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September 30, 2019

Starter Program with Accomplish LM Key Part of Farmer's 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

April 11, 2018

Creating the Most Efficient Corn Starter Program

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By Steve Sexton & Brian Cornelious, PhD, Agricen

One of the pillars of the 4R approach to plant nutrition is applying fertilizer in the “Right Place.” This concept has opened the door for researchers and producers alike to examine practices that place small quantities of nutrients in a concentrated zone close to the point of seed placement. The use of starter fertilizer, which is one of the practices aimed at getting plant nutrients in the “right place,” is just recently becoming a common practice in some parts of the country. This blog looks at starter fertilizer programs for corn from a nutrient efficiency perspective.

Which starter fertilizer programs are the most efficient and have the most impact on corn yields? Is it total nutrition (N-P-K) or the type and form of nutrition that carries the most weight?

A standard starter program in the U.S. Corn Belt is 5 gallons of ammonium polyphosphate (APP; 10-34-0) plus 1 quart of zinc. 10-34-0 is a common polyphosphate fertilizer that must be converted into a plant-available form, called orthophosphate, prior to plant uptake and utilization. In fact, most starter fertilizers are primarily composed of the polyphosphate form of phosphorus.

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Topics: Starter/In-Furrow Applications, North Dakota, Corn, Indiana, Accomplish LM

July 26, 2016

Accomplish LM in a Corn Starter Program: Mid-Season Results

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Seeing is believing. These corn plants in Central Indiana show an increase in plant growth and root mass where Accomplish LM is included in the grower's starter fertilizer program. 

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

April 21, 2016

Enhancing Starter Fertilizer Applications with Accomplish LM

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For growers who are applying a starter fertilizer this season, adding a fertilizer biocatalyst like Accomplish LM can be an excellent way to enhance a starter application and set the stage for a great yield.

Accomplish LM speeds nutrient mineralization to get nutrients in the right form for plant uptake, while also improving the root systems of young seedlings to facilitate nutrient and water uptake. In these Nebraska and South Dakota trials (below), adding Accomplish LM to starter fertilizer increased corn yields by 8 to 10 bushels per acre. 

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Topics: South Dakota, Starter/In-Furrow Applications, Corn, Accomplish LM, Nebraska

April 11, 2016

Making the Case for In-Furrow Applications

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By Jeremiah Butler, Loveland Products, Central Plains/Nebraska

As we enter planting time and growers make final decisions for the coming crop year, many growers will consider using in-furrow products. There are several reasons why they should research and consider in-furrow applications.  

Many of you have heard Dr. Fred Below of the University of Illinois talk about his “Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World.” As we look at the factors below, we can see that there is no silver bullet. Attaining a high yield truly takes a systems approach!

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Topics: Starter/In-Furrow Applications, Corn, Guest Blogs, Accomplish LM

February 16, 2016

Improve Starter Program Efficiency with Biocatalyst Technology

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By Steve Sexton Brian Cornelious, PhD, Agricen

Growers use starter fertilizers to try to get plant nutrients in the right place at the right time for early plant growth. By applying small quantities of nutrients close to the seed in starter programs, growers can usually get their crops off to a good start—an advantage they can often maintain during the growing season. However, as with any fertilizer program, making sure that applied nutrients in a starter program are in a plant-available form right when the crop needs them most can be a challenge. How can growers improve the efficiency of their starter programs and realize the payoff of higher yields in the process?

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Topics: South Dakota, Starter/In-Furrow Applications, Minnesota, Corn, Titan, Accomplish LM, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants

December 21, 2015

How to Get More Uniform Corn Emergence This Spring

Posted by Agricen

Growers know that uniform corn emergence is a must for achieving great yields. Recent research shows that a delay in emergence of just 12 to 14 hours can affect yield potential.

In side by side field trials done in 2014 at three different locations and led by North Carolina State University cropping systems specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger, an in-furrow application of Accomplish LM promoted uniform corn emergence, increased row and kernel number, and increased ear weight by 1/8 lb compared to check (10-27-0 applied in a 2x2 band). Uniform emergence was associated with higher yields: Accomplish LM increased the average yield by 11.5 bushels per acre.

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Topics: Starter/In-Furrow Applications, North Carolina, Corn, Accomplish LM

December 11, 2015

Starter Case Study: Accomplish LM Performs on Nebraska Soybeans

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Accomplish LM is a fantastic tool for soybean growers who want to boost plant health and performance. 

Recent harvest data from Nebraska show impressive results when Accomplish LM is used on soybeans in-furrow as a starter, with a 13.8 bu/acre soybean yield increase compared to untreated acres.

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Topics: Soybeans, Starter/In-Furrow Applications, Accomplish LM, Nebraska

August 4, 2015

Starter Fertilizer Paying Off This Year

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This year, many parts of the country dealt with above-average to excessive spring rains. Wet conditions set the stage for denitrification (converting nitrogen in the soil system into N2 gas) and nitrate leaching, which may explain some of the yellowing growers have observed in fields where there has been a lot of moisture.  

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

June 23, 2015

Soybean StartUp Is a Standout in the Field – Field Trial Results

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Soybean StartUp is a tank mix of Accomplish® LM and Radiate®, applied in furrow at planting. The goal is to get soybean plants off to a better, faster start and enhance productivity. 

In trial after trial, this program keeps giving a standout performance in the field.

The soybean plants in the pictures below were planted on May 28th, 2015 in Greensburg, Kansas, by a grower who had trialed the Soybean StartUp program on half of his acres. The beans on the left were treated 2x2 with 10 gallons of 16-0-16-5 alone, while the beans on the right were treated 2x2 with 10 gallons of 16-0-16-5 and Soybean StartUp (1 quart of Accomplish LM with 4 ounces of Radiate in furrow). Pictures were taken mid-June.

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Topics: Soybeans, Starter/In-Furrow Applications, Kansas, Accomplish LM, Radiate