Halloween Vowel Movement from 2012 (LAND OF LIQUID Blog)

(So back when I used to actually do pumpkin carving, I had a great blog post on Halloween in  2012.  In fact it is heavily requested for a re-post, so here you go.  Kind of like It’s A Wonderful Life at Christmas.   So enjoy it again and have fun with your own pumpkin.)

So Happy Halloween to all of you out in Blogland.  Last year I took a stab at LIQUID pumpkin carving with pretty good results.  Here is a re-run of the picture from exactly one year ago in 2011.  So how could I top that for 2012?

I know…instead of one pumpkin (which anyone could do), why not six!  After hours of careful carving and still having all my fingers and thumbs in place, I was finished.  Now to arrange them on the porch.  Hmmm, not as easy as I thought.

A little re-arranging….D’oh….still wrong.  I need a pumpkin spell-check.

Finally. That looks right.

I suppose now all of the Trick-or-Treaters will be expecting a bag full of Pro-Germinator.  I better stock up.  Happy Halloween.

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In-Furrow Planter Fertilizer Source Comparisons in Dryland Corn (13-711)

Experiment Info

13-711Planted: 5/3
Variety: DKC53-78
Population: 34,000
Row Spacing: 30”
Previous Crop: Soybeans
Plot Size: 15’ x 255’
Replications: 4
Sidedress: 6/15
Harvested: 10/22
Yield Goal: 175 bu
Target Fertilizer Rate: 192-50-91

Soil Test Values (ppm)

pH: 7.3
CEC: 18.9
% OM: 4.3
Bicarb P: 16
K: 110
S: 13
% K: 1.5
% Mg: 19.4
% Ca: 78.7
%H: 0
% Na: 0.4
Zn: 1.2
Mn: 3
B: 0.7


To compare planter applied fertilizer source effects on corn yield.Each year more in-furrow fertilizer options are available, many of these are balanced products containing N, P, K and in some cases micronutrients. Carefully planned recommendations need to be conducted when comparing AgroLiquid products to these products. In order to make fair comparisons, use of the full AgroLiquid line should be utilized. This experiment compared four products: Trupointe, Season Pass (6-18-6), Nachurs G24 (6-24-6) and 3-20-15 to a combination of Pro-Germinator and Sure-K. All products were applied at 5 gal/A with in-furrow tubes. Due to the low soil test potassium levels, 7 gal/A Sure-K was applied sidedress with 45 gal/A High NRG-N to all treatments. Yield results appear on the chart below.


• Better yield was obtained with the Pro-Germinator and Sure-K treatment, similar yield was achieved with all other in-furrow fertilizer products.

• One of AgroLiquid’s biggest advantages is the provision of a program to meet soil test needs and address almost every nutrient to help attain highest yield. Using a combination of Pro-Germinator and Sure-K can help, AgroLiquid Nutrition compare to these other inflexible products.

• Highest yield at 192 bu/A was reached with 2.5 gal/A Pro-Germinator and 2.5 gal/A Sure-K.

Broadcast Nitrogen Source Comparisons in Corn (13-710)

Experiment Info

13-710Planted: 5/3
Variety: DKC53-78
Population: 37,000
Row Spacing: 30”
Previous Crop: Soybeans
Plot Size: 15’ x 255’
Replications: 4
PRE: 5/4
Urea: 5/7
Harvested: 10/23
Yield Goal: 175 bu
Target Fertilizer Rate: 192-70-70

Soil Test Values (ppm)

pH: 6.5
CEC: 14.2
% OM: 2.5
Bray P1: 14
K: 109
S: 11
% K: 2.0
% Mg: 18.5
% Ca: 71.4
%H: 7.6
% Na: 0.5
Zn: 1.0
Mn: 4
B: 0.4


To evaluate the effectiveness of different nitrogen sources applied broadcast on corn. This experiment compared pre emergence broadcast applications of different nitrogen solutions in a corn crop. Applications were made the day following planting. All sources were applied at the recommended rate to provide 192 lbs of equivalent nitrogen per acre for a yield goal on 175 bu/A. AgroLiquid products were High NRG-N, 28% + eNhance, 28% + accesS, a combination of High NRG-N and 28% + eNhance and an experimental product NF-13. These products were compared to conventional products 28% and ESN urea. Yields appear on the chart above.


• All nitrogen solutions nearly reached the yield goal and greatly increased yield over the no nitrogen treatment.

• Highest yield was achieved with the full rate of 28% with the addition of eNhance, yielding 193 bu/A which was significantly higher than the same rate of 28% UAN without eNhance.

• The addition of 6 gal of access to 28% added 5 bu /A to the overall yield.

• Nitrogen sources that applied less actual nitrogen per acre, reached yield goal, but were not able to provide additional yield than the higher nitrogen rates.

