At the end of September, our team visited farmers along with Etienne Tavier, the head of specialty fertilizers at the SCAM, to sample sugar beet and maize fields. The outcome was very positive:
+11% cob yield per hectare
Early sampling conducted in July 2023 demonstrated superior root development with the Lactopi Start. Compared to standard fertilization (top), the addition of 25L of Lactopi Start per hectare (bottom) resulted in a 11% cob yield increase per hectare (sampling across 2 plots, harvest in late September 2023). A gain of 2 tons of dry matter per hectare was also noted.
Beet: +12% sugar yield per hectare
Similar to corn, early sampling in July 2023 demonstrated better root development with the Lactopi Start (left panel). At harvest, a 10% increase in root yield was observed, as well as a 12% increase in sugar yield (sugar analysis performed by the Râperie de Longchamps).
Following these very encouraging results, we are eager to assess the pre-emergence and rooting of winter crops. Indeed, SCAM farmers applied Lactopi Start to 400 hectares at the end of summer, with a strong focus on rapeseed crops.