Getting a crop off to a fast start that is sustained throughout the growing season is important in every farming operation, but it’s absolutely essential when the goal is a new world record. And that’s why Kip Cullers included Optimize 400 with LCO Promoter Technology in his growing regimen that resulted in yet another record-setting soybean yield.
Cullers, from Purdy, Missouri, recently established a new record yield, confirmed by the new 100 Bushel Club, at 160.6 bushels per acre. This mark tops Cullers’ previous world record of 154.57 bushels per acre established in 2007, and is now the third world-record yield the innovative grower has achieved. In every instance Cullers used Optimize 400, from EMD Crop Bioscience, or a previous formulation of Optimize to ensure a fast start and season-long vigor for his soybeans. Cullers also used an experimental foliar-applied crop growth-enhancement product from EMD to attain his new record yield
Optimize 400 is a seed-applied product that contains LCO (Lipo-chitooligosaccharide) Promoter Technology, a naturally occurring molecule that enhances root and shoot development, nodulation and nitrogen fixation immediately and independently of the environment and soil conditions. The product also includes an elite Bradyrhizobium japonicum inoculant for improved nitrogen fixation throughout the growing season.
“If you’re going to have a good soybean crop, what takes place under the ground is probably more important than what happens above the soil’s surface,” Cullers says. “A soybean plant takes up 80 to 90 percent of its nutrients in the top four inches of the soil profile. The more feeder roots you put in that soil profile, the more nutrients your plants take up, and that ultimately results in more yield.”
“I’ve used Optimize for several years, and I think it’s the best product of its kind on the market,” he adds. “I’ve found from digging up plants about 21 days after planting, that soybeans treated with Optimize will have about twice the root mass compared to plants from untreated seed. You’ll also see more nodules on the roots and that means the plant will have better nitrogen fixation throughout its life.”
While Optimize 400 is more than just an inoculant, Cullers views inoculation as a best practice that any soybean grower should use in his operation.
“Inoculating your soybeans just makes so much sense. When beans are trading at $11 a bushel, Optimize costs about a third of a bushel to apply,” he points out. “At a minimum, it’s cheap insurance. From my perspective, it seems like some people just can’t handle prosperity.”
Optimize product manager Ryan Locke, says EMD Crop BioScience is proud to have contributed to the latest in Cullers’ ever-growing list of soybean production achievements.
“Kip is truly a tireless innovator,” Locke notes. “He’s constantly looking for new practices, products and technologies to help him reach his ultimate goal of 200 bushels per acre. We’re delighted that EMD has been with Kip on this journey over the past several years, and we’re dedicated to continuing to develop technologies that will help him – and all soybean growers – realize even greater yields and more success in their operations.”
EMD Crop BioScience produces and distributes a number of innovative inoculants and crop enhancement products, most notably those containing the LCO Promoter Technology such as Optimize 400. LCO Promoter Technology is a naturally-occurring molecule that brings unprecedented early-season plant health benefits to a number of crops. For more information, log on to EMDCropBioScience.com.