Hail has met its match


SoyfxTM shows positive regrowth

Cody Miller of Wahpeton, ND has been involved in the agriculture industry for many years. His interest in farming sparked at a young age. Today, alongside his wife and two sons, and with the mentorship of his father, Cody is managing an operation where he produces sugar beets, soybeans, corn, and hard red spring wheat. Cody is also proud to be a Legend Seeds dealer since 2016. Through the evolution of the Legend Seeds portfolio, Cody has remained flexible with an eagerness to embrace in advancements and technologies. He has a willingness to try new things to provide the best possible solutions for his customers. This past year, Cody utilized a new, innovative biological on his soybeans through Legend Seeds and is seeing great results in his fields.

This year, Cody trialed SoyfxTM from the YieldMaster Solutions portfolio. In a four-mile blanket, Cody planted four quarters of beans in addition to one quarter of corn. Three quarters of the beans had Soyfx applied, leaving one field to be used as the control. Cody applied the Soyfx with YP Pro™ seed coat treatment, which provides protection to soybeans, guarding against all major seed and early season soil-borne diseases to help keep the plant healthy and maximize yield potential. This allowed three fungicides, an insecticide, and Soyfx to be applied on the bean crop.

Soyfx unlocks the plant’s ability to produce growth regulators and metabolites that enhance production through biosynthetic pathway efficiencies. Some benefits include: phosphate solubilization through microbial activity, increased total leaf area, reduced ethylene production (associated with aging and senescence), pH regulation, reduced reactive oxygen species, and general stress mitigation. Soyfx contains microbials that enhance regrowth following a hail event, so the point of stem breakage grows rather than growth from an axillary bud. Therefore, if there is a hailstorm early enough that replanting is an option, Soyfx reduces the need to replant.

In early July of 2020, an unfortunate hailstorm rolled through the southern Red River Valley wiping out many crops. The storm left fields with only stalks and very little foliage. Cody’s soybean fields also saw the damage. Luckily, Soyfx had been applied and we were able to see how big of a significance this would make.

Left: untreated soybean field; Right: Soyfx treated soybean field
Photos taken approximately 1 ½ months after hailstorm

Cody explains, “When Soyfx is applied as a seed treatment, it’s in the plant. So, if you receive damage, such as a hailstorm, the biological is already in the plant. If you did not, you’d have a very small window (48-72 hours) to apply a recovery product.”

In this situation, with the drastic damage, farmers would have had to wait for crops to grow back and have more foliage before they were able to apply a biological. As a result, the recovery window would be long overdue, and the treatment would have a lower chance of working.

Cody is grateful for the added hail insurance Soyfx brought to his operation. However, the benefits do not stop there. Soyfx plants are proving to be healthier and stronger. Additionally, beans should reach maturity faster. Cody is excited to see if this holds true in the upcoming months. Faster maturing beans greatly benefit a diversified-crop operation by spreading out harvest. Cody’s goal is to get the beans off before sugar beet harvest starts in October.

Left: Soyfx treated soybean plants; Right: untreated soybean plants
Photos taken approximately 1 ½ months after hailstorm

“I will absolutely use Soyfx in the future,” Cody says. “The results are good, and I am very pleased with the product.” He also recommends this product to his growers and hopes they see the same differences that he has seen on his own farm.

Interested in experiencing these benefits on your crops next season? Contact YieldMaster Solutions today to learn more about how Soyfx can protect your crop investment and maximize ROI.

Mid-Season Biological Update


YieldMaster Solutions Continues to find Success as Crops Progress

Agricultural biologicals are beneficial crop production and protection tools that enhance yield and overall crop health. YieldMaster Solutions, LLC (YMS) is selective about which products we choose to allow into our portfolio. We recognize different crops have specific needs, so YMS offers tailored solutions to address a crop or cropping system. Research and Technical Lead, John Squire, along with others, reports their mid-season findings from across the YMS footprint. The results of a variety of crops and treatments builds excitement as we set our eyes on harvest in the upcoming months.

Envita™ Trial on Potatoes

Envita is a new mode of action for nitrogen fixation. It is a naturally occurring, food-grade microbe discovered and isolated from sugar cane. Envita establishes itself within the plant cells and forms vesicles for nitrogen fixation. Envita will live in the plant throughout the season to supplement nitrogen requirements.

Visiting an Envita trial on potatoes in southern Michigan showed promise of success despite the tough conditions the crops have been facing. Potatoes don’t do as well in hot and humid conditions; however, the cooperator is still excited about the opportunity for the Envita treated field to do well. The cooperator stated, “So far, the potatoes with Envita are holding up pretty well in this horrible heat.” (Figure 1 and 2)

Figure 1 : Potatoes dug in field.           
Figure 2: Potato field in Southern Michigan.

Soyfx Trial on Soybeans

Soyfx unlocks the plant’s ability to produce growth regulators and metabolites that enhance production through biosynthetic pathway efficiencies. Benefits of Soyfx include phosphate solubilization, increased leaf area, pH regulation, enhanced pod set, and increased yield.

Figure 3: Untreated 0.4 RM Xtend® soybean (left) is just about to start flowering, while the treated variety (right) has already exceeded flowering stages and entered pod formation.  

Fantastic results were found in a dealer’s Soyfx plot in the Wishek, ND area. A maturity difference is visibly noticeable between untreated and treated soybeans (figure 3). The initial observation is early pod formation on the treated plants. Additionally, the plants are bushier and stronger.

Figure 4 shows another variety, a 0.9 RM Xtend® soybean. The check is on the left and Soyfx treated is on the right. Again, differences in size, maturity, and root development are easily noticeable.

