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Burley, Idaho: Volatile markets, product shortages, geopolitical unrest and extreme weather have challenged farmers and consumers alike. Ensuring food security is more important than ever, and agricultural research is vital to this process. There’s rising hope that the University of Idaho-led Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) will help future agricultural viability.

Burley-based Redox Bio-Nutrients today announced a $500,000 gift to this groundbreaking effort.

“Collectively, we can move mountains” said Michael Parrella, Dean of the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. “From the Idaho Legislature to Redox and others in agriculture, it truly is a remarkable partnership that will pay widespread dividends.”

This financial commitment is the latest support for the $45 million CAFE project, which, when completed in 2024, will be the nation’s largest research dairy and will have many other components to foster scientific research, agricultural sustainability and consumer education.

“Agriculture is at a transformative state of change right now,” said Darin Moon, CEO of Redox Bio-Nutrients. “We have to move forward through sound science that allows us to positively adapt and change. We couldn’t pass up this opportunity to contribute in a significant way, because it’s a part of who we are.”

To learn more about the U of I CAFE Project, please visit

Media contacts
University of Idaho, Carly Schoepflin, Director – Communications and Strategic Initiatives

Redox Bio-Nutrients, Jim Morris, Director of Communications

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advance diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at

About Redox Bio-Nutrients
Redox Bio-Nutrients exists to create passion and excitement in growing healthier plants. We help growers succeed in four primary areas, soil health, root development, abiotic stress defense and nutrient efficiency. Find out more at

It’s the calm before one of the busiest times of the year for corn and soybean growers in the Midwest. Right now, growers are finalizing cropping decisions and inputs. They need to be dialed in with their programs in advance of planting in early spring.

A key to spring planting is getting crops into and out of the ground evenly and consistently. Everything that takes too long to engage is going to put downward pressure on yields, which is exactly what every grower wants to avoid.

My customers have used Rootex™ and RootRx™ with great success, to go in-furrow along with their starter fertilizers. These two products help jump start a plant’s root system, helping build lateral branching and beefing up the mass of the root system.  Strong root growth through Rootex™ and RootRx™ helps the plant’s nutrient uptake.

The result is less stress for the plants, and a better chance for yields to meet or exceed expectations.

A little of these Redox products goes a long way. With 1 quart to 2 quarts per acre. The ultimate measure of success, ROI, is usually double or greater than fields that aren’t in our programs.

Following planting, growers will move into foliar applications to keep crops heading in the right direction.

Later in the growing season, fighting against abiotic stress is a major priority. Since we don’t know what Mother Nature will provide, it’s good to keep diKaP™ in mind, as it gives the corn plants extra oomph around the critical tasseling time of early summer.

Having a few valuable tools in the bag, like diKaP™, Rootex™, Mainstay™ Si and RootRx™, can make valuable contributions to success come harvest time.

Many farmers have readily adopted high-tech ways of growing their crops. One of the newest developments saves one of the most precious of all resources, time.

Redox Bio-Nutrients is proud to partner with ChrysaLabs and their cutting-edge soil sampling technology. ChrysaLabs has developed a portable AI-based soil health probe that measures 37 soil nutrients and characteristics in real time for producers and agronomists, replacing the need to wait for traditional lab analysis.

Redox recently incorporated a fleet of ChrysaLabs Probes in their soil testing. The faster soil analysis helps growers get a jump on taking the needed steps to having healthy, productive fields and orchards.

“This exciting technology brings, in essence, lab-level analysis to the field,” said Gifford Gillette, Redox Bio-Nutrients Lead Researcher. “Analyzing soil in 30 seconds instead of the current standard of three days provides tremendous value by saving time and expense over the traditional approach.”

Reducing the timing of soil sampling to a small fraction of traditional tests should provide widespread benefits for growers in their efforts to boost sustainability. For example, a spectrometer is estimated to reduce Greenhouse Gases by more than 100 tons of carbon dioxide per year, which scientists say contribute greatly to climate change.

