Uni-5 Vol. 2: 5 Ag Buzzwords for 2019

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It seems that each year, a new roster of words is introduced to our lexicon. In the 70s, we had groovy and radical. The 80s were wicked and bodacious. And we said “wassup” to tons more in the 90s.

We’re sure to hear more trendy buzzwords in 2019—words like yeet (a strong way to say “yes”), extra (“over the top, dramatic behavior”) and boujee (“high class, elite, rich”). Pop culture, youth and wannabe “cool” dads are sure to propagate these trendy buzzwords this year. But in Ag Land, we’ll hear a different set.

Keep an ear out for these ag buzzwords that will make their way into the new year.

The most yield-limiting soybean pest in the U.S.? Enter the nematode.

Nematodes are microscopic, plant-parasitic roundworms… and they love root systems. Through the roots, they access the vascular tissue of the soybean plant, where they start feeding and feeding and feeding… and swelling and swelling and swelling. Eventually, the nematodes burst through the root tissues and lay more eggs—which re-infects the root system and increases the susceptibility to more soilborne fungal infections, like Rhizoctonia.

Obviously, this isn’t ideal. So how do you stop these invisible, invasive pests? Enter nematicide. UAS offers our high-quality BioST Nematicide 100. With multiple modes of action and a powerful blend of enzymes and toxins, BioST Nematicide 100 kills nematodes within 24-48 hours. It’s compatible with an array of seed treatment combinations, and it’s OMRI-certified. To learn more about nematicide and signs of nematode infestation, click here or call 888-402-4787.

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When it rains all August, September and October, fungal species thrive underground. And when unfortunate weather pushes harvest season into December, those fungi have plenty of time to colonize. The result? Potential seed quality issues for the next year.

As we move into 2019, numerous seed suppliers across the region have reported a rise in phomopsis seed decay. Phomopsis, or pod and stem blight, damages and decays seeds, leaving them white, black, chalky and shriveled. The disease can plague germination rates during planting season.

To protect against phomopsis, the EPA recommends using the fungicide thiabendazole. Thiabendazole is shown to improve germination and early season seedling health. Lucky for you, thiabendazole comes pre-mixed in a variety of UAS seed treatments. On top of phomopsis, our UAS N-Compass blends target numerous other seedborne and soilborne infections too, from Sudden Death Syndrome to White Mold, phytophthora, wireworm and more. Learn all about them here.

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According to the World of Organic Agriculture, in 2018, the U.S. ate and used more organic products than ever before. Also during this time, U.S. certified organic farms grew 11%. Organic farming is more popular than ever, which means we’ll see a lot more OMRI-Listed products.

OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) is a nonprofit organization that reviews and lists products—like fertilizers, pest controls, and livestock feed ingredients—that are intended for use in certified organic production and processing. If a product meets OMRI’s stringent standards, it will display the OMRI-Listed seal. UAS offers several OMRI-Listed products, including our HeadsUp biological and BioST Nematicide 100. These certified-organic products provide an effective, sustainable approach to enhancing plant health, and they’re compatible with any seed treatment and/or inoculant. Learn all about them here, and learn more about OMRI here.

A growing trend amongst smaller operations is box-to-box seed treating. Box-to-box systems like the AT500H give seed dealers an economical, convenient approach to start treating. And they even empower individual farmers to treat their own seed.

The AT500H comes standard with a user-friendly automated screen, making calibration simple. Accurate seed flow metering and patented atomizer technology allow for precision treating. Plus, the atomizer slides out, making cleanup quick and easy. A poly-cupped auger protects seeds from breaking or chipping. And with no additional conveyors necessary—paired with its compact size—maneuvering and storing the system is simple.

If you’re ready to save time, space and money, contact UAS about box-to-box treating today.

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Alright, enough ag talk. Hundo P is short for 100% sure. And if you familiarize yourself with the buzzwords above and seek UAS for all of your seed treating needs, we’re hundo P that you’ll have a successful, boujee 2019.

For more helpful tips and advice, be on the lookout for the UAS Uni-5 list next month. Or call UAS at 888-402-4787 and we can chat.

Have some more buzzwords to share? Comment below!