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July 25, 2022

Three Ways to Combat Drought Stress in Corn

Posted by Agricen

Drought stress can cause significant yield reductions in corn, so it's important for growers to proactively consider ways they can reduce the impact of dry conditions on their crops.

Although growers can't control the weather, they do have options that can help them improve plant health and strengthen their corn crop's stress tolerance in the face of drought.


Topics: Plant Nutrition & Health, Illinois, Corn, Kansas, Abiotic stress, Terramar

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.


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

February 24, 2020

How to Overcome Crop Stress & Improve Crop Quality with Kelp Science

Posted by Agricen

Our recent webinar, "Overcoming Crop Stress and Improving Crop Quality with Kelp Science Innovations," is now available to watch online.

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

  • The role of kelp technologies in agricultural production
  • New, biological methods of kelp extraction and how they have advanced kelp science
  • A new kelp technology, Maritime®, and how it can help improve crop quality and increase abiotic stress tolerance

Topics: Plant Nutrition & Health, Webinars, Maritime

April 1, 2019

It’s All About the Roots!

Posted by Agricen

By Maud Hinchee, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Agricen Sciences 

It’s spring, and newly germinated seedlings are revving their engines!

Once a seedling has secured a foothold with its root, it uses the power of its photosynthetic engines to drive growth. Sunlight is the fuel source, enabling the plant to produce the proteins, lipids and carbohydrates it needs to make new leaves and new roots. To create these internal building blocks, the seedling must mine and extract raw materials from the soil in the form of water, macronutrients and micronutrients.

How does a root prospect? Unlike the “49ers” who picked up their stakes and often travelled great distances to join the California Gold Rush, a plant is literally rooted to its home. Often, its immediate home is not choice real estate with plentiful water and nutrients on tap, so the plant needs to be able to find water and nutrients, sometimes at great distance, and “sluice” them back through its root system to the growing shoot.

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Topics: Plant Nutrition & Health, Guest Blogs

January 20, 2016

Understanding Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry

Posted by Agricen

Understanding the microbiology and biochemistry of the soil is an important part of understanding plant health and nutrition.

Download our booklet to learn more about soil microbiology and soil biochemistry, as well as how soil microbes influence soil health, nutrient release and nutrient use efficiency in farming operations.

This booklet covers:

  • Definitions of soil microbiology and biochemistry 
  • Influence on plant growth, health and nutrition
  • Beneficial roles of soil microorganisms
  • Biochemical interactions in the soil-plant system
  • Influence on nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium

Learn more by downloading "Understanding Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry."

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Topics: Plant Nutrition & Health, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants

September 17, 2014

Understanding Nutrient Requirements for High-Yielding Corn

Posted by Agricen

By Fred E. Below, PhD, Professor of Plant Physiology, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Agronomic advancements have brought corn yields to new heights, but producers have had little guidance on how to meet the nutrient requirements of modern, high-yield corn hybrids in a way that maximizes their yields. As a result, the high yields we see today have been accompanied in many places across the United States by a significant drop in soil nutrient levels, particularly phosphorus (P), potassium (K), sulfur (S) and zinc (Zn). This combination—higher yielding hybrids and decreasing soil fertility levels—suggests that producers have not sufficiently matched their maintenance fertilizer applications with nutrient uptake and removal by the corn.

By better understanding nutrient uptake and partitioning, producers can optimize their fertilization practices to meet their crop needs and attain maximum yield potential. I’ll focus here primarily on the uptake, partitioning, and utilization of P and K by corn.

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Topics: Plant Nutrition & Health, Dry Fertilizer, Corn, Guest Blogs