Mitigating Stress For Early Emergence
6 Jun 2312 min 54 sec

We are talking about stress mitigation in the field and why it matters when it comes to getting early emergence. Chad Henderson is doing a trial with

Stoller's Fortified Stimulate 

to mitigate stress in one of his most "stressful fields."

00:00 Hey, you hear a lot about stress mitigation when you tune into extreme ag. Well, we're talking about stress mitigation in the field and why it matters about 00:07 getting early emergence. Chad Henderson, one of my favorites of course here in Madison, Alabama has a trial going on. I'm in one of his fields, 00:14 you can tell because it's red and dry cuz that's where northern Alabama and also I'm with Dale Hankey. He's with Don't 00:21 Forget Rough and what, don't forget Rough, you know it's chance when it's rough. Yeah. And we just passed a 60 pound beaver along the river before we got here. 00:27 Uh, you won't see that in Western Kansas. So here's the deal. We got Dale Hankey with Stoler and we're in this field and we're talking about 00:34 what the purpose of the trial is. And so stress mitigation's been a huge topic ever since I joined you guys at Extreme. Mag Kelly has been like out there. Stress mitigation. 00:42 Stress mitigation. You have stress here. Obviously. We joked about your soils, we talked about your conditions. It gets hotter than blazes here. Um, soil 00:51 heats. Those are stresses. But also you want to get ahead of that. And I think you said something really smart at Farm Progress Show two years ago, 00:58 Chad, you said. Yeah. You know, That's the only thing I've said two years ago. I had one thing. Yeah. Right, Right. And it stuck with me, you said. 01:04 I like looking at products that come from various places that I can use that most people haven't been using. So you're using, this product is called 01:10 Fortified, stimulate for Fortified, stimulate, fortified, stimulate. And we're in this field. Cause the big thing is getting early emergence. 01:19 And you just showed us something before we get down here on our knees. What's the purpose of the product? 01:23 So, so let's talk for just a quick second about the Alabama dirt real quick. You know, one thing is, 01:29 is it does warm up a lot of things and that's what we who have going forces when we start planting early and we can, we can work this soil just a little bit. 01:36 Sometimes we no-till, sometime we strip till this field was worked up. It's in a, we are in a river bottom. 01:40 I talked to these guys about it before we put the trial out and I was like, where do you want it at? You want it up here in irrigated ground? 01:46 You want it in red ground? He said, I want some of the worst stuff you got. I said, you my man, you in right here. So you're in this, 01:52 in this zone of field we got. But the good thing about the Alabama dirt, you're gonna see, and this what I'm saying, we're gonna see this tied in, 01:58 is the fact that it heats so quick is that we can, man this thing will come out blazing, um, when we say that. So what we're after here with this is anything we're after right now when we're 02:08 doing infers is we're after building that root zone, building that structure, building that zone where everything's gonna make it happen for us. 02:16 Dale Hankey the question that I've always been asking cause I think it's important that we've talked about on a couple of different, of our recordings. 02:21 Why do you need stress mitigation to get early emergence? Why do the two things go together? 02:25 We didn't even talk about such things 20 or 30 years ago. Stress mitigation, early emergence. Make the connection. Yeah, 02:31 Sure. So the first 24 to 36 hours after you plant are critical to getting that full genetic potential in the seed. That seed has huge potential for yield. 02:38 We're not always realizing that yield, because everything that happens to that plant from the time you plant it until the time you harvest, can negatively affect that yield potential. 02:45 So we wanna really build yield. It's not really so much about increase in yield, it's about what we can do to prevent yield loss in the first place. 02:51 And this starts with the, the planting of the roots. So red dirt, wind yield loss Worked up ground two yield loss. Yep. 02:59 So maybe we'll get back up to where we cracked a bag at. Yeah. 03:02 High temperatures. All those sort of things negatively affect yield and it's so subtle. Little differences. It doesn't have to be drastic. 03:08 Moisture changes that aren't optimal for the crop. Temperature differences, fluctuations, all that can negatively, 03:14 negatively affect the number of bushels you get at harvest. Chad, One of the things I've been here now is my third time to your farm. 03:18 It's May 10th as we're recording this. And normally I think no, he's ahead of where folks in the Midwest would be, but May 10th, 03:25 I'm gonna feel that just got planted three, four days ago. Yep. Uh, Saturday. It was planted Saturday. Today's Wednesday. So we're, we're 03:31 Four or five days, four days in. And So You said no on this kind of ground. We go later and it's, it's still fine because of the way the soil is and the, 03:40 and the lay of the ground. But you get heat faster when you're planting this. And so that's, is that where the, the rub is on stress? Yeah, 03:48 It's pretty rough down here. I mean, you know, this is, this is, I mean it's good ground. 03:51 I mean this has been in our family for probably 60 years or so, and this is, um, different ground that we rent, you know, 03:56 but we've worked it and you have to work it, you know, at that, you know, it's not the kind of ground that, you know, you just go out there and plant. 