Evofuel’s castor seeds are expected to be commercially available in
The field trials, which were conducted in cooperation with SLC AgrÍcola S.A., one of Brazil’s largest landowners and leading agriculture businesses, demonstrated strong yield performance of Evofuel’s proprietary castor seed varieties under rain-fed conditions in northeast
Based on three consecutive years of successful yield results, Evofuel expects to initiate commercialization of its proprietary castor seeds in 2016, following advanced product development and pre-commercial trials which are targeted to begin next year.
The collaboration with SLC is aimed at developing castor as a rotation crop with soybean, with the sowing of the castor seeds taking place after the harvesting of the soybean. Being grown during a period in which rainfall levels are typically not sufficient to cultivate other crops, castor production under this model does not compete with the production of staple crops, and provides farmers with a high value crop offering and additional revenue source.
“We are excited to complete our proof of concept stage demonstrating three years of strong yield performance. These results are especially encouraging seeing as the past two years were relatively dry, with approximately 50% of the average rainfall,” said
“Castor is a high value crop that we believe has the potential to diversify our crop portfolio and crop rotation systems, especially in the Cerrado region in
SLC AgrÍcola operates over 280,000 hectares of soybean, corn and cotton across