Sugar with your dry starter fertilizer
Well my brother is trying this for the first time this year.
He bought some sugar at Sams club, and mixed it with the dry starter.
He is saying that it will help with microbial activity.
I am interested to see what happens.
Will be interesting to see some side by side!
I am very interested also.
I was doing some reading about this on that other farm forum a while back. The topic was sugar in furrow, in a liquid form. The consensus was it had to be a certain kind of sugar to see a benefit, Dextrose I believe, you couldn't just get a skid from sams club. here are the Becks studies they were talking about.
Ray Rawson use to push the sugar program a lot. I know a bunch of farms in western new york tried it back probably in the 2003 to 2005 time frame. They were adding it mainly to starter and some foliar. Don't think anyone still does it. Never really saw any visual advantage. Don't think there was any real data created.
My cousin adds sugar to spray mix. Uses it as a surfactant, and swears by it. Need a good pump on your sprayer to get it mixed good!
I would imagine pretty much every field trial base the results on yield? . But what if a guy did it for a couple years and started to notice a change in the soil itself?
In a liquid system a lot of guys swear by QLF Boost, it's a carbon rich sugar. Hear 7-8 bu in corn consistently and 30+ if you go insane.
A friend farms ~10k acres, they use a ton of white sugar.
These were mostly dairy farms that got manure on almost everything so they may have made the results less impactful. I think manure adds a lot more to soil other than just nutrients.