A race against growing food demand and resistance to pesticides

Consumers and farmers are looking for innovative measures to boost crop productivity in a more natural and safe way. At the same time, increasing regulatory pressure around various crop protection products is driving partners in the agriculture value chain to explore new, more sustainable crop protection solutions without health concerns.

9 billion people
The world will need to produce about 70% more food by 2050 to feed an estimated 9 billion people.
The agricultural industry currently generates 19-29% of total greenhouse gas emissions
Extinction risks
Agriculture threatens 24,000 of the 28,000 (86%) species at risk of extinction.

X-Craft 28 & Potassium sulfate

Short and medium-chain fatty acids (SCFA and MCFA) such as acetic acid (C2) and pelargonic acid (C9) have commonly been used as herbicides to combat weeds for many decades because of their effectiveness and limited environmental impact.

However, there is a need for new and more sustainably produced versions of such fatty acids and a need for a wider functionality offering, to better substitute synthetic pesticides.

ChainCraft produces X-Craft 28, a unique blend of 55-60% caproic acid (C6) with 25-30% butyric acid (C4), offering both the individual performance characteristics of these two fatty acids, such as the ability of C6 to cut through the cuticle of leaves, and their synergies in shielding your crops from specific weeds and fungi.

How ChainCraft helps to boost crop productivity

Potassium sulfate – also known as Sulfate of Potash – is commonly used as a fertilizer. Our MCFA production process releases a side stream of potassium sulfate, suitable to directly substitute this energy intensive, mined fertilizer.

ChainCraft’s fatty acids are natural compounds that readily biodegrade and can protect crops against various plagues, both directly and via elicitor effects.

Testing and registration of X-Craft 28 as a herbicide is currently ongoing.

Get in touch with our expert

Please contact Jeroen van Dorp if you would like to sample our products or for more information.