September 7th, 2012
For many farmers the drought of 2012 has reeked havoc on crop production. Last week, our Facebook page attracted a lot of attention from growers when we posted pictures of a plot that contained corn grown both treated and untreated corn seed. In fact, we gained more attention from this photo album than when we posted the music video “I’m Farming and I Grow it” by The Peterson Farm Boys! The photo’s of SabrEx for Corn performing during drought can be found below.
On August 30, 2012, ABM’s representatives visited a test plot under major drought conditions to sample the performance of corn when seeds are treated with SabrEx for Corn. Suffering from high temperatures and poor germination the plot had received no measurable rain since May of 2012. In order to prevent bias, the grower selected the area for sampling and randomly pulled 20 ears of both the treated and untreated corn. From the 20 ears of untreated corn, only 5 ears were viable for market. Where as 13 of the 20 ears grown from seeds treated with SabrEx proved viable. From this sample we can estimate SabrEx for corn yielded a 20 bushel increase over the untreated corn seed. The hybrid used in this sample was also known to have weak roots. Upon a root dig, SabrEx was shown to increase both root mass and the development of fibrous root hair.
August 30th, 2012
This is one of the most commonly asked questions. It’s also one of the most important in choosing an inoculant that will maximize crop production and ensure nitrogen fixation. To assist in making an informed decision, we’ve posted this guide as a convenient reference. We’ve also added each product label developed and manufactured by ABM to our website for you to download. If you have further questions or need assistance in choosing a product, please contact us here.
Treats all varieties of soybeans (Glycine max, Glycine soja).
Treats the following varieties:
Austrian winter pea, Chickling vetch, Common vetch, Faba bean, Field pea, Flat pea, Garden pea, Hairy vetch, Lentil, Manantha vetch, Narrowleaf vetch, Purple vetch, Rough pea, Specter pea, Sweet pea, Tangier pea, Trapper pea
Treats the following varieties:
Acacia, Adzuki bean, Alyce clover, Asparagus-bean, Black eyed peas, Centrosema, Common lespedeza, Cowpea, Desmodium spp.. Hairy indigo, Jackbean, Jointvetch (Aeschynomene), Korean lespedeza, Kudzu, Mung bean, Patridge pea, Peanut, Pigeon pea, Pink eyed purple hull pea, Sericea lespedeza, Siratro, Slender bushclover, Sunn crotalaria, Tepary bean, Velvet bean, Wild indigo, Winged bean, Winged crotalaria
Treats all species listed in both the alfalfa/sweet clover and in the true clover groups. Alfalfa & Sweet Clovers (Medicago spp., Melilotus spp.)
Treats the following varieties:
Alfalfa, Bitter clover (sour), Black medic, Button clover, California bur-clover, Fenugreek, Hubam sweetclover, Little bur-clover, Snail bur-clover, Spotted bur-clover, Tifton bur-clover, Tubercle bur-clover, Yellow alfalfa, Yellow sweetclover, True Cl overs (Trifolium spp.),
Rhizobia species: Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar trifolii
Treats the following varieties:
Alsike clover, Ball clover, Berseem clover, Bigflower clover, Carolina clover, Cluster clover, Crimson clover, Hop clover, Hungarian clover, Ladino Red clover, Large hop clover, Persian clover, Puff clover, Rabbitfoot clover, Seaside clover, Small hop clover, White clover, Zigzag clover
Treats the following varieties:
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, Wax beans
Treats the following varieties:
Acacia, Adzuki bean, Alyce clover, Asparagus bean, Austrian winter pea, Black beans, Centrosema, Common lespedeza, Common vetch, Cowpea, Cranberry beans, Desmodium spp., Faba bean, Field or canning beans, Field pea, Flat Pea, Garden or string beans, Garden pea, Great Northern beans, Hairy indigo, Hairy vetch, Jack bean, Jointvetch (Aeschynomene), Kangaroo-thorn, Kidney beans, Korean lespedeza, Kudzu, Lentil, Lima bean, Manantha vetch, Mung bean, Narrowleaf vetch, Navy beans, Patridge pea, Peanut, Pigeon pea, Pink bean, Purple vetch, Rough pea, Scarlet runner beans, Sericea lespedeza, Sirato, Slender bushclover, Snap bean, Specter pea, Striped crotalaria, Sunn crotalaria, Sweet pea, Tangier pea, Tepary bean, Velvet bean, Wax beam, Wild indigo, Winged bean, Winged crotalaria
August 24th, 2012
Planting cover crops, for many farmers, is a beneficial step to ensure nitrogen levels in soil are optimal for the spring planting season. Although we may not think of it as “nitrogen farming,” there is good reason to plant crops this winter for the sole purpose of nitrogen management.
