The bottom line is that farmers want to see their yields increase, and that’s what we’re providing.” Becker Underwood’s Director of Marketing Ralph DeVries. With the release of the new Nodulator XL inoculant for peas and lentils, DeVries says that they’ve improved upon a number of things, most importantly, a more active strain of rhizobium that is more efficient at fixing nitrogen than any other strain on the market. Another one of the improvements is a reduced rate of application for the solid core granule formulation resulting from an increased rhizobium count on the granules themselves. Those improvements translate into yield increases of 3-8% over other inoculants, numbers Devries says will make farmers “very happy”.
A lot of the other details of the product will remain the same. It will still be available in the three formulations: liquid, sterile peat and the solid core granule, with only the application rate of the solid core granule changing. The seed treatment compatibility of Nodulator and Nodulator XL will remain identical, with compatibility charts being made available on www.nodulatorxl.com launching by October 1st. Nodulator XL will be available for sale this fall. I got a first hand demonstration of what Nodulator XL can do from Becker Underwood Field Agronomist Danielle Fletcher.
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