Something New

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by Mike Zwingman

by Mike Zwingman

I’ve been writing this rag for nearly four years now.  If you’ve been with me for a while, you know a few of my moves, things like my love affair with planters; that every now and then, I get all feely about something; that my golf game could use a touch of improvement; that I only plug a product when I’m totally for real about it.

I think I can count on one hand the number of product-driven articles I’ve written.  I’m a better scientist than salesman, and I’m much more interested in the former.  But every now and then, the scientist in me loves a product.

So yes, I’m feeling all jazzy today about a new product: Take Off, a plant growth assimilator developed in the partnership between CVA and Verdesian Life Sciences. It was actually new-new last year and we’ve taken the time since to develop its use.

And it’s very useful, friends.  It’s going to help you build your sink.

Right on?  If you’ve read lately, you know that building your sink means growing the biggest, baddest corn plants possible to utilize as much nitrogen in a season as possible.  What hasn’t been said yet is that corn plants are really kind of lazy and actually pretty inefficient with nitrogen.  You can perfect your placement, timing, and rate all you want, but none of these will affect your plants’ lolly-gagging inefficiencies.

Which is where plant growth assimilators come into play.  Assimilators boost the glutamate cycle in a corn plant, making use of a natural system to help the plant thrive.  The glutamate cycle in native prairie plants is already a high-energy cycle—without much nitrogen floating around the prairie soil, native plants are hungry for it.  In a corn plant though?  Not so much.


Take Off triggers your plants to be hungry like native prairie plants.  It improves energy transfer within a plant, thus prompting the plant to uptake more nitrogen, earlier and in greater amounts.  It transforms your plants into starving beasts, taking in more of all the other good stuff as they also take in more N.

Which is very good for your purposes.

Run with Begin and Ascend, which assist with early germination and encourage good root mass and a  solid stand, Take Off is the third part of a trifecta towards building the biggest sink possible by today’s standards.  It’s a product worth mentioning for both its benefits and flexibility—Take Off can be used in any yield determining phase to give your plants a boost, even near the end of the season, for example, to help plants get N to their ears.

Of course, I have the yield data to back this up.  My money is always where my mouth is.  I have a few growers in mind already to help me fire this off, but if I’ve piqued your interest here, call me.  I’ll pick up.

Speaking of, I’m yet to get a taker on last week’s challenge question for a cup of coffee, so I’m upping the ante, friends.  What key nutrient acts as an elevator to the ears for N?  The answer is the same as last week, but the spoils now include a cup of coffee and a Casey’s breakfast pizza.  Takers?