Root Absorption for Soybean
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 affect 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.
Soybean is often grown in rotation with corn and thus can be challenged cultural and environmental stresses including heavily used soils. Soybean rely on multiple microbial organisms to optimize the productivity of the plant for flower and pod set, beans per pod, bean size and plant stand resilience. A well developed root mass is critical in this environment to give the soybean plants access to available nutrients that are essential for this healthy plant.
As a result of the mycorrhizal fungi’s hyphal network, active root zone access in soybean can expand dramatically. This allows the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the root would not otherwise access.