1 Sep 2213 min 0 sec

Kevin talks with Agroliquid agronomists Molly and Stephanie about the limiting factors on his farm and the trials that Agroliquid is conducting to help overcome those. 

00:00 Kevin Mathews here with a stream. I have got a field report. We got Miss Molly with Agri liquids 00:06 Miss Stephanie both. These are very brilliant agronomists and I had opportunity last year to work with these ladies and 00:12 their team and we was able to pull off a 375 bushel corn yield when that's actually a record for this Farm a record here 00:21 in the state of North Carolina. And our goal is to break it for this year. Stephanie says we're going to 00:27 break it because she knows what she did right and she knows how to make it better. So we're gonna see is that right Stephanie. Absolutely. 00:33 We worked really hard this year at looking at all of Kevin soil test and having the pinpoint those missing links focusing primarily on potassium and phosphorus looking 00:42 at my missing Linker your Missing Link which one everyone. Okay, and so looking at that Missing Link trying to figure out where we can boost that yield and then 00:51 prescription applying those nutrients. So we have all of the different nutrients in our portfolio, then we're able to mix and 00:57 match that specific mix for this corn crap out here. And this is we're doing you know minimum of eight Acres. So it's not like this is a you know, 01:06 a half acre strip plot or anything and and Molly and yourself are here during planting Molly's here during harvesting. We're making sure everything 01:15 is recorded properly. It's being put out right and that way we can get some good information. But my limiting factors the 01:24 last several years number one is phosphorus and number two is potassium and some years. It's just opposite it's potassium and phosphorus but we've 01:33 got a dry year this year, but this land's irrigated so Molly what why is it so hard for me to get to potassium in there and and why 01:42 Stephanie did you want to set this program up to focus on the products that you did in order to get these levels to where we can maintain this really 01:51 good plant health. Well looking at your soil tests and stuff and you saying that your phosphorus and potassium are limiting factors first and foremost. We wanted to look at your soil 02:03 composition see what you're starting with there and a lot of the times on anyone's Soul reports, even though it reports that you have high levels that 02:12 doesn't always mean that it's available. So a lot of the times if you come in with dry inputs over the years, we've put 02:18 a whole lot of pounds a whole lot of dollars in but that doesn't always mean that we get the efficacy and 02:24 the uptake of that dry. So as Ira liquid we want to come in with liquid fertilizer and we do that in Furrow. We did it in a 02:33 two by two situation as well. And then we also recommended some foliar and by doing that we as a 02:39 liquid company, we like to put the units where they need to be when they need to be there and then also our Flavin 02:45 all polymer technology acts as a key later and encapsulation and then that way that keeps it there until your plant needs it at critical growth points. 02:55 So that's kind of where we came in at the start approach is we went info with our 03:01 product capitalized which is a foliar and infaro potassium that does have calcium and sulfur in it. We recommend it more in a two by two foliar situation. 03:12 Also, we put in a general blend which was our Pro germinator. We had microf500. We did put our iron product in which will help facilitate 03:24 the move of the phosphorus early on had some liberate in here calcium, and we kind of did just an overall General mix 03:34 To take care of the needs we found on the soil test and then our objective in these fields was 03:40 to add the potassium at different points. So we did infero two by two situation edited the rates a couple of times and then we did foliers 03:49 as needed by tissue test. And because he does have drip tape irrigation we were able to go through and add some additional potassium later in the season to get 03:57 some additional potassium up, you know during these late growth stages. One of the craziest things too is just here on your farm looking from your bottom ground all 04:06 the way up to your very top. We have so many variations in soil composition and with the different 04:12 programs that we do and being able to tailor them and you haven't drip tape irrigation. We can feed the different types of soil programs as we see any sort 04:21 of loss or leaching we can come in and tailor fit it to that per your actual ground differences. As you go that was one of the coolest things 04:30 that we saw was your soils buried quite a bit from feel the field and so we're able to tailor that exactly to each one as needed. Yeah, and 04:39 that's, you know, Danielle on Tuesday Monday or Tuesday. She would pull tissue samples which we normally start our tissue samples, you know about the v9 because 04:48 we're you know, we're farming we're busy we got time to go pool plant. 04:51 Was when they're young and honestly for us we can't make a lot of changes then and we've done put enough in for to keep it. Right but you 05:00 know, our goal is you know, we want to we want to keep some pretty high levels in these plants especially going in the black layer and but we 05:09 got they're actually a little shorter this year. I don't know if that's just seasonality here. If it just grew just we've 05:15 been hot. We've had a lot of Growing Degree units the the one thing that we see with 05:21 the potassium is when we get dry weather. We just don't get that movement into the plants. Can you talk about that a little bit so potassium is a huge 05:30 facilitator a water movement. And with water movement that means nutrients move. So it facilitates osmosis and diffusion in 05:38 and out of the plant. So that's basically you think about water movement through the soil into the plant circulation and 05:44 back out as we need to with transpiration and respiration potassium is a huge player in that so 05:50 when you're hot and you're dry your plant is out here trying to use up energy. It's producing to either recover or maintain 05:59 where it's at. So it's not actually pushing itself to those yields that you're trying to get to potassium is a big limiting factor because it doesn't have any water and so 06:08 if my plants out here searching out any sort of water whether it be in my soil or my moisture to use to actually kick itself back off or 06:17 instead of Maintenance push more towards that you'll go if I'm short on potassium then that's not going to be a big factor for me and that's where my guild starts