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PFR Report: Pour Some Sugar On Me...

Ooh, in the name of photosynthesis

Pouring sugar…on plants? What kind of madness is this?

Not madness at all! Plants need sugar for carbohydrate transport, energy, and stored fuel. Carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, like glucose, are converted to complex sugars by means of starches. When this conversion process occurs in plants, better growth + development, improved regulation of various biological systems, as well as respiration & transpiration steps can occur. Graphic 1 (below) shows the process of photosynthesis.

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PFR Report: How Sweet It Is

In-Furrow Sugar Applications

Author: Alex Knight

Can in-furrow applications of sugar increase nutrient availability and yields in corn?

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PFR Report

Sugar - What We’ve Learned

Author: Alex Knight

As commodity prices leave us looking for new ways to be leaner and leaner with our on-farm practices, one consideration that rises to the top as a cost effect practice is applications of sugar in-furrow. Why sugar in-furrow? You may have noticed that many in-furrow starters already have a small percentage of sugar within their fertilizers. The idea behind applying sugar in-furrow is to stimulate the microbial activity. If we can stimulate microbial activity in the soil, then more nutrients will be readily available to the plant, thus promoting yields.

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