Earlier this year, a panel of in-furrow fertilization experts participated in a Beck Ag Educational Discussion to talk about the benefits of chelating agents, in-furrow fertilization and how nutrient management can increase growth effectiveness with new technology. Part of the discussion centered on West Central’s recently launched product Levesol™.
Matt Pauli, Technical Analyst at West Central, stated that many traditional fertilizers can leave nutrients tied up in the soil. Consequently, plants are unable to access vital nutrients in the crucial early growing stages.
Levesol™ is the only chelating agent on the market that can be mixed with liquid fertilizer and applied in-furrow to make nutrients in the soil more available for uptake.
Jerry Sugar, a grower in Dodge County, Minnesota has been using Redline® for years, and recently discovered that it contains the chelating agent Levesol™.
“I’ve been using that Redline® to get my zinc, and also the chelating agent, which I wasn’t aware of before all this past year, I learned about that. But I’m still getting a positive return on investment there. And I’m going to keep doing that because in years like this year, I want to get all the yield I can get. I always target 250 bushel corn, 70 bushel beans, as my goal. I won’t get there but I hope to get here soon in the future, and I can’t get there unless I plan for it. You know, if you plan for 150 bushels an acre, that’s probably what you’re going to get, even though nature is going to give you 250.”
Dr. Ross Bender Discusses Nutrient Management
Dr. Ross Bender who studies crop physiology at the University of Illinois explained that the popularity of in-furrow fertilization continues to grow as the pressure for growers to produce higher yields increases. This is because managing nutrients effectively early on is essential when striving for higher yields. He notes that it is more effective to use a better product and method of application than to simply apply greater amounts of fertilizer.
“Plants sense nutrition very early on in the season, and make irrevocable growth decisions [at that point]. If we can do a better job of managing nutrients…we can see an improvement in stand, in emergence, and the quality of the plants as they emerge out of the ground.” –Dr. Ross Bender
“The middle portion of the growing season is actually the most critical period of nutrient accumulation for some of these particular crops. So to maintain that nutrient source, prevent the loss of it in leeching and binding to soil particles, can really set you up for long term success as well.”
Soil extraction studies, where the measured level of available nutrients within a soil sample with Levesol™ was measured against a sample without Levesol™, showed a 36% increase of available phosphorus with Levesol™.
Additionally, responses vary according to field conditions, but on average, a yield gain can be measured in the 7-10 bushel range for corn and 3-5 bushels for soybeans.
Visit West Central to learn more about Levesol™ and the benefits of using chelating agents.