Build Stronger Roots

February 19, 2010 10:23 AM


Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor
It makes sense that more shoots and roots enhance the corn plant's ability to take in nutrients. Now there's a product designed to enhance that uptake.
EMD Crop BioScience is bringing a new formulation of Torque IF to market this spring that includes LCO Promoter Technology. LCO is a short way of saying Lip-chitooligosaccharide Promoter Technology. It's a unique molecule, that when present at the time of planting, enhances a plant's nutritional capabilities independent of variety, soil and environmental conditions. The idea is a quicker, healthier start translates to higher yields and better returns.
You may associate this LCO Promoter Technology with soybean inoculants because it is also included in Optimize 400 for soybeans. Torque IF represents the first non-legume product containing EMD's patented technology.
Originally introduced in early 2008 as an in-furrow corn treatment to be applied with liquid starters, the new formulation of Torque is now packaged in an easy to pour jug with the added flexibility for premixing with bulk liquid starters. The label has also been expanded to include 2 inches to the side and 2 inches below (2 x 2) placement.
"Torque IF was recognized for its ability to grow stronger, healthier corn plants from the roots up, so we focused on ways to make the new formulation even easier to use,” says Cathy Soanes, North American Corn and Northern Crops Marketing Manager for EMD Crop BioScience. "The new concentrated formulation means fewer cases to handle and store.”
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