A recent article, “Considerations for Cover Crops in 2012,” published in the University of Wisconsin Crop Manager, suggests that after this summers’ drought (2012), “residual nitrate concentrations in the soil will be high, especially if corn was harvested early as silage or if yields are well below expected. One benefit of planting cover crops after corn silage, small grain, or a processing vegetable crop, or after a manure application is that the cover crop can take up residual nitrate and reduce the risk of nitrate leaching between harvest and planting.”
If a farmer is looking to increase nitrogen credits, the article suggests using a legume crop. Legume crops include peas, lentils, and vetches. The nitrogen fixing rhizobia found in Graph-Ex™ for Cover Crops will aid in the production of nitrogen by establishing itself inside the root nodules of the host plant. Working symbiotically within the plant’s nodules, inoculation will maximize the desired nitrogen credits.
If a farmer is interested in scavenging or “trapping” excess soil nitrate and controlling soil erosion the article suggests the use of rye, ryegrass, sorghum, barley, and oats. Due to their fine fibrous root systems and ability to establish quickly, these crops lend themselves well to scavenging. The beneficial fungi, Trichoderma, found in SabrEx™ for Wheat and Cereals will colonize with the plants’ root system to exude enzymes and proteins for the plants use. The result: a larger root system and improved nitrogen efficiency.
*Referenced Article: Considerations for Cover Crops 2012, University of Wisconsin Crop Manager, Volume 19, Number 21, August 9, 2012
August 22nd, 2012
Cover Crops have become a necessary step in the recycling and production of nitrogen and organic soil matter. The use of biologicals in accomplishing nitrogen fixation and production, doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize the two working in tandem can be anything but beneficial for both the soil and crop. After years of Research and Development, ABM has released Graph-Ex™ for Cover Crops. In just a short time, the response has exceeded our expectations.
We’ve put together this FAQ sheet to answer many of the commonly asked questions:
Graph-Ex™ for Cover Crops contains a specially formulated blend of Rhizobia specific for legume cover crops within a talc-graphite carrier.
Rhizobia are soil bacteria that establish inside the root nodules of legumes to fix nitrogen for the plant. Rhizobia is unable to independently fix nitrogen and requires a plant host.
Our proprietary Rhizobia for legume cover crops is specific to these crops in helping the plant to establish nitrogen-fixing nodules that will convert the nitrogen to a useable form for the plant. The Rhizobia in GraphEx™ for Cover Crops is a different type of Rhizobia than is used for soybeans.
Graph-Ex™ for Cover Crops will inoculate Peas, Lentils, Vetches, and Faba or Fava Beans.
No. If planting radishes you would be better suited to use Naturall for Vegetables PB.
GraphEx™ for Cover Crops is a planter box treatment that can be added right at the planter just before planting. You will add one 4 oz. packet for every 120# of seed added to your drill. Make sure to thoroughly mix GraphEx for Cover Crops in your seed.
As an added benefit utilizing a talc/graphite formulation as the carrier helps to lubricate your planter equipment and improves seed flowability. This is important, as it will minimize seed hang-ups in your equipment and reduce wear and tear.
Once you have applied Graph-Ex™ for Cover Crops to your seed it is best to plant it immediately. Occasionally, delays can be expected in farming, however, after 48 hours you will need to retreat your seed.
Typically ABM’s suggested retail price for Graph-Ex for Cover Crops is around $1.77/50# unit of seed. However, prices may vary.
GraphEx for Cover Crops is packaged in 4 oz packets. One packet will treat 120# of seed. One case contains 12 packets that will treat a total of 1440# of seed.
Graph-Ex™ for Cover Crops has a shelf life equivalent to one season. Each package is stamped with its expiration date.
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You can contact your Seed Company, local ag retailer or co-op, or click here to contact ABM and we will point you in the direction of your nearest ABM distributor. ABM does not sell directly to growers.
August 16th, 2012
The following letter was sent to all distributors of ABM products. For your convenience, this letter has been modified only to allow for imbedded links. The content of the letter has not been altered.
