OGT Amenity https://ogt.ie Fertilizers and solutions to grow and mantain healthier plants Thu, 06 Feb 2020 09:43:50 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://ogt.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/cropped-icon-32x32.png OGT Amenity https://ogt.ie 32 32 Rovensa expands its biocontrol business unit by acquiring Agrichem Bio in Spain https://ogt.ie/rovensa-expands-its-biocontrol-business-unit-by-acquiring-agrichem-bio-in-spain/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 09:34:04 +0000 https://ogt.ie/?p=5268 Idai Nature, the biocontrol business unit of ROVENSA, an international group with innovative solutions for well balanced agriculture, announces today the acquisition of Agrichem Bio, S.A. and Even Agro, S.L. (together “Agrichem Bio”) a leading company specialized in biological plant protection solutions in Iberia, headquartered in Madrid, Spain. This acquisition reinforces Rovensa´s biocontrol business unit, […]

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Idai Nature, the biocontrol business unit of ROVENSA, an international group with innovative solutions for well balanced agriculture, announces today the acquisition of Agrichem Bio, S.A. and Even Agro, S.L. (together “Agrichem Bio”) a leading company specialized in biological plant protection solutions in Iberia, headquartered in Madrid, Spain.
This acquisition reinforces Rovensa´s biocontrol business unit, managed by Idai Nature, towards its goal of leading the change in agriculture by focusing on safe, healthy and environmental friendly solutions. With over 40 years of history, Agrichem Bio introduced the first biopesticides in the Iberian market and has today the largest portfolio of biocontrol products registered in Iberia.
“The acquisition of Agrichem will bring together two major strengths: Rovensa innovative biological crop solutions and Agrichem strong expertise in biopesticides registration, especially in the field of microorganisms and plant extracts” explains Rovensa CEO, Eric van Innis, adding that “this demonstrates the group strong commitment to innovation and sustainability towards a well balanced agriculture in order to ensure safe, healthy and environmentally friendly solutions. All this to benefit our customers and society”.
With this acquisition, Rovensa has now a stronger and wider portfolio of registered biocontrol products for a large range of crops, which will help to expand its biocontrol business, led by one of the companies of the group, Idai Nature.
Carlos Ledó, CEO of Idai Nature, declares “we are very proud and happy to have Agrichem Bio on board. Agrichem Bio will maintain its independence and will be integral in achieving our goal of becoming a world leader in biocontrol through sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions”.
About Rovensa
Rovensa, formerly known as Sapec Agro Business, is an international player in the agricultural industry, with a long history, experience and knowledge in the sector.
In September 2019, Sapec Agro Business was renamed Rovensa, with the aim of creating a prestigious international brand in the agricultural industry. The group is now organized into three main business units: crop protection, crop nutrition and biocontrol. With offices, factories, research centres and laboratories in Brazil, France, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, Rovensa continuously develops a broad portfolio of innovative solutions for plant health & care.
All companies belonging to Rovensa share synergies and offer a catalogue of complementary products that have the same objective: Well Balanced Agriculture.
https://www.rovensa.com/ 

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Rovensa acquires Rodel company in Ecuador https://ogt.ie/rovensa-acquires-rodel-company-in-ecuador/ Tue, 17 Dec 2019 16:24:42 +0000 https://ogt.ie/?p=5242   Rovensa has completed the acquisition of the Ecuadorian company Rodel Flowers (“Rodel”), which will be integrated into Rovensa Crop Nutrition business unit (“Tradecorp”). With over 20 years of history, Rodel has been an important partner for Tradecorp in Ecuador, being its exclusive distributor of chelates and biostimulants ranges. Rodel currently holds a leading position […]

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Rovensa has completed the acquisition of the Ecuadorian company Rodel Flowers (“Rodel”), which will be integrated into Rovensa Crop Nutrition business unit (“Tradecorp”).
With over 20 years of history, Rodel has been an important partner for Tradecorp in Ecuador, being its exclusive distributor of chelates and biostimulants ranges. Rodel currently holds a leading position in the distribution of crop nutrition specialised products to the flowers market in Ecuador.

