NC Farmer Soybeans: We just call it the famous field of beans. This one trial took us from one farmer to 89 farmers in one year. This field was used by farmers that used it between Davie and Yadkin county. All the farmers watch each other and they all noticed the planting of the soybeans were the same day. But for some reason the one field had 2 foot soybeans plants and the other only 6 inches. Well this got the attention of the many farmers as they talked amongst themselves. So one of the other famers visted the Western NC Farmer and asked whats going on. Well initially the NC Farmer was dumfounded himself and denied he did anything. But about that time his brother drove into the field and he was asked what happened. Well he fest up and said I wanted to see if what my brother had bought was any count. As the farm was run by 3 brothers and the one brother didnt want to waste alot of money as they planned to use the Soysoap twice on 2000 acres of land. They had tested it the year before and got great results of double the production when there was no rain for the entire year. So the rest is history as the farmers using the product increased to over 200 throughout the NC area.

Transciption of Interview!

Rick Patton of Ag Professional Magazine Interviews

Rick Patton: My name is Rick Patton. I'm standing here in a field of soybeans. We're looking at this new product Soysoap that has been applied to this field and then we're going to look at a different field. Explain this particular field and what we see here.

NC Farmer: Well, it was planted on June 5th , Asgrow 4903. They were sprayed as soon as they got up about two leaves high. The field that we're going to look at next was planted the same day, but it was sprayed four days ago, which would be July 18th.

Rick: So this field that we're standing in had a tank mix of glyphosate and this soap, right?

NC Farmer: Right.

Rick: That's the only thing that was put on it?

NC Farmer: That's the only thing that was put on it.

Rick: It was sprayed about the second trifolia stage, somewhere in there.

NC Farmer: Right.

Rick: Most of these beans are just shy of my knee, it looks like.

NC Farmer: But that's the date it was planted, right there. I couldn't believe it.

Rick: I didn't bring a yardstick but in the treated field it looks like these soybeans are just shy of my kneecap, planted June the 5th.

Speaker 1: And you're how tall?

Rick: I'm 6 feet, 3 inches, so these are pretty good sized beans.

NC Farmer: They're at least a foot and a half.

Rick: I'm going to grab one if you don't mind. The other thing that we're seeing on this soybean is tremendous new growth of new buds and new axillary shoots. That's one thing I've observed. The other thing is we are starting to see some significant growth on the top of the plant as this thing really just explodes. So we'll show another plant in the other field that hasn't had this product on it. There is a significant difference in size and also a significant difference in the number of eventual pod sets, but just the branching difference is considerable.

NC Farmer: That's what I noticed last year was the difference in how they branched out. We tried this soap last year and we noticed that right down through there it was just filling the open gaps. What we didn't spray, you noticed that they just never did fill up the rows.

Rick: Well, that canopy closure is going to be critical as you move through the year because you're going to be able to conserve your moisture if you run into a dry August. This field is going to close a lot quicker than that other field.

NC Farmer: Oh, yeah. It is. This stuff is causing these beans to react like this.

Rick: Well, I think that is still a little bit unknown, but my opinion is that this product is causing a natural occurrence to happen in the plant. Basically, I think it is causing the plant to drive its roots deeper, to increase its sugar levels in the leaf surface and within the plant, and that's just giving it a significant surge in photosynthesis and growth. I think it's a natural phenomenon that's just been triggered or turned on by this product. It's causing the plant to really explode is just my opinion on what's going on here.

Speaker 1: And what is your background?

Rick: My background is I spent 17 years in the AgChem Industry. I spent 14 years with Cyanamid and 3 years with BASF. I've seen a lot of corn and soybean production in my life, but this is pretty phenomenal what is occurring here.

NC Farmer: We've noticed it reacts quicker to smaller beans than it does after they get on up 4 inches tall, so we have seen a big difference if we spray them real young right after they come up. It triggers something quick. It has worked a lot better when we were spraying them young.

Speaker 1: NC Farmer, tell me when these beans were planted.

NC Farmer: On June the 5th.

Speaker 1: They're six weeks old?

NC Farmer: Yeah.

