Friday, August 11, 2017

New Products in Colorado Crops

So in addition to airplane watching and riding, I had an opportunity to do some field checks with Aero Applicators agronomist Wes.  He has been doing sales and agronomy work for them for quite a few years.  However I noticed that I failed to include him in any of my pictures.  Oops.  Well go to if you want to see Wes!

I just told about the Pinto Bean fertilizer test at the IRF the other day, and here is a real field.  This had 2.5 gal/A of Pro-Germinator + 2 qt/A of Micro 600 in the furrow.  They are looking real good as they go into early flower.  Micro 600 has a good fit in this high pH soil, as it has 2% sulfur and 2% iron, plus 1% zinc, 1% manganese, and lower amounts of copper and boron. 
This is an irrigated field that had High NRG-N + Pro-Germinator + Micro 600 applied by strip till. Then planted.  It looks good too.  There was a little hail damage seen on the lower leaves.  You can also see a lot of pollen on the leaves which kept me sneezing the rest of the day.  I've often wondered why some people are bothered by things that don't affect others at all. Like some people are happy to talk to me while some turn the other way when they see me coming.  Hmmm. 
 As mentioned the other day, hail is hit or miss every summer here.  It's usually not if, but when.  Or how bad.  This irrigated corn got hail earlier, but is doing ok now that it is making ears.  Another bad part of hail is that it lets light penetrate to the ground and you often see lots of weeds grow tall.  But this corn had Pro-Germinator + Micro 600 in furrow.
 Darrel has some dryland corn next to his runway where he and Wes do some testing.  In this field, all of the corn had 3 gal/A of Pro-Germinator + 1 qt/A of Micro 600 at planting.  The corn on the left had an additional 2 qt/A of C-Tech.  I could see that the corn on the left was taller and the silks were mostly all brown, while the corn on the right still had some green silk.
 This indicated that the 2 qt C-Tech corn was further along in development.  The picture below shows that.
The bacteria in C-Tech benefited from the wheat straw that was there that provided a carbon food source until the corn roots developed.  We are learning more about the influence of carbon and C-Tech.  Hopefully they can get some yield info on this to further help guide our Primagro line.  But it was a great couple of days up in Sterling, and the rest of Northeast Colorado.