Early root development key to winter survival -FieldersKick-Offshowsremarkableresults in real farm situations
In a recentcommercialfarm situation, Fielders seed treatment productKick-Offhas shownhugelyimpressive results, says the company.Independentestimates suggests that thelivecrop treated withKick-Offwillreturn yields of up to40% morethan an identical fieldnot treated withthebiostimulantseed treatmentKick-Off.
This successful in field scenario took place in Kinross, Scotland on two fields of winter oats. Both fields were sown on September25, 2020at a seed rate of 450 seeds/sq.m, and in identical conditions; the key difference being that one field of seeds had been treated withKick-Off, whilethe other had not.
Throughout February2021both fields experienced very cold temperatures, as well as frost heave.As a result, the field not treated withâ¯Kick-Offâ¯suffered from extreme root damage and stunted growth,due toa poorly established root system. In comparison theâ¯Kick-Offâ¯treated oat seedhad established a large and healthy root system, enabling the crop to survive these environmental stresses and delivera better yield.
According toDouglasGordonof Alexander Harley Seeds,Kick-Offhas had a substantial impact on the crops in these fields.All the oats treated withKick-Offhave come through thisperiod remarkablywell, having healthy and well-developedroot systems. In contrast, the field that did not have theKick-offseed treatmenthas suffered, leaving the crop with a loss of plants and what has survivedseverely reduced in size.Hesuggeststhat thesuperior root development promoted by Kick-off seed treatment,will lead toa 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
Fieldersâ¯Kick-Offbrings together a combination ofphosphite andmanganese to get the plant off to a quick start, whilst thezinc and biostimulantaminoacids boosts early vigour all speeding up normal development processes.â¯Kick-offâ¯is sold throughout the UK and Irelandand since its launch in 2013 has beenrecognised as one of theleadingbiostimulantseed treatments in the market, says Fielder.It is supplied in 20litre, 200land 1,000lcontainers.
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