RAMP Foliar Fertilizer Makes Regional Debut at Tulsa Farm ShowMon, 08 Dec 2014 15:41:17 CST
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but experience has to figure pretty high in the family tree. And so it is with a new foliar feed fertilizer created and marketed by Pikes Fertilizer in Girard, Kansas.
Chris Pike now runs the business incorporated under the family name in 1991, but its roots were first planted by his grandfather a couple of decades before that. (Radio Oklahoma Network’s Jim Apel spoke with Chris recently and you can hear their conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of this story.) The culmination of the family's experience has resulted in the production of RAMP, an innovative foliar fertilizer proven to increase yields in wheat, corn and soybeans from three to ten bushels per acre. Chris and his crew began experimenting with foliar fertilizers for his clients around Girard several years ago and came up with a blend that has proven very effective and popular.
“It is a 3-10-10 type product so it has three units of nitrogen, ten units of phosphorous and ten units of potash and it also has an added adjuvant to help open the plant up to get the plant to absorb the 3-10-10 more than what it would actually do by itself by just applying a liquid 3-10-10 product.”
RAMP has been tried on a number of crops and Chris says his customers have been very pleased with what they have seen.
“Around our area we’ve used it on corn, wheat and soybeans. We’ve seen good results. The best results we’ve seen are actually on soybeans with an average of a ten bushel per acre yield bump. We’ve also seen results when applying it at the flag leaf stage on wheat of a three to five bushel per acre increase and on corn at the V5 stage we’ve also seen a two to three bushel increase as well.”
The product is very easy to use and can be tank mixed and applied with other products such as fungicides and pesticides as long as it is being applied with at least 15 gallons of water per acre. It is applied at a rate of two quarts per acre at a cost of five dollars per quart.
Chris says the demand for RAMP has spread across the area and they are now releasing the product for delivery across Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Chris and other representatives from Pike’s Fertilizer will be at the Tulsa Farm Show December 11, 12 and 13. He says they will be happy to discuss the research that went into formulating RAMP and they will also have special discount packages on offer.
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