Making The Plant Think It Is Hungry
15 Sep 232 min 6 sec

One of the things that is in every one of Kelly's reproductive passes on his crop is potassium acetate. He talks about how, when and why he applies it....and the ROI he sees from it.

00:00 Hi, this is Kelly Gear from Extreme Ag about here looking at one of our irrigated fields. I'm so incredibly happy with the plant health. 00:06 The corn is green from top to bottom. It, uh, it looks really good, the balance that we've achieved in these plants. You know, 00:13 Connor's been out here all summer, taking soil tests, taking SAP tests to, uh, validate that we're applying the right nutrients. We made a V 10 pass. 00:22 We made an R one, R two pass, then we made an R five pass. This is in addition to our planter applied fertility. 00:28 One of the things that I find so interesting that's changed over the last couple years is how we've changed the timing of that. 00:33 Fertility used to be a lot of N P N K going on at planter time, and we still have the nitrogen in the two by two, 00:41 but we don't have any p and k anymore in furrow. We've moved all of that later and later. One of the things that is in every one of the reproductive passes, 00:50 which again is V 10, R one, R five, is potassium acetate from nature's and specifically K fuel. When the kernel is filling or when the pot is filling on the soybean, 01:00 that's when you're gonna have one of your biggest potassium draws of the season, and we're putting that potassium out there in the form of the K fuel. 01:07 People sometimes question that the K fuel can make that big of a difference, because you're technically not putting on that many pounds of fertility. 01:14 It's not the pounds of fertility you're putting on, it's what you're putting on when to trigger the plant. And that's why we take so many soil tests and pay attention to that. 01:23 We want to have a good, balanced soil with available fertility, and then we wanna put the cafu on to trigger the plant, 01:30 to conduct photosynthesis, to go down into the soil with the exudates and pull up that potassium to fulfill that need. 01:37 So really what you're trying to do with the K fuel is bait the plan into being hungry, and that's what works for us. We can see it time and time again. 01:45 The yield results, the r o i, we get out of applying potassium at the R five stage, at the R one stage. And now this year at the V 10 stage, we're changing our fertility plan. 01:55 We're adding to our budget a little bit, but the r o i we're seeing on the plants, it makes it a no brainer. We're gonna continue to do so.

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