and the 4Rs

The right source for boron in compound fertilizers

Successful fertilization requires the right balance of nutrients

Agriculture and fertilizer experts are familiar with the 4Rs—the concept that the right fertilizer source, applied at the right rate, in the right time, and in the right place is the best way to increase crop production and profitability while protecting the environment and improving sustainability. But you might not be aware of the key role that the micronutrient boron, when applied in balance, plays in the uptake of other nutrients.

Finding the Right Source

Refined boron from U.S. Borax is sourced from our California deposit. This primarily calcium-free sodium borate is one of the cleanest sources of boron in the world—and our refinement process makes it even cleaner.

Determining the Right Rate

The proper rate of boron supplementation depends on several factors, including region, climate, and crop type. Calculating the correct amount of boron is vital to good results; our online Crop Guide can help growers diagnose and treat boron deficiencies.

Choosing the Right Time

Application of refined boron at the right point in the growing season is an important part of promoting plant health—and a healthy yield. Timing is key; soil and tissue tests can help growers determine boron levels throughout the growth cycle.

Targeting the Right Place

Distance from the root system, as well as the decision of whether to apply refined boron to the soil (in granular form) or plant leaves (as a foliar spray), are factors that affect the success of boron fertilization. Combining refined boron with other fertilizer can help decrease costs and provide optimal coverage.

U.S. Borax: The Right Product

Refined boron from U.S. Borax is the right product to address boron deficiency, whatever the crop and region. Our commitment to refinement and quality control provides a fertilizer that mixes well with other nutrients, dissolving completely in liquid applications and creating a uniform, low-dust mix in granular formats. As a result, growers can achieve a more effective application for maximum nutrient availability without concern about the contamination or uneven application rates that are often seen with unrefined or under-refined minerals. Plus, U.S. Borax has a wealth of expert advice, scientific studies, and regional resources to help distributors, agronomists, and growers achieve great results.

Discover which U.S. Borax refined boron product is right for you.

B 15.0%
Made especially for bulk blenders

A pure, 100% water-soluble micronutrient that meets boron demand during the growing season. Made especially for bulk blenders, Granubor helps to ensure uniform distribution in nutritional blends and in the field. Learn more

  • Boron (B) 15%
  • Material required for 1 lb (.45 kg) of B 7 lb (3.18 kg)
  • Derived from sodium borates
  • -4 Trace
  • +12 95
Bulk Density
  • Loose pack 57 lb/ft3 (913 kg/m3)
  • Tight pack 60 lb/ft3 (961 kg/m3)
  • Angle of response 30°
  • Tight pack 280
  • Granubor is available in bulk, 2500 lb (1134 kg) super bags or 50 lb (22.7 kg) plastic bags.
B 20.5%
Product of choice for foliar applications

A concentrated, highly soluble, and fast dissolving powder that is ideal for foliar and other sprays. With the highest concentration of boron in any approved product, Solubor is an economical choice for nutritional formulations. Learn more

  • Boron (B) 20.5%
  • Material required for 1 lb (.45 kg) of B 4.9 lb (2.22 kg)
  • Derived from sodium borates
  • +200 8
  • -200 92
Bulk Density
  • Loose pack 25 lb/ft3 (400.46 kg/m3)
  • Tight pack 35 lb/ft3 (560.6 kg/m3)
  • Solubor is available in 1700 lb (771 kg) super bags, and in 50 lb (22.7 kg) multiwall paper bags with a polyethylene moisture resistant barrier.
B 15.0%
Optimum product for suspensions

A fine crystalline borate ideal for NPK compound fertilizers and suspensions. Manufactured as free-flowing granules, Fertibor is easily handled and offers superior flow and consistency. Learn more

  • Boron (B) 15.0%
  • Material required for 1 lb (.45 kg) of B 6.7 lb (3.04 kg)
  • Derived from sodium borates
  • 8 Trace
  • 200 98
Bulk Density
  • Loose pack 63 lb/ft3 (1009 kg/m3)
  • Tight pack 71 lb/ft3 (1137kg/m3)
  • Fertibor is available in bulk, 2500 lb (1134 kg) super bags or 50 lb (22.7 kg) plastic bags.

Crop study: Coffee

Brazil 2014

Case Study Video

See how refined boron improved coffee yield and quality over a two-year period. Learn More

Boron Fertilization in Brazil

Leached soils in Brazil and the surrounding region are often poor in nutrients, acidic, and low in organic matter. Such soils often benefit from fertilization with refined boron, which can improve crop health without introducing contaminants (unlike cheaper mineral products, which also fall short in the reliability of coverage, release, and quality). Learn more about the benefits of using U.S. Borax fertilizers in this region

Helping Growers Feed the World

U.S. Borax is committed to global agriculture and all those who work to feed the world’s growing population. Through our crop guide (which helps growers identify the right approach for treating boron deficiency in specific crops), support for field studies, and expert research and development, we aim to provide the best available refined boron fertilizer. Contact us to learn more.

Calculate your ROI

Boron deficient crops can cost between 1% and 4% annually. Find out what boron deficiency could be costing you.

Step 1: Choose your Crop

Crop Group

U.S. Borax, part of Rio Tinto, is a global leader in the supply and science of borates—naturally-occurring minerals containing boron and other elements. We are 1,000 people serving 500 customers with more than 1,700 delivery locations globally. We supply 30% of the world’s need for refined borates from our world-class mine in Boron, California, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.  Learn more about Rio Tinto

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