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February 24, 2017

Added to Wheat and Canola Fertilizer Blends, Nu-Trax P+ Has Positive ROI in Saskatchewan

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Trials conducted at Saskatoon’s Ag in Motion 2016 demonstrated the positive effects of better early season nutrition in Western Canada’s two main crops: spring wheat and canola. By adding Nu-Trax P+™ with CropStart™ technology to the standard wheat and canola fertilizer programs, the trials showed real-life results. Based on these trials, farmers can expect to see positive returns when they add Nu-Trax P+ to their wheat and canola fertilizer blends.

Fertilizing Wheat for Better Yields

The wheat trial evaluated the impact of adding a starter package to a low-input system. Its goal: to see if adding Nu-Trax P+ to the urea applied at planting would generate a positive ROI.

Results at 4 weeks after planting:

  • Wheat plants in the Nu-Trax P+ treatment had taller shoots and longer roots.

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Results at the end of the season:

  • Nu-Trax P+ treatment yielded 8.1 bushels/ac more than the Grower Standard treatment.
  • At $6.42/bu wheat price, the estimated ROI of adding Nu-Trax P+ to the wheat’s at-plant fertilizer was $47.37/ac.

Pushing Canola Management to the Next Level

The canola trial utilized a high-yielding management program as its Grower Standard treatment. It included an N-K-S blend applied in a band, as well as MAP with the seed. The trial compared the Grower Standard to the “Wolf Trax” treatment, which added  both Nu-Trax P+ and Wolf Trax Boron DDP® to the blend applied in the band.

At four weeks after planting, the canola crop with the Wolf Trax treatment had larger seedlings with longer, more developed roots than standard. While the site had very good growing conditions early in the season, these seedling benefits can be important when prairie spring weather puts stress on the crop.

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By mid-July, these early growth differences were observed in crop maturity. The Wolf Trax canola had begun petal drop, while the Grower Standard canola was still approaching 50% bloom.

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Quicker maturity can have benefits in the Prairies in terms of water availability, avoiding heat blasting and harvesting prior to frost.

Results at the end of the season:

  • The Wolf Trax treatment yielded 2 bushels/ac more than the Grower Standard.
  • At $11.92/bu canola price, the estimated ROI was $10.37/ac.

For more details of the trials, download the canola and wheat Field Insights pdfs on the Wolf Trax website.