What can we learn from seaweed about stress mitigation?
26 Jul 227 min 37 sec

Seaweed does not have an easy life.  It just might be the plant that experiences the most stress on a daily basis.  Under water for part of the day and then in the hot dry sun for another part of the day.  Every day! What if we could harness that unique trait and apply it to your crop? Kelly talks with Steve from Agricen about their new seaweed based stress mitigation product that is being used in Kelly's drip-zone trial.

00:00 Hi, this is Kelly Garrett from extreme AG. We're here today with a field report. And on one of my irrigated Fields. I'm with Steve Sexton of agerson. This is my third 00:09 season with extreme Ag. And this is by far the most trial that we have done. It involves. Netafim. 00:17 Nutri-grip who's my netifem dealer for my drip irrigation. It involves agerson and we've got Iowa State Agronomy collecting the data here. What we're 00:26 so excited about is what's in this toad is teramore a new product from agerson. That's about stress mitigation. This field has seven 00:35 zones in it. Part of the part of the zones are getting terramar and part of them aren't and we're gonna take it to yield and see about the different 00:43 levels of stress that we can and cannot mitigate. We'll see what the yield the difference is last year. Am I chasing Francis fields? We put out the fertility to 00:52 break the state record of 442 and the best we did was 388. So the way I look at it is my fertility budget was maybe for say 500 01:01 bushel corn. I feel like I wasted 25 to 40 percent of that money because I did not realize that yield. In one field in particular. I felt that I produced enough kernels 01:13 that I had to potential to break the record. But then when the Heat and the stress came in July that corn aboard it not all of it, but it aborted part of those kernels and 01:22 I that that field made like 300 bushel and and you know, again the fertility was there for 500 bushels. So I don't know that I 01:31 want to increase my budget but plant health and plant stress needs to be a bigger part of our budget because otherwise 01:37 I feel like I'm wasting fertility dollars. I'm gonna let Steve talk to you a little bit and explain what teramar does because I'm really excited about it and the results that we have seen in the tissues 01:46 in past years and this year tomorrow's a truly unique technology It's a combination of biologically digested. Kelp 01:55 where we extract Fidel hormones those hormones that that seaweed has to produce for it to live in cold ocean water 3% saline environment. 02:04 And then when the tide goes out has to it's exposed to heat and drought. And then we also we combine that with biologically digested 02:12 lenardite which doesn't give us the fulvix and the humex that you're familiar with like a C2 product or humic acids. 02:21 We're giving low molecular weight organic acid some that you might not have heard of like butanoic and and caprylic and valeric which work inside 02:31 the plant to help it like stress it flowering time. So Kelly and plus in addition that we have all the metabolites that we capture when both of 02:40 those carbon sources are digested biologically. Now Kelly you've talked about last year you talked about, you know, let's take care of the soil first. The 02:50 plants are secondary. Right? Right, but now when the plants above ground plants are primary, so we have 02:56 to deal with that stress and you've got a program. It's more than just terramar that you're helping that plant deal with the abiotic stresses above the 03:05 ground, right? Absolutely, you know fully are feeding of some fertility to trigger the plant different pgrs stress mitigation, right? I agree, you know 03:15 stress mitigation to me is a newer thing that I'm tackling but I again I've seen where we have wasted some of that fertility dollars or not realize 03:24 that potential. Products like teramore take the stress off the plant to try to realize that potential. That's what extreme Agate is all 03:32 about is let's improve our Roi and that's what we're trying to accomplish the terramar with the metabolites help with making more nutrition available in 03:41 the soil generating more root systems. And then the hormones from the Kelp and the organic acids from the biologically digested leonardite work 03:50 inside that plant to help us realize more of our yield potential and and use our fertilizer budget more efficiently try to gain more out of it. 03:59 You know, we that the one field in it was in the chasing Francis documentary. It was called the bush bottom and 04:05 it's down low surrounded by Hills. We had I knew we needed to produce 944 kernels per plant at our population to break 04:14 the record and we had that so I was cautiously quietly excited early on but then we had a week of like 105-degree temps and 04:23 that corn end up make 300. What if we would have had terramar there we'll never know but maybe then that corn you know, who's I'm not suggesting 04:32 we would have broken the record, but maybe we took 60 bushel off. Maybe we took 80 bushel off. We'll never know 04:38 but that's why I'm excited about products like these well and let's go back to another stress that we really all of us Overlook is a herbicide stress when we put 04:47 out round up and other herbicides we get abscic acid building up inside the plant the plants just sit there. That's a stress and we've just got I just showed you that picture from 04:56 Warren Indiana where Tamara was applied. They split a field in half in five days later. You can see the plants and stretched out so much with a terramore was applied 05:05 because it helped the plant metabolize that so much faster versus the field that didn't receive Tamar that it's 05:11 still stunted and staying there. So, you know, the herbicide stresses come in too. Absolutely honest, you know, I I believe that when you apply herbicide the 05:20 plants gonna shut down for 72 hours. Well, that's three days. Obviously three days is one And soybeans. So if you can if you can 05:29 subtract that shutdown or you know, get rid of it. There's a node you're talking six to ten bushels. 05:36 It's because soybeans are very mathematical. How many nodes can we put on because and how many pods are we going to put on three days of subtracting 05:42 a note? It's quite simple to me from that aspect. The exciting thing to me about Tara Morris is one tool in your program is it's wide window of application. You 05:51 can put it on, you know, first herbicide spray on on Corner beans up through VT on corn and R1 R3 on beans and what we're seeing 06:00 is about 45 bushel on beans so far with the court and on corn they did a trial where they perpend they apply to perpendicular across 32 hybrids. 06:10 Dryland corn in West in Hill City Kansas, so very stressful they apply to court at VT and it was six bushel. 06:16 And so that's a tremendous return for Growers. That's what we want to do. Right? I again we've got to take this dress off the planet your corn is just absolutely gorgeous 06:25 side. There's a lot of Potentials in there right now we have you know, because of Mike Evans and and Jason Sly and myself integrated act the 06:34 conversations we've had we have changed up some of the infertile program to try to achieve more balance and I'm 06:40 pretty excited because looking at the tissue numbers things like that. I feel that we've achieved a better balance and I'm excited. That's why 06:49 we're that's why we're well obviously we're here applying for a for This research, but on my 06:55 other contest Fields, we're also applying because I want to see how I can get so say you have 343 07:02 Going to put going play a rose on his grave and respect to him. Not a rose, maybe a big ear of corn that your coin. There you go. That's a good idea. And I got 07:11 I have to say, you know, we're here at Garrett Landing Cattle. Steve came, and he had to wear his Matt miles hat, but that's okay. We love match, 07:17 but we had to give had to poke at Matt just a little bit somebody one of my kids took my my Garrett Landing Cattle hat, so I was gonna wear it today. 07:26 Sorry Matt you want second place, but I was gonna wear my Garrett Landing cat laugh. Thank you.

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