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Consider Implementing SeedMaxx® Into Your Management Program

With the start of the 2021 season rapidly getting closer, it brings to question, what steps will you take to maximize production and protect your crops.  Seed treatments have been shown to play a critical role in providing protection for the seed and seedlings against pressure from outside stressors such as insects and diseases from the moment that they are planted.

For the majority of growers, seed treatments have become an important part of their standard management practices to enhance stand establishments and get the seedlings off to a strong, healthy start. Seed treatments have shown to control early-season pathogens such as seed rots, blights, and even help prevent irreversible damage from numerous early-season insect pests.

With all this being said, all seed treatments are not created equal, with some treatments only protecting against fungal diseases, others provide early protection from insects and larvae, while others protect from certain environmental conditions such as cold and wet growing conditions.

AgriGro’s® SeedMaxx® represents a new generation of prebiotic nutrition in a convenient, seed safe formulation. SeedMaxx® technology not only improves germination rate and early plant development but has a targeted effect on the soil’s native microbial populations in the rhizosphere, therefore, causing an increase in biological activity and breaking down any insoluble nutrients that the seedling can absorb and create a stress-free growing environment.  With the increase in microbial populations and activity, crops will be better suited to push through yield dragging challenges such as cool, damp growing conditions, better drought tolerance, and nutrient shortages all while reaching their genetic yield potential.  

Multiple studies performed by KMR Research has proven that SeedMaxx® produces higher yields when combined with other seed treatments than those treatments would produce on their own. Check out our 2018 SeedMaxx trial and our 2019 SeedMaxx trial and see the results for yourself.

SeedMaxx® Benefits:

  • Encourages better germination.
  • Produces more even emergence.
  • Increases seedling vigor and improves plant structure.
  • Develops larger, better root systems.
  • Supports nature’s “Web of Protection” in the rhizosphere.
  • Delivers consistent yield performance, better test weights and improved crop quality over a wide range of growing conditions.
  • Offers soil mobility to improve fertilizer efficiency and nutrient uptake.

2020 Research:

In a study performed by KMR Research across multiple corn varieties, SeedMaxx was evaluated in 6 different locations:

  • Arcadia, IA
  • Buffalo Center, IA
  • Dickens, IA
  • Storm Lake, IA
  • Elizabeth, IL
  • Round Lake, MN

SeedMaxx® applications were as follows: 6oz of SeedMaxx® / 100 lbs of seed.
(IBG is a seed treatment with the active fungi Beauveria Bassiana, meant to reduce insect and disease attacking the plant)

Overall, SeedMaxx® alone averaged a 14.4 bushel per acre increase over the control.

SeedMaxx® alone averaged a 14.4 bushel per acre increase over the control.


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Consistency, Education and Common Sense – Ross Nielson

“With all of the inconsistencies in crop production practices, there are certain absolutes that will affect the bottom line.”

Ross Nielson | Western U.S. Development

 

Western US agriculture offers almost unlimited opportunities to learn and observe crop production practices. In California alone, there are over 200 different crops grown annually. Each state offers different crops, with different production practices, different soil types, different weather patterns, and differences in available irrigation water.

Consistency Is Hard To Find 

It’s fair to say that consistency is hard to find when you look at the whole; that’s Ag production and Ag business every day.

However, with all the inconsistencies there are certain absolutes that will affect production practices and the bottom line, with the simplest to understand being water.

Any crop that receives the water it needs will surely thrive compared to the same crop that is deprived.  While the point of this article is not about water, it is arguably the most critical input needed by any plant to grow and function.

From what I’ve observed in the western U.S., no matter which state, or what soil type, there is a direct correlation between using AgriGro’s Prebiotic technology and increasing the grower’s bottom line. It’s as consistent as the benefits of supplying irrigation to a plant. 

Regardless of Environment, Crop Type or Region

No matter the environment, I have seen many times the immediate and residual effects of AgriGro’s Prebiotic technology.  Account managers, and growers alike, are taken back by the synergy between typical NPK applications and AgriGro PreBiotics that drive microbial action

Elevating microbial counts in biologically deficient soils will typically have a much greater impact on yield and quality than applying more fertilizer.

Fall Wheat – Residual Effect 

For example, I began working with a 12,000 acre grower in Montana two years ago.  He applied AgriGro’s Prebiotics to 2,000 acres in the spring. It was a drought year and there wasn’t much yield increase.  Nothing worked, including his normal fertility program. He said he wanted to back out.

Early the next spring, he called me out of the blue and said, “You need to come back by and convince me I need your stuff again, my fall wheat looks amazing where I put your stuff down last spring.”

I rearranged my schedule and flew down to meet him. After discussing the agronomics again and looking at his fields, he said he wanted to try another 100 acres. A couple hours later he put an order in for 5,000 acres.  

Even with little rainfall the previous season, the products had a residual effect.  His 2018 crops were outstanding and in the fall of 2018 he applied AgriGro’s prebiotics to his whole operation.

His 2019 crops are producing yields 40% to 50% greater in peas, barley and wheat than other farms next door. He has had 10 other growers in his area call me this year that I am working with currently, one of them being his agronomist, who also runs a farm.

Consistency, Education and Common Sense

There is nothing flashy about what this grower and other growers I work with do in getting higher yields. But they do understand the importance of fine tuning their agronomic practices and applying principles to their production systems to continually push yield and quality. Principles like consistency, education, and using common sense are a great foundation to being productive. 

I have been on a steep learning curve the past six years and what I can confidently say is, regardless of region, soil type, or crop, it doesn’t matter if you are rain fed, drip irrigation, or pivot, a biologically active soil is the key to getting more out of your fertilizer and other inputs. For decades, agriculture has focused primarily on fertilizer, seed, and chemicals, as far as innovation is concerned. They are obviously important.   However, there is a new focus on increasing soil microbial counts in production, and this untapped aspect of production provides huge benefits to those who are willing to apply this strategic methodology.

Begin building consistency this fall for a better start next spring.

 

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IgniteS4® Significantly Increases Total Plant Nutrient Uptake in Fertilizer Trial

 

 

Traditional sources of NPK were inoculated with AgriGro’s IgniteS then applied to pots of silt loam soil prior to planting with corn. The untreated pots included the same soil, fertilized with the same rates of NPK. 

30 days after planting, nutrient uptake comparisons were made between the IgniteS treated plants and untreated plants.

View results below:

 

 

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