Rick: So, kind of a summary of what you're seeing. Let's start with the actual weed control. You're seeing this product increase the speed of the kill with the glyphosate. Are you seeing it take down any bigger weeds because of that mix or just the speed of it?

NC Farmer: Just the speed of it is what we've noticed so far. Now, I don't know about whether there is going to be any difference in the size of the weeds or not.

Rick: What about the signalgrass? You talked about the signalgrass.

NC Farmer: It usually takes the signalgrass a week to 10 days to turn it brown. My first cousin sprayed some and he told me in 3 days it was brown. So, it enhances the Roundup considerably.

Rick: What about the yellowing? Sometimes glyphosate will tie up that manganese in the plant. What have you seen there?

NC Farmer: Right. I've seen where you spray with the soap it doesn't turn them yellow. They just keep on growing. You never see that yellowing with the glyphosate.

Rick: Again, I think that's another attribute what this product is doing inside that plant. I just think it's causing a natural reaction within that plant; natural defense mechanisms, natural growth stimulation. I think with the combination of those two, you're just getting a stronger, healthier plant. Last year, you had some yield increase, right?

NC Farmer: Yeah. It was just a whole lot different from where we sprayed and where we didn't spray as far as yield. [Inaudible 7:05]

Speaker 1: So basically, it is making the plant defend itself.

Rick: It's making it defend itself and I think it's also somewhat of a growth stimulant. There are two different things going on here, I think.

NC Farmer: Another thing we noticed is the stalk is getting bigger.

Rick: Stronger?

NC Farmer: Right. So that helps us in the fall of the year about it lodging when we go to combine. So that's going to be a plus too.

Rick: Did you have this in some of your bottoms last year?

NC Farmer: No. We didn't try any in the bottoms last year. That's the reason we're spraying this time in the bottoms and upland and everything.

Rick: That's generally where you see some of your lodging.

NC Farmer: Right. That's one reason we're in 30-inch rows because we found out several years back if we drill them it seems like they lodge worse in the bottom because they grow and sometimes they get too big. The stalks won't be big enough and they'll want to lodge. Then it's a mess to combine. It's going to be interesting to see what it does in the bottom this year because this is the first time we've used any in the bottom.

Rick: Let's go look at that other field. I am standing in a field of soybeans that just 4 days ago was sprayed with this new product, this agricultural soap and glyphosate in the tank mix. The plant I'm holding is from a field that is about 100 yards away that was sprayed about 3 weeks ago with this same tank mix of glyphosate and agricultural soap. The interesting thing is if you look at what we've got here, these 2 fields and these 2 soybean plants were planted on the exact same day, June 5th.

NC Farmer: And exactly the same bean.

Rick: Same bean, same seed bed preparation, both following corn. The only difference is this field was just sprayed 4 days ago with the agricultural soap and glyphosate. This field, which is 100 yards from here, was sprayed about 3 weeks ago with the same mix of agricultural soap and glyphosate. There is a significant difference in the number of shoots, obviously the girth of the plant, and the height of the plant. The stem is significantly different if you look at the stem size. I am standing here with the farmer. NC Farmer, why don't you introduce yourself? Tell the folks watching this where we are located and a little bit more background here.

NC Farmer: We are 20 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We used this last year and saw a significant difference. We didn't use it in the bottom land at all, but this year we've used it in the bottom and we are seeing a big difference in where you spray them early versus not spraying early. We are tickled to death with that bean crop over that one. We're going to keep spraying with this agricultural soap if we can get that much difference in the growth of it. I'm sure whenever they bean, this may catch up with beaning. I don't know as far as being sprayed, but I believe it would have been ahead if it would have been sprayed when these were sprayed.

Rick: Sure. The other thing that you're seeing with this combination of glyphosate and agricultural soap is you're seeing quicker weed kill and you're also seeing a little bit more as far as plant health on some of the other crops in the area. Do you want to talk a little bit about that?

NC Farmer: We have found the key to making the glyphosate based herbicides work is adding the Soysoap and AMS (Amoninum Sulfate). With this combination we use the saying weeds are down, brown and on the ground as fast as 2 days. Glyphosate depending on weather and temperature can take over a week to kill weeds. The keys to increased production is timing of the applications as the early treated got 17 more soybean bushels than the late treated of just 3 weeks.

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