Preserving Yield in Critical Development Stages

Don’t Give Up on the Crop

“Despite weather and growing season conditions, now is not a time to give up on a crop. There’s still plenty of opportunity to preserve yield potential,” says John Fisher, product development associate for StollerUSA. “Understanding the growth and development of crops allows growers to use timely production practices that can help preserve yield. Maintaining hormonal balance within the plant at critical vegetative and reproductive development stages is key to preserving and maximizing yield potential.”

Stress from high temperatures, dry soil conditions and other sources can result in dehydration of silks, delayed silking and hasten pollen shed. “University research has shown that yields can decrease as much as 7% per day if leaf rolling is occurring by mid-morning,” notes Fisher. “Moisture deficiency during the reproductive stages can reduce yields 7% a day as well, so minimizing the impact of stress is key to preserving yield.”

Bio-Forge® is so important to reducing stress because it helps plants maintain the cellular moisture needed during silking. If the silks have dried, the plant’s not going to properly pollinate. X-Cyte™ provides the cytokinin hormone that increases fertility and ensures adequate cells and increased cell division,” Fisher explains. “You are better off getting applications made prior to a stress event, especially late in the growth cycle. Applying Bio-Forge and X-Cyte during the last part of the plant’s development stage (V12) through the reproductive (R) stages will preserve yield.”

Read the full article for more information on how to preserve corn and soybean yield potential or contact your StollerUSA representative.