Support Soil, Plant Health with Biological, Sweetener Applications

Friday, April 8, 2016

For a crop to perform well, it needs the right balance of genetic potential, sound management practices and environmental conditions. In other words, choosing seed that performs well gives producers a start for growing a good crop, but producers must also adopt good management practices and provide crops with the right environmental conditions.

Without the latter two factors -- good management and the right environment -- crops have reduced potential to grow and yield well. Applying a biological and cold-processed sweetener from gives producers the opportunity to manage environmental factors that influence yield potential.

BigBioYield Adds Microbial Life to Soil
The BigBioYield biological combines eight beneficial bacteria into a single product. When applied, BigBioYield can add microbial activity to the soil. The eight selected bacteria support or produce enzymes and phytohormones that support soil and plant health. Each bacterial strain has a distinct role, but collectively, they provide several benefits as they colonize along a crop's root system. This area where soil, microbes and roots interact is known as the rhizosphere.

Plant hormones produced by BigBioYield bacteria encourage cell and plant growth and development, or they facilitate root growth. A larger root mass increases the root surface area and enables the plant to access and absorb more nutrients from the soil. Other substances produced by the BigBioYield bacterial blend may position the plant to better manage stresses like drought and saline soils, make nutrients available to the plant and protect against pathogens.

Several products incorporate the BigBioYield biological. BigSweetYield DB for soybeans blends a cold-processed sweetener, BigBioYield and Yield Booster fertilizer with added micronutrients, and BPIF-Soy is an in-furrow BigBioYield and sweetener treatment for soybeans. Corn, wheat, milo and other crops may use the BP In-Furrow treatment, which blends BigBioYield and a starter fertilizer. With BigYieldCoat, the multiple beneficial bacteria can be impregnated onto dry fertilizer.

Cold-Processed Sweeter BigSweetYield Supplies Carbon, Food Source
You may remember from past columns that offered cold-processed sweetener products using the BigSoy100, BigCorn300 and BigWheat150 names. Recently, however, rebranded its cold-processed sweetener to use the BigSweetYield name.

With BigSweetYield, producers will get the same yield-enhancing formula that they had come to expect in the BigSoy100, BigCorn300 and BigWheat150 products. Already this year, has seen strong interest in BigSweetYield. Producers like that it's a low-cost solution for maximizing yields and, consequently, increasing farm revenue.

Like in BigSoy100, BigCorn300 and BigWheat150, BigSweetYield will continue to provide crops with a glucose-based energy source. Unlike some other sugars, glucose supplies carbohydrates in a form that's quickly available for plants to use. BigSweetYield applications offer a food source for the microbial life provided by BigBioYield applications, too. Thus, the two products complement each other.

BigSweetYield offers soil health, plant health and yield improvement benefits. It supplies carbon to the growing environment. The added carbon can make plants more productive; improve soil structure; and act as a food source for beneficial soil bacteria, fungi and other microbes.

A sweetener like BigSweetYield also offers energy to plants. As a result, applying it encourages plant vegetative growth and supports root development. With BigSweetYield applications, producers may anticipate elevated Brix levels in plants. A Brix reading conveys a plant's protein, vitamin, mineral and sugar content.

Sweeteners also can play a role in managing the production environment and addressing challenges that can hinder plant performance. They've been found to support beneficial insect populations and reduce disease incidence. Spraying BigSweetYield has also improved herbicide adherence to weeds, which may improve herbicide uptake and, ultimately, eliminate the weeds.

In wheat, BigSweetYield promotes yield when applied at the boot and flag leaf growth stages. For soybeans, we recommend applying BigSweetYield at the V3 to V5 growth stages. Corn benefits from BigSweetYield applications at the V3 to V7 growth stages. Additionally, applying BigSweetYield at planting for all crops provides plants with a good jumpstart.

To learn more about using BigBioYield or BigSweetYield, call me at 816-773-6018.