Eric van Innis, CEO of Rovensa, underlines that “Rodel represents a compelling opportunity to extract synergies among Rovensa business units”, explaining that “the company’s network and local structure will serve as a local platform to leverage our growth in the Ecuador, not only in flowers but also by expanding into other crops. ”
With this acquisition, Rovensa is “on track to be a global partner with unique and innovative solutions, adapted for all crops and local specific needs, covering most of the plant input spectrum in major world markets.”

Following this acquisition, Eric van Innis notes that “Rovensa will continue to explore new opportunities to complement organic growth with acquisitions so that it can fulfil its mission to feed the planet with safe and healthy solutions enabling a balanced and sustainable agriculture.”

About Rovensa
Rovensa, formerly known as Sapec Agro Business, is an international player in the agricultural industry, with a long history, experience and knowledge in the sector.
In September 2019, Sapec was renamed Rovensa, with the aim of creating a prestigious international brand in the agricultural industry. The group is now organized into three main business units: crop protection, crop nutrition and biocontrol. With offices, factories, research centres and laboratories in Brazil, France, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, Rovensa continuously develops a broad portfolio of innovative solutions for plant health & care.
All companies belonging to Rovensa share synergies and offer a catalogue of complementary products that have the same objective: Well Balanced Agriculture.

Rovensa companies

  • Ascenza and Selectis: specialised in crop protection and leaders in the off-patent segment with a leading position in Iberia and presence in southern Europe, the Balkans, Brazil.
  • Tradecorp: experts in development and manufacture of top-quality and innovative crop nutrition and biostimulation solutions, which are commercialized in more than 70 countries worldwide.
  • Idai Nature: experts in biocontrol. It produces natural solutions from botanical extracts, minerals and microorganisms, with presence in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
  • OGT: a Rovensa company with direct and preferential access to the Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed and with an exclusive extraction method, Gentle Extraction, that preserves the biostimulating compounds that are naturally present in fresh seaweed.
  • SDP: specialized in cutting-edge adjuvants, which increase the persistence and maximize the performance of agrochemical products.
  • Microquímica: experts in microbiology and biotechnology, both for crop protection and biostimulation. Its product Vorax was the first biofertilizer registered in Brazil.

+ info: https://www.rovensa.com/

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Visit To Oilean Glas Teo https://ogt.ie/visit-to-oilean-glas-teo/ Mon, 18 Nov 2019 14:23:29 +0000 https://ogt.ie/?p=5175 Visit To Oilean Glas Teo We had the privalge of having Tradecorp visitors Luis Ibarguren,Laura Bravo and Xiao-qi Zhou Yang with a party of 12 Chinese clients visit us here in OGT Kilcar last month.  

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Visit To Oilean Glas Teo

We had the privalge of having Tradecorp visitors Luis Ibarguren,Laura Bravo and Xiao-qi Zhou Yang with a party of 12 Chinese clients visit us here in OGT Kilcar last month.

 

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Australian Ambassador visits Oilean Glas Teo https://ogt.ie/australian-ambassador-visits-oilean-glas-teo/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 10:46:02 +0000 https://ogt.ie/?p=5110 This July the Australian Ambassador, Richard Andrews, and his wife, Saovanee Andrews visited our factory.  http://tradecorp.com.es/en/australian-ambassador-visits-tradecorps-factory-in-ireland/  

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This July the Australian Ambassador, Richard Andrews, and his wife, Saovanee Andrews visited our factory.  http://tradecorp.com.es/en/australian-ambassador-visits-tradecorps-factory-in-ireland/

 

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Tradecorp will be at New Ag International, Ireland! https://ogt.ie/tradecorp-will-be-at-new-ag-international-ireland/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:11:30 +0000 https://ogt.ie/?p=5080 Visit Tradecorp at the New Ag exhibition in Dublin, Ireland. Stop by from the 27th-29th of March, located at the Citywest Hotel and Convention Center. At the annual New Ag exhibition, Tradecorp will have an interactive stand hosted by directors and members of the technical and sales force team. Making this an excellent opportunity to […]

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Visit Tradecorp at the New Ag exhibition in Dublin, Ireland. Stop by from the 27th-29th of March, located at the Citywest Hotel and Convention Center.

