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February 19, 2020

Congratulating the 2019 NCGA Corn Yield Contest Winners

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Every year, growers across the country compete in the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest and attempt to push their corn yields as far as they can go. We want to congratulate all of the 2019 winners, with special recognition to the 6 national and 12 state winners who used Accomplish LM, Extract PBA or Titan XC technology on their winning acres!

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Topics: Corn, Titan, Accomplish LM, Extract PBA, NCGA

February 3, 2020

Using Extract PBA to Maximize the Nutrient Content of Manure

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Although animal manures can be a rich source of nutrients for crops, the nutrients found in themwhether from swine, beef cattle, dairy cows or poultry–are not always in a form that is readily available for crop uptake.

Phosphorus is a good example. With its negative charge, phosphorus easily binds to positively charged micronutrients, such as those found in animal rations or dairy cow footbath solutions. Once bound, it remains in a form that is unavailable to the plant until transformed through natural processes (e.g., weather, soil microbes) or agronomic management. As a result, growers who have been applying animal manures may see high levels of unavailable phosphorus on their soil tests (indicated by a high Bray P2 value), but a deficit of plant-available phosphorus (low/lagging Bray P1).

Extract PBA, which helps to convert P2 to P1, is one of the agronomic tools available to help growers be more efficient with their nutrient applications by making phosphorus and other nutrients found in manures, crops residues and the soil more readily available for crop uptake.

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Topics: Extract PBA

January 6, 2020

How Do Microbes Influence Nitrogen Use Efficiency?

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Many growers apply the “4R” framework for nutrient management—using the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place—to more closely match crop nutrient needs to fertilization practices while supporting sustainable agriculture goals.

Guided by this framework, growers have been able to improve their fertilizer use efficiency and reduce nutrient loss to the environment. However, despite best practices, an estimated 40% to 50% of applied nitrogen is either immobilized by soil microorganisms or lost from the soil through denitrification or leaching, rendering it unavailable to the crop. Download Agricen's Soil Microbiology & Biochemistry BookletAlthough some soil microorganisms contribute to nitrogen loss or immobilization in the soil, others can have a positive influence on nitrogen use efficiency by enhancing the availability or stability of nitrogen in the soil or by enhancing root growth and physiological functions.

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Topics: Sustainability, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants

October 10, 2019

Extract PBA Helps Overcome Phosphorus Deficiency in Fallow Soil

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Wet conditions in the spring of 2019 created major planting challenges for many growers in the Corn Belt. Due to flooding and excess moisture in the fields, an estimated 19.4 million acres were left unplanted. Unfortunately, this creates favorable conditions for fallow syndrome, a phosphorus deficiency in the soil that can negatively impact next season’s crop.

Growers with fields left fallow in 2019 should consider making a fall or spring application of Extract Powered by Accomplish® (Extract PBA) to overcome the potential impact of fallow syndrome. Extract PBA helps growers maximize yields by releasing bound nutrients in the soil, making them available to the next crop.

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Topics: Corn, Extract PBA

October 2, 2019

[Watch Webinar] How to Make Your Dry Fertilizer Investment Go Farther

Posted by Agricen

Our recent webinar, "How to Make Your Dry Fertilizer Investment Go Farther," is now available to watch online.

During the webinar, you'll learn how incorporating a fertilizer biocatalyst into your dry fertilizer application can:

  • Maximize your fertilizer efficiency
  • Improve nutrient recovery in the first year after applying P and K fertilizers
  • Help you gain greater return on investment and greater yield opportunities from dry fertilizer applications

You'll also see recent field trial results with Titan XC, which can be used with dry fertilizers to improve nutrient availability and crop performance. 

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Topics: Videos, Titan, Webinars

September 30, 2019

Starter Program with Accomplish LM Key Part of Minnesota Farmer's NCGA Success

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Fifth-generation farmer, Dave Kolb, of Kolb Farms near Paynesville, Minnesota, is one of 11 children who grew up working on a dairy farm with his siblings and parents. The Kolbs have been in this area since their ancestors arrived to homestead in 1861.

Today, Dave farms and dairies with three of his brothers and his mother. They employ a corn, oat, alfalfa and wheat rotation to produce forage and grain for the 500 cows that they milk. They also raise their own replacement heifers. It is a very busy operation, but Dave and his family members have seen their hard work pay off, including as entrants in the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest.

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Topics: Starter/In-Furrow Applications, Minnesota, Corn, Accomplish LM, NCGA

September 26, 2019

Biocatalyst Technologies Are Helping to Transform Grower Productivity

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Last year, no fewer than five national winners and seven state winners of the NCGA's National Corn Yield Contest used Agricen's biocatalyst technology on their winning acres. We are fortunate to be represented in the best practices of many leading growers, and humbled by the opportunity to help transform grower productivity.

Before the start of this year's harvest, we had the opportunity to meet up with some of the 2018 NCGA winners to celebrate their success last season. Here are some of the folks we are honored to say have used Accomplish LM, Titan XC or Extract PBA as part of their winning strategy. 

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Topics: Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan, Iowa, Corn, Titan, Indiana, Accomplish LM, Missouri, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants, Extract PBA, Idaho, NCGA

September 4, 2019

Obtaining the Highest ROI on Fall Fertilizer Applications

Posted by Agricen

When it comes to fall dry fertilizer applications, poor soil conditions and bad weather can significantly decrease fertilizer efficiency. Treating dry fertilizer with Titan XC before it goes out in the field can help growers address these challenges and get the highest return on their fertilizer investment.

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Topics: Illinois, Dry Fertilizer, Titan

August 14, 2019

Accomplish LM Is a Great Fit for Potato Growers

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We often focus on Accomplish LM in corn, soybean or wheat crops, but the benefits of Accomplish LM technology also extend to specialty crops like potatoes. A recent side by side comparison from a 2019 potato trial in Grafton, North Dakota shows earlier potato emergence and more robust plants when Accomplish LM has been added to the grower's standard potato fertilizer program. In this trial, Accomplish LM was applied at planting with 10-34-0, placed below the seed in a band.

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Topics: North Dakota, Michigan, Accomplish LM, potatoes

July 24, 2019

Titan XC Adding Value to Indiana Corn Program

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A recent check-in on a corn trial near New Salem, Indiana, shows that Titan XC is adding value to the grower's standard corn program, resulting in bigger roots, plants and stalks where Titan XC-treated fertilizer was used.

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When we compared the plants we pulled, we consistently saw larger root masses, thicker stalks and larger plants on the treated side of the field compared to the untreated side," said Nutrien Ag Solutions' Sierra Gearhart, who is operating the trial.

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Topics: Dry Fertilizer, Corn, Titan, Indiana