9 Jun 234 min 24 sec

How do you know if your in-furrow program is working? Temple says you don't have to wait until harvest to determine what is working and what needs to change.  He shows us what he looks for at v2-v3 when assessing an in-furrow program.

00:00 So here's a way to look at your infer a program. So everybody has different infer programs and some people don't have an infer a program at all. We've, we've had an infer a program for a very long time, 00:12 so we do like, you know, root digs right now. These plants are at V2 going in the V3 right now. Um, so we'll come out here and we'll do a little root dig and then we'll wash the, 00:23 the plants out with water and that way we can get a good idea of what our root systems look like. Like do we have our good root system established? 00:31 Is it not really working? Did we put on the wrong products? Did we put something on there that maybe you potentially burn your roots? 00:37 Some of these things are all the things that we can try to figure out. So we've been at this for a very good bit of time. Like I said, 00:44 I guess we've had infer on our planners for I guess ongoing probably 20 years. So we've been at it for a while. Um, 00:53 a lot of things that we use nowadays, really, really, I'd say in the last three or four years, we've really overcome a lot of our problems that we used to have. 01:02 So we are really promoting the root growth. Um, you know, we talked about, we had a webinar the other day on stress mitigation. 01:10 And I go back to the same thing that I always talk about. I talk about building the factory. So when you're building this factory, 01:16 it starts at the roots. So that's why that we have a pretty powerful infer program. So I'll take things out of the system that I had before and put more money 01:26 into my infer program because I truly believe in it. So I'm gonna do a quick root dig, um, and then I'm gonna wash the roots out and then, uh, 01:33 we're gonna see what kind of root system we have on these planes. Well, it looks like I cut off some of the roots already, 01:39 but we're getting an idea anyway. Um, Matt Miles would be very disappointed in me. I got holes in my leaves and I preach to him all the time about, you know, 01:48 try to be as effective as you can with, uh, with your insecticides. You know, try to be proactive that way. You keep all those bugs, 01:56 keep your solar panels of life. And, uh, here I am out here with a bunch of holes on my leaves, so way to go. I'm really crushing it as you see. 02:06 So we're just gonna wash 'em out just a little bit and then we can take a look at a root system. So 02:13 this is what the root system looks like. Um, so this is, you know, it's a young part of the plant's life. Well, this plant here, 02:23 you can see where this plant, it struggled coming up. This particular field. We rode reho this field because it caught a, I don't know, a pack inch, 02:31 inch and a half rain. That was really quick. So we ended up roading it so we could get these plants outta the ground. And you can see this in this twist when it's, 02:38 when it's kind of pushed outta the ground a little bit. But that's a pretty tremendous root system for these plants. These plants are actually 21 days old. 02:46 So I planted these a couple days after Chad Henderson's Field Day. Um, he yelled at me for not attending his field day, 02:52 but this is what I was up here doing. So this goes to show you that whatever, you know, we're using mega grow in furrow and you know, they talk about it being a, a root stimulator, 03:06 a root um, promoter. And I can tell you right now that is a hundred percent happening here. You know, we got fibrous roots, we got a deep root system. 03:15 Root system looks really good for, for this soil. This is the kind of stuff that, you know, we deal with here and we're trying to, in our area, we're trying to promote as much of it as we can. You know, 03:26 this particular field is irrigated, but you know, a lot of our ground, it's not irrigated. You know, here's another plant. 03:32 There's a small plant that was alongside of it. But you know, we've got tremendous root systems, but we're trying to build this factory. 03:38 And the reason that we're trying so hard to promote this factory is because we don't have a lot of ability to put on a lot of fertilizers like they do other 03:47 places here in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. So if we can build a tremendous root system, we can go ahead and efficiently use the rest of our fertilizers. 03:56 So this is real sustainable agriculture. We've been doing sustainable agriculture for 20 plus years here in the Chesapeake Bay area and the farmers in this area, 04:05 I'm not gonna say that they haven't mastered, but boy they do a good job. I mean a really good job. So there's just one more thing. 04:13 I'm gonna do a root day going some corn as well. And that was plain it all the same day. And then let's see what we come up with that.

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