Quest for Better Yields
Follow Kip Cullers, a Purdy, Mo., farmer known for his bin-busting soybean yields, Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie and Farm Journal Machinery Editor Margy Fischer as they travel to Brazil to learn more about the country's soybean production.
Kip Cullers’ Micronutrient Product for Brazil
Feb 23, 2012
Missouri farmer Kip Cullers is known for his record-setting soybean yields and contest-winning corn yields in the U.S. What may not be as well known is his research in Brazil to bump those yields higher.
"Honestly, I like to make things grow," he says.
In response to touring the country and learning about Brazilian farmers’ challenges, Cullers has launched his KT line of foliar feed products.
The growing season in Brazil is divided into the wet season and the dry season. Not only is water a limiting factor for production but, more surprisingly, so is sunlight. Many days are cloud-covered, with restricted sunlight.
"My theory is to increase the photosynthesis in the plant," Cullers explains. "The KT product can help
stimulate root growth and CO2 production."
Applied three times in the season and piggybacked with another application, Cullers' micronutrient formulations are for corn, soybeans, cotton and sugar cane.
"In Brazil, every farmer is applying a foliar feed of some kind or another already," he says. "But my product isn’t designed to just stimulate growth—it is designed to increase the plant’s photosynthesis. My one product can replace what would usually take seven jugs of different products."
Production of the KT product is located in Brazil, and Cullers doesn’t plan to offer it in the U.S.
"Right now, we are focused on testing in Brazil because that is where the product is designed to work best," he says. "I think that if we can prove a 60% success rate in our trials, then we’ve got a successful product."