Hockley Agro UK launches SILILO EVO at Agri-Tech East Hub
Hockley Agro UK was due to showcase its latest new offering for UK farmers at the Royal Norfolk Show in early July. The show has been running since 1847 and attracts around 80,000 visitors annually.
In conjunction with Agri-Tech East, the event included an Innovation Hub to share new technologies with UK farmers. With the show cancelled due to current restrictions, the Innovation Hub went online so new farming technologies could still be shared.
At the online hub, there was plenty of interest in Hockley Agro’s offering of SILILO EVO, a biodegradable wetting agent.
SILILO EVO is a biodegradable super-spreader that is new to the market for 2020. It is better for the farmer’s land, and the environment, and will protect water courses. It breaks down in the environment naturally. It is readily biodegradable (OECD 301) with a favourable ecotoxicological profile.
As well as its environmental credentials, SILILO EVO is an effective super-spreader promoting the rapid coverage of hydrophobic leaf surfaces at concentrations 0.1% or less, thus delivering crop protection and foliar fertilisation more effectively. Its targeting effect allows the spray to reach locations that are not conventionally accessible. It offers improved wetting, targeting, cuticular penetration and stomatal flooding. SILILO EVO greatly reduces the surface tension of a solution, resulting in a contact angle which is reduced even further than other traditional wetters, with aqueous solutions containing SILILO EVO achieving a contact angle of zero degrees.
Productivity increases too as super-spreading results in better uptake of products, reducing required spray volumes and producing an increase in yields. SILILO EVO offers improved rainfastness, meaning rain can be tolerated after one hour with no need for a respray. Extensive field testing has proven its effects with herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and acaricides, PGRs, and micronutrients.