kicking day 06:26 like way down. So potassium is going to help with water movement and facilitation and then also, 06:32 Potassium is a natural disease fighter as well. So we get into tassel where you're supposed to be applying fungicide. If we are putting on potassium 06:41 at a critical time, which may be another application at fungicide time a little prior to or a little after and we're adding potassium then as well. We're actually 06:50 bumping our fungicide up and getting better disease resistance. I guess. The one thing we got to remember is if we 06:56 don't if we're in just a severe drought and no water. It really isn't going to matter what we do. We got to have that water to get 07:02 those nutrients into that plant but not everybody has that opportunity, you know, not everybody can be irrigated. Sometimes 07:08 it's not possible. So if you have an opportunity and you're making a pass on your crop, whether it be fun to side on corn or 07:17 we're running a late season herbicide or fungicide on beans even on Cotton we run across cotton a hundred times in a season try to use those opportunities to your 07:26 benefit and that's when you can spoon feed in some of those potassium and other micros to help move that pot. 07:32 Him as well throughout that growing season. You may not be able to get your water in like you would like to but we can always 07:38 spoon feed nutrients in to help push it all the way to the Finish Line. I would not suggest given up at the end. Yeah, 07:44 there are things you can do push that third at fourth quarter don't don't give up. So our field plots are signed and each sign has the treatment numbers on 07:53 them. This is number two currently up. The field is one and then do this end is three we did three different replications replication. One is a infero 08:02 blend that we did all the way across the fields. But number one we decided to add capitalize in Furrow, then we came 08:11 to number two. We pulled the capitalize out in Furrow, but kept the original program. We added it 08:17 into three by two application at two gallons to the acre and then when we move down here to number three same in fro program hold capitalized out 08:26 put it in the two by two but up to rate to five gallons an acre in the different replications and Treatments we are looking at timing of application 08:35 whether in Furrow helps us and the timing as far as all the way through the crop and the tissues will tell us that and then also in the 08:44 3x2 applications the same thing we're looking at how much is available and for how long well I'm looking for money. Well, yeah I'm looking for yield. 08:54 You know me as a grower. That's one thing. I'm you know, I love this because I can look and see what is what is 09:00 my Roi and then also how easy it is going to be for me to use this planting and I do know I can get pre mixes. You know, I could say, okay. I've done 09:09 seen this combination works. I want to thank her load. I want mixed and ready to go in and then I'm not having to do all this 09:15 mixing them blending like you guys have done here on the farm for research. And the nice thing is I've got 09:21 it on eight acres and that that gives me a pretty if it does good on eight acres and four different soil types that stands out that says 09:30 a lot and then, you know, the easier that we can prevent it the more economical I can buy it from you guys as well. 09:38 And let me ask you a question as a pretty influential farmer in this area as far as application. What's applicable to most guys around you? 09:47 Are they you have a lot of infero guys. Do you have a lot of infero plus two by two? Is it one of the other we got heavily more on the tuba two 09:56 side and but they're migrating towards the infer but the key with the infer is everyone's always scared of getting a product that's high salt might cause 10:05 injury and so that's a good thing about you guys is we're testing those limits. You know, last year. We actually that was 10:14 the one thing we did was a rate check to see how this what can it stand before we start reversing the yield and and that was really interesting 10:23 to me. I'd never done that kind of work. I don't know where we can max out for info here. Yeah. And so 10:29 that's that speaks high volume to a customer you come out here and say let's find that sweet spot first and 10:38 So that that safety part the compatibility part, you know, y'all are physically in the field doing jar test. 10:48 You're not relying on a chemist back at the lab and you're doing it on the equipment like we use putting it in the 10:54 farm because there's a big difference in what we use out here in the field versus what you're using in the plant, you know, you're mixing a 11:00 small sample and we're doing gallons, right? You know, and and as Chad Henderson says I want to put many gallons out there. Okay? Yeah. Yeah 11:09 and I was a point to to our delineation of treatments is what's applicable to the guys around you and Agro 11:18 liquid this year. We decided to hear our Labs more towards every farmer and what every farmer has access to and what they can do and not 11:27 just how you'll guys and not just guys that think they're too small. We're trying to breach the gap between the two and 11:33 so by doing an info taking it out doing it too by two situ. Stationary 3x2 in your case and even adding the foliers 11:41 it lets every farmer around this area depending on how they farm and how they apply their nutrients it lets them see that it works across the board no matter how they put it out. 11:51 And just to show you with intense management the right products the right time and mainly the right group of people. 11:57 This was the worst Farm I had when I when I was when I planted my first crop it was 70 bushel corn and it was ugly and we 12:06 just couldn't win and and water was our Lambton fighter our casting a migration show was terrible. It was just like a brick out here all the time and working 12:15 with the right companies, you know, getting our irrigation on it to control the water getting the right 12:21 things. And now this Farm is, you know, a 300 bushel AP h on corn and I'm you know, when you go to 70 to 300 and you know, the best crop I ever had 12:30 I want to dry land was 130 bushel. So that's that's a lot of fun and that's showing what your products can do to help offset these 12:39 challenges that we have in these Piedmont Souls. But we appreciate all the work and especially the research that you've done in the time that you put into this to try 12:48 to make me look good and because I've had not that much to do with this when it comes to agronomics. I'm not that smart. Y'all stay safe. Thank you.

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