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March 16, 2020

Nutrien's Gregg Schmitz on Adopting Biochemistry in the Field

Posted by Agricen

Nutrien Ag Solutions’ Gregg Schmitz has witnessed transformational changes in agriculture–from the birth of modern crop protection to the growth of today's market for ag biostimulants and biologicals, even leading some of the early, pivotal field trials that brought Accomplish technology to Nutrien's row crop customers.

We recently spoke with Gregg about his take on this biocatalyst technology, and why growers who aren't already using Accomplish LM, Titan XC or Extract will want to consider adopting this biochemistry in their fields in 2020.

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Topics: Soybeans, Plant Nutrition & Health, Corn, Titan, Accomplish LM, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants, Extract PBA

March 2, 2020

[Watch] How to Reduce the Risk of Fallow Syndrome on Prevent Plant Acres

Posted by Agricen

Our webinar, "How to Reduce the Risk of Fallow Syndrome on Prevent Plant Acres," is now available to watch online.

During the on-demand webinar, you'll learn:

  • What fallow syndrome is
  • How fallow syndrome can impact yield opportunities
  • How Extract PBA can help address the risk of fallow syndrome on prevent plant acres
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Topics: Plant Nutrition & Health, Corn, Webinars, Extract PBA

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

October 10, 2019

Extract PBA Helps Overcome Phosphorus Deficiency in Fallow Soil

Posted by Agricen

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

September 26, 2019

Biocatalyst Technologies Are Helping to Transform Grower Productivity

Posted by Agricen

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

August 8, 2019

Releasing Nutrients from Cover Crop Skeletons with Extract PBA

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Cover crops provide many benefits that can improve the health of soil, water, and the following crop. However, they can also pose some drawbacks. In the spring at planting, cover crop skeletons can interfere with seed to soil contact. They can also stress the seedling by interfering with access to sunlight, requiring the planted crop to stretch so that it can reach above the cover crop canopy.

Extract PBA provides an efficient way to manage cover crop skeletons so that growers can avoid these issues and give the coming crop a nutritional boost. These Nutrien Ag Solutions trials conducted in Ohio show how an application of Extract PBA can break down cover crop skeletons to release nutrients for the following crop. 

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Topics: Soybeans, Ohio, Extract PBA

January 23, 2019

Implementing Sustainable Residue Management Practices at Broken O Ranch

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Broken O Ranch in Augusta, Montana, is a farming operation that grows wheat, barley, alfalfa, flax, canola and chickpeas on about 12,000 irrigated acres.

A big concern at the ranch is how to handle crop residue without burning it. Most states around Montana have banned all burning of residue. Dale Clark, the farm manager at Broken O Ranch, feels that it's only a matter of time before the practice is banned in Montana as well. But he also has bigger issues with the practice.

Burning residue not only takes time and labor, but it also adversely affects the availability of soil moisture because the ground becomes harder after burning," says Dale. "More than that, it negatively impacts nutrient availability. Nutrients are lost when ash is blown by the wind and redeposited or carried off.”

"At Broken O, we’ve been looking for a sustainable solution that we can implement right now,” he says.

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Topics: Wheat, Crop Residue, Extract PBA, Barley, Montana

June 13, 2018

Top Corn Producers Used Accomplish LM, Extract PBA & Titan XC

Posted by Agricen

When the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced the national winners of the 2017 NCGA corn yield contest earlier this year, four of these top corn producers had something big in common. It was their use of one or more biocatalyst technologies made by Agricen and available from Loveland Products. Over the next few weeks we will profile each of those top producers and talk about how they utilized Accomplish LM, Extract PBA or Titan XC as part of their winning program. This week, we start by featuring Don Stall of Charlotte, Michigan. With a yield of 407.22 bushels/acre, Don placed first in the nation for irrigated corn.

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Topics: Grower Stories, Michigan, Corn, Titan, Accomplish LM, Extract PBA, NCGA

May 15, 2018

Biocatalyst Technologies a Good Match with Poultry Manures and Litters

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Poultry manures and litters are an excellent source of crop nutrients—ones that can be more easily accessed by the crop when Extract PBA or Accomplish LM is used. In the corn trials below, these biocatalyst technologies maximized nutrient release from poultry manures so that more nutrients were available faster to the crop, leading to higher corn yields.  

In a trial conducted in Kentucky, Extract PBA was spread with UAN over turkey manure in the fall. Soil samples from the treated and untreated plots were taken in January, and showed an increase in the availability of many nutrients with the Extract PBA application. At harvest there was a 16.9 bu/acre corn yield increase where Extract PBA had been applied. 

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Topics: Arkansas, Corn, Accomplish LM, Kentucky, Extract PBA