How to make the most of your micronutrient investment Introduction to Wolf Trax Wolf Trax Technology DDP Micronutrients PROTINUS Seed Nutrition Top Ways to Make Micros Pay on Your Farm
DDP® Micronutrients Zinc DDP Boron DDP Copper DDP Manganese DDP Iron DDP Calcium DDP CropMix DDP
Proprietary nutrition product applied directly onto the seed A logical next step in seed-applied technology
Consider Micronutrients if you are striving for higher yields Top Ways to Make Micros Pay on Your Farm
What are the “high yield” growers doing? • The National Corn Growers Association yield contest winners consistently pull off 100 plus bushels per acre more than the national average
Strategy for corn yield winners • Seed early • Use micronutrients • Starter fertilizer
Pay attention to Nutrient Balance Top Ways to Make Micros Pay on Your Farm
Pay attention to NUTRIENT BALANCE The “Law of the Minimum” • If one nutrient is lacking, plant growth and yield will be poor, regardless of how abundant all the other nutrients are. • A crop’s yield potential is limited by the amount of the most limiting nutrient.
Liebig's Law of the Minimum Capacity of the barrel (crop yield) is limited by the most limiting stave (nutrient) Potassium The most limiting nutrient limits yield REGARDLESS of how high the other barrel staves are! Nitrogen Phosphorus Zinc
What’s NEW with the barrel! Its bigger and taller! ~ 300 bu corn Micro Nitrogen Phosphorus Potassium Potassium Nitrogen Phosphorus Micro
Importance of nutrient balance • Need to remember micronutrients too
Use three tools – soil tests, tissue tests and your fertilizer agronomist Top Ways to Make Micros Pay on Your Farm
Field Scouting is Key Copper deficiency Zinc deficiency
Make sure you are getting a consistent fertilizer blend Top Ways to Make Micros Pay on Your Farm
Granular micronutrients Achieving consistent blends is difficult!
Particle Size differences Urea 12% Cu Oxysulfate
Bulk Density • Most micros much heavier than N, P or K • Fall to bottom of blend
Solution = DDP Micronutrients • DDP (Dry Dispersible Powder) Micronutrients patented formulation coats each and every fertilizer prill • Do not come off • High quality blends from blender to spreader to field
Granular vs DDP Micronutrients Boron DDP on every prill of fertilizer Granular boron irregularly distributed in blend
Use better micronutrient placement techniques Top Ways to Make Micros Pay on Your Farm
You cannot achieve an even distribution of micronutrient across your field with granular micronutrients because of tendency to segregate and settle.
Floater traveled 9 miles with a granular Zn, Boron blend, then applied the fertilizer to a field
We placed 10 x 10 ft plastic tarps in the field to capture blend 9
Uneven distribution can cause: • Deficient areas • Toxic areas • Uneven crop maturation • Difficulty in timing sprays & harvests • LOST YIELDS!
Ensure Thorough Coverage with DDP • Blends are completely coated • Provides fields with blanket coverage • Results in even/thorough distribution of micronutrients vs Granulars DDP
Feed your crop as early as possible Top Ways to Make Micros Pay on Your Farm
Your crop = factory • Job is to collect sunlight and make sugar. • How to make factory run longer and produce more?
Patented, seed-applied fertilizer • Safely delivers essential nutrients directly to the seed • Nutrients available as soon as the radicle emerges
Faster, more even emergence CONTROL
Larger, more vigorous seedlings PROTINUS CHECK CHECK CHECK
Larger Seedlings CHECK
Longer, more developed root systems CHECK CONTROL
Longer roots CHECK PROTINUS
Ability to withstand early season stress CONTROL CONTROL
Benefits of feeding crop early CONTROL