In late fall of 2018, we started an alfalfa trial in Smith, NV using our foliar nutrition and the EnviroXtreme fungal endophytes. The purpose of the trial was to examine absorption of the EnviroXtreme endophytes and see what effect they have on the next year’s growth. At the time of the application, the days were above freezing, but the nights were below freezing. EnviroXtreme is sensitive to freezing temperatures, so we wanted to see if they would make it into the plants in a single day.
The test spanned three fields of 4.7 acres each. The center field was treated and the control fields on either side were not. They applied the foliar in the morning with the temperature at 47 deg. F when they started and 56 deg. F when they finished. Since the time the EnviroXtreme package was applied to the test field in November of 2018, none of the three fields received any fertilizer or other forms of nutrition. This was done to remove any factors outside of the EnviroXtreme package.
The EnviroXtreme package consisted of the following products:
- EnviroXtreme – 0.05 oz/acre (biological fungal endophyte, increases stress tolerance in plants)
- Foliar Micro Boost – 32 oz/acre (micronutrient package with essential trace elements)
- Bio Release – 16 oz/acre (carrier for the micronutrients, also contains key plant nutrients and stimulants)
- O2-YS – 16 oz/acre (chitosan-based product to control pathogenic fungi and stimulate the plant’s immune system)
Next spring, as the plants began to emerge from dormancy, the result was obvious. The treated field emerged about three weeks ahead of the adjacent untreated fields. The picture at the top of the page is of the side-by-side fields. The green strip in the center is the treated field. The brown strips on either side were untreated. This picture was taken April 19th. The brown fields are typical for this time of year.
The difference was more than just early emergence. The yields were significantly different as well, persisting through all four cuttings. At 110 lb average per bale, the treated field outperformed Control 1 by 2.05 tons/acre and outperformed control 2 by 1.55 tons/acre. The table below shows the yield chart for the three field sections.
|Cutting||Control 1 (4.7 acres)||EnviroXtreme Foliar (4.7 acres)||Control 2 (4.7 acres)|
|1st cutting||171 bales||261 bales||162 bales|
|2nd cutting||99 bales||137 bales||125 bales|
|3rd cutting||101 bales||129 bales||117 bales|
|4th cutting||44 bales||64 bales||54 bales|
|Total bales||415 bales||591 bales||458 bales|
|Total tonnage||22.83 tons||32.5 tons||25.2 tons|
|Tons/acre||4.86 tons/acre||6.91 tons/acre||5.36 tons/acre|
The pictures below show the height of the alfalfa in the different fields on April 19th. The taller plants are from the treated field. The shorter plants beneath are from the untreated fields.
The treated field had about 5-6” of thick growth while the untreated field only had 1-3” of very sparse growth.
This test was done with alfalfa, a perennial crop, but we have seen similar reactions with annual crops as well, such as winter grains. If we can get a good foliar on the early grains in the fall, before dormancy, they will emerge quicker the next spring and with more vigor, providing a better crop at the end of the season.
The EnviroXtreme and nutrient foliar should be applied to perennial crops at least once per year, but there is emerging research among our farmers that suggests application once per cutting for even better results. Ongoing growth requires ongoing nutrition and Bio Minerals Technologies foliar nutrition programs provide the nutrients the plants need when they need them.
If you are interested in treating your crops with our EnviroXtreme and nutrient foliar, call us at 435-753-2086. We will be glad to answer your questions and create a custom field plan just for you and your crops.