Early root development key to winter survival – Fielder’s Kick-Off shows remarkable results in real farm situations
In a recent commercial farm situation, Fielder’s seed treatment product Kick-Off has shown hugely impressive results, says the company. Independent estimates suggests that the live crop treated with Kick-Off will return yields of up to 40% more than an identical field not treated with the biostimulant seed treatment Kick-Off.
This successful in field scenario took place in Kinross, Scotland on two fields of winter oats. Both fields were sown on September 25, 2020 at a seed rate of 450 seeds/sq.m, and in identical conditions; the key difference being that one field of seeds had been treated with Kick-Off, while the other had not.
Throughout February 2021 both fields experienced very cold temperatures, as well as frost heave. As a result, the field not treated with Kick-Off suffered from extreme root damage and stunted growth, due to a poorly established root system. In comparison the Kick-Off treated oat seed had established a large and healthy root system, enabling the crop to survive these environmental stresses and deliver a better yield.
According to Douglas Gordon of Alexander Harley Seeds, Kick-Off has had a substantial impact on the crops in these fields. “All the oats treated with Kick-Off have come through this period remarkably well, having healthy and well-developed root systems. In contrast, the field that did not have the Kick-off seed treatment has suffered, leaving the crop with a loss of plants and what has survived severely reduced in size.” He suggests that the “superior root development promoted by Kick-off seed treatment”, will lead to a 40% difference in yield.
Clear difference in root establishment with the crop treated with Kick-off on the left, and the oat not treated with Kick-off on the right
Fielder’s Kick-Off brings together a combination of phosphite and manganese to get the plant off to a quick start, whilst the zinc and biostimulant amino acids boosts early vigour – all speeding up normal development processes. Kick-off is sold throughout the UK and Ireland and since its launch in 2013 has been recognised as one of the leading biostimulant seed treatments in the market, says Fielder. It is supplied in 20 litre, 200l and 1,000l containers.
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