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2020 SeedMaxx Trial Increases Corn Yields By Average Of 7.8 BPA

In a study performed by KMR Research across 6 different locations and multiple corn varieties, SeedMaxx® averaged an overall yield increase of 7.8 BPA over the control.


SeedMaxx® was evaluated in 6 different locations with 4 different hybrids.

  1. Arcadia, IA
  2. Buffalo Center, IA
  3. Dickens, IA
  4. Storm Lake, IA
  5. Elizabeth, IL
  6. Round Lake, MN

Applications = 6oz of SeedMaxx®  / 100lbs of seed


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SeedMaxx® averaged a 7.8 BPA increase over the control.

Feeding Cattle In A High Dollar Corn Market

The year 2020 has come and gone, and it has been a year unlike any other. The ups and downs in the cattle market have taken their toll on farmers and ranchers at one point or another.

No one expected corn to reach $5 per bushel, but here we are. If you’re selling corn this year, the corn board could currently look like a gift. But if you’re one of the many farmers and ranchers trying to grow cattle on corn, this market can look especially grim.

It has caused us to really sit down and evaluate our feeding programs. Why do we feed corn? What are the advantages? What are the disadvantages? Are there other alternatives we can use in a market such as this?


  • High energy & digestibility: Corn is highly digestible in the rumen and is energy-dense, which allows cattle to lay down condition fairly quickly.
  • Marbling: Calves fed moderate levels of grain early in life begin laying down intramuscular fat, also known as marbling.
  • Palatability: Corn is extremely palatable to cattle of all ages.


  • Starch levels: Corn is high starch, which negatively affects forage digestion.
  • Low protein content: Protein sources are often required to accompany corn due to inadequate protein levels.
  • Further processing: More often than not, corn will need to be further processed, which adds extra costs. Processing such as rolling, grinding, or steam flaking, does not usually result in greater average daily gain but it can improve feed efficiency.

Corn Alternatives

There are a variety of non-corn grain energy options available on the market. Some of these are lower in starch, with similar energy values, such as distillers and beet pulp. These feed alternatives can be very palatable and can be much more cost-efficient in times like these today. One of the most important factors to consider when selecting an alternative feed is its efficiency. If cattle aren’t efficient on it, it can cost you more than you think. In addition to grain alternatives, feed additives can give an additional boost to digestibility and efficiency.

AgriGro’s Got Your Back

AgriGro is invested in your long term profitability. And for that, efficiency is key. Nutri-Zyme® is a feed and water additive that improves gut health and intake, which leads to better gain and overall improved health. With all of these factors in place, improved efficiency is inevitable. Learn more about AgriGro and Nutri-Zyme® today.

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2019 SeedMaxx Trial Increases Corn Yields By Average of 10.7 BPA

In a study performed by KMR Research across multiple corn varieties, SeedMaxx® was evaluated in four different locations. Overall, SeedMaxx® averaged a 10.7 bushel per acre increase over the control.


SeedMaxx® was evaluated in 4 different locations with 3 different hybrids.

  1. Albert City, IA
    Corn on Corn; Strip till applied hog finisher manure
  2. Scribbler, NE
    Irrigated, corn following soybean; Cattle manure broadcasted
  3. Elizabeth, IL
    Corn following soybeans; No-till w/ wheat cover crop
  4. Round Lake, MN
    Corn on corn; Farrowing barn manure injected

Applications = 6oz of SeedMaxx®  / 100lbs of seed


SeedMaxx® averaged a 10.7 BPA increase over the control.

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2018 SeedMaxx Trial Increases Corn Yields By Average Of 11.3 BPA

In studies performed by KMR Research across multiple corn varieties, SeedMaxx was evaluated in three different locations with three different hybrids. Overall, SeedMaxx averaged an 11.3 BPA increase over the control.

SeedMaxx applications were as follows: 6oz of SeedMaxx / 100 lbs of seed.


University of Missouri Study Reveals FoliarBlend®‘s Impact on Soil Health – Increasing Native Microbial Richness and Diversity

We often report that our crop production products are proven to enhance soil health and plant nutrition, but we know that research results speak louder than words. In today’s post, we’ll review the results of a recent study in which the effectiveness of AgriGro® FoliarBlend® is self-evident.

FoliarBlend® Soil Health and Plant Nutrition Study

In a research trial conducted by Dr. R.J. Kremer at the University of Missouri, FoliarBlend® was shown to impact the soil’s microbial richness and diversity in corn trials.


AG = FoliarBlend® applied
Control = No FoliarBlend® applied
Pioneer hybrid planted June 16, 2017
FoliarBlend® soil application 6/18: 32oz/A, applied over row
FoliarBlend® applied 7/16: 16oz/A, 30 days post-emergence; 10 leaf
Soil sampling – Two replicate samples collected at 0- to 3-inch depths:
T0. June 16        T2. July 15
T1. July 5            T3. August 18



All soils receiving FoliarBlend® treatment (AG) showed increased microbial (bacterial) “richness” overall sample times illustrated below. OTU number significantly (0.01% probability) higher for AG compared to no AG.





Number OTUs
(operational taxonomy units)








Deeper Understanding

FoliarBlend® treatments showed increased “diversity,” which is a function of richness and evenness of distribution of different microbial (bacterial) groups in soil, illustrated as the “Shannon Index” in the graph below. Significantly (0.01% probability) higher for AG compared with no AG.

Shannon Index: A measure of species biodiversity in the soil environment.

In the study of FoliarBlend® and corn, this is specifically a measurement of soil bacterial biodiversity. But it’s important to define biodiversity, which is considered the variability among living bacteria from the soil ecosystem. In order to place a quantitative value to express biodiversity, the Shannon Index is calculated using the total number of bacteria (abundance), the number of individual bacteria representing different species (species richness), and how evenly distributed are the numbers of the various species within the soil (evenness).

So, biodiversity is a measure that incorporates numbers of bacteria and the range (variety) and distribution of the various bacterial species in soil. The index can be used to account for the magnitude of change in bacterial populations due to some change in their environment, such as that imposed by a management practice, i.e. treatment with a biological product.

The higher value of the Shannon Index, the greater the biodiversity.













FoliarBlend® improved soil microbial richness (numbers of species) and microbial diversity, leading to enhanced plant nutrition.

Microbial diversity is critical for efficiently driving biological processes that require several microbial groups to complete each process.

FoliarBlend® enhanced the abundance of specific bacterial groups, all of which mediated important soil biological processes.

Multiple processes are implicated in the beneficial effects on increased bacterial abundance due to FoliarBlend® treatment, including:

  • Nutrient cycling and plant availability of nutrients
  • N fixation
  • C cycling including photosynthesis stimulation in cyanobacteria
  • SOM formation
  • Residue decomposition
  • Soil structure improvement
  • Production of plant growth-regulating compounds
  • Overall improved soil health
  • And for this soil, initial steps in restoring a degraded cultivated soil to more productive state

Better resolution of effects of FoliarBlend® relative to control treatments may be found with a careful sampling of soil within the root zone or rhizosphere of the crop since this is the site of greatest microbial activity.

Enjoy the Benefit of Enhanced Plant Nutrition

FoliarBlend® is a powerful treatment that both enhances soil health and improves plant nutrition. When added to your growing efforts, you can enjoy the benefit of increased growth and development rates, increased yields and crop production quality, and enhanced plant vigor and resilience. To learn more about AgriGro® plant nutrition products, locate a dealer near you today.


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