Understanding Biodegradable Liquid Polymers And Their Agricultural Applications

Science and technology come together to create some very useful things. Sometimes those useful things are not always good for the environment, and scientists have to find a way to make them better. At other times, those useful things accomplish the set goals and are safe for the environment as well. One such example is biodegradable liquid polymers. Companies like AGRONWORKS LLC can help you choose the best polymer for your crops. A non-scientific explanation of what these are, and their agricultural applications, follow:

What These Polymers Are

Polymers are mixtures of man-made chemicals and some naturally occurring chemicals. The perfect balance of these chemicals creates a polymer, the most common of which are plastics. However, polymers can also be liquids. The liquid polymers are used to coat things, make them more resilient and durable, and extend the life of certain products. Most polymers are not biodegradable, which often presents a problem if they are to be used in an outdoor or underground location. As for biodegradable liquid polymers, these are polymers specifically designed to be coatings that can easily break down and not hurt the environment in any way, shape, or form.

The Agricultural Application of These Polymers

Farmers are constantly looking for ways to simplify the planting process. It is difficult to plant crops when you do not know when winter frosts will let go of the soil, or how well the rainy seasons will behave. Biodegradable liquid polymers have a fantastic new application for farmers which revolutionizes the way they plant their crops. 

Seeds for crops are coated in the liquid polymers. The polymers do not affect the seeds on the anatomic or genetic level in the least. They merely act as an extra "hull" coating on every seed. When these seeds are deposited on the ground, it takes several months for the polymer coating to break down and reveal the seed to the soil. Then the seeds can take root and begin to grow.

The Benefits of These Polymers and Seeds

The end result is that farmers can plant these polymer-coated seeds in the fall. The seeds lay dormant all winter. When spring arrives, the biodegradable coating deteriorates completely, and the seed is exposed and ready to grow. Nature takes over, watering and sunning the soil, and seeds and the seeds begin to grow. Because the planting is already complete, farmers are able to focus on other things around their farms in the spring that needs their attention. They just check crops as they begin to spring up and look after them as they usually do during the growing season.