As wheat and other commodity prices climbed during the 2008 wheat-harvest season, growers across the Great Plains are even more interested in maximizing their yields and profits. For some, putting more money in their back pocket can be as simple as looking at the ‘what, when and where’ of strategic fertilizer application.
Along with the ‘dollars and cents’ benefits shared by numerous growers, crop consultants, and university researchers in the story above, it’s important to also consider the following four key factors before investing in Amchlor Basic ™ to enhance crop yield and overall performance
Soil test level: Prior to applying Amchlor Basic™, know the existing chloride level of the field in question. Kansas State University research suggests a 24-inch soil sampling to test for adequate chloride, similar to that used for nitrate testing. Based on your sampling results, Kansas State University’s Soils Lab recommends the following.
For a soil chloride level of less than 4 parts per million, apply 20 pounds of actual chloride per acre. If the existing soil chloride level is 4 to 6 parts per million, apply 10 pounds of actual chloride per acre. If the soil chloride level is greater than 6 parts per million, no chloride application is required.
Wheat Variety: Tests in several states show that some varieties are more responsive than others. Kansas State University data consistently shows that more than 60 percent of all trials, regardless of variety, respond beneficially to chloride application.
Application: For wheat, use Amchlor Basic™ as a top dress or preplant application if leaching isn't an issue during early stages of plant growth. For corn and grain sorghum, a preplant or pre-emerge application is most effective. Amchlor Basic™ can be readily mixed with many chemicals, including phosphate fertilizers.
Higher Profits: Kansas State University wheat research from 2004 to 2007 evaluated Amchlor Basic™ rates of 10, 20, and 30 pounds of actual chloride per acre. Average yield response across these varied rates was 8.3 bushels per acre. KSU data with Amchlor Basic™ on corn and grain sorghum in the same time frame showed even higher yields, with an average of 13 bushels per acre. This data shows that applying Amchlor Basic™ at the rate of 20 pounds of actual chloride per acre provides the greatest return on dollars invested compared to increased crop yield.
Amchlor Basic™ provides critical chloride,
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