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Turbocrop Field crop plant establishment biostimulant

Specialized biostimulant for root development and vegetative growth on field crops

Turbocrop is a specialized biostimulant product designed to enhance the development of roots and promote vegetative growth in crops. It is specifically formulated to improve plants' ability to withstand and cope with abiotic stress factors, such as extreme temperatures, drought, or nutrient deficiencies.

This technology is pre-validated.


Scaling readiness: idea maturity 9/9; level of use 9/9

Cost: $$$ 10 - 20 USD

Fertilizer cost

460 Kg/ha

Yield increase

170 USD/ha

Benefit on maize in South Africa


Patent granted


  • Soil Nutritional Imbalance:

    • Presence of imbalances in soil nutrients leading to suboptimal plant growth.
    • Nutritional inadequacies affecting the overall health and productivity of crops.
  • Limiting Plant Growth and Development:

    • Factors constraining the growth and developmental potential of plants.
    • Challenges hindering the achievement of optimal plant size and structure.
  • Root Limitations:

    • Restrictions in root development impacting the plant's ability to access essential nutrients.
    • Issues associated with underdeveloped or constrained root systems.
  • Reduced Nutrient Use Efficiency:

    • Inefficiencies in the utilization of nutrients by plants.
    • Challenges related to the plant's capacity to effectively absorb and utilize available nutrients.
  • Yield Limitations:

    • Various factors contributing to limitations in overall crop yields.
    • Challenges that result in substandard yield potential and agricultural productivity.


  • Stimulated Root Hair Formation:

    • Turbocrop actively stimulates and sustains the formation of root hairs, enhancing nutrient absorption.
    • Improved root structure for increased nutrient uptake and overall plant health.
  • Promoted Stem Elongation and Leaf Formation:

    • Turbocrop encourages stem elongation and the development of leaves, particularly during the tillering stage.
    • The presence of auxins facilitates robust root and shoot growth.
  • Optimized Growth of Row Crops:

    • TurboCrop is formulated with a specific ratio of essential nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphate, magnesium, amino acids, and chelated micro-elements.
    • Cytokinins and auxins in the formulation contribute to the optimal growth of row crops.
  • Enhanced Nutrient Utilization:

    • The balanced nutrient composition enhances the plant's ability to efficiently utilize nitrogen, phosphate, and other essential elements.
    • Improved nutrient use efficiency leading to better overall crop performance.
  • Holistic Growth Promotion:

    • TurboCrop's comprehensive formula supports holistic plant growth, addressing root development, stem elongation, leaf formation, and nutrient optimization.
    • A multifaceted approach to crop enhancement for improved yields and agricultural outcomes.

Key points to design your business plan

For Manufacturers

Producing Turbocrop technology offers a transformative solution addressing the pressing need for enhanced crop yields, nutrient absorption, and sustainable agricultural practices. 

The technology is protected under a license. It's vital to collaborate with the technology provider to secure the required license.

To ensure streamlined production of the input, it's critical to locate reliable suppliers for raw materials.

Your potential customer base comprises wholesale distributors supplying inputs to retailers, along with development projects, government agencies, and NGOs.

Forming strong partnerships with wholesale distributor networks is essential for the prosperity of your business.

For Users

Using this technology offers a safer and more environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional farming practices, minimizing reliance on chemical inputs and promoting ecosystem health.

Given its availability in South Africa, it's essential to factor in delivery expenses and possible import duties. 

Regarding cost estimation, the technology is priced at 10-20 USD per ha. 

To maximize outcomes, it is advisable to engage in partnerships with agricultural development institutes, fertilizer suppliers, and agricultural service companies for assistance and distribution.


Positive or neutral impact

Adults 18 and over
Positive high
The poor
Positive high
Under 18
No impact
Positive high

Positive or neutral impact

Climate adaptability
It adapts really well
Adaptability for farmers
It helps a lot
It helps them grow and thrive
Carbon footprint
It reduces emissions a little
It makes a little difference
Water usage
It uses the same amount of water

Negative or unknown impact

Soil quality
Not yet estimated

Countries with a green colour
Tested & adopted
Countries with a bright green colour
Countries with a yellow colour
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burundi Burkina Faso Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Côte d’Ivoire Eritrea Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Cameroon Kenya Libya Liberia Madagascar Mali Malawi Morocco Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Republic of the Congo Rwanda Zambia Senegal Sierra Leone Zimbabwe Somalia South Sudan Sudan South Africa Eswatini Tanzania Togo Tunisia Chad Uganda Western Sahara Central African Republic Lesotho
Countries where the technology has been tested and adopted
Country Tested Adopted
South Africa Tested Adopted
Zambia Tested Adopted

This technology can be used in the colored agro-ecological zones. Any zones shown in white are not suitable for this technology.

Agro-ecological zones where this technology can be used
AEZ Subtropic - warm Subtropic - cool Tropic - warm Tropic - cool

Source: HarvestChoice/IFPRI 2009

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are applicable to this technology.

Sustainable Development Goal 2: zero hunger
Goal 2: zero hunger
Sustainable Development Goal 3: good health and well-being
Goal 3: good health and well-being
Sustainable Development Goal 12: responsible production and consumption
Goal 12: responsible production and consumption
Sustainable Development Goal 13: climate action
Goal 13: climate action
Sustainable Development Goal 15: life on land
Goal 15: life on land

  1. Preparation:

    • Ensure that Turbocrop is in its liquid form.
    • Measure the required quantity for application, recommended at 2-3 L/ha.
  2. Tank Mix:

    • Turbocrop can be easily associated with other products in a tank mix.
    • This versatility allows for customization based on specific crop and ecological needs.
  3. Application:

    • Apply Turbocrop using any type of aerial sprayer.
    • Ensure even coverage on the aerial parts of the plant.
  4. Optimal Timing:

    • For best results, apply Turbocrop between growth stages V4 to V6.
    • This specific timing enhances the effectiveness of the product.
  5. Dosage:

    • Adhere to the recommended dosage of 2-3 L/ha for a single application.
    • This ensures the right amount for optimal results.
  6. Complementary Benefits:

    • Utilize Turbocrop as a complementary solution for both crop protection and fertilization.
    • Its proven results across a variety of crops and ecologies make it a reliable choice.
  7. Yield Increase:

    • Turbocrop is designed to consistently provide a yield increase.
    • Expect quick returns on investment due to its efficiency.

Last updated on 2 May 2024