FAQ

What’s in your seed coating? 

Our seed coating contains a blend of different microbes with the purpose of solubilizing soil nutrients into plant-available form.  They also feed the plant with these nutrients and water and in-turn the plant supplies the microbes with carbons in the form of sugars for energy.  The microbes in the seed coating include 5 strains of mycorrhizae, 4 strains of Trichoderma, 2 strains of pseudomonas, 5 strains of bacillus, etc.  We also have a blend of trace elements that feed the microbes and a biostimulant that activates them.

What are the benefits? 

The seed coating produces a more robust root system including more root hairs, a larger stalk and an overall healthier plant.  This will lead to increased yield.

What crops can you use the seed coating on?

We’ve used the seed coating on corn (field, sweet, popcorn), soybeans, small grains, vegetables, sugar beets, alfalfa, cover crops and many others. 

How much of a yield increase are you typically seeing?

Typically, the corn will yield 5-10 bu/A more, soybeans 5-7 and small grains around 5.  We’ve seen higher yield gains as well with corn yielding 30-40 bu/A more and soybeans up to 15 bu/A more.    

What are mycorrhizae and what is their function?

Mycorrhizae are fungi that form a relationship inside of the root and form small hyphae (like tiny fingers) that are smaller than root hairs, but can extend further than root hairs to obtain moisture and nutrients especially phosphorus for the plant.  Mycorrhizae also provide beneficial enzymes and proteins to the plant.  The plant in turn, provides the mycorrhizal fungi with carbohydrates and sugars that the fungi use for energy. 

What are Trichoderma and what is their function?

Trichoderma are fungi that infect and attack predator pathogens that are harmful to the plant.  Trichoderma will colonize the root and protect it from pathogens.  They work similar to mycorrhizae in that they find nutrients and moisture and supply the plant with carbon and sugar.  They also contribute to producing a healthier and more robust root system.

How do you apply it? 

We have a liquid version and a dry version.  The liquid needs to be applied with a seed treater or by ProfitProAG and is available in two forms including ProfitCoat + NB and BioSeedCoat.  The ProfitCoat + NB has the normal seed coating plus an added nitrifying bacteria.  The BioSeedCoat is the normal seed coating without the nitrifying bacteria.  The dry version is an 80/20 blend of talc and graphite that adheres to the seed.  We call it ProfitCoat PB (Planter Box), because it can be applied in the planter box and mixed right there.  You can also use a cordless drill with an auger attachment on it to mix the seed in the hopper.

What’s the best way to apply ProfitCoat PB? 

The best way is to attach a dry applicator to your seed tender or gravity box and apply the product as the seed is loaded into the planter.  This will give you an even application of the product. 

Do you offer an inoculant for soybeans?

We have an inoculant for the soybeans called Excalibre OSI for the liquid side and just OSI for the dry product.  OSI stands for Organic Soybean Inoculant.  Both Excalibre OSI and OSI contain a 3 strain rhizobia package that performs in hot and dry, cold and wet and in carryover nitrate conditions.  The rhizobia will fix nitrogen from the air and make it plant available.  An inoculant can be blended into the liquid form or the dry form for one application. 

Do you offer inoculants for other crops?

We have inoculants for many different crops including peas, dry beans, alfalfa, cover crops, peanuts, etc.   

Do you offer organically approved seed coatings? 

Our seed coatings are organically approved and we can work directly with your certifier for approval.

What does it cost?

The dry planter box product costs $12.68/(80K unit) or $5.40/A based on 34,000 planting population for corn and $8.97/unit/A based on 140,000 planting population.  The liquid product really depends if you are self-treating or having ProfitProAG apply it as well as which product that you are applying.