Root Development

Mid Row Banding Promotes Root Development
  • Once the plant detects the source of nitrate, the root system will be encouraged to extend out to that source, promoting a strong root base. Research has shown that nitrate will reach the seed row from the mid row band in as little as 2 days.
  • The plant will concentrate its root development towards the source of usable nitrate. At the same time the nitrate continues to radiate from the band core.
  • The plant now is developing an extensive root system that not only draws in the nitrate, but moisture and micronutrients in the soil. If a dry spell was to set in after the initial growth, these plants are much better suited to survive.

Mid Row Banded Seedbed Profile - Two Weeks after Seeding 
Mid Row Banding Compared to Dual Knife
The Belle Plaine Colony of Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan, is highly regarded as being a leader in cropping practices. Mr. Sam B. Tschetter is always searching for better farming techniques for his Colony. In the spring of 2005, Mr. Tschetter tested a dual knife, side-bander seeding system and compared it to a 5710 with Mid Row Banders.
Side Banded Field
Total Acres - 145
Total fertilizer used - 258 lbs./ac.
Banner canola @ 4.7 lbs.
Applied by fertilizer knife - 258 lbs./ac.
Seeding date - May 06, 2005
Dry fertilizer - 80N, 30P, 15S
Samples from side-bander side of field of field.

Note the very localized root development that would have trouble supporting a plant in less than ideal conditions.
Mid Row Banded Field
Total Acres - 140
Total fertilizer used - 258 lbs./ac.
Banner canola @ 4.7 lbs.
Fertilizer placed with the seed - 60 lbs./ac.
Seeding date - May 06, 2005
Fertilizer placed with the MRBs - 198 lbs./ac.
Dry Fertilizer - 80N, 30P, 15S
Samples from Bourgault MRB side.
Note the well developed root system that supports excellent plant growth. This root system will give the plant a better chance of producing if rain becomes scarce during the growing year.
“The real surprise was at harvest, the yield across the yard scale and the combine monitor was 7 bushels an acre more with the Bourgault.”
Sam B. Tschetter Belle Plaine Colony, Belle Plaine, Sk. Read the Complete Testimonial from the Belle Plaine Colony