Managing #Grow24 Crop Stress with Concept AgriTek’s Foliar and Soil Applied Products

 

The only consistency Mother Nature provides is inconsistency, and in agriculture drastic weather shifts can and do rob yield. Thus, managing stress in the crop is one of the most critical agriculture management tools a farmer has at their disposal.

Regional Sales Manager, Sheldon Alt and agronomist, Rebekah Muench, teamed up to discuss the season’s challenges and Concept AgriTek’s solutions in a northern Indiana cornfield last week.

Understanding Crop Stress

Alt opened the conversation, asking Muench if she ever encountered stress.

“Oh, all the time,” she laughed, “especially when I have crops in the ground.”

Muench went on to share how challenging this growing season is starting off because of the adverse weather conditions, insect pressure and the anticipation of both drought and flooding stress.

There’s never a dull moment in agriculture.

Both side dressing and Y drop solutions are potential strategies for crop stress mitigation, however, pairing those application methods with the right product makes all the difference.

Concept B10® is a 10% Boron product that harnesses the power of our proprietary StressTek® technology to reduce plant stress.

Boron is a highly overlooked micronutrient that is needed by all plants for reproductive success. The product not only aids plants in achieving good test weights but also acts as a catalyst for nitrogen metabolism and protein formation.

“(Concept) B10 is just a great product to be adding to a side dress,” Alt says. “It’s great for late season application and it’s going to help you will grain fill and root mass.”

Concept K13 is another product Alt says growers should be looking at to help fight in-season stressors. The product provides the ability to blend potassium with UAN, helping to balance the N to K ratio that is important to both nutrients. And while he notes that the product should only be soil applied, the addition aid in strengthening plant stalks and stems combined with the increased tolerance it provides a plant shouldn’t be overlooked.

“Concept K13 a great product because potassium is going to help with drought tolerance throughout the season – something that we all find ourselves needing at some point in the growing season,” he says.

For those who have completed their side dressing or are considering foliar applications, Muench recommends products like Foliar K® and Foliar Rx. She explained,

“Potassium in general is amazing for drought tolerance because it helps with water retention,” she adds, “and there’s no better product on the market than Foliar K. It has more than 200 times the readily available potassium than other products on the market.”

Herbicide damage is another common issue that farmers face. To fight back against the stress of herbicide damage, Muench and Alt also recommend Foliar Rx.

Timing of Applications

When it comes to the timing of stress mitigation applications, Rebekah emphasized the importance of prevention.

“Prevention is the best way to combat stress. Around three to five days before you know a stress event is on the way, equip your plants with what they need to fight back. We all have a forecast in our hand every day, it’s easy to stay up to date on heat, drought, and other challenges in-season,” she says.

Taking a proactive approach can lead to quick results, as evidenced by a grower in southern Indiana who saw improvements within 12 hours of applying Foliar K.

Enhancing Plant Health with Sweet Success

Rebecca also discussed the benefits of Sweet Success, a cold-pressed molasses product that creates sugar content in plants that can reduce insect pressure and help with drought stress by retaining more water.

“Sweet Success is really a great product, it’s pure black strap molasses that will increase the brix level of your crop. When you hit around 40% sugar, what you’re going to see is fewer aphids – leaf hoppers and other insects – damaging your plants. That’s because sap sucking insects don’t like higher sugar content because it’s harder for them to digest. The brix level becomes a natural insecticide,” Muench shares.

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