Foliar Feeding Corn With Boron Fertilizer Can Increase Yield

By Wolf Trax

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If you are striving for high-yielding corn, now is the time to finalize plans for foliar feeding your crop. Have you considered including boron fertilizer products? According to a study conducted by Fred Below at the University of Illinois in 2013 looking at how boron fertilizer products contribute to corn yield, a foliar application of Wolf Trax® Boron DDP® at tasseling could be a smart investment.

The experiment looked at eight different fertility treatments applied to corn at several stages throughout the growing season, starting with a preplant base of 180 lbs N per acre. To determine the true value of foliar boron fertilizer products, the trial compared two similar treatments using Wolf Trax Boron DDP:

1)      Treatment A received Wolf Trax Boron DDP @ 7 oz/ac mixed in liquid fertilizer at the V4 stage

2)      Treatment B received the same V4 application, plus a foliar application of Wolf Trax Boron DDP at the Vt growing stage.

A significant yield difference was seen when Wolf Trax Boron DDP was foliar applied on tasseling corn during the Vt stage; due to increases  to individual kernel weight. This suggests that supplemental applications of boron during the corn crop’s reproductive growth stages can positively impact kernel fill – key to sustaining high corn yields. In fact, compared to treatment A, the added foliar application of Wolf Trax Boron DDP increased corn yield by 9 bushels per acre[1]!

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At an average price of $4 per bushel of corn, a foliar application of Boron DDP on tasseling corn has a potential value to the grower of $36 per acre!

Wolf Trax Boron DDP is a gentle, cost-effective foliar fertilizer product. At a recommended rate of 4 ounces per acre[2], Boron DDP delivers just the right amount of boron to give corn that last yield bump. See how easy it is to mix with water, liquid or crop protection products.

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[1] University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences, “Management of zinc and boron in high yielding corn production systems”, Fred E. Below and Ross R. Bender, 2013.

[2] See label for more details. For precise rate recommendations rely on soil and tissue tests as well as local agronomists’ expertise. Not all products are registered for all uses in all markets.

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