By Andy Clauson, CHS Key Agronomy Specialist
I’d like to introduce CHS Lumen as our newest premium starter fertilizer. CHS Lumen brings the ideal nutrient ratios to in furrow technology. With the ideal ratio of N: P being 1:3, CHS Lumen has an analysis of 5-15-3-0.1 Fe- 0.8 Zn. Along with that ideal ratio of nutrients, CHS has also added in our patent pending Ortho-Ortho EDDHA chelate to make nutrients in the soil like phosphorus and zinc more available to the plant. The combination of these nutrients and chelate is nothing new to the marketplace, but what makes CHS Lumen unique is the addition of the Hemicellulase enzyme. Unlike adding microbial products to the tank which can be inconsistent and temperature dependent, the Hemicellulase enzyme is active at all temperatures above freezing. This enzyme helps make nutrients more available to the plant as well as converting organic matter into simple sugars to kick start the microbial activity in the soil. Standard use rates in corn and sugar beets are 3 gals/A, in soybeans 1.5 gal/A, and in potatoes 3-5 gals/A. This is a low salt, seed safe product, but I would recommend mixing some water to get a mix of 5 gal/A or more for coverage. Contact your local CHS agronomy sales representative with any questions about CHS Lumen.