The Key to High-performing Wheat in Kansas
As the seasons change, winter wheat planting kicks into high gear across the plains. Quality stand establishment relies on effective early-season fertility, and for growers running dry fertilizer programs, that includes Resurge®. Dan Pianalto, Branch Manager of the Helena Agri-Enterprises location in Garden City, Kansas, explains why this humic granule is now a mainstay for so many wheat growers.
“It's really because of the convenience, uniformity, and the low dust,” says Pianalto. “Pretty much all of the dry that goes out of our barn has Resurge in it.”
The benefits of humic substances are well documented. A quality humic product can improve soil health and nutrient availability and increase fertilizer efficiency. However, application and handling challenges made them hard to adopt historically. Even the highest quality products were known to produce dust and lack uniformity. Resurge entered the market in 2019 to correct those issues.
“When we started out, we had a dusty, not very uniform product, and it didn't mix as well,” says Pianalto. “Now, it comes out in a really nice mix, and they don't have a lot of dust when they're filling the planter.”
Resurge provides the highest quality humic ore source available in a low-dust granule. It’s created through a revolutionary engineering process that gives Resurge a uniform shape and size. This results in even distribution in the fertilizer blend and across the acre. It ensures better flowability through fertilizer equipment and improves compatibility with all types of dry fertilizers. Because Resurge is designed to withstand the pressure of pneumatic and forced air applications, it’s ideal for markets dominated by air seeders like Pianalto’s.
“We’re combining the more efficiency of the fertilizer with the placement of the fertilizer, and it works really well right there with the seed,” says Pianalto.
In addition to air seeders, Resurge can be applied by broadcast, air broadcast and banded applications. It breaks down quickly in the soil and holds nutrients in the root zone longer for stronger in-season results. Pianalto says the yield benefits for his customers are clear, starting with a good, even emergence.
“We saw a place where we left the planter off, and it’s just night and day,” says Pianalto. “The plant got off to a quicker start and looked better after it got through to four leaf than where the air seeder was off.”
For Pianalto, Resurge is a standard that is here to stay. Visit HelenaAgri.com to find your local Helena representative and make Resurge a part of your Wheat Wise™ fertility program. Being Wheat Wise means putting the right tools in place at the right time throughout the growing season. With educational tools, agronomic information, and expert recommendations, you can maximize your crop, and ultimately, your ROI. To hear more about Resurge, listen to Episode 44 of the FieldLink Podcast available on YouTube and all major streaming platforms.