Renewable Farming

Anyone care to estimate yield on this Indiana corn? …Anyone?

You’re looking at a Beck’s hybrid corn field planted early in Clinton County, Indiana — a region that’s often too wet at planting time and prone to dry weeks through the summer. This season had its stresses, but this corn was seed-treated with endophyte stress-tolerating microbes produced by Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies called BioEnsure (a fungus) and BioTango (an array of bacteria.) It also had the nutritional benefits of Spraytec’s Fulltec Cube product for mineral nutrition.


Stalks are green to the ground, signaling good
season-long nutrition. Many stalks have two ears.

September 3, 2021  We received these photos this morning, and immediately noted that many stalks carry two ears. Owner Hal Brown of Windy Lane Farms is a longtime cover-crop advocate, so his soils are alive with a wide range of beneficial food-web organisms. 

Hal and son Ty have years of experience learning the benefits of biological farming.

Side note: Hal recently advised us that Germany’s Horsch manufacturing firm will ship him one of their new high-tech field sprayers for use in 2022. This season, Canadian farmers  bought more than 20 of these sprayers after seeing a demo model at work there.

Commercial: Our family firm, Renewable Farming LLC, is a distributor for Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies and Spraytec products.

Our yield guesstimate… well over 200 bushels. But that’s without massive purchased fertility inputs —
mainly sound soil biology built up over many seasons of cover crops. BioEnsure and BioTango was seed-treated. Spraytec Cube was applied with a helicopter at tasseling time. 105-day hybrid planted mid-April. Photo: Sept. 2, 2021
This is a control field across a waterway from the corn in the photo above. It had BioEnsure/BioTango seed treatment, but no Fulltec Cube. Lower leaves are fired, indicating a late-season depletion of nutrition. No fungicide was applied to any of Hal’s corn in 2021.