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  TSM® Micro-Boost Trials, 2004
        By Randy Simonson, Ph. D.
Other Articles in This Issue:
TSM®Research Farm Fertility Trials, 2004
Corn/Soybeans Variety Trials, 2004
2005: Time to Look Forward
Last year we came out with a new product called TSM® Micro-Boost.  It is a liquid product for agricultural crops and is fashioned after our dry TSM® Pre-Mix and TSM® Base-Mix.  Over the last several years we have tested different liquid products with different combinations of nutrients before coming up with the analysis in TSM® Micro-Boost.

Micro-Boost has performed well on the TSM® Research Farm the past two years with the results shown below.  The results in 2003 were better than in 2004, although both years showed yield increases for corn and soybeans.  In 2004, we tried a lower rate of 1 qt Micro-Boost Pre-Mix/acre.  This rate actually did better than the 2 qt/acre rate in corn, however, in soybeans the 2 qt/acre rate did the best.  Thus, we are recommending 2 qts Micro-Boost Pre-Mix/acre for soybeans and 1 to 2 qts/acre for corn.

Many of the products added to Roundup® contain sulfur, or if you have some other sulfur source, you can use Micro-Boost Base-Mix at half the MicroBoost Pre-Mix rate of 1 qt/acre for soybeans and 0.5 to 1 qt/acre for corn.  The Micro-Boost Pre-Mix is half ammonium sulfate, thus if you are adding sulfur already you can use the Micro-Boost Base-Mix at the lower rate.

2004 TSM® Micro-Boost Trials
at the TSM® Research Farm


Corn
TSM® Micro-Boost
Pre-Mix


1 qt/A
2 qts/A
Check

Pre-Emerge
bu/A


171
161
165

 Post Emerge 
bu/A


172
165
166

Mean
bu/A


172
163
166



Soybeans
TSM® Micro-Boost
Pre-Mix


1 qt/A
2 qts/A
Check

Pre-Emerge
bu/A


65.3
65.9
63.3

 Post Emerge 
bu/A


62.9
65.1
64.4

Mean
bu/A


64.1
65.5
63.9


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2003 TSM® Micro-Boost Trials
at the TSM® Research Farm


Corn
TSM® Micro-Boost
Pre-Mix


2 qt/A
4 qts/A
Check

Pre-Emerge
bu/A


189
189
175

 Post Emerge 
bu/A


191
188
178

Mean
bu/A


190
189
176



Soybeans
TSM® Micro-Boost
Pre-Mix


2 qt/A
4 qts/A
Check

Pre-Emerge
bu/A


51.6
50.4
46.5

 Post 
bu/A


45.9
45.3
40.9

Mean
bu/A


48.8
47.9
43.7


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2003 and 2004 TSM® Micro-Boost
Trial Averages at the TSM® Research Farm


Corn
Treatment


TSM® Micro-Boost
Check

Pre-Emerge
bu/A


180
170
 Post Emerge 
bu/A


182
172

Mean
bu/A


181
171



Soybeans
Treatment


TSM® Micro-Boost
Check

Pre-Emerge
bu/A


58.8
54.9

 Post 
bu/A


55.5
52.7

Mean
bu/A


57.2
53.7


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