While many farmers are glad to see 2019 in the rear view mirror, Bayer wants growers to be prepared for another challenging growing season in 2020 in case tough conditions return. Using the correct seed treatment is one way to ensure the large investment farmers make on seed is protected.
“Well, the big buzz around seed treatment – and it’s really gained momentum over the past couple of years – is biologicals, or what we refer to as bioenhancers. We’ve had a pretty large bioenhancer portfolio particularly in soybeans for the past couple of years. A lot of farmers will refer to them as inoculants,” said A. J. Hohmann, U.S. Marketing Manager for Bayer Seed Growth Business. “These are products that can really help to jump start the nodulation process in soybeans, but biologicals are also becoming more of a play in other crops, specifically corn.”
Hohmann said Bayer recently launched its BioRise™ Corn Bio-enhancer offering, which can result in increased functional root mass and the ability to grab onto more nutrients and more moisture. Yield data suggests a three bushel advantage when using the product, which has been especially successful during times of drought. Hohmann was at the 2019 National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City.
Listen to Chuck’s interview with A.J. here: NAFB19 AJ Hohmann, Bayer (3:45)