At the annual New Ag exhibition, Tradecorp will have an interactive stand hosted by directors and members of the technical and sales force team. Making this an excellent opportunity to gain receive personalized advice for your crops. In addition, Camila Levy, R&D Agronomical Manager at Tradecorp, will be giving a speech about the innovative solutions for crop nutrition involving foliar application.

About Camila Levy

Having worked as Tradecorp’s Agronomical Manager for over four years. With a Master’s degree in Project Management as well as a Master in Tropical Agriculture, Camila is an experienced professional in her field. She holds over twelve years of experience in the Research and Development sector.

About the New Ag Convention

From the 27th-29th of March, the 17th annual New Ag Convention, is coming to Europe this year. Taking place in Dublin, Ireland, the exhibition will be host to 60 international exhibitors, making it an exceptional venue to gain more insight on the specialty fertilizer sector

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Product Trials – Amino Turf https://ogt.ie/product-trials-amino-turf/ Tue, 02 Oct 2018 14:52:55 +0000 https://ogt.ie/?p=5065 Evaluation of AminoTurf on High Stress Turfgrass Location: Irish Sportsturf Institute (ISTI), Poaceae Farm, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Date: from June 24th 2017 to Dec 30th 2017. Turfgrass canopy: predominantly (>85%) annual meadowgrass (Poa annua) with traces of browntop bentgrass (Agrostis capillaris) and slender creeping red fescue (Festuca rubra literalis). Protection: no pesticides of any […]

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Evaluation of AminoTurf on High Stress Turfgrass

  • Location: Irish Sportsturf Institute (ISTI), Poaceae Farm, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
  • Date: from June 24th 2017 to Dec 30th 2017.
  • Turfgrass canopy: predominantly (>85%) annual meadowgrass (Poa annua) with traces of browntop bentgrass (Agrostis capillaris) and slender creeping red fescue (Festuca rubra literalis).
  • Protection: no pesticides of any type were applied during the trial.
  • Irrigation: it was applied based on wilt assessments – at no stage during the trial was supplementary irrigation required.
  • Equipment: treatments were made using a CO2 backpack sprayer (Bellspray R&D JR-203S, R&D Sprayers, Opelusa, LA)

Disease Cover

The applications of Aminoturf did not completely prevent the development of Microdochium nivale but did reduce it significantly in comparison to the untreated controls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quality

There was a significant difference between the control and the highest rate of amino.
The two lower rates of Aminoturf were not significantly different from either the check plot of the highest rate

Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) (0-0,8)

Treatment 4 rated significantly higher than the control.  The two lower rates of Aminoturf didn´t show significant improvement

Turf Color

Treatment 2 and 4 resulted in significant differences compared to the control.  Treatment 3 did not show significant improvement.

CONCLUSIONS

  • Aminoturf´s invigorating and stimulating effect allows the grass to save energy during critical stages of growth and improves its recovery from abiotic stress due to climatic conditions.
  • Best responses for all the parameters where achieved with the higher rate of 20 l/ha. The lower rates presents better results than the control, but not always significant.
  • During October and November, the cooling impacts negatively on all parameters, with Aminoturf showing a great difference in performance.
  • Great results with cover disease (-57%), color (+0,5) and quality (+0,5).

 

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Product Trials – Trá sys https://ogt.ie/product-trials/ Mon, 03 Sep 2018 14:42:37 +0000 https://ogt.ie/?p=5045 Evaluation of Trá sys on High Stress Turfgrass Location: Irish Sportsturf Institute (ISTI), Poaceae Farm, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Date: from July 15th to November 4th 2017. Turfgrass canopy:   predominantly   (>85%)   annual   meadowgrass   (Poa annua) with traces of browntop bentgrass (Agrostis capillaris) and slender creeping red fescue (Festuca rubra literalis). Protection: no pesticides of any […]

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Evaluation of Trá sys on High Stress Turfgrass

  • Location: Irish Sportsturf Institute (ISTI), Poaceae Farm, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
  • Date: from July 15th to November 4th 2017.
  • Turfgrass canopy:   predominantly   (>85%)   annual   meadowgrass   (Poa annua) with traces of browntop bentgrass (Agrostis capillaris) and slender creeping red fescue (Festuca rubra literalis).
  • Protection: no pesticides of any type were applied during the trial.
  • Irrigation: it was applied based on wilt assessments – at no stage during the trial was supplementary irrigation required.
  • Equipment: treatments were  made  using  a  CO2  backpack  sprayer (Bellspray R&D JR-203S, R&D Sprayers, Opelusa, LA)

Turf Colour (1-10)

Both  treatments  showed significant differences compared to the control, but  almost  no  difference between the rates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turf Quality (1-10)

There were significant differences between the  control  and  the Trá sys treatments, with no significant differences between the two rates.