Potassium Fertilizer Timing in Corn (13-705)

Experiment Info

13-705Planted: 5/7
Variety: DKC53-78
Population: 31,500
Row Spacing: 30”
Previous Crop: Corn
Plot Size: 15’ x 265’
Replications: 4
Potash: 11/9/12
PRE: 5/8
Sidedress: 6/8
Harvested: 10/15
Yield Goal: 175 bu
Target Fertilizer Rate: 192-90-48

Soil Test Values (ppm)

pH: 6.9
CEC: 9.5
% OM: 2.1
Bray P1: 10
K: 112
S: 7
% K: 3.0
% Mg: 19.5
% Ca: 77.2
% H: 0
% Na: 0.3
Zn: 1.5
Mn: 10
B: 0.5


To determine the optimum time for fertilizing a corn crop with potassium. Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer’s Sure-K is seed safe to allow application of the required nutrients in-furrow when planting. Sometimes the question of when to apply potassium, if not with the planter, comes up. In determining to answer that question, a broadcast rate of Sure-K was applied in the fall. A comparison of fall broadcasted Potash was also applied. Both treatments were incorporated into the soil by chisel plowing the previous corn crop residue. The spring broadcast treatment of Sure-K was made and incorporated with a soil finisher before planting. Yield results appear in the table above.


• The 4 gal/A rate of Sure-K gave nearly identical yields as the higher rate of Sure-K broadcasted or the dry Potash applications. The in-furrow placement puts nutrients where they are needed.

• Planter applied, fall or spring broadcast of potassium had no significant yield advantage to each other. The difference comes in the amount of nutrients applied to realize similar yields.

• In spite of these results, broadcast applications are not recommended at this time until more research is conducted.

• The no planter fertilizer treatment lacked the necessary nutrients needed to accomplish its yield potential.

• If Sure-K is going to be broadcast applied, a 20% increase in rate is needed to achieve comparable yields to planter applied rates.

Corn Fertilizer Programs with Manure Applications (13-507)

Experiment Info

13-507Planted: 5/7
Variety: DKC53-78
Population: 31,500
Row Spacing: 30”
Previous Crop: Corn
Plot Size: 15’x300’
Replications: 2
Sidedress: 6/6
Harvested: 10/15
Yield Goal: 200 bu
Target Fertilizer Rate: see report

Soil Test Values (ppm)

See Report


To compare nutrient programs when used in combination with and without manure applications.The North Central Research Station has applied dairy manure to areas of this particular field for 16 straight years. The crop for the previous 15 years has been continuous corn. The experiment is divided into 4 sections, 2 sections have no manure applied, 1 section receives a 20 ton/A application in the fall and the fourth section receives an application in the fall and spring for a 40 ton/A total. Fall applications are chisel plowed into the soil, while spring applications are applied to spring tilled soil and then tilled with a soil finisher for soil incorporation. Soil samples were taken again last fall to continually observe the changes in soil tests. All treatment rates follow soil test recommendations with the exception of phosphorus. According to soil test recommendations additional phosphorus fertilizer is not recommended in any of the sections. However, in corn, past research has proven that available phosphorus close to the seed at planting time in the cooler soils will give a stronger plant, increased growth and limit phosphorus deficiency symptoms. Therefore, the standard recommendation of 3 gal/A of Pro-Germinator (PG) was used in the planter fertilizer. The remaining nutrients include 2 qt/A of Micro 500 + 10 gal/A of High NRG-N (HN) all applied 2×2. The no manure section also received 10 gal/A of Sure-K (SK) in the planter fertilizer to meet the recommendation.


• Significantly higher yields were achieved with the use of manure. Fall and spring applications resulted in a 40+ bu/A increase over the no manure treatments.

• Organic matter, Phosphorus and Potassium levels all increase with the use of manure.

• Maintain accurate soil tests and follow recommendations for supplemental nutrient application. Most likely potassium usage can be reduced.

• Micro nutrients and some Phosphorus are still needed for corn.

Experimental Nitrogen Comparison in Corn (13-310)

Experiment Info

13-310Planted: 5/2
Variety: DKC53-78
Population: 40,000
Row Spacing: 30
Previous Crop: Soybeans
Plot Size: 15’x180/210/130
Replications: 5
Sidedress: 6/8
Harvested: 10/16
Yield Goal: 200 bu
Target Fertilizer Rate: 210-4-109

Soil Test Values (ppm)

pH: 7.4
CEC: 6
% OM: 1.6
Bicarb P: 11
K: 63
S: 10
% K: 2.7
% Mg: 16.4
% Ca: 79.8
% H: 0
% Na: 1.1
Zn: 0.9
Mn: 3
B: 0.6


To evaluate an experimental nitrogen product for yield response on corn.

Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers is continuously working on improving their products, to provide better resources for growers. In 2013, an experimental nitrogen product, NF-13 was added to the testing protocols. This product is a nitrogen solution with sulfur and has a recommended application at 80% of the conventional nitrogen rate. In order to pass the rounds of testing to become a new product, experimental products like NF-13 have to provide a significant benefit over the existing product. It also has to have proven performance at the NCRS along with contract research sites and on-farm testing. In the first year of testing, the experimental product NF-13 at 56 gal/A was compared to the recommended rates of High NRG-N, 28% + eNhance and 28%. Applications were made at sidedress, 37 days after planting to V4 corn. Yield results appear on the chart above.


• At this location, NF-13 did not yield as high as High NRG-N. Continued evaluation of yield results on this product will need to be done to determine if more testing should be done.

• Highest yield was achieved with 28% + eNhance with a yield of 200.7 bu/A. This yielded similar to a higher rate of 28%.

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