|By Business Wire||
|May 23, 2013 02:51 PM EDT||
UNIBEST International, a Washington based agriculture technology company, has developed a resin capsule technology for soil and water analysis in agricultural, turf care, and home and garden environments. This new resin technology has been paired with other agronomic technology at WinField, a Land O’Lakes company, to increase agricultural yield potential.
Filled with a unique resin blend in a mesh capsule about the size of a cherry tomato, the UNIBEST product allows direct nutrient measurements in the field, giving agronomists and farmers a more complete view of plant nutrition. The capsule absorbs nutrients, chemicals or organic substances and reveals dynamics and biodiversity with the soil. UNIBEST resins mimic a plants root system and absorb available nutrients.
Land O’Lakes, Inc. is a growing, farmer-owned food and agriculture cooperative that does business in all 50 states and in more than 60 countries. Today, Land O’Lakes is the second largest U.S. cooperative with approximately 9,600 employees, nearly 4,000 direct producer-members and 900 member-cooperatives serving more than 300,000 agricultural producers. Land O’Lakes, Inc. has annual sales of over $14 billion and is No. 210 on the Fortune 500.
“Our proven technology and data reliability will be a great asset to WinField and its numerous stakeholders, and help take UNIBEST and WinField into an increasingly exciting future in agriculture,” said Mark Reiss, CEO, UNIBEST. “We are deeply grateful to Innovate Washington and the William A. Grant Water and Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College. Both have been instrumental in the growth of UNIBEST and I cannot express my gratitude enough.” UNIBEST CEO expects to set up new manufacturing facilities and equipment in Walla Walla to meet increased demand for their product in the next 24 months.
Innovate Washington supported UNIBEST over the past two years with business planning, marketing strategy, capital distribution prioritization, business and finance connections and distribution agreement coaching. Innovate Washington provides business acceleration services to more than 40 companies throughout the state who have production ready technology and are entering the commercial market.
About UNIBEST International
UNIBEST is an environmental technology company providing soil nutrient monitoring and data tools for sustainable agriculture, turf care and gardening globally. We are improving agriculture and water quality initiatives and studies through improved science and reliable data and analysis.
About Innovate Washington
Innovate Washington is the state agency charged with making Washington the best place to develop innovative ideas and launch innovative companies. We bring together public & private leaders and capital to implement the states economic development strategies, grow our most promising sectors, support world-class companies and create high value jobs.
WinField, a Land O’Lakes company, offers top-performing seeds and crop protection products. With unmatched agricultural expertise and performance as core company values, WinField brands match leading seed and crop protection products to help growers, dealers and other industry partners achieve the highest level of success. WinField brands include CROPLAN seed, crop protection products, plant nutrients and other proprietary products.