Boron Deficiency in Latin America

Boron deficiency map for South America

Poor soil creates boron challenges

Along with Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia face leached soils that are often lack nutrients and are acidic and low in organic matter—perfect conditions for boron deficiency.

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Boron deficiency map for Mexico and Central America

Meeting global food demand with boron

Across Mexico and Central America, agriculture is highly vulnerable to weather extremes and shallow soil—makes boron deficiency a constant threat.

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Relative susceptibility of Latin American crops

Certain crops are more susceptible to boron deficiency than others. To find out what boron deficiency may look like in your field, click a crop below.

Boron Deficiency in the Region

South America
In several South American countries, such as Brazil, agriculture is central to the economy. Along with Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia face leached soils that are often poor in nutrients, acidic, and low in organic matter—perfect conditions for boron deficiency.
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Mexico and Central America
Farmers from Mexico to Peru are facing weather and soil conditions that make boron deficiency a central challenge. Many have been disappointed by lackluster results from mineral borates, which fail to offer significant improvements in crop health or yield.
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Optimizing agriculture in Latin America

Jamie Gonzalez Regional Sales Manager

Educational Video

U.S. Borax is committed to supporting growers, agronomists, and distributors in Latin America, using high-quality, refined borates and expert agricultural edu... Watch video

U.S. Borax Products

20.8% Boron
Anhybor
Boron for fertilizer manufacturing

This refined U.S. Borax product is made from the dehydration and fusion of borax. Depending on the grade, Anhybor can be used to produce boron-enriched compound fertilizers or to coat different fertilizer products, such as NPK blends with the aid of a binder.

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15% Boron |  | OMRI Certified
Fertibor
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.

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15% Boron |  | OMRI Certified
Granubor
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.

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20.5% Boron |  | OMRI Certified
Solubor
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.

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10% Boron
Solubor Flow
For fertigation or hydroponic growing

First and only aqueous suspension of sodium borate microcrystals.

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14.5% Boron | 29% Zinc
Zincubor
Perfect combination of zinc and boron

Because zinc and boron deficiency are widespread around the world, a product with both nutrients is a good fit in many regions. Zincubor brings these two important micronutrients together in one product.

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Field Studies for Latin American Growers

To understand the role of boron in crop health and develop the best available products, U.S. Borax has been conducting and participating in field studies for more than 50 years, including with Fundação ABC, Fundação MS and Fundação MT. These studies provide important information for Latin American growers and distributors. (Not all studies are available online. Contact us for more information.)

Regional success stories

Customer success story: Central America
A U.S. Borax customer who decided to switch to nonrefined mineral borates sees a real difference in crop yield. Learn More
Better fruits and flowers: Mexico
Mexican customers have seen improvements in flowering and fruiting quality thanks to the use of refined boron from U.S. Borax. Learn More

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 650 customers with more than 1,800 delivery locations globally. We supply around 30% of the world’s need for refined borates from our world-class mine in Boron, California, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Learn more about Rio Tinto.

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