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Genesis Ag agreed to treat some corn seed with our invigor 8™ seed treatment in coordination with Intermountain Farmers Cooperative (IFA Co-op) for their field day trials in Summit, Utah.
For the trial Genesis worked with one half of a 20 acre plot and treated just half of the corn to be planted and the other half of the field was planted with untreated seed. Both sides of the trial – all 20 acres – were planted with a 34,000/acre seeding rate.
The final plant counts came back as 31,861 for the untreated side, while the invigor 8™ side had plant count of 33,852. The treated acreage averaged 6.25% more plants than the untreated acreage.
The side-by-side trial at the IFA field day validated the observations that universities, agronomists and growers have been reporting from the field. In other words, more seeds germinated and grew into plants capable of delivering yield on the acres treated with invigor 8™.
Higher rates of germination is just one of the ways that invigor 8™ can boost yields in your fields. The second way that it boosts your yields is by energizing the seeds and promoting a more even emergence.
You’ve probably noticed that late emerging plants in a corn field never seem to catch up with early emergers. Corn is a competitive plant and when corn planted alongside other corn emerges late it is viewed as a “foe” or weed. The early emerging plant vigorously out-competes the late emerging plants and more recent research suggests that the corn plant initiates an allelopathic response against the “invaders”.
Whatever the reason, we’ve all seen that fields with uneven emergence nearly always suffer in yield. By getting higher germination rates and higher final harvest stands we’re able to increase the number of ears in our field. Then, by ensuring a nice even stand, we’re able to ensure that each of those plants is able to maximize its production in order to contribute most fully to our bottom line yield totals.