Farmers trying to push corn and soybean yields to the max should consider the impact of crop stress and develop a plan to minimize its effects. In the spring, cool, wet weather limits germination, plant stands and can lead to poor nodulation in soybeans. During growth, prolonged periods of heat can lead to moisture loss in the soil causing stress to the crop. In fact, just four consecutive days of hot, dry weather could reduce corn yields by 5-10%.
By the time farmers spot leaf rolling in their corn crop or flipped leaves in their soybeans, it could be too late to reverse the damage.
One way to stay ahead of unpredictable weather and stress is with PCT | Sunrise® BioBuild™ C-Green. C-Green is a rich mix of naturally occurring growth stimulators – including seaweed extract, organic acids and trace minerals – that encourage development of large, vigorous root systems. This helps ensures proper nutrient uptake during early-season growth.
Later in the season, it also benefits crops during critical reproduction stages by promoting lateral branching, flower formation, flower retention and pod development in soybeans. In corn, C-Green stimulates pollen shed, tube formation and while keeping silk tubes viable. Ensuring plants are in peak health during this time can translate to more bushels at harvest.
For best results, C-Green can be used in-furrow as an on-seed starter, 2×2 and/or applied as a foliar during V3-R1 (corn) and V3- R2 (soybeans) at least two weeks prior to a stress event. Since Mother Nature is unpredictable, using it as a preventative provides a low cost “insurance policy” to keep crops healthy and on track for high yield potential.
By: Vince Willman, Northern Team Technical Lead