Disease Cover (%)

The  applications  of Trá sys did not completely prevent the  development  of Microdochium  nivale but did reduce it significantly in comparison to the untreated control.

Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) (0-0,8)

Treatment 6 rated significantly higher than the control.  Treatment 5 also showed good results.

CONCLUSIONS

  • Trá sys provides a balanced nutrition that improves leaf strength for a healthier plant, with a faster recovery from abiotic stress.
  • Best responses for all the parameters were achieved with the higher rate of 30 l/ha, although the lower rate showed very good results.
  • Due to   weather   conditions,   during   the   month   of   September   the parameters show a negative impact. The results with Trá sys show a great difference in performance.
  • Great results with reduced disease cover over the trial period(-66%), colour (+0,8) and quality (+0,7).

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Testimonials https://ogt.ie/trials-testimonials/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 10:38:34 +0000 https://ogt.ie/?p=4999 Nick Perkins, The Player’s Club Bristol We have trialed AlgaeGreen + Ithir this season and our root mass has transformed massively!  With the longest dry spell for a few years we haven’t had to waste hours on hand watering through this period! The combination of these two products have massively improved our root structure! Dan Kendle, […]

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Nick Perkins, The Player’s Club Bristol
We have trialed AlgaeGreen + Ithir this season and our root mass has transformed massively!  With the longest dry spell for a few years we haven’t had to waste hours on hand watering through this period! The combination of these two products have massively improved our root structure!

Dan Kendle, Newquay Golf Club
Since using AlgaeGreen my Root length and overall plant health has been amazing!

 

 

 

Paul Coleman, Course Superintendent, Dromoland Castle, Ireland
”I have been using AlgaeGreen now for the past two years. I find the product excellent in the development of the Root System which in turn improves the Nematode issue I have here at Dromland Castle”

Gerry Byrne, Course Superintendent, The K Club, Ireland
”We have successfully being using AlgaeGreen for the past two years and find it to be an important part of our supplementary nutritional program. The key benefit of using AlgaeGreen is to complement our environmental nutritional program we have here at The K Club”

Paul O’ Mahony, Course Superintendent, Old Head Golf Links, Ireland
”I have been using AlgaeGreen for some time now and have noted much healthier greens, with improved density and reduced stress. I would definitely recommend the product and will continue using it on the Old Head course in future”

Roger Robarge, Course Superintendent, The Valley Club of Montecito, California
”AlgaeGreen offers the most cost effective bio stimulant on the market today. Regular applications have resulted in improved root density, root depth and plant stress tolerance. The product is an integral component of our agronomic program; and we can’t live without it”

Neil Edwards, Course Superintendent, Bakers Bay Golf Course, Bahamas
”I have been using AlgaeGreen now for two years and I am finding it to be an excellent product. I have applied AlgaeGreen to both Bentgrass and Bermuda grass and have seen noticeable improvements in my Grass conditions. AlgaeGreen is now an important part of my weekly foliar program. I have no hesitation in recommending AlgaeGreen to fellow superintendents”

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Seaweed Success in Donegal https://ogt.ie/seaweed-success-in-donegal/ Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:54:40 +0000 https://ogt.ie/?p=4936 In 2004 CEO Declan Gallagher founded OGT in Kilcar, Co. Donegal. It was privately funded with an original investment of €300,000. The ambition was to sustainably harvest and then process some of the area’s natural seaweed, into a liquid seaweed extract, to sell to the golf industry in Ireland. It’s very much a success story […]

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In 2004 CEO Declan Gallagher founded OGT in Kilcar, Co. Donegal. It was privately funded with an original investment of €300,000. The ambition was to sustainably harvest and then process some of the area’s natural seaweed, into a liquid seaweed extract, to sell to the golf industry in Ireland. It’s very much a success story as production levels have grown to 3,200 tonnes per annum with the business employing over 30 full-time staff.
Why seaweed?

