regional solutions


Throughout Africa, soils can benefit from application of refined boron. This vast region comprises a multitude of climates, soil types and crops. The dominant soils of Africa are inherently infertile, and their quality is degraded further by climatic conditions. Frequent droughts and pervasive sandy soils mean that most growers here can see higher yields and greater ROI by using refined boron. Learn about boron in Africa

Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand are well known for their expansive landscapes and thriving agricultural industry. With numerous areas of volcanic or sandy soil and fairly high rainfall, refined boron can enhance crop growth and development. Learn about boron in Australia and New Zealand


China is the world’s largest agricultural economy, feeding one fifth of the global population on just over one-tenth of its arable land. China's food security is dependent on making the best use of its limited arable land and water resources. Like many regions of the world, China’s soil suffers from boron deficiency. Understanding the value of boron can help Chinese growers improve soil nutrition and continue to meet the country’s production needs long into the future. Learn more about boron in China


European growers face boron-depleted soils, especially given the demands of widespread crops such as rapeseed. Most growers here are aware of the need for micronutrient supplementation. Refined boron can help, and offers a variety of application methods to meet growers’ needs. Learn more about boron in Europe

India and Bangladesh

Growers in this region have a high agricultural demand for boron, which is especially deficient throughout Bangladesh and eastern India. Monsoon patterns and depletion from the variety of high-yield crops in the area mean that refined boron supplementation is vital to help prevent fruit and flower drop and protect growers’ livelihoods. Both family growers and larger land holdings can benefit from the application of high-quality, highly available refined boron. Learn more about boron in India and Bangladesh

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. Learn more about boron in Latin America

North America

The United States and Canada encompass vast swaths of rich farmland that feed much of the world. From the corn fields of Illinois, to the apple orchards of Ontario, to California’s fertile Central Valley, agriculture fuels regional economies. Boron is essential for healthy crop yields, yet it is the second-most deficient nutrient across North America. Correcting boron deficiency requires an understanding of multiple factors—including weather, geography, soil conditions, and crop requirements. Since these elements vary widely across the U.S. agricultural landscape, growers need to tailor their micronutrient approaches to conditions in their region. Learn more about boron in North America

Southeast Asia

This region fluctuates between drought and heavy rains and is characterized by sandy soils in many areas. These conditions increase boron deficiencies, which can harm valuable crops such as rice, tropical fruits, and oil palm. Many growers in Southeast Asia can benefit from improving soil health with boron supplementation. Learn about boron in Southeast Asia

regional Success Stories

Boosting crop health: U.S. Midwest
Growers in the U.S. Midwest are seeing higher yields and greater profits thanks to an understanding of the importance of micronutrients, including boron. Hear... 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
Crop studies: Cocoa, eucalyptus
U.S. Borax continually conduct field trials to better understand the use of boron and its benefit to agriculture. Learn about some of our current research. 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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