Boron Deficiency in SouthEast Asia

Many growers in Southeast Asia can benefit from improved soil health, including boron supplementation. The region’s fluctuations between drought and heavy rains, as well as sandy soils in many areas, increase boron deficiencies, which can harm valuable crops such as rice, tropical fruits, and oil palm.

Boron Deficiency in the Region

Indonesia and Malaysia Indonesia and Malaysia
In Indonesia and Malaysia, heavy rain and soil leaching can complicate growers’ ability to maintain optimal nutrient balance in the soil. Soil type and compaction also increase the likelihood of boron deficiencies, which can negatively affect the rice and oil palm grown here, reducing growers’ yields and profits.  
Learn more about Indonesia and Malaysia
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam
Because of the region’s weather patterns and the popularity of boron-thirsty crops, soil often lacks the organic matter that helps to maintain adequate boron levels. As a result, many Southeast Asian growers can benefit from annual application of refined boron.
Learn more about Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam
Thailand Thailand
As organic farming gains ground in Thailand, area growers can benefit from U.S. Borax refined boron, which is certified for use on organic crops. And with this country’s cycle of drought and rain on sandy soils with low organic content (especially in the northeast), products such as Fertibor® can help growers maximize yield and quality of crops such as rice and sugar cane.
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Growers using U.S. Borax Fertibor can expect yield increases of 20% or more.  

Field Studies in Southeast Asia

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 regional growers and distributors.
  • Banana (1994)
  • Cocoa (1994, 2017)
  • Corn (U.S. Trials)
  • Maize (2011)
  • Melon (2013)
  • Oil palm (1994, 1997)
  • Papaya (1994)
  • Peanut (1997)
  • Rice (2011-12)
  • Soybean (1994)
  • Sugar cane (2012)
(Not all studies are available on-line)

Crop studies: Cocoa, eucalyptus

Southeast Asia 2016 to present

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. Watch video

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