I grew up close to the ocean and was always involved in some ocean-related business. Going back the years, farmers used seaweed to enhance and improve grass growth and to improve crop growth in potatoes. I can also remember from a very young age, how my grandmother used to go down to the shore and collect dillisk and bring it home, to dry out at the back of her house. After finishing secondary school, I studied business in Letterkenny Institute and went on to work in my father’s company, which made fishing nets for the large fishing boats in Donegal.

I always wanted to do something for myself, in an industry that I was passionate about. Obviously being from Donegal, a lot of people are into sports and personal experience made me aware that seaweed could have potential benefits for the sports industry. There was a lot of local knowledge on seaweed but not a lot of research. There were no competitors as such to compete with and consequently no blueprint to follow.

“Our liquid extracts help build up the immune system of a plant, similar to a person taking a multivitamin for their health.”

What problem do you solve for golf courses?

The seaweed extract contains small amounts of nutrients and growth enhancers, which allows greenkeepers to produce and maintain a healthier, stronger grass.
Our liquid extracts help build up the immune system of a plant, similar to a person taking a multivitamin for their health.

Being original can be tough

Our number one key selling point is that we are lucky to have a really quality raw material that grows in abundance along the coast of Ireland. We are in South West Donegal and to be competitive, I knew we had to be unique, as you have additional costs when you operate on the periphery of a market.

The competition

We were competing with large international companies with billion dollar turnovers. At the time, greenkeepers in Ireland didn’t have the opportunity to buy much Irish-made, as they were generally offered either European or American products. Most of my customers in the golf industry are all very well qualified in plant physiology. They grow excellent quality grass, and my job was to be there to listen and support them

Main challenge

In 2005 I launched the product onto the Irish market, and for the first two years, it involved much learning and as well as discovering the needs of my customers. Probably the biggest challenge for me personally, was to gain first-hand knowledge of the industry and to get feedback on my product, in a short period.

“It’s a very sustainable business model, and sales never vary by more than 10 to 15% per month.”

The USA

I received a lot of outstanding testimonials from local golf courses in Ireland who believed in me and my product. By 2007 I had built up sufficient product knowledge to begin to look at the US, which has since developed into an important market for us. Customers in America were very supportive, and they wanted to see the business grow, so that also helped me a lot. Every market is different, and golf courses in the US faced various challenges, such as drought and unlike Ireland, using reclaimed or poorer quality water.

Main products

All the seaweed is processed into two forms; firstly into our liquid extract product for the golf and agri industries; and secondly dried seaweed fibre, supplied to animal feed companies across Europe.

Selling the business

Our principal focus has always been to supply the highest quality product possible. I also knew that we needed extra resources to achieve our potential. In 2014, I sold the company to Tradecorp International, a company specialising in crop nutrition. I chose them as I felt it offered the best value for stakeholders, employees and the company itself. It has since opened up a lot more opportunity within various agri-markets across the world.

“This year we will turnover €5 million in sales and that turnover is projected to double within five years.”

Revenues

The Tradecorp deal has opened up a lot of new markets for us, and our revenue is split across 40% golf, 40% agriculture and 20% from animal feed. It’s a very sustainable business model, and sales never vary by more than 10 to 15% per month, during the course of the year.

Seaweed harvest and sales projections

This year we will turnover €5 million in sales and that turnover is projected to double within five years. However, it’s important to note that the quantity of seaweed harvested is expected to increase by only 30% in the same period. The goal where possible is to create additional value from within existing resources and at that stage to increase employee numbers to over 70 full-time staff.

Startup advice

It’s not about turnover. It’s about developing your dreams. Don’t worry about your competitors. My dad told me at a very young age, when I was about seven, travelling in the car. He said to me, “What do you want to do when you grow up”? I said, “I want to be a millionaire”.

“Well the best bit of advice, I can give you is to be successful”, he said, “As money usually follows success”.

Interview by Brendan Byrne. 

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