Find out more about this groundbreaking technology at

Media contacts:
Redox Bio-Nutrients, Jim Morris, Director of Communications

ChrysaLabs, Philippe De L’Etoile, Marketing Lead

About Redox Bio-Nutrients
Redox Bio-Nutrients exists to create passion and excitement in growing healthier plants. We help growers succeed in four primary areas, soil health, root development, abiotic stress defense and nutrient efficiency. Find out more at

About ChrysaLabs
Better soil intelligence for better decisions. ChrysaLabs is a fast-growing ag tech at the intersection of agriculture and innovation. The ChrysaLabs Probe uses three onboard sensor technologies, Cloud computing and AI to extract real-time data from its patented spectroscopy technology providing soil insights within seconds allowing field managers to take the best actions minutes after sampling, making the right calls on the spot. More soil insights for growing sustainability, higher yield, and optimized costs.

Turfgrass, like all plants, must store carbohydrates in their root system to provide energy during early transition periods. It is highly beneficial to ensure a strong fall carbohydrate building program, as well as provide a carbohydrate rich transition program in the spring.

Plants use photosynthesis to convert sunlight energy into carbohydrates (CH20).  Carbohydrates are short chained, energy packed carbon molecules that are fundamental in plant physiology.  Even when plants have a steady supply of nutrients, optimum plant performance is not assured unless they produce adequate amounts of carbohydrates.

For optimum plant health and performance, it’s vital that each step of the growth process works without being slowed down or blocked.  TurfRx Supreme™ acts at one of the key initial steps to promoting increased photosynthetic activity and improved nitrogen metabolism, which efficiently enables the production of amino acids, the building blocks of plant proteins.  

TurfRx Supreme™ provides a fermented carbon complex, sugar alcohols and balanced nutrients for increased plant metabolism and stronger plant performance. The result is a reduction in excessive vegetative plant growth and improved turf quality.

Winter is a quieter time in Central Coast strawberry fields, with plenty of soggy ground due to a wet start to the season. That traditionally changes as spring approaches, with expected warm and dry weather leading to plant growth, flower development, and berry formation.

The Central Coast is a major producer of strawberries, providing a significant portion of California’s $2 billion a year industry.

Once strawberry transplants went into the ground in early fall, growers I work with utilized RootRx™, H-85™ and Rootex™ to help with root development. There’s hardly a bigger foundation to a strong crop than successful root growth.

We aren’t too far away from go time in strawberries, when growers encourage plant growth and berry development. In my region, they try to time peak harvest around Mother’s Day, which is a strong period of demand. I’m working with growers to incorporate H-85™.  It stimulates microbial activity in the soil, adds carbon, and wakes up the root zone. As a result, when fertilizer goes on, plants are more receptive to nutrient uptake.

A strong option is DermaPlex+™. Just a small amount promotes root growth and microbial activity. The Trichoderma metabolites found in this product do an excellent job attracting beneficial microbes to the root zone.

Adding further positive momentum for the spring berry crop is Mainstay™ Calcium 2.0 at a pint per acre each week and Mainstay Si at a rate of a quart every other week. They help strengthen cell walls and firmness of the berries.

Mites were a major problem in coastal berry fields last year, attacking fields in large numbers, with organic fields especially hard hit. No one wants a repeat invasion this year.

Through Mainstay™ Si, a stronger plant develops, providing greater defense against abiotic stress and, ultimately, anything else deterring the crop.

In the water management area, it’s important to continue to find ways to combat salt and nitrates in the soil, which are major areas of concern locally and in several farming areas of the state. At just a quart per acre per week, Rx Platinum™, H-85™, F-70™ or DermaPlex+™ can improve nitrogen uptake and cut N applications significantly (I’ve seen 25 percent reductions in this area).

These steps are part of the foundation of getting crop set, fruit size, sweeter berries and a strong ROI for growers. When that happens, it’s a great feeling, knowing our Redox Bio-Nutrients line were a big part of the successful formula!

Humic acid is a group of powerful natural substances that are very complex and impossible to replicate synthetically.  All humic acid products are derived from leonardite deposits that have formed over millions of years, yet the humic acids have not broken down or leached out into the water table, because they are extremely insoluble and inactive in their natural state.

