- Modern Australian Agriculture
Easier application and better performance from legume inoculant
Monday 15th January 2018
The TagTeam® legume inoculant from Monsanto has provided significant advantages to growers with superior application and crop performance.
Bill Greenslade from Monsanto said TagTeam was a multi-action inoculant for a range of legume crops including chick peas, faba beans, lentils, lupins, peas and vetch.
“TagTeam has a number of attributes that have excited legume growers including a formulation that makes it very easy to apply,” he said.
“Growers are normally applying inoculant just prior to seeding and it is a job that needs to be done quickly and without issues.”
“While other inoculants are applied in a wet slurry, TagTeam has a dry application which virtually eliminates blockages in equipment and ensures effective seed coverage.”
TagTeam peat can be applied manually by cutting the corner of the bag and pouring the free-flowing formulation directly to the base of the auger.
“No water is used during the process,” Mr Greenslade said. “TagTeam has a sticker in it to adhere to the seed.”
He said feedback from growers last season was particularly positive with many commenting on how flexible and fast the TagTeam peat inoculant was to apply.
“There isn’t any drying time required so it is a lot quicker to utilise,” he said. “Issues with other formulations such as product lumping or sticking to seeding equipment were also eliminated.”
Elden Oster of Maitland in the central Yorke Peninsula of South Australia conducted a demonstration last season with TagTeam and was very impressed with the product.
“When you have a large program what takes up the time is inoculating,” he said. The microbial stuff is hard work and a lot of lentils just don’t get inoculated.”
“Where this product has a fit is that it is easy. We were able to apply it into the auger and directly into the air seeder. There were no issues. I was sceptical at first – it sounded too good to be true but it was excellent.”
He said they also had good success with the final yields from the seed treated with Tagteam.
“It certainly yielded well. I would estimate it was at least five to eight percent better.”
Nathan Grosser from Bordertown, South Australia said he swapped from a slurry inoculant mix to TagTeam last season and was very impressed.
He said using the previous method they had to let it dry and would often have issues getting the seeding rate right.
“This year we tried the dry application method from the back of the truck up an auger into the seeder. It worked a treat. I was happy with the coverage and had no changes to rates from treated to untreated.”
Michael Hunt from Bordertown, South Australia also tried TagTeam as a dry formulation and was stunned by the way it covered the bean seed.
“The first time I looked in the box I was pleasantly surprised with the coverage and lack of dust.”
He said they had used slurry in the past and had issues with inconsistent planting rates and dust through the seeder when the product dried.
“Doing it that way there were just too many variables.”
Mr Hunt also contract plants for other farmers and said the dry application has taken the hassle out of organising the inoculant prior to seeding. He said it saved time.”
“With the dry application method I can have the product with me and apply as growers require.”
Bill Greenslade from Monsanto said planting could be a challenging time of year and so an inoculant that can be applied as just-in-time batch lots means less risk of loss with treated seed in the case of rain delay or breakdowns”
He said another major advantage of TagTeam is the extra performance of the product due to it containing two types of inoculants instead of one.
“The majority of legume inoculants on the market are single action. TagTeam is a double action inoculant and contains the naturally occurring Penicillium bilaii species.”
“This is a phosphate inoculant which can lead to more root nodules and ultimately more nitrogen and higher yields.”
Trials, where TagTeam inoculant was compared to single –action inoculants, have demonstrated yield increases of six to seven per cent over a range of legume crops.
“The use of a phosphate inoculant is key to assisting nitrogen fixation and higher yields,” Mr Greenslade said.
“Phosphate availability plays a key role in the nitrogen fixation process. The element helps create and move energy to maximise the development of root hairs and nitrogen nodules.”
Mr Greenslade said TagTeam took out a lot of the worry about treating and planting legume seed and having it respond with better nitrogen and higher yields.
“Farmers are going to the trouble to inoculate their seed so it is important to make that process as quick and painless as possible and ensure a positive result at harvest.”
Lentil seed treated with TagTeam® legume inoculant (left) compared to untreated seed.
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