Boron Deficiency in Latin America

Boron Deficiency in Latin America

Latin America—comprising Mexico as well as countries throughout Central America, South America, and the Caribbean—is a vital contributor to the world’s food and agricultural resources. With a great deal of farmable land and a wide range of available crops, this region relies on boron for optimal yields.

Yet many growers find themselves contending with mineral-based products that, while less expensive initially, produce poor results when compared with refined boron. By contrast, U.S. Borax boron has been providing reliable, high-quality boron to growers and fertilizer distributors around the world for more than 50 years. Made from highly available, water-soluble boron and refined to guarantee optimally sized, low-dust granules, our agricultural products meet the strictest standards and provide the best available ROI for growers throughout this region.

Boron deficiency in the region

South America (including Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia)
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.
Learn more about South America
México and Central América (including México, Central América, and parts of South 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.
Learn more about México and Central América

Optimizing agriculture in Latin America

Jamie Gonzalez Regional Sales Manager

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

In Brazil and Paraguay, more than 80% of soils have low to medium Boron levels. 

Field Studies in Latin America

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. These studies provide important information for Latin American growers and distributors.
  • Avocado (Mexico)
  • Coffee (2014-15)
  • Corn/maize (2014-17)
  • Cotton (2015-16)
  • Forestry (2017)
  • Oil palm (2017)
  • Soybean (2014-17)
  • Studies with Fundação ABC, Fundação MS and Fundação MT
  • Sugar cane (2014-15)
(Not all studies are available on-line)

Better fruits and flowers: Mexico

Customer Success Story Cotton, Berries, Avocado

Mexican customers have seen improvements in flowering and fruiting quality thanks to the use of refined boron from U.S. Borax. Watch video

Regional success stories

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. Watch video
Customer success story: South America
Peruvian growers understand the value of U.S. Borax refined boron over mineral borates. Watch video
Returning to refined boron: Central America
A U.S. Borax customer who decided to switch to nonrefined mineral borates sees a real difference in crop yield. Watch video

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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