Growing with Redox

Redox recognises that one of the major challenges of the future will be farm productivity and ultimately food security. At Redox we employ Agronomists to help farmers improve crop yields, maximising production and reducing costs. We spoke to Ian Gardener about a day in the life of a Redox Agronomist.

How does Redox fit into the industry?

Redox is a supplier of a large variety of products and fertiliser growing media. Through my role as an Agronomist, I help deliver advice to farmers on how to get the best results for their crops using Redox products. We work with the farmer’s local rural retailer to ensure our products are easily available to them. In turn, maintaining an effective network for Redox, within the crop production and protection industry.

Can you explain what your typical day is like?

Being an Agronomist is all about problem solving for farmers and re-sellers. In many instances they don’t know what to ask or what they need, so it’s my role to identify and advise farmers on what they need for better results. I evaluate crops, construct programs for addition rates of fertilisers and give advice about related Redox products which might help with their yield. Due to the nature of the role it takes a considerable amount of time and research to uncover the farmer’s issues.

My typical day is never the same, and varies from day to day. One day I will physically walk the crops and get an idea, while other day’s I will be on the phone giving advice. Due to the tyranny of distance, a large portion of my role is either travelling or on the phone. This is good as it gives me flexibility and variety in my days. Sometimes it’s easy to give advice, and other times I will need to be in the office to do some research and get back to them. 

What are the most fulfilling aspects of your role and career?

The most fulfilling aspect of my role is producing good yield - I get good results. For instance, when working on a Raspberry crop, it took only 18 month to yield 25 tonnes per hectare. The farmer acknowledged that he couldn’t get that amount out of his crops. Another crop of Blueberries only took me 3 months to turn the yield around. It’s mostly about chemistry and chasing yield!

For my career, Redox has opened a lot of opportunities for me and created experiences I otherwise wouldn’t have had- I’ve seen lot of the country, experienced different temperature zones (tropical, etc.) and soil types (latitude and longitude).

What are the misconceptions about Agronomy?

A reoccurring misconception is that farmers expect the miraculous to happen, such as double yield and increased pack out rates, and they want it as cheap as possible. Sometimes I need to give them a breakdown of what is reasonably possible. I undertake a lot of research in my role, so I’m confident in my programs and advice.

One thing that is not considered is that it all takes time, especially in soil. To be successful and produce the best yield you need science, experience and (that gut feeling) intuition. It’s not an easy quick process.

Got a question for our Agronomist? Click here 

About Redox
Redox is a leading commodity and specialty chemical distributor with 11 sales offices throughout Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States. With more than 300 staff and sales in excess of A$546 million last financial year Redox brings the best products from around the world to clients in over 140 unique industries.

Redox to distribute Evonik Favor®- PAC

Redox has been appointed the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Evonik’s FAVOR-PAC series. The FAVOR-PAC series is designed especially for packaging in the food sector. The raw material composition of FAVOR-PAC conforms to the European Directive for products in contact with food and consequently meets the strict requirements of the European Union.

FAVOR-PAC is a product line of super absorbent granules which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the packaging industries. FAVOR-PAC is a swellable, insoluble, cross linked polymer, when upon contact with fluids forms a gel which retains liquids well. Even under stress, and depending on the liquid, FAVOR-PAC can absorb many times its own weight.

During the transportation of food products, changing temperature zones cause condensed moisture, which can damage the goods to be shipped.  FAVOR-PAC absorbent composites can assist in avoiding this potential damage. Frozen absorbent composites containing FAVOR-PAC slow down the thawing process considerably, and also absorb the accumulated thawed liquids. In transportation, a matter of just a few hours is crucial for the products to reach their destination in a satisfactory condition.

In combination with non-wovens and films or foils, FAVOR-PAC 300 can be made into soaker pads of various designs, which have become indispensable in the packing of meat, poultry and fish and any other thermal sensitive products. FAVOR-PAC in soaker pads can also assist in considerable cost savings in the retail food trade by reducing the frequency of repacking.

There are no limits to the fields of application for FAVOR-PAC in packaging and transportation. Examples of a few possible advantages for retailers and consumers from the use of FAVOR-PAC series in soaker pads are:

  • absorption and retention of unwanted liquids dry, hygienic storage of foodstuff
  • no repacking necessary due to sodden packaging
  • attractive appearance of the product
  • easy, clean transport for the consumer 
  • the product can be removed without any problems
  • simple, clean disposal of the packaging 

FAVOR-PAC offers the answer, whether transporting products which are liable to escape, for the direct absorption and retention of liquids or as a coolant or ice substitute. FAVOR-PAC reduces rejects, and allows clean and hygienic transport.

Whenever it becomes necessary to absorb and retain excess fluids in packaging and transportation, FAVOR-PAC solves the problem! For more information please contact your Redox representative.

 

About Redox
Redox is a leading commodity and specialty chemical distributor with 11 sales offices throughout Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States. With more than 300 staff and sales in excess of A$546 million last financial year Redox brings the best products from around the world to clients in over 140 unique industries.

US Offices Closed for Independence Day

Redox offices in the United States will be closed on Wednesday the 4th of July for Independence Day.

Click here to contact us. 

About Redox
Redox is a leading commodity and specialty chemical distributor with 11 sales offices throughout Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States. With more than 300 staff and sales in excess of A$546 million last financial year Redox brings the best products from around the world to clients in over 140 unique industries.

Stocktake Warehouse Closures for End of Financial Year

Please note our warehouses will be closed next week for the End of Financial Year Stocktake.

We would like to advise our customers that all orders must be placed before 3:00pm on Monday 25th June, for the last day of deliveries on Tuesday 26th June.

Deliveries will commence on Friday 29th June at the latest, however is dependent on the stocktake.  

This for all warehouses across Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and the United States. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your sales representative, or click here.

We would like to thank our customers for their understanding during this time. We are working to minimise any inconvenience.

About Redox
Redox is a leading commodity and specialty chemical distributor with 11 sales offices throughout Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States. With more than 300 staff and sales in excess of A$546 million last financial year Redox brings the best products from around the world to clients in over 140 unique industries.

Redox named 8th largest chemical distributor in Asia

(Sydney, Australia. 12th of June 2018) ICIS Chemical Business Magazine has released their annual Top 100 Chemical Distributors list naming Australian based Redox as the 8th largest in Asia and 34th largest worldwide based on 2016/17 revenue (A$546m/US$472.4m).

Sales revenue for the 2017-18 financial year is extremely strong with organic growth from new markets and established products contributing to another record result.

The company would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of our employees and the loyalty of our supplier partners and customers.

About Redox
Redox is a leading commodity and specialty chemical distributor with 11 sales offices throughout Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States. With more than 300 staff and sales in excess of A$546 million last financial year Redox brings the best products from around the world to clients in over 140 unique industries.

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Growing with Redox

Redox recognises that one of the major challenges of the future will be farm productivity and ultimately food security. At Redox we employ Agronomists to help farmers improve crop yields, maximising production and reducing costs. We spoke to Ian Gardener about a day in the life of a Redox Agronomist.

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