WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
- Flooding in a field prior to planting may lead to “fallow
syndrome” in the crop due to a decrease in soil
- Utilizing an inoculant at planting may help increase the
beneficial rhizobia populations in soybean fields.Utilizing an inoculant at planting may help increase the
beneficial rhizobia populations in soybean fields.
- Using an inoculant for corn may improve the
availability of phosphorus.
Fields that recently experienced flooding before planting
may have reduced soil biological diversity. The decrease
in soil microbial communities following flooding is due to
the depletion of oxygen in the soil profile. Silt deposited
by a flood may add to the problem by sealing the field
and further preventing oxygen from entering the soil.
Fallow syndrome is the nutrient deficiencies and reduced
growth of a crop that results from the absence of
sufficient populations of beneficial soil microbes and can
dramatically affect crop production.
EFFECTS OF FLOODING IN SOYBEAN
Long periods of soil saturation and anaerobic conditions
(three days or longer) decrease populations of the
nitrogen-fixing rhizobial bacteria. Soybeans need rhizobia
for optimal nitrogen fixation and without this beneficial
bacteria, significant yield reductions can occur.1
When planting into a field that was previously flooded, the
use of rhizobia inoculants may improve root development,
nodulation, vigor, and plant stand establishment, which
can lead to faster canopy closure, better plant health,
higher yields, and a higher return on investment (ROI). In
addition to these benefits, rhizobia inoculants provide the
convenience of retail application and can be used in
tandem with fungicidal and insecticidal seed treatments.
TagTeam® LCO and Optimize® with LCO Technology
combine nitrogen-fixing inoculants with the LCO molecule
for improved nodule formation. The LCO Technology is a
naturally-occurring molecule which enhances both root
and shoot development – immediately and independently
of soil and environmental conditions.
EFFECTS OF FLOODING IN CORN
Corn and small grains that have been planted into a field
following flooding may show symptoms of phosphorous
or zinc deficiency accompanied by slow, uneven early
growth and stunting. These deficiencies are often due to
a decrease in populations of vesicular-arbuscular
mycorrhizal fungi, which act as an extension of corn
roots, helping them absorb additional nutrients.
QuickRoots® microbial seed treatment for corn is a seed
inoculant that can improve the availability of phosphorus
in addition to nitrogen and potassium. QuickRoots
microbial seed treatment contains Trichidermia virens
fungi and Bacillus amyloliquifacines bacteria which
produce enzymes that release organically bound
phosphorus in the soil profile increasing phosphorus
1 Staton, M. 2014. Identifying and responding to soybean inoculation failures. Michigan
State University. http://msue.anr.msu.edu. Other sources: Ellis, J. R. 1998. Post flood
syndrome and vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. J. Prod. Agric. 11:200-204.
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