Soysoap Helps Farmer in 2012 makes 220-bu. Corn per acre in Canada With a 71-pound per bu. test weight
Murray Hutton of Ontario reported this morning that corn sprayed twice with Soysoap came through with 220 bu., adjusted to standard dry corn basis. The elevator double- checked the test weight and confirmed it: 71 lbs. per bushel.
Several management factors converged to make that happen:
1. The region had adequate rainfall for the 2012 season. Hutton’s farm near Staffa, Ontario is on latitude slightly north of Madison, WI. Weather records from nearby London, Ontario indicate the region received 15 inches of precipitation from March through August, with about four inches arriving in June and just short of two inches in July.
2. Management provided a sound biological “foundation” under the crop. Hutton’s 220- bu. corn was planted on a field which raised wheat in 2011. He applied manure following the wheat, along with 30 gal. Per acre of 28% nitrogen and field cultivated twice to work the manure into the top few inches of soil. Hutton planted corn April 19 and treated his seed with a live microbial product, SumaGreen, intended to enhance root development. No dry fertilizer was applied.
3. Soysoap helped build abundant corn roots. Soysoap 2 was sprayed at 5 oz. per acre on corn when it was near the 2-leaf stage. Later, Hutton also included Soysoap 2 in a tank mix with Banvel when he sprayed corn for weed control. And this is also important: “I don’t use glyphosate,” says Hutton. He maintains that glyphosate kills many soil bacteria, which are critical to deep and abundant rooting as well as converting soil nutrients to plant-available form. “Glyphosate hurts the soil,” says Hutton.
Here’s our reasoning on why Hutton’s corn program had such synergy: Soysoap accelerates translocation of photosynthetic sugars from leaves to roots during the important early “foundation building” weeks. Hutton’s soil had been manured months earlier, stimulating active growth of beneficial bacteria and Mycorrhizae. On top of this, Hutton inoculated at planting with live microbes in the SumaGrow product. Result: A healthy bloom of microbial life, fed more vigorously with sugars and other nutrients exuded by corn roots because of Soysoap. And, all this occurred without glyphosate’s “drag” as a bactericide and nutrient chelator.
4. Hutton selected a hybrid matched to field conditions. The 220-bu. field was Pioneer 38M58, rated at 2800 heat units with high scores for grain dry down, stalk strength, test weight and root strength. Hutton planted for a stand of 38,000 per acre. We would be very interested to learn if Pioneer has the same hybrid line in a non-GMO form, which would potentially avoid what agronomists and plant nutrition specialists see as a “yield drag” from artificially inserted genes.
Murray Hutton’s management plan illustrates a principle at work with Soysoap — which is a mobilizer, not a fertilizer. Applied early, it mobilizes the flow of sugars and amino acids to plant roots, where 20% to 30% of these natural nutrients are exuded to stimulate a microbial “bloom.” In soils with diverse populations of beneficial bacteria and fungi, a surge of sugars from the roots can accelerate colonization of roots and conversion of soil nutrients. Often we see gains in root size and depth of 50% or more with Soysoap.
But if a farm’s balance of soil bacteria and fungi is skewed toward the fungal side by years of glyphosate application, salt fertilizers and other chemicals, the benefit of feeding microbes via the roots is reduced correspondingly. We keep in mind that 95% or more of total crop weight is carbon, hydrogen and oxygen from air and water. Mobilizing those elements through the crop’s xylem and phloem system can have a major effect.