Farmers in countries ranging from Spain to South Korea have placed record order volumes for the British-made Chase SM6 Seaweed Extract, according to the company and the garden version, Chase SM3, is seeing a similar expansion in the UK and overseas.
The seaweed extracts are highly concentrated liquid biostimulants with "Soil Association Approved" status. They are designed to improve crop yields and quality and to help plants withstand stress conditions such as late frost and drought, as well as reducing users’ spend on fertilisers.
Demand has increased 60 per cent over two years and the company has stepped up production, according to Chase Organics managing director Michael Hedges.
"We have a wealth of trials data that proves the effectiveness of Chase SM6 and SM3 Seaweed Extracts, and the ever-increasing repeat purchases from users are also testament to its effectiveness," he said.
"Feedback from farmers is that SM6 increases income and profitability because it produces larger marketable yields, while reducing costs of fertiliser, which is particularly important where there is a desire to reduce reliance on chemicals."
He said countries from around the world are choosing to buy from the UK rather than make their own extract from local seaweed is because the seaweed found in UK waters is particularly rich in the active ingredients that benefit crops.