Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans FAQ

Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans FAQ

November 27th, 2012

What is Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans?

Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans is an inoculant, or seed treatment, containing a specially formulated blend of Excalibre® Dry Beans Inoculant plus SabrEx™ Root Inoculant formulated in a talc-graphite carrier. Graph-Ex SA™ is comprised of both beneficial bacteria (Rhizobia) and beneficial fungi (Trichoderma) that provide a more efficient use of soil nutrients for the host plant.

What are Rhizobia and how do they work?

Rhizobia are soil bacteria that fix nitrogen after becoming established inside root nodules of legumes. Rhizobia require a plant host; they cannot independently fix nitrogen.

At ABM, our proprietary Rhizobia for dry beans is specific to these crops in helping the plant to establish nitrogen fixing nodules that will convert atmospheric nitrogen to nitrogen that is useable by the plant.  The Rhizobia in Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans is a different type of Rhizobia than is used for soybeans.

What does the SA mean?

The SA means that ABM has also added our proprietary, patent pending Trichoderma strain found in SabrEx root inoculant found to be beneficial in dry bean production.

What is Trichoderma and how does it work?

Trichoderma is a fungi that is found in soils all over the world.  There are thousands of known Trichoderma strains but only a few are beneficial to plants.  Trichoderma colonizes with the plants root system and develops a symbiotic relationship with the plant.  The Trichoderma feed from the starches and sugars produced by the plant while exuding beneficial enzymes and proteins for the host plants use. As a result the plant produces a larger root system, improves resistance to stresses such as diseases, and improves its nitrogen and water use efficiency, thus resulting in higher yields.

ABM, in working with Dr. Gary Harman of Cornell University, has developed the technology to isolate and identify specific strains of beneficial Trichoderma.  Once the strains are identified and isolated, ABM tests each strain with various crops to determine which crop receives the most benefit from each strain of Trichoderma.  After thorough testing, a formulation is produced and brought to market to benefit farmers.

What specific variety of dry beans does Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans Treat?

Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans contains the Rhizobia species Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar phaseoli and will effectively nodulate Black beans, Cranberry beans, Field/canning beans, Garden or string beans, Great Northern beans, Kidney beans, Navy beans, Pink beans, Pinto beans, Scarlet runner beans, Snap beans, and Wax beans.

How do I apply Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans to my seed?

Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans is a planter box treatment that can be added just before planting at the planter box.  It consists of a talc/graphite formulation as the carrier for the Rhizobia and Trichoderma.   You will add .5 oz. of Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans to every 50 lbs.of seed you add to your drill/planter.  Make sure to mix Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans thoroughly with the seed. It should be noted; The talc/graphite formulation also helps to lubricate your planter equipment and also helps provide seed flowability.  This is important as it will minimize seed hang-ups in your equipment and reduces the wear and tear on your units.

Once I apply the Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans to my seed, how long can I wait to plant the seed?

Once you have applied Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans to your seed it is best to plant it immediately.  Occasionally, delays can be expected in farming, however after 24 hours you will need to re-treat your seed with Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans.

What if my seed is already treated with insecticide and/or fungicide, can I still use Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans?

Yes.  Apply Graph-Ex SA™ Dry Beans to your seed only after the pesticide products have dried.

Where can I get Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans?

ABM does not sell directly to the grower. You can contact your Seed Company, local ag retailer or co-op to purchase ABM products. Still can’t find it? Feel free to give us a call at 866-335-5994 and we will point you to the nearest location for purchase.

How much does Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans cost?

Typically ABM’s suggested retail cost for Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans is around $3.35/50# unit of seed.  However, prices may vary.

How is the Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans packaged?

Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans is packaged in 25 oz. pouches.  One pouch will treat 50-50# of seed.  One case contains 6 pouches that will treat a total of 300-50# units of seed.

What if I don’t use all of the Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans that I purchased this year?

Graph-Ex SA™ for Dry Beans is only good for one season so what you don’t use will not be good for the next year.  Each package is stamped with its expiration date.  for Dry Beans is only good for one season so what you don’t use will not be good for the next year.  Each package is stamped with its expiration date.