Figure 4: 0.9 RM Xtend® soybean check and treated plants.  

Within this same plot, an experiment was conducted. Two random plants were pulled from the treatment trial and pods were removed. Figure 5 shows a visual of the results.

Figure 5: On the left are pods collected from eight untreated soybean plants. The right shows pods collected from eight Soyfx (seed coat) treated soybean plants.  

alphajoule Trial on Alfalfa

alphajoule is a mix of genetically identified and patented microorganisms selected to stimulate and support plant growth and physiology. It can be applied to alfalfa for benefits of increased yield, improved root structure, better regrowth after cutting, and general stress mitigation.

A grower near Naples, SD has applied alphajoule to a portion of his large alfalfa field twice. Once after first cutting and again after second cutting. This grower bales and wraps the alfalfa in round bales and based on bales counted, there was a 15% yield increase where alphajoule was applied after the first cutting and a 27% increase when applied after the first and second cutting, compared to the untreated crop.

Preharvest observations (figure 6) illustrate slightly larger leaves and taller alfalfa. Leaf size and leaf retention play a key role in forage quality of alfalfa.

A plant tissue test was also conducted. Plants with alphajoule contained more iron, zinc, calcium, manganese, and copper.

Figure 6: Observations from SD alfalfa field.  

Check out this video recording from Garret Allen to hear another success story. This grower testimony comes from Wheatland, WY.

Building Excitement for Harvest

These mid-season findings show promise for continued positive results as crops move into the harvesting season. The YMS team will continue to monitor our products and trials as we work to build our elite portfolio. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to stay up to date with our latest findings and information.

If you would like to experience the YMS difference in a plot near you, contact us today at info@yieldmastersolutions.net.

Biologicals Proving Positive Results at Early Emergence


YieldMaster Solutions Role in the Biological World

Agricultural biologicals are beneficial crop production and protection tools that enhance yield and overall crop health. YieldMaster Solutions, LLC (YMS) is selective about which products we choose to allow into our portfolio. We recognize different crops have specific needs, so YMS offers tailored solutions to address a crop or cropping system. At emergence, differences are already apparent, and these results create excitement for continued success using IONfx and Envita™!

IONfx

IONfx  is a mix of genetically identified and patented bacteria, along with archaea and fungi. While many microbes live naturally in a plant, this mix of microorganisms has been selected to support, enhance, and supplement plant functions. IONfx  unlocks a plants ability to produce growth regulators and metabolites.

Benefits of IONfx include pH regulation, heat and drought stress tolerance, phosphate solubilization and yield increase. Trails have expressed an average of 5.4 bu/acre yield increase.  

While our findings focus mainly on corn, IONfx  is a multi-crop biological that can also be used on sorghum, small grains, cotton, canola and flax. IONfx can be applied as a seed coat, in-furrow, or foliar application.

Envita

Envita is a naturally occurring, food-grade microbe discovered and isolated from sugar cane in 1988. Envita establishes itself within the plant cells and forms vesicles for nitrogen fixation. Envita is unique because it develops a relationship with the cells through the whole plant, rather than just the roots like rhizobia does. Envita will live in the plant throughout the season to supplement nitrogen requirements.

Benefits of Envita include its ability to live within multiple crops, supplement or replace portions of nitrogen fertilizer, and environmental sustainability. Our proof of concept trials relate an 85% positive response with a 9.5 average bu/acre yield increase when results were positive.

What to Look For

To analyze if products are making a positive influence, we primarily look at three things:

  1. Root development
  2. Plant vigor
  3. Growth stage advantages

Check out a video recording where these key indicators are explained further:

Our Findings This Season

We have numerous test plots scattered across the upper Midwest. The results at emergence are impressive and align with testing previously conducted in controlled greenhouse environments.

Figure 1: Legend Seeds corn hybrid planted May 27, photo taken 6 days after planting, Lake Preston, SD plot

The root development difference between treated corn plants is notable (figure 1). This plot was planted late and into warm soil, so the plants emerged quickly in just 5-6 days. Although it can be difficult to notice differences while walking the fields, digging plants and placing them on a grid helps to illustrate what is actually happening. This photo shows longer roots and bigger leaves when treated with Envita, Ionfx, or the combination, as compared to the base treatment. Additionally, where Envita was applied, there was more root development and more advanced leaves. Furthermore, there was a stepwise improvement in roots and leaves where Ionfx or the combination of Ionfx and Envita were used. These results match the analysis of root development from greenhouse testing (figure 2). We can’t say conclusively that the bigger plants will yield more, but they certainly have greater potential for increased yield.

Figure 2: Controlled greenhouse environment, Legend Seeds corn hybrid, planted 4” deep in peat-based growth medium

QuickRoots® Continues to Adds Value

With all the talk focused on biological products such as Envita and IONfx, it can become easy to overlook the importance of QuickRoots. The biologicals Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and Trichoderma virens found in QuickRoots can release bound phosphate from the soil. This improved phosphate availability is critical and can lead to expanded root volume, which enhances nitrogen and potassium uptake. Testing with QuickRoots has resulted in increased yields across a geographic sphere (figure 3). Based on observations, Envita and Ionfx add to those benefits, giving crops even greater potential to be healthier and higher yielding.

Figure 3: QuickRoots treated vs standard seed treatment, 2 year data (CY2013 and CY2014)

Moving Forward

The YMS team will continue to monitor plant growth differences throughout the growing season. All products we offer must earn their way into our elite portfolio by proving they are sustainable and delivering a significant return on investment (ROI) to the farmer. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date with our latest findings and information.