While walking one of our Intent to Pivot plots, we found this plot with plants fueled by Pivot Bio’s nitrogen-producing microbes were producing much bigger ears of corn when compared to the rest of the field without our microbes. Our farmers are seeing it at other locations, across a variety of growing conditions, soils, and corn hybrids.
Coming to a Field Near You
Pivot Bio will offer farmers the first in-field microbial product to sustainably feed nitrogen daily to corn crops. Available in select states for 2019 planting, Pivot Bio’s first-generation product is an in-furrow application. Next gen seed treatment options are in the product pipeline.
An acre of corn requires about one pound of nitrogen daily during its early stage growth. As the corn matures, the nitrogen requirements dramatically increase during this critical growth period. Synthetic nitrogen fertilizer has been a source of nitrogen during this growth stage as long as the nitrogen doesn’t leach, run off or volatize.
When farmers use Pivot Bio’s nitrogen-producing microbes, they can have the confidence that the nutrients will be delivered to the crop. Our microbes adhere to the plant’s roots and aren’t washed away performing consistently regardless of weather, topography, or soil type.
In 2017, our microbes were tested in more than 5,000 field trial plots in over 100 locations. These studies helped us refine product concepts and better understand all the ways our microbes benefit crops while we set our sights on creating the 2018 Intent to Pivot Program for innovative farmers across the Corn Belt.