Two words to describe Steven’s sorghum growing season: hot and dry. His plants have not received rainfall since planting back in May. Thankfully, his ground is irrigated; and that, coupled with Stoller products to help manage crop stress, has been his saving grace. He has irrigated over 13 inches since July 11.
Despite the lack of rainfall, “The plants look phenomenal,” said Steve. “Today, we are in my field comparing seed treatments. The feeder root mass on the plant treated with Stoller Bio-Forge®
and Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer has nearly three times as much root system as the non-treated plant. There are more bracing and feeder roots, and it is going to pick up 60-70 percent more water and nutrients than the untreated at this stage.”
The sorghum seed treated with Stoller Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer and Bio-Forge® ST have developed a root mass nearly three times the size of the untreated plants.
Pictured: (Left) The root mass on a plant from untreated seed. (Right) Root mass of a plant treated with Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer and Bio-Forge® ST.
In addition to seed treatments, Steve applied 4 oz Stoller X-Cyte™, 1 oz Stoller N-Large™ and 1 gal molasses on July 19. These products will help the plant increase seed germination, push for higher quality grain and increase overall yields. Steve also applied a quarter of NDemand®
Entourage K 11-0-16 on July 18 to alleviate potassium deficiencies and maintain potassium levels in his plants.
“We are in mid-July and have had above normal temperatures. We’ve been in 105-108 degree temperatures the last 13 days, so I think that has sped up the milo’s development. As far as what it is going to do for the yield, only time will tell. Right now, I don’t think we’ve hurt ourselves any.” Steve intends to continue to irrigate his fields the next 10 days to help combat the heat and arid environment. Despite the heat stress, the crops continue to thrive and reached 50 percent flowering on August 1.