Source: Verdesian Life Sciences

Verdesian Life Sciences announced it developed an efficient and economical way to meet the wheat crop’s need for zinc with its Tuxedo Cereals micronutrient seed treatment.

According to Verdesian, wheat production management that provides wheat with additional zinc is proven to increase wheat yield and can contribute to better net income from wheat production. The majority of U.S. winter wheat growing areas have soils that test below 0.75 ppm of available zinc content. University testing and research by private companies show that wheat crops in these widespread soil conditions respond with an economically significant yield response to practices that make more zinc available.

Wheat requires zinc in small but critical concentrations for several key actions, including seedling vigor, photosynthesis, plant and seed grain membrane functions, protein synthesis, sugar formation, phytohormone synthesis, and defense against disease and stress factors, including improved drought resistance.

Tuxedo Cereals is designed to provide the right amount of zinc where and when the wheat crop needs it. The polymer technology protects zinc from chemically bonding with other compounds and minerals commonly present in the soil.

Testing of Tuxedo Cereals in more than 50 trials across U.S. wheat-growing regions show a 4-to-1 return on investment, Verdesian says. Recent testing results include winter wheat trials that recorded an 8.8-bushel-per-acre yield advantage.