Stu Ellis With WCIA 3 Reports on Fighting Tipback
Farmers looking to increase their corn yield may want to ensure there are enough microbes in the soil. And those microscopic bugs are solving one of this year’s corn production problems. Stu Ellis has this report from the farm…
We’ve already told a lot of people, and a lot of farmers certain know that tipback is a real problem this year because of pollination, a lack of water during that important period. Derek Martin, part of Martin Family Farms at Mt. Pulaski may have come upon a way to solve that tipback problem. Derek, you’ve got some corn here that has a lot of typical tipback
Yes, we do her, Stu. This corn was planted April 15th, it is the same hybrid. The difference you can see here is this has not had a microbial system applied to it.
The ones that have the microbial solution, there’s no tipback on it. Why is that?
No, there’s no tipback, because we have started to improve our soil health with the microbial solution. They are working to break down all of the available nutrients in the soil into a readily useable form. The stuff with the tipback as you can see here, is deficient in nutrients and many different ones. And the ones with the microbial solution have allowed that corn plant to get what it needs to fill it out to max potential.
So a lot of farmers looking for ways to improve soil health and that may be one of them. That is our report from the farm, I’m Stu Ellis for WCIA3, your local news leader.
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