One problem with leonardite ore, (insoluble humic acids), is they are very low in chemical and biological activity.  For leonardites to provide a response to a plant or provide benefit to the soil, the fulvic and humic acids must be activated through chemical process.

Not all leonardite-based products are the same, and understanding the differences make a major difference in effective turf management.

Once raw source leonardites are converted into water soluble humates through specific chemical reactions, all the humic and fulvic components are biologically active and play important roles in plant and soil health. The goal of carbon inputs is to promote soil microbial diversity.

In their soluble form, fulvic and humic acids can readily chelate nutrients, prevent nitrate leaching, enhance root development, improve soil moisture content and overall turf quality. 

Because of their strong ability to complex and chelate nutrients in plant available form, the nutrients intensify the plant’s metabolism and stimulate the soil’s natural activities.

Leonardite that has been properly extracted in a non-destructible process and has been chemically reacted enables soluble humic and fulvic acids to reduce the amount of fertilizer historically required to maintain optimal plant quality.

Because leonardites match the structure of natural soil humus and can increase soil organic matter, it is an obvious benefit to any soil.

The basic raw ingredient in Redox’s Rx C-85 is leonardite, reacted in a proprietary process that involves both alkaline and acidic processes. to solubilize the organic fractions of the material.

Once the alkaline process is finished, the product is then run through a further series of reactions where surfactant chemistry is introduced.  It is these reactions that allow Rx C-85 to have a broader pH range of activity.

I talk to golf course superintendents all over the world, and when discussing using humic acids, they say, “Well, they are all the same, right? I have been using this one source for years.” Then I ask if they have seen an ability to reduce your nitrogen inputs.  I also ask if they have seen any thatch reduction. If not, you might want to question the quality of the source of humic acid you are using.

Extraction of leonardite ore and putting it through a series of chemical reactions takes time, money, heat and pressure.

Trust Your Sources!

With growth at Redox comes change, and we are very excited to announce that Andrew Funk has been promoted to the Chief Sales Officer of Redox Bio-Nutrients. Here you can learn a little more about Andrew and what he’s excited for most with this new position.

I have spent most of my life in Burley, Idaho. I have been married almost 16 years to my beautiful wife, Kyrié. We have four awesome kids; three boys and one little princess. Gaige-14, Miles-12, Rylen-9, and Ella-6.

I have been with Redox for close to 13 years. When I started at Redox there were nine employees with the company. It has been an amazing experience watching and being part of the growth at Redox. In my time at Redox I have had the opportunity to take on many responsibilities and positions. Some of those include handling insurances, vehicle fleets, facility construction and management, customer service/relations, and my most recent role as HR Manager.

This new position as Chief Sales Officer will give me the opportunity to continue to grow and develop relationships with our Agronomists and our Ag Retail partners. I truly believe that we have the best team in the industry, and it excites me to be able to work closer with them and our retail partners to continue to shift the future of agriculture.

Some things about me:

Family is everything. We spend as much time together as a family as possible. When we aren’t chasing kids around to their baseball, basketball, football, soccer, or dance practices and events you will find us doing some kind of outdoor activity. Some of our favorite times are spent on the river, in the snow, riding dirt bikes, or just exploring in the mountains.

I grew up in the construction business, spending as much time with my dad as possible. That time I spent turned that world into a passion for me. I have owned a couple construction companies before coming to Redox and have always enjoyed the process of building something from an idea. Most people wouldn’t know that I have built several of our Redox facilities including the design and construction of our corporate office here in Burley. I want to be able to continue the passion that I have for Redox as I grow in my new role. Mostly, I want to be able to build something that is truly unique in how Redox promotes its technology, strengthens its business relationships, and continues to change the agriculture industry as a whole.

Efficiency is always a key to getting a good return on your crops, but it’s even more vital during this current volatility in agriculture.

When looking at getting the most from your inputs, nitrogen and phosphorus efficiency quickly rise to the top of the list. They cover a significant part of a grower’s budget and are major factors into strong, productive plants.

