Kent Kauffman discusses the in-furrow applications and BPIF-Soy.
Listen to Kent Kauffman of the BigYield.us team and Kyle Hill, Ag 1280 Farm Director, each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on Ag 1280 KDKD-AM. The segments air at 7:15 am and again at 12:15 pm.
This segment originally aired on May 12, 2017.
Kyle: Once again we have the BigYield Spotlight. I’m Kyle Hill, joined once again by Kent Kauffman of BigYield.us. Thanks for being back here today.
Kent: Thanks for having me on Kyle.
Kyle: So in the past you’ve mentioned in-furrow treatments. How do these work?
Kent: The way an in-furrow treatment works is you’re delivering your nutrients directly in the row while planting. So you deliver your seed down there then your delivering nutrients with it. You’re delivering these either beside or below the seed. From research we’ve seen, being able to deliver the nutrients on both sides of the seed helps the best with even root development. Delivering in-furrow on top of the seed tends to retard development, so you want to get it either beside or below the seed. If you can get it on one side, your still going to have better yield. All of our products are delivered where they’re needed the most and done as efficiently as possible. So this way, you’re not putting on a whole bunch of different products and spending a lot of money delivering it to feed your weeds or in-between the rows. You’re putting it right there next to the seed. What we’ve seen, especially with all the different corn and soybean yield winners, is all of them are running in-furrow treatments. They are all running stuff like we are doing – the sweeteners, biologicals, and things like that to get those nutrients and get that microbial activity going on right there by the seed.
Kyle: And BigYield has an in-furrow product available, BPIF-Soy. Tell us a bit more about that.
Kent: So BPIF-Soy combines both our BigBioYield poly-microbial blend and our cold-processed sweetener. So what these are is our poly-microbial blend is the mixture of microbes that increases soil health. It is also mixed with our cold-processed sweetener which has great usability and fixability with a wide range of products. What we’re seeing with this is we’re seeing increased yield, protection against different soil-borne diseases and pathogens – your different funguses and things like that. We’re definitely seeing enhanced root development, that’s what I was talking about if you can place that in-furrow on both sides of the seed you’ll get by far the best root development there. If you get it on one side you’ll still get great root development. It increases the proteins, vitamins, minerals, and sugars within the plant. With that good start, it produces what is called chitinases, and what these do is suppress nematodes. We’ve seen that across the board. We do a lot of different soil testing in our fields and we have side-by-sides where we have had less nematode activity. It increases root growth and it helps prevent sudden death syndrome.
Kyle: I’ve known farmers that have had to deal with SDS as well as soybean cyst nematode, so already we can tell that by using this product, it means better conditions for farmers.
Kent: Yes it does. It increases yield but a great thing it does is protection – it really protects against adverse conditions. What we’ve done with all this research is we’re trying to figure out everything that works to grow the highest yielding crops possible. Then we apply those to not necessarily the best soils or best conditions. If you own a bunch of land in Iowa or Indiana that’s producing right out of the gate, then you may not need as much of these products. In Missouri our soils aren’t quite as good so we try to use what we’ve learned from those better soils and apply that here. And so our products thrive the worse your conditions are and the worse you soil is. Especially with all this cool, wet weather we have been having lately that has kept a lot of guys out of the field. It’s hurt emergence for some guys, flooded some out, this is where this product is going to thrive. It’s going to help them in these adverse conditions.
Kyle: Sounds like a very important product indeed for folks looking into soybeans, and for any corn farmers who couldn’t get their corn in the ground that might be switching over to soybeans. If somebody has a question about this or any of the other BigYield products, how can they get ahold of you Kent?
Kent: Well they can reach us at www.BigYield.us. It has all of our product information. We have our toll-free line they can call, it’s 844-242-4367. They can stop by the research farm at 28706 S. St. Rt. 7 in Garden City. You can’t miss it, it’s on 7 Highway a couple miles west of Garden City, south of Harrisonville. You’ll see giant signs for it. We’re also on Facebook as BigYield.us.
Kyle: That’s a great facility you have out there with tests going on all the time and of course, I believe you are happy to have folks stop by day-to-day.
Kent: Yeah, we are more than happy. You can stop by any time and we will give you a tour of what we’re doing.
Kyle: Kent Kauffman of BigYield.us once again joining us today. We’re glad to have you once again in the studio. We’ll catch up with you again next week.
Kent: Thank you Kyle.