Brandt’s Research Team is focusing on the
soybean trials this week, where you can really start to see the difference between the soybeans
that included starters at plant compared to those that didn’t. So starters on soybeans are not really going
to kick in when we first plant them or when they first emerge, but as they go through
that first cycle where they have their first trifoliate leaves — that’s when they start
to try and manufacture their own food from their own root, and that’s when they’ll start
to pull in this starter that we put down with sulfur. Not only can you see the difference in the
color and size of the plant, you can actually see how the roots compare. Here we’ve got with starters with sulfur,
and that sulfur is actually helping create a tremendously larger amount of nodules, and
that higher amounts of nodules right along the main rooting stem means that we’re going
to get higher amounts of N (Nitrogen) for those plants, therefore, giving us higher
potential for yield, and over the past 4 years that we’ve run these trials, we’re in that
4-5 bushel per acre average yield response, which is well above the cost of the nutrition. It’s very, very good return on investment. Corrigan says that even if you miss this year’s
opportunity to include these nutrients at plant, now’s the time to be thinking about
next year already. Right about now is when growers are having
to make decisions if they’re going to make changes to their current planter or buy new
planters. How they want to set them up, and this is
one of the easiest ways for us is to put down some nutrition at plant with a planter — we
know exactly that it’s there when the plant needs it. For more information on Brandt’s Research
Farm trials, visit