August 15, 2012
Dear ABM Partner:
Advanced Biological Marketing will not be raising prices for the 2013 growing season. Many crop inputs may be going up, but our prices will remain the same as our 2012 prices. The drought of 2012 has had a major impact on growers throughout the Corn Belt and beyond. We want to do our part to help everyone through this difficult time.
ABM products Graph-Ex SA, Excalibre SA, SabrEx for Corn and SabrEx for Wheat/Cereals are proving to be beneficial even though overall yields are anticipated to be below normal for the 2012 crop. Initial data reports are positive where these and other ABM products were used. This information is available to you by contacting your ABM representative, calling us toll free (1-877-617-2461) or emailing us here at ABM .
Thank you for your continued support of Advanced Biological Marketing. We appreciate your business and look forward to a great 2013 season.
Advanced Biological Marketing
August 14th, 2012
The benefits of planting winter wheat are no secret. Whether growing winter wheat as a cash grain or a cover crop for soil protection, there are many benefits in treating seeds with SabrEx™ for Wheat and Cereals that may not be as obvious. We’ve put together this fact sheet to help explain why SabrEx™ for Wheat and Cereals will give your crop an extra advantage:
How SabrEx™ for Wheat and Cereals works:
SabrEx™ for Wheat and Cereals is a formulation of two (2) specific and carefully selected patent pending, proprietary strains of Trichoderma. The Trichoderma colonizes with the plants’ root system and develops a symbiotic relationship with the plant, feeding off the starches and sugars the plant produces. In turn, the plant benefits from the Trichoderma as they exude enzymes and proteins for the plants use. As a result, the plant produces a larger root system, induces resistance to stresses like diseases and improves its nitrogen and water use efficiencies, resulting in higher yields.
Growing Winter Wheat as a Cash Crop:
The number one benefit of harvesting winter wheat treated with SabrEx™ is the increased yields. Over the past 4 years, SabrEx™ for Wheat and Cereals has averaged 5.5 bushels per acre over untreated crops.
Planting Winter Wheat as a Cover Crop:
Because SabrEx™ for Wheat and Cereals produces a larger root system and improves nitrogen efficiency, the treated crop will improve topsoil tilth and Nitrogen scavenging. To view a comparison of root systems untreated and treated with SabrEx™, watch the video below.
Treating Other Crops:
SabrEx for Wheat and Cereals can be used on the following crops: Wheat, Rye, Barley, Sorghum, Oats, Spelt, and Triticale.
Application of SabrEx™:
SabrEx™ for Wheat and Cereals is available in two (2) formulations: SabrEx™ PB (Planter Box and SabrEx™ HC (High Concentrate).
SabrEx™ PB is a talc/graphite formulation that can be applied directly to the seed at planting at a rate of 1 oz. /50 lbs. of seed. One pail will treat 48 units of wheat with 6 pails/case treating 288 units of seed.
SabrEx™ HC is a high concentrate formulated for commercial treaters only with a low application rate of .25 oz. /100 lbs. of seed. One pail will treat 240 units of wheat with 6 pails/case treating 1440 units of seed.
Return on Investment:
Typically ABM’s suggested retail cost for SabrEx for Wheat and Cereals PB is around $2.34/50# unit of seed. SabrEx for Wheat and Cereals HC retails around $.98/unit of seed. Prices may vary. With today’s wheat market, on average, a farmer can typically see a net return on investment of up to $40/acre.
Treating seeds with SabrEx™ for Wheat and Cereals will clearly improve your crops output this winter. For more information and where to buy SabrEx™ for Wheat and Cereals, please contact your sales rep by clicking HERE.
May 11th, 2012
This is a guest post by Steven Peel, owner of Seed Solutions and distributor of ABM products. Stephen has been a part of the seed industry since 1981. Learn more about Stephen by visiting: http://yourseedsolutions.com/aboutus.aspx
A few years ago, after having several customers with land coming out of CRP, I was in need of a product for inoculating soybeans. I researched many companies and had difficulty finding a specific solution that would meet their needs, until I stumbled upon GraphEx.
When searching for an inoculant there are six (6) factors that must be present for me to even consider carrying it:
Ease of Use. It goes without saying: If the product isn’t easy to use, growers simply won’t use it.
