Fermentation education was going on at the BASF booth during the ASTA CSS 2014 and Seed Expo last week in Chicago.
The fermentation educator was BASF Biological Operations Manager Chris Feiden who explained and demonstrated for us the fermentation and filling process that takes place at BASF research facility in St. Joseph, Missouri and their quality assurance process. “We walk through multiple steps as part of the process of fermentation,” said Feiden. “The product has already gone through over 25 quality assurance steps before we reach our internal quality assurance department.”
The bacteria produced and manufactured into a rhizobium inoculant benefit crops by providing a nitrogen rich enhancement to the soil, explains Feiden, which ultimately increases yield for growers. “You’re looking at a three-to-one return on investment,” he said. “That’s a pretty good investment in my opinion.”
Here’s my interview with Chris, and below you can watch the demonstration of the fermentation process on display at the CSS 2014. [wpaudio url=”http://www.zimmcomm.biz/asta/asta-css-14-basf-chris.mp3″ text=”Interview with Chris Fieden, BASF”]