Root Absorption for Forage Crops
In general, plant root zone expansion is a highly desirable outcome for any cultural or product-based aspect of crop production. Roots are a plant’s lifeline to water and nutrients that directly impact productivity. MycoApply® biorational soil health products, based on a four-species consortium of beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), achieve this goal by expanding the plant’s absorption area through branching AMF filaments, or hyphae, that extend well beyond the reach of the roots.
For forage crops, plants benefit from an expanded active root zone given the continual removal of plant biomass from multiple harvest and/or grazing events during the growing cycle. This frequent and multiple removal of plant biomass removes a high quantity of water and nutrients from the cropping system that will impact the productivity of the forage crop. The AMF hyphae absorb water and nutrients the root would not otherwise access, keeping plants healthier and productive longer.