The plant-growth biological technology in Take Off ST is a discovery made by the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and made into a seed treatment by Verdesian Life Sciences for use on soybeans, corn and wheat to accelerate the crop plant’s natural ability to acquire nutrients and put them to work during seed germination and early plant growth.

The biological improves nitrogen efficiency to “allow more applied nitrogen to be taken up by the crop, making for stronger and faster growth," said Ryan Bond, Ph.D., vice president of marketing at Verdesian. “Plus, improved nitrogen uptake and use by the crop leaves less nitrogen in the soil at risk of being lost to the environment and puts that nitrogen into harvestable bushels."

According to Verdesian data, tests on wheat treated with Take Off ST showed nitrogen content increased 48 percent* compared to the untreated crop. Tests also measured the difference in carbon sequestered between the Take Off ST treated wheat and the untreated control. The treated wheat, in order to grow faster and larger, used 30 percent* more carbon than the untreated wheat. Further testing of Take Off ST use on crops produced examples of yield differences measured at 3.3 more bushels per acre* in wheat, 2.3 bushels more soybeans and 7.1 bushels more corn.

Logically, by getting crops off to a fast start increases plant biomass for the season. Crops that get off to a fast start have a better chance of remaining healthy and robust throughout the growing season resulting in improved yields.

Faster germination and rapid early growth help plants to close the crop canopy earlier helping the crop achieve greater photosynthetic capacity and suppressing weed competition, Verdesian noted.

More information on Take Off ST is at vlsci.com. or call 800.350.4789.