Despite adverse weather conditions in some areas of the country, soybean fields where Optimize 400 was used had greater plant vigor, fewer replants and higher yields, reports EMD Crop BioScience’s Ryan Locke. Optimize 400 combines a Bradyrhizobium japonicum inoculant with LCO (lipo-chitooligosaccharide) Promoter technology, a naturally occurring molecule for root and shoot development.

EMD Crop BioScience is adding to its Torque brand of products for corn as well. Initially available as an in-furrow application of the LCO Promoter Technology, the company is releasing a high concentration (HC) formulation that can be added to retail starter fertilizer bulk tanks as well as a ready-to-apply (RTA) product that growers can apply directly on corn seed. It will be released in a targeted launch in 2011.

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