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Crop Management News

Profiting from Biological Seed Coatings in 2017

by Dr. Jim Ladlie, ProfitProAG President

ProfitProAG’s biological seed coatings provide a seedling and season-long plant health enhancement system. The benefits of the coating include improved consistency and uniformity of stand, increased seedling vigor, enhanced root health and standability throughout the growing season. They contain beneficial microorganisms that will colonize the germinating seedling root and boost the biology in the rhizosphere. In addition to enhancing the plant’s health, the consortium of beneficial bacteria and fungi fix nitrogen and improve availability and solubility of plant nutrients. The coating contains up to 75 trace elements to support the microbes and seedling during initial stages of growth.

The biological seed coatings are available in both liquid and dry formulations and can be applied to all types of seeds. Coatings can be applied with a soybean inoculant and can be approved for organic production. ProfitCoatTM PB (Planter Box) is a dry formulation that can be applied at-plant or as a pre-treat.




Below is a brief synopsis and function for each microbe group in ProfitProAG’s biological seed coatings.

Mycorrhizal Fungi

   Form on the root system of most plants.

   Most agronomic crops can support mycorrhizae.

   The fungi will form small hyphae (like tiny fingers) that are smaller than root hairs, but can extend further than root hairs to obtain moisture and nutrients, especially phosphorus, for the plant.

   The Mycorrhizae also give off beneficial enzymes and proteins for the plant.

   The plant provides the mycorrhizae with carbohydrates and sugars that the fungi use for energy.

   Mycorrhizal fungi is the main way that trees survive in a forest. While the fungi scavenge for nutrients and water, the tree supplies the mycorrhizae with carbon from sugar for energy.

   They contribute to producing a larger and healthier root system.

Other fungi

   Infect and attack predator pathogens that are harmful to the plant.

   Will colonize the root and protect it from pathogens.

   Works similar to Mycorrhizae in that it finds nutrients and moisture and supplies the plant with enzymes, organic acids and proteins while the plant supplies the fungi with carbon from plant sugars.

   Contributes in the production of a larger and healthier root system.


   Well adapted and can handle many different environments and stresses including non-aerated, tight soils.

   They grow rapidly, proliferate and utilize seed and root exudates (aka carbon in the form of sugar).

   They colonize and multiply in the rhizosphere and the interior of the plant.

   They produce bioactive metabolites including antibiotics and growth-promoting chemicals.

   They compete aggressively with other pathogens and protect the plant from infection.

   Will trigger SAR (systemic acquired resistance), which activates the plant’s defense mechanism to kick in and help fend off the pathogen.

   They colonize the root and compete with other pathogens and even prevent them from attaching to the root system.

   For soybeans, Organic Soybean Inoculant contains a proprietary blend of three strains of yield-enhancing Bradyrhizobia bacteria for nitrogen fixation.


Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria

   Free-living, nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the soil.

   Harvest nitrogen from the atmosphere and fix it into plant-usable ammonium ions.

   The plant and the Azotobacter work symbiotically together. The plant supplies the Azotobacter with sugars and ATP (adenosine triphosphate or the energy that the plant produces) while the Azotobacter supplies the plant with N.

What else does the seed coating have?

   Supplies nutrients that are needed for the microbes to fully function and thrive.

   Includes a biological solubilizer and stimulant.

   The solubilizer breaks down the nutrients into a soluble form so that the microbes can use them.

   The stimulant activates the microbes and boosts them up!


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by Chris Chodur, ProfitProAG Consultant



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