get the disease. Common HLB host plants include the Chinese box orange (Severinia buxifolia) and the curry leaf (Murraya koenigii). While HLB disease and the Asian psyllid share many of the same host plants, some host plants are specific to the disease and others to the psyllid. (Source – Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services).
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