On-Farm Research Results: Impact of Torque on Corn Yield
This report synthesizes the results of seven Torque™ studies in Nebraska between 2010 and 2015. According to product information published by the manufacturer Monsanto BioAg, Torque is a growth promoter designed to improve soil microbial activity and enhance nutrient availability. In these studies Torque was applied as an in-furrow application.
|Year||Location||Soil Texture||Previous Crop||Planting Date||Planting Rate (seeds/ac)||Row Spacing|
|2014||Saunders||Silty Clay Loam||CRP||5/18/2014||26,000||15||No-Till||None|
|2015||Saunders||Silty Clay Loam||Soybean||5/22/2015||28,000||15||No-Till||None|
|* Detailed site characteristics and production practices are not available for all sites. In these cases, a dash is used to indicate the data is not available.|
The product was applied at a rate of 8 oz/acre in all studies except the two Saunders County studies, where it was applied at a rate of 16 oz/acre. Site-specific data is included in Table 1. Most studies reported data for yield and grain moisture; this data is presented in Table 2. Torque's active ingredient of 2 x 10-7 percent lipo-chiooligosaccharide (LCO) is formulated for corn applications in an aqueous carrier accounting for more than 99% of the product.
|Study Information||Moisture (%)||Yield† (bu/ac)|
|* Number of replications is not available for all sites, however Nebraska On-Farm Research Network standards require a minimum of three replications for inclusion.
† All data except for the 2010 data is corrected to 15.5% moisture.
A Indicates that Torque was applied at a rate of 16 oz/acre at the site. At all other sites, Torque was applied at 8 oz/acre.
Indicates yield is significantly lower for the Torque treatment at alpha = 0.1.
Indicates yield is significantly higher for the Torque treatment at alpha = 0.1.
Summary In one of seven studies applying Torque resulted in a 17 bu/acre yield increase. At another site, Torque resulted in a 4 bu/acre yield decrease. The remaining five sites saw no statistical yield difference for using Torque.
This report has been posted to the Compendium of Research Reports on Use of Non-Traditional Materials for Crop Production, a searchable compilation of university research reports on non-traditional soil amendments and growth stimulants.
Nebraska On-Farm Research Network
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Growers are currently working with Extension educators and specialists to establish protocols for 2018 studies. If you're interested, contact your local extension educator soon.
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