SabrEx™ for Corn FAQ

SabrEx™ for Corn FAQ

November 26th, 2012


What is SabrEx™ for Corn?

SabrEx™ for Corn is an inoculant, or seed treatment, applied to the seed before planting. The seed treatment is a unique formulation of two (2) carefully selected, specific, patent pending, proprietary biological fungi strains called Trichoderma.

What seed products can SabrEx™ for Corn be used on?

SabrEx™ for Corn can be used on commercial corn, sweet corn, and popcorn.

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 kind of yield response can I expect with using SabrEx™ for Corn?

Over the past 3 years, in over 181 trials, SabrEx™ for Corn has been averaging 7.97 bushels/acre higher yield than untreated plots.  In 2012, even with the drought, we are seeing a higher yield response.  With today’s corn market at an average of $7.00/bushel, a farmer can typically see a net return on investment of up to $51/acre.

How do I apply SabrEx™ for Corn to my seed?

SabrEx™ for Corn is available in two different formulations:

SabrEx™ for Corn PB 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 Trichoderma.   You will add .5 oz. of SabrEx™ for Corn PB for every 80K kernel unit of seed you add to your planter.  Make sure to mix the SabrEx™ for Corn PB into the seed corn thoroughly. It should be noted; The talc/graphite formulation also helps to lubricate your planter equipment and also helps provide seed flowability.  SabrEx™ for Corn PB will not replace your talc or graphite that you’ve been using, however it will complement your treatment.

SabrEx™ for Corn HC is a high concentrate formulation specifically formulated for commercial seed treaters and seed companies.  It has a low application rate of 0.25 oz./80K kernels of seed.  Once on the seed, SabrEx™ for Corn HC will not expire for two years.  Applying SabrEx™ for Corn HC to the seed in the bag is a huge convenience to the grower.  The farmer will simply add the seed to the planter and plant as usual.

Where can I get SabrEx™ for Corn?

You can contact your Seed Company as many seed companies now apply SabrEx™ to their corn in the bag. To find SabrEx™ PB please contact your local ag retailer or co-op or give ABM a call at 866-335-5994.

How much does SabrEx™ for Corn cost?

Typically ABM’s suggested retail cost for SabrEx™ for Corn is around $4.23/acre when planting at a rate of 28,000 plants per acre.  Prices may vary. Cost per acre will vary with different planting rates.

How is SabrEx™ for Corn packaged?

SabrEx™ for Corn PB is packaged in 12 oz. pouches that include a measuring scoop.  One pouch will treat 24 units of seed.  One case contains 6 pouches that will treat a total of 144 units of seed.

SabrEx™ for Corn HC is packaged in 10 oz. pouches that will treat 40 units of seed.  There are 6 pouches in a case that will treat a total of 240 units of seed.

What if I don’t use all of the SabrEx™ for Corn PB this year?

SabrEx™ for Corn PB and HC have a two-year expiration date both on the seed and in the container.  You will need to store the unused product in a cool dry place until next season.  Each package is stamped with its expiration date.

I heard the buzz about SabrEx™ for Corn’s resistance to the 2012 drought, where are the pictures?

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Where can I find the label and MSDS for SabrEx™ for Corn?

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