While nitrogen is important all season long, I always suggest getting nitrogen into the plant during this time of the year in your trees and vines. Whether foliar or soil-applied, the goal is to help plants produce and store carbohydrates, so you have good energy and push when spring arrives. I suggest H-85™ to make sure you’re maximizing your carbon to balance out the nitrogen. H-85™ has a proven track record with a minimum 30 percent nitrogen efficiency gain when you apply it with your liquid nitrogen products. Quite simply, it’s money well spent.

Phosphorus is an important energy source for your plant season long. It’s vital particularly as you think about early crop development for next year. You want to store it, so it’s ready to use as an energy source when plants start to make their growth push next year. For this reason, it should be a post-harvest tree and vine staple. 

For winter vegetables, phosphorus (through Rootex™ and Rootex™ Flowable) can be applied at planting or early establishment.  If you’re putting it on with nitrogen, I suggest a blend of H-85™ and Rootex™. That combination can drive immediate phosphorus availability, as well as additional root growth during late season root flush. These Redox Bio-Nutrients products add additional key carbon components that induce lateral root branching. Phosphorus efficiency gains through the above products are amazing – in the 90 percent range.

diKaP™ is also used this time of the year, because you want potassium, you also want phosphorus. It’s a 0-31-50, so you get a great load of both of those nutrients, plus abiotic stress reduction. This helps facilitate nutrient movement throughout the plant. We’ve also seen additional carbohydrate storage benefit when diKaP™ is used, compared to other phosphorus sources or potassium by itself. 

Using the right products at the right time is a great hedge against the volatility that may be a defining factor for a long time to come.

There’s no more important farm region in America than the San Joaquin Valley. It’s also my home, and I’m excited to take on greater responsibilities to help agriculture succeed.

I’m excited for the new opportunity to work with one of our largest ag retailers, Mid Valley Ag Services. They have seven locations and a nearly 40-year history of helping growers in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. Working with Mid Valley is a great opportunity for me to grow as an agronomist, and to have a positive impact through our proven Redox Bio-Nutrients line of products.

Growers have much on their minds these days. While we hope for a wet winter, the statewide drought continues. The parched land contributes to numerous challenges to grow crops, including salt buildup in soils and abiotic stress. In addition, higher input costs and volatile markets show no sign of letting up.

Ultimately, we’re trying to do what’s best for our growers, and that’s controlling cost. We will be more budget-minded if that’s what we have do. We’re just going to strategize to determine what works best with our growers, to be economical and profitable at the end of the day.

I’ve grown up in agriculture. Being around it my whole life is second nature to me. I understand the responsibilities of helping this industry because I grew up doing similar things. I’m excited to take my career to the next level, and, in turn, help this region continue to be a world leader in growing food.

Just like seasons on the farm, it seems those of us working in agriculture have seasons of growth and change.

I’m starting an exciting new chapter, as I will depart Redox to start my new job as in-house PCA, farm manager and application manager for a family farm in the Stockton Delta area. This is a dream job for me and will allow me to get back to my roots, where I feel most comfortable.

This isn’t an easy move, as I leave behind many friends and a great company.

The California agronomists were incredibly helpful during my time at Redox. Several times every week, I spoke on many issues with Justin Rose, Danny Adamo, and our coastal agronomists, Kort Holzwart and Bill Schwoerer. I’ll miss our camaraderie, friendship, and their tremendous expertise. 

We all farm different things across the United States, but if you know plant anatomy and plant biology, there are great conversations happening, and you can correlate the information to your crop.

One of the toughest parts of leaving Redox is the friendship and leadership from my boss, Jared Sannar.  Of course, Darin Moon and his entire family provided so much enthusiasm and support.

It will be interesting to follow the Redox and the entire area of bio-nutrients and bio-stimulants. I would expect demand will continue to grow, as more understand just how efficient and effective these materials are.

Agriculture is a big industry, but it’s also tight-knit. People stay in touch, and that’s my hope. I know the road to Burley and hope to be back to visit such good friends.