Peat vs. Talc-graphite. As far as I am concerned, peat should not even be an option. Peat based products initially seemed cheap, but to get a good amount of rhizobia we had to mix several pouches of product into each planter box. This tripled our initial costs! And, we ended up with seed monitors plugged with dirt. The talc-graphite found in GraphEx is easier on meters (doesn’t gum up) and provides more accurate seed drop and placement.
Farmer Applied vs. Commercial Seed Treatment. Here in our corner of Eastern Missouri, there are no commercial seed treater’s nearby. The growers need to be able to apply the inoculant themselves. So, once again the inoculant must be easy to apply.
Dry vs. Liquid. Since professional seed treatment is not an option in our area, dry inoculants are generally easier for self-application. Liquids can be messy, they can gum up a planter, and it’s sometimes difficult to coat the seed. Therefore, liquids usually cause more headaches than it’s worth.
Treatment Life. It is not uncommon here in Missouri to begin planting on a sunny morning and get rained out of the field at 2:00PM in the afternoon. Growers do not want to retreat the seed if they don’t have to. The inoculant needs to be able to withstand the elements and adhere to the seed.
Cost Effective. Getting your money back is not enough. The return on investment has to pay for itself and make the grower money. The product has to work!
When I initially learned about GraphEx, I just ordered a couple boxes to try. When I received them my first thought was, “There is no way this little bit of stuff could do any good…” I was proven wrong!
I was amazed to see that a half oz. of GraphEx had over 50x the number of rhizobia than the previously used peat-based products. Not only was the count higher, but there were three different strains of rhizobia; not just one.
It was very easy to use. One scoop treated one bag of seed. I found it unnecessary to try and coat every seed in the hopper; the GraphEx was actually coating the seed as it went through the metering device. I was also happy to see that it was stable and could sit for 72 hours before needing retreatment if I got rained out.
That first year, crop yields averaged +7 bu/Acre with GraphEx over the non-inoculated strips. This past year (2011) we suffered through a terrible drought, but the inoculated beans still yielded 3.5 bu/Acre more than the untreated. Even with a smaller yield increase, we still received $36.00 for every $2.25 invested.
Taking into account the clear advantages of using GraphEx; inoculating soybeans has become a necessary step in improving crop yields, rather than an option.
To learn more about GraphEx and find a dealer near you click here.
January 18th, 2012
It has been 3 short years since the beginning of the Global Team concept we started at Advanced Biological Marketing. In that time we have gone from an idea to having Global Team Members in Central and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. We are currently talking to additional members on the four mentioned continents and look forward to increasing our Team numbers in the near future.
At A.B.M. we are very aware that you put your reputation on the line each time you talk to your customers about our products. We are working hard to keep our trichoderma quality at above 99%. We are currently adding on to our plant in Ohio, this addition will increase our ability to grow and manufacture the best trichoderma in the world. I want to thank and congratulate each and every one of you for helping us make this happen; it is a “win-win” for all of us. We are very excited about new products we are testing and plan to introduce some them in 2012. Below is a short update on our Global Team Members that are doing business worldwide.
Affirm Global: Has worked effectively alongside Disagro to help with registration in Guatemala. Affirm Globals’ initiative is to work with NGO’s around the world to help subsistence farmers increase yields by using the A.B.M. line of products.
Korea: Hungnong Garden Material Co. LTD – (see right) We have secured the registration of A.B.M.’s trichoderma and we are currently shipping orders for use on rice and vegetables. Also, they are testing A.B.M.’s waste digester product.
Guatemala: Disagro – has been working diligently to register the trichoderma products in Guatemala, with a final registration date likely due January 2012. They have tested the products on rice, snow peas and tobacco with great success.
Malaysia: Green World Genetics – We are currently working on final registration of A.B.M.’s trichoderma and currently testing on rice, corn and vegetable crops. We have also begun to test our compost accelerator product on Palm oil trash and residue.
Panama: Grupo Melo S.A.- is working towards achieving registration. Testing of the Excalibur products have shown that when A.B.M.’s trichoderma are applied the farmer will receive a return of $1.21 for every dollar spent reflecting a yield of 20.6%. The witness despite being a less expensive seed treatment received a $.93 return for every dollar invested, this works out to a return of -7.29%.
Peru: Tecnoligias Bio-Organicas S.A.C. – is one of the original Global Business Team members and is continuing to work diligently to sell A.B.M.’s line of trichoderma into the Stevia and Cacao markets.
