Trace Genomics and Arthur Companies Announce Commercial Commitment to Sustainable Phosphorus Management

After a successful pilot project in 2020-21, Trace Genomics Art&hur Companies enters commercial agreement to bring sustainable data-driven soil fertility solutions

REDWOOD CITY, California, USA, July 19, 2022 / — After two years of successful partnership, Trace Genomics and Arthur Companies are scaling up data-driven sustainable soil management in agriculture.

Arthur Companies is a grain and agronomic company that was founded in 1906 as and remains a family business. Part of its mission is to be environmentally friendly and incorporate new sustainability technologies and practices that support this goal. They have connected with Trace Genomics to help achieve this goal by incorporating biological data into soil fertility management.

“Trace Genomics is at the forefront of next-generation science in the field of soil biology,” said Justin Knott, Director of Agronomy at Arthur Companies. “Their technology is changing agriculture by changing what we do in the field.”

Arthur led the application of Trace Genomics’ brand new TracePHOSTM solution. Incorporating both chemical phosphorus saturation data and biological data from soil microorganisms, TracePHOSTM provides growers with a holistic understanding of the chemical and biological factors that directly impact phosphorus in the soil, allowing them to better manage soil fertility. A recent case study from the 2021 growing season demonstrated that by optimizing phosphorus fertilizer applications, Arthur growers had a 665% return on investment. In addition to economic benefits, optimal phosphorus management also provides environmental benefits by preventing dangerous runoff from excess fertilizer.

“At Trace Genomics, our goal is to improve soil management practices by adding information that farmers have not had access to in the past – soil DNA,” says Pat Dumstorff, Chief Product Officer. We highly value the continued engagement with Arthur, and look forward to supporting their success and that of their growers with our offerings such as TracePHOSTM.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

About Trace Genomics
Trace Genomics is a living science enterprise that sequences DNA in soil, creating the most comprehensive microbiome database to advance food and energy production. Trace Genomics has won several awards including 2020 Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum, FoodShot Global Innovating Soil 3.0 Challenge Winner, Forbes Top 25 Most Innovative AgTech, THRIVE Top 50 AgTech, 2022 Global Cleantech top 100 start- ups and many more.

About Arthur Companies
The Arthur Companies is a diversified agricultural company based in Arthur, ND, with locations in Anamoose, Ayr, Carrington, Harvey, Page and Pillsbury, plus 8 new locations in Idaho. The company, founded in 1906, is privately owned with businesses in grain operations, agronomic services and the retail sale of seeds, fertilizers and chemicals. The Arthur Companies also operate a wholesale fertilizer, birdseed, and exclusive trading business. The company is associated with a premium ingredients company, Anchor Ingredients, with locations in Hillsboro, Buffalo and Beach in North Dakota and Culbertson, Montana. Arthur Companies exhibit a proud tradition of customer service excellence and a focus on prioritizing the business decisions that matter most to their customers while enabling exceptional leadership at all levels of the organization.
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