Renewable Farming

Indiana growers: Roots with in-furrow Environoc 401 outgrow others

Here’s a photo series of corn and soybean roots — all pointing to the same story: Give a seed in-furrow Environoc 401 biological, and its response shows up early with more vigorous root development.

May 21, 2018 — These seedling photos were dug from Indiana fields by a rep for Biodyne USA, and forwarded to us by Biodyne president Gil Farley. Their performance is similar to Iowa corn we pictured a few days ago. Photo captions tell their stories.

Eight days after planting, the root from the seed treated with
in-furrow Environoc 401 has pushed ahead of the same
hybrid planted the same day without 401.

Indiana corn planted April 28 was dug May 19. NPK in-furrow was the same
for both examples, but the corn on the left was given the recommended rate
of Environoc 401 in-furrow, tank-mixed with the starter. The roots may look similar,
but when you study closely you see more branching with the 401-treated roots.
Here’s the first example we’ve seen this season with
in-furrow 401 on soybeans. We’ll be watching some of our own
plots of beans, planted a few days ago, for a similar comparison.
The rep has made the notes you can read on the photos; there’s more
elongation and branching with the in-furrow 401.
On May 24, we received this soybean photo
which again shows a more prolific root with in-furrow 401. 
The main taproots are more aggressive,
compared with the untreated root on the right.
This photo and the corn photo next are from Indiana.
As corn begins to pass V3-V5, the larger roots
which emerged with in-furrow 401 are now generating
more top growth including a larger diameter stalk.