Kannar Earth Science to bring Cornell’s seed technology to market for pollinator habitat

Kannar Earth Science to bring Cornell’s seed technology to market for pollinator habitat

The Cornell team has developed a method of embedding small milkweed and other pollinator seeds into pellets. This innovation aims to make planting pollinator habitat as easy and cost-effective as planting corn and soy. Kannar Earth Science, Ltd. has exclusively licensed this technology from Cornell University, allowing for the use of standard row crop equipment to plant milkweed and wildflower seeds. These Multi-Seed Pellets (MSP) can help restore habitats on a large scale and support pollinator populations that benefit both commodity and specialty crops.

Dr. Alan Taylor, a seed science and technology professor from Cornell AgriTech, brought his team’s seed technology to Kannar in 2023. The technology involves embedding small milkweed and pollinator seeds into pellets that can be used with standard planting equipment. This method overcomes the limitations and expenses associated with current broadcasting or hand-planting methods.

Kannar has licensed this patent-pending technology and is now working on bringing MSP from the lab to full commercial production. MSP is seen as a win for agriculture, forestry, and landholders interested in beautification and biodiversity. Industry leaders and influencers showed enthusiasm for this technology when it was introduced at the Monarchs and More Network Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Field trials for MSP are planned in the US, Canada, and Mexico, with initial support from Corteva, Laura Turner Seydel, and the Turner’s Avalon Plantation. Commercial availability for MSP is expected in 2025, with updates on availability to be provided on the Kannar website at www.kannargroup.com.

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