Philippines: Aldiz Incorporated (see left) – We have secured registration of A.B.M.’s trichoderma and currently are shipping orders to be used on rice and testing on corn. A.B.M.’s line of trichoderma is private labeled and marketed as Avatar.
South Africa: Cerealis Precision – Josey Hendriks and Dr. Ronel Hendriks visited the A.B.M. offices in April to meet the staff as well as Dr. Gary Harman, worlds leading expert on Trichoderma. In May, Brad Custis attended the NAMPO show in South Africa to support Cerealis Precision in their efforts. This past spring was Cerealis Precision first distributing product in South Africa. They have had great market and grower acceptance with the A.B.M. products.
Tanzania: Triachem – is our newest Global Business Team member. Krishna and Adrian have been able to gain some market penetration
but are working to push the A.B.M. line of products throughout Tanzania.
Thailand: A.I.P. Co. LTD – We are currently working with A.I.P. CO. LTD to secure registration of our trichoderma and anticipate registration of products in 2012.
Ukraine: Imperial Agro – is also an original Global Business Team member. We have secured registration of bradyrhizobia on soybeans and shipping orders. In 5 independent trials SabrEx for corn showed an average increase of 5.2 bushels per hectare. We also are working on registration of A.B.M.’s trichoderma on corn and wheat.
Vietnam: Ha Noi Minerals, Chemicals, and Construction, JSC – We have secured registration of A.B.M.’s trichoderma products and anticipate shipping current open orders for rice very soon. Also there is on going testing with SabrEx on corn.
At this time of the year the employees and families of A.B.M. want to take a moment to again thank you for your support. In future newsletters we would like to include data from testing around world. Please be sure to send A.B.M. any data that you may have accrued over the previous year. Have a happy and safe holiday season. We are looking forward to 2012 with great anticipation!
December 13th, 2011
Van Wert, Ohio—December 13. Advanced Biological Marketing announces the hiring of four new salesmen to their staff. Bruce Vester of Noblesville Indiana will cover Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Gary Dollarhite resides in Manquin Virginia. He will serve the Mid-Atlantic States. Bill Winter of Galesburg Illinois will service dealers in Illinois, Kentucky and most of Missouri. Bobby Moore will take care of customers in the southeast. Bobby resides in Athens Alabama. Dan Custis CEO of ABM states “We are pleased to have these individuals join our team. Each one has a strong background in agronomy and agricultural sales.”
Advanced Biological Marketing identifies, develops and markets specialty biological products for production agriculture. ABM’s inoculant and biological seed treatment portfolio includes the new Excalibre-SA™ and Graph-Ex SA for soybeans and SabrEx™, a new biological enhancement for corn and wheat.
Advanced Biological Marketing, located in Van Wert, Ohio was founded in 2000. ABM sells and distributes its products nationally and internationally.
If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dan Custis, please call Dan at 877-617-2461 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 19th, 2011
Van Wert, Ohio (January 10, 2010) — Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) announces the next generation in seed treatments: iGET™ (Induced Gene Expression Triggers). The technology, now formulated into several new products for ABM, alters plant gene expression to change plant physiology and enhance biochemical pathways that will increase crop performance.
The technology, based on three decades of research at Cornell University and other international biological research programs, provides multifunctional and crop specific blends of beneficial strains of Trichoderma microbials.
“These changes are systemic,” Marty Robinson, Ag Division President, says, “so that root colonization by the seed treatment can affect the physiology of the whole plant, even the foliar or leaf biology. It will enhance the uptake of water, nutrients, especially nitrogen, and subsequent nutrient metabolism.”
ABM offers iGET products for corn, soybeans and wheat that can create bigger root systems and plant growth and increase yields. SabrEx™ Root Inoculant for Corn (TreatYourCorn.com) has the benefits of iGET Technology, with a typical yield response of 10 bushels per acre. Excalibre-SA™ for soybeans (TreatYourBeans.com) delivers the growth stimulant benefits of iGET Technology, with a yield benefit of up to eight bushels per acre. And SabrEx for Wheat (TreatYourWheat.com) also delivers impressive and profitable crop responses, with a typical yield response of four to five bushels per acre.
“This technology is the result of screening more than one-thousand organisms from worldwide microbial libraries and selection/discovery programs,” Robinson adds. “That was followed by hundreds of independent field trials around the world, testing multiple strains and