SP-1 shines again. This time on an organic corn plot in Eastern Wisconsin. Three different programs were used. The far right plant was treated with our SP-1, Dramm O, Potassium Sulfate Solution (also referred to as K-Sulfate), Zinc L, and Manganese L, while the far left was treated in-furrow with another organic product and the center plant was our control.
Note how much soil clings to the far right plant’s root system as compared to the others.
We like to see soil clinging to the roots, demonstrating an active rhizosphere, which becomes a hot bed of active soil life. We want billions of workers feeding off plant/root exudates. The plant feeds microbial life and the microbes then return the favor with many benefits to the plant:
- Accelerated nutrient cycling
- Nitrogen fixation
- Many growth promoting compounds
Which root system would you rather have? An active one that extends deep into the ground gathering and utilizing essential nutrients, or a shorter root system with very little activity in the rhizosphere?
A field visit in Cedar Falls, Iowa at an in-furrow research plot in late June yielded consistent results. We looked at 3 sets of corn plants. One being the control (far left), the second set (middle) was treated with our SP-1 and Even Up, and the third set (far right) was treated with Even Up, SP-1, and Renewable Farming LLC’s WakeUP Spring.
Notice the third set on the end. It was treated with Even Up, SP-1, and WakeUP Spring and has a more aggressive root system as well as a larger stalk diameter, allowing the plant to gather and utilize more water and nutrients. Associated with larger ears, larger stalks help the plant move and process nutrients efficiently.
Which set would you rather have growing on your farm?
A long-time friend of AgriEnergy Resources, Jerry Carlson of Renewable Farming LLC, is testing our 4-21-4 and SP-1, along with his WakeUP Spring, on a research plot this summer.
Note the side treated in-furrow with 4-21-4, SP-1, and WakeUP Spring has more uniformity than the control side. Notice how much more growth and foliage is on the treated side.
Due to wacky weather this spring, this plot took until May 21 to plant, but the stand is uniform and we’ll be watching for differences.
Another great comparison of SP-1 and Even Up corn plants next to untreated plants. Notice how there’s more foliage and uniformity as well as bigger stems on the treated set.
Which set can support the most 600+ kernel ears?
Don’t think applying a starter is worth your time and money? Check out these soybeans in Bureau Township. Notice the color change where AgriBoost CA was applied about half way in the field in 2 x 2 band with the planter, compared to the lighter side where AgriBoost CA was not applied.
AgriBoost CA has a base of calcium nitrate with a lot of other components, including a trace mineral package. Which half do you think will perform better?
A root dig in Indiantown Township, Illinois yielded great results! We compared corn plants that were treated with SP-1 and Even Up. Notice how the soil clings to the treated roots and all the fine roots.
When comparing soil moisture in the soil, which plants can gather more water? Treated or untreated?
A root dig in Bureau Township, Illinois in early June yielded some excellent results when comparing soybean plants that were treated in-furrow with SP-1, Even Up, and a combo of both products. Notice the root development on the three sets, especially the set that was treated with BOTH SP-1 and Even Up.
There are more fine roots, thicker stems, thicker cotyledon leaves (creating less energy drawdown of the plant), less herbicide damage, and evidence of reproductive sites developing. With soybean prices upward $11 for the first time since July 2014, there’s still a chance to make a similar impact by foliar spraying at V3. Comment below to learn more.