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DEERING, N.D. – Soybean growers will have a new combination seed inoculant and seed lubricant to use in the 2019 growing season. According to Jerry Miller, president of AgriTec, the new RhiZoneVsoybean inoculant contains Bradyrhizobium Japonicum and Trichoderma virens. In addition, the product is a planter box talc and graphite replacement.

“This past year AgXplore introduced GroPak SB and the results were very positive,” Miller said. “By adding (Mycorrhizae), we created RhiZoneV, a product that is developed exclusively for AgriTec and available through area retailers.”

The RhiZoneV soybean inoculant is the latest in a line of products Miller has been developing over the past 20 years. He has taken the experience and success they have had with other products, put them all together and built a product that they wanted to introduce to the market place.

As far as he knows, there is no other product like this on the market at this time.

“This product ties into our goal, which is to pay attention to what’s going on beneath the soil surface, because more goes on beneath the soil surface than goes on above the soil surface. It’s the biology that takes place down there – our goal is to complement that biology and support it. We want to work with Mother Nature and not against her.”

The Mycorrhizae was a very important addition to the inoculation product, he noted, since it forms a network of tiny filaments that can add great benefits to the plant. Most important, this fiber network enhances the root system and allows it to extract nutrients and water more efficiently from the soil, which ultimately has the potential to increase plant production.

Another benefit of the Mycorrhizae fiber network is the potential to entangle soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and slow their movement to soybean roots, much like how a spider web impedes the movement of a fly. Recent research work on the Mycorrhizae fiber has shown that to be a benefit in reducing SCN impact in a field, and might actually cause a decrease in SCN numbers.

“When the Mycorrhizae colonizes, it creates an environment that is going to slow them (SCN) down,” Miller explained. “In essence we are trapping them within that colonized web and if we can trap them and starve them, they will eventually just die.”

He went on to explain that this is nature’s way of controlling some of these pests. But due to deep tillage, some of the chemicals we use and things such as that, we have destroyed the colonization of the Mycorrhizae and that is why, over time, nature has a breakdown.

“We are always trying to come up with a magic bullet on how to fix these plants, where if we were to fix the soil a lot of the plants would be taken care of by nature,” he said.

“In developing these new products, we are always trying to raise the bar – every year we can always do better. That is one of the goals we have here is to always improve what we have done over last year.”

He is glad to see the growing numbers of farmers who are starting to realize that soil health is what takes care of them.

“We do a lot of things cosmetically on top, but a lot of times we are just putting a band aid on the problem instead of fixing the problem,” he said.  

Producers will find RhiZoneV will benefit plants growing under stressful conditions. It will help a plant to overcome soil environments at the soil surface. Experience has shown there is a strong symbiotic relationship between a growing plant, soil and fungi such as Bradyrhizobium, Trichoderma and Mycorrhizae. Adding RhiZoneV to the seed prior to planting will effectively accomplish any need for double inoculating, he said.

Product of long-time research – Miller has been working on products to increase soybean yields since 1999, and has focused on products that work below the soil surface, where the major plant growth activity takes place.

“The idea behind AgriTec was to develop fertilizer programs that would offer balanced plant nutrition,” he said.

Located in Deering, N.D., AgriTec Inc. offers multiple services including crop planning,  special blend fertilizers, chemicals, seed as well as custom application, soil analysis, mapping, and fertilizer and planting prescriptions. For more information call 877-585-0725, visit their website: www.AgriTecinc.com or by email: sales@agritecinc.com.