MARION, OHIO – February 18, 2020 – Nachurs Alpine Solutions® (NAS), a division of Wilbur-Ellis, announced today that it has received two patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its potassium acetate technology. This technology is a method of fertilizing an agricultural crop using an environmentally friendly and versatile high potassium-content liquid fertilizer.

Specifically, these patents pertain to the use and application of potassium acetate, either alone or mixed with other nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphate.

Plants extract a variety of nutrients from the soil to maintain healthy growth and development. With vital nutrients becoming less plentiful in soil, it is important to provide supplemental nutrients to the crop throughout its stages of development.

Potassium is required by a growing plant to stimulate early growth, increase protein production, and activate enzyme and hormone systems within the plant. These systems impact the plant’s ability to withstand biotic and abiotic stress and improve the plant’s resistance to diseases and insects. Potassium also increases the efficiency of water use and transforms sugars to starch.

Additionally, potassium acetate results in lower phytotoxicity damage compared to other sources of potassium for liquid fertilizer products. It also may be applied in a variety of ways, including in-furrow, foliar, side-dressed, soil injected, broadcast, fertigation or other applications.

Lab tests and field trials have proven potassium acetate to be an effective and safe source of potassium for crop production. NAS potassium acetate technology is branded in the U.S. as NACHURS Bio-K® and in Canada as ALPINE K-Tech®.

To learn more about NAS’ full line of potassium acetate products, please contact us at (800) 622-4877 x233 or visit the NAS® website at or the ALPINE® website at

About the Wilbur-Ellis Companies
Founded in 1921, the Wilbur-Ellis companies are leading international marketers, distributors and manufacturers of agricultural products, animal nutrients and specialty chemicals and ingredients. By developing strong relationships, making strategic market investments and capitalizing on new opportunities, the Wilbur-Ellis companies have continued to grow the business with sales of over $3 billion. For more information, please visit

About Nachurs Alpine Solutions®
Nachurs Alpine Solutions (NAS) became a division of Wilbur-Ellis in 2019. NAS is a 73-year-old specialty chemical business that pioneered the low salt liquid starter fertilizer industry by introducing the first true solution liquid NPK fertilizer. Today, NPK liquid fertilizers sold by NAS are marketed under the NACHURS brand in the United States and under the ALPINE brand in Canada. For more information visit