Published on Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Every year, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team tests new products, practices, and equipment to help farmers make better decisions and improve profitability. Two new products that PFR is testing in 2020 are Pivot Bio PROVEN™ and Envita™ from Azotic North America. Both of these in-furrow products have been developed around the idea of using biologicals to enable corn to fix its own nitrogen (N). If proven effective, these products could have a drastic impact on raising corn as we know it today. Farmers would be able to get a portion of the N needed for their corn crop from a source other than a synthetic fertilizer.
Pivot Bio PROVEN™: This liquid product contains microbes that attach to the epidermis of the roots early on and continue to colonize and multiply as the plant grows. The microbes consume the corn plants exudates and gives back N as the crop grows. Prior to planting, the product must be stored out of direct sunlight and a temperature between 40⁰ to 70⁰F to prolong the life and efficacy of the microbes.
Envita™: This in-furrow liquid treatment is comprised of a bacteria that claims to get in the plant cells shortly after emergence and grow with the plant. The plant is then able to convert the N that is in the air and use it throughout the growing season. With the addition of Envita™, plants would be able to fix approximately 25% of the N they require.
Potential On-Farm Applications and Advantages
2020 Testing Details
We have had a lot of questions and interest regarding these new N-fixing products. We are excited to evaluate them this year and hope to bring you more updates throughout the growing season and at our Field Shows this summer!
Author: Jared Chester
Categories: PFR, PFR Reports