04:01 But every farmer has this ground. So, you know, I pick on the Kelly Garrett a lot. I pick on the guys in the Iowa States a lots, you know, and it's joke, it's joking. It is. Um, 04:09 because they have their own struggles too. I'm sitting down here in March, in in April for sure, and I can drop seed into 60, 04:16 70 1st of May 80 degree soil. Right? They never have that luxury, you know, so that's great for us to get e and get this plant growing and get it going. 04:25 But still the same root structure, the development of things we're talking about with Stoler products, things we're talking about, this fortified is happens true. 04:32 Whichever dirt you're in, whatever soil type you got, getting the root system starting to plant off, right? Getting emergence. That's where all key to the first step in getting the yield goal that you can 04:43 get outta mother, mother nature. I'm thinking it may be here, Dale, help me out on the stress here is again, it gets really hot before this field has much of a chance to get a root 04:53 development because you're talking about it's already pushing 90 and and you're you haven't emerged yet. Yeah. So, okay. The product that went in here, what, 05:02 what's it do? Yeah. So Fortify's steam that yield enhancer plus it's a, it's a pgr really? It's a plant growth motor. 05:07 The the person doesn't know a pgr. Yeah. That means, yeah. So a PGR is an acronym for plant growth regulator. So plant growth regulator, you hear about that a lot. 05:15 But really what we're doing is it's a plant growth promoter really because it has four growth promoting hormones in there. Um, there's, 05:21 there are three main families of hormones that help to get that plant off to great start. We gotta get germination. Yep. 05:27 And the GI relic acid in that product helps to get fast, even germination, and I'm sure you've all talked about how important it's to get even germination 05:33 across that field. So we're getting that foundation started for that plant. We're starting early best opportunity starting in here with either seed 05:40 treatment or inferral with that product. But we're getting fast brood establishment. We're getting, uh, a very vigorous plant because everything starts with the roots. 05:48 We have happy healthy roots. We're gonna have happy healthy plants and we're gonna have a happy, healthy harvest if we do that 05:53 Plant earth regulator. It's a stimulant. It's not a fertility. No, it's, it's, uh, I mean here's what it's not, 05:58 I think it's always important to say wasn't it's not a fungicide, it's not a fertility, it's not. And the second side it's, it's period. 06:03 It's a bio stimulant and this is a new realm. Uh, Dale we're talking about getting soil biology working early. We didn't talk about this a decade ago. 06:12 No, nobody paid attention to that. Really. I mean, Jerry Stiller did, the founder of our company was going back decades, was looking at this, 06:19 but now technology's caught up with where we were with that. So really a lot of it is about getting that plant off to a happy healthy start. 06:24 Getting those roots established. It's not a biological, so it's a, it's a bio stimulant, but basically it's, 06:30 it's plant identical plant hor hormones. So it's the same type hormones the plant would make on its own, but anything that throws that off, we'll, we'll throw that at balance. 06:37 And it's even critical that first, like I said, first, first 24 to 32 hours after planting is critical to getting that seed to, to germinate. And we'll see here, 06:47 we're getting faster germination by giving that plant everything it needs. We're just supplementing what that, that plant needs from the start. 06:53 And then that gets the foundation started for the rest of the season. All right, let's get dirty. Um, we're gonna get down here and we're, 06:57 so we're standing just for the viewer. We have a trial going on. Chad's very, uh, methodical about how he puts his trials in. 07:04 He made sure he was explained to Dale before we hit record on this, that over here we were standard grower practice. Mm-hmm. 07:12 And to my left is the trial all the way back to those acres that go around that curve over there in that, uh, behind those woods. And so we did a dig, 07:20 actually Chad did a dig to show us. Yeah, we've got, uh, germination already in four to five days on this row. 07:26 We've got better germination on the row under Chad's feet. So you wanna start with the, the control. 07:31 Yep. I would say, we'll, we'll start with the control. Are we, we, you moving the camera or? No, you're good. 07:36 So we're gonna start with the control and what we had here, what we noticed is the fact that, you know, I looked out here and I said, oh, 07:42 well let's go ahead and dig route. We may see something or whatever. Well, we come out here and started looking and on the control side we found, yeah, 07:48 out of three rows we found one emerging. Mm-hmm. You know, one just barely merging, scratching the dirt back. We found one emerging. 07:55 We come over here on the control side and we found three in a row emerging. Now we did, we had to go three rows to find one emerging. 08:02 And over here we found three in a row. So I would guess a day we probably put 24 hours on it, you know, and so, so that's, 08:10 that's a huge deal for me to put 24 hours on the side that I've got the product on. I think 08:14 You're being, I think you're being less, uh, giving less credit than you think. I'm not, I think you might have gained more than a day because, uh, 08:19 based on what, let's go ahead and take a look at this. This is the control and there's nothing wrong with that. Uh, it's got a nice route going, right? You wanna go ahead and show that 08:29 This is the one with for fortified. Say all that again. Fortified stimulus. I called it fortified stimulation. 