Georgian Central Soil & Crop Improvement Association Project
LysteGroTM Fertilizer Meets Corn Nutrient Needs
In 2015, Lystek participated in a trial with the Georgian Central Soil and Crop Improvement Association (GCSCIA) to evaluate the effectiveness of their biofertilizer product, LysteGro, a registered fertilizer with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in comparison to commercial fertilizer. The project evaluated yield, grain protein content and late season stalk nitrate content of corn fertilized with 2 rates of LysteGro fertilizer (3,000 and 4,500 imperial gallons/acre) injected pre-plant compared to commercial fertilizer in a field scale replicated trial.
Overall the results indicate that LysteGro at both application rates provided the nutrients required by the corn crop. At all but one site LysteGro out-yielded the commercial fertilizer treatments by an average of 16.5 bushels/acre (range -6 to 32).
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)’s Nutrient Management Field Crops Program Lead, Christine Brown, highlighted in her report’s conclusions, “these results demonstrate that LysteGro can function as a commercial fertilizer replacement for corn in Western Ontario.” Brown also concluded, “In addition to the positive effects of the organic N within LysteGro, these trials by proxy also demonstrate that LysteGro provides the full suite of nutrients required by a corn crop, while also adding valuable organic matter and micronutrients that commercial fertilizer typically do not contain.”
Lystek is currently planning on continuing to participate with OMAFRA to quantify the benefits of LysteGro in 2016 where trials will be implemented to evaluate LysteGro injected during side dress time for corn as well as prior to cover crop establishment following winter wheat harvest in the late summer.