Take Off from Verdesian Life Sciences has been tested in field trials conducted by South Dakota Wheat Growers, a major agricultural retailer and provider of agronomic services to corn, soybean and wheat growers across the Northern Plains.
Preliminary results from these trials indicate the technology provides respectable yield increases and an improved return on investment for farmers from their nitrogen applications.
“When we have applied Take Off to corn in our trials, we’ve seen more vigorous plants that are a richer green with visible differences,” says Brad Ruden, director of agronomy technical services at SDWG. “The treated corn is often one full growth stage ahead of the control, and these benefits can be observed throughout the growing season in terms of improvements in tassel timing, the size and height of ears, rows of kernels and kernels per row.”
Ruden and SDWG have been testing Take Off technology for three years.
It can be applied in a number of ways. To date, SDWG research trials have examined use of Take Off applied in conjunction with nitrogen managers or stabilizers, as well as the technology applied alone as a foliar spray in tank-mix treatments for over-the-top applications of post-emergence herbicides, micronutrients, fungicides and other foliar sprays. Take Off can be tank mixed with all treatments with no adjustments, and can also be applied as a soil- or seed treatment.
“When we’ve applied Take Off to corn following use of a nitrogen manager or stabilizer, we’ve seen some yield increases in the five-or-more-bushels-per-acre range,” Ruden says. “I believe this yield increase is the result of making more N available to the plant and making the plant more efficient at processing that N. We also see a respectable yield increase when applying Take Off alone without a nitrogen stabilizer or manager preceding that application.”