08:34 Yeah, that's good. Fortified stimulus. Yield answer plus what that one is pH. Yep. It's a mouthful man. Yeah, 08:38 Right. And then this is the one that's just a control. Correct. Uh, and like you said, it's starting to have a little emergence, 08:44 so maybe you're right. Maybe it's 24 hours difference. I think the biggie one that you pointed out was we worked to find one that had actually popped through the soil over here in a control group. 08:52 But when we went in where the product was, you just went right down the line. Yep. And saw emerge, emerge, emerge, emerge. Yep. So, uh, 09:00 really does 24 hours matter? Does 32 hours matter, Chad? Every hour matters 09:06 Yield difference. Uh, definitely. That's where it starts. You gotta start early. That's where the yield difference comes in at. 09:11 And then we manage that crop throughout the season to, to keep that stress down and keep it going. But this product's getting that product off to real vigorous start. 09:18 Cause look at the difference here with germination between these two. Also, if you look at that, okay, this is where the fortified stimulate was applied. 09:25 This is the control. So, uh, just that much of a difference can cause a difference in that plant. Now this one here, 09:29 if this one emerged and the two seeds next to it didn't emerge, what do you have? 09:33 You've got two other seeds that are coming up on day two or day three mm-hmm. After the first emergence. And we all know that that definitely costs you yield 09:39 Uneven stand or just uh, I mean isn't that a big thing We talk about it. It is. It is. And, and you know, we're looking here, we're also, we're in, 09:46 we're in dry land conditions, so a lot of times you may never see this stuff because there's so many more variables, but you know, that's outta my control. 09:54 We control the controllables period. Okay. Period. So this is a controllable for me, me establishing me, establishing me getting seed depth. Correct. That's controllable. That's on me. 10:04 Mm-hmm. Okay. Me putting products in the tank that's gonna establish root development, that's controllable. The weather, the sun, the heat. That's not my, 10:12 not in my control. So we control the controllables here. How do you apply this fortified stimulator? So, 10:18 So what we've done here is we put out three gallon acre into fur. This is a question he's asking me, being hardheaded as I am, you know, 10:25 three gallon of acres where, how this went out. It was four ounces of his product in furrow. We had two gallon of fertility in there and the other gallon 10:35 was a, we had a humic and sugars. So humic sugars, two gallon of fertility, four ounces of his product. 10:41 So, uh, you explained how you used it, you explained when you used it. And we're obviously seeing some difference here. 10:45 We're gonna come back and revisit this topic. What did we not cover, Chad, that, um, I guess you're excited about or that you look to see? 10:53 Because we always kind of get excited about these trials and be like, yeah, it's neat to do trials, but what do you hope to see? Oh, 10:58 I'm, you know, I'm really, uh, I'm stoked up pretty good about it because when we walked out here and seen this, he guaranteed me 25 more bushel one. I mean, it's, we're locked in, 11:06 it was on tape. No, we've, I mean, we've had a really good visit. We've looked at the ground, you know, we, um, 11:13 it's a lot different on a lot of companies. A lot. Everybody wants to come here in Alabama, they wanna be under irrigation, you know, and they come to me and Stoler did and they come to me and they said, 11:21 put me on some, put me on some crap. I said, I got you crap. I said, about 75% of my stuff is crap, so I got you crap. So anyway, 11:28 with that being said, you know, we do have good dirt. We're, we're blessed down here to have good farms, you know, and we got some good, 11:33 good people to work with and we just appreciate the opportunity to work with these guys to try to advance ag in general, you know, 11:39 because that's what we're here for. It's not to advance extreme ag, it's not to advance Stoler, it's advanced ag in general, you know, 11:45 to help people understand what we can do to feed the country. So there's a big deal about uneven staying and those kinds of things and how it 11:53 costs you yield. And these are things we didn't really talk about in the old days, is that, I mean, when you look at what we're fixing from yesterday's ag to tomorrow's ag, 12:01 uneven stand, obviously early emergence, where else, what, is there anything I'm missing here, Dale? Nah, 12:05 I think it's just, it's a change in focus. We've always looked at how much more fertilizer can we add to get higher yield. It's not about increasing yield. I mean, the genetics out there are spectacular. 12:13 We gotta do what we can to, to just really bring that out. And it's about preventing loss of yield and that's what we're doing all these 12:18 things with even stand, uh, faster emergence. It's all things that we're doing to prevent loss of yield potential. And that yield potential is in the seed. We just gotta take advantage of it. 12:26 Yeah, I like that because obviously we talk about a lot in extreme ag over utilization of fertilizer was always the answer to bigger yields. And instead, what does, 12:34 What does Kelly say the Holy Grail growing corn is more, more natural, you know, And, and we're learning that. 12:40 We've got plenty of fertilizer out there in many cases. He's Dale Hankey with Stoler. He's Chad Henderson with Extreme Mag. I'm Dan Macy coming at you from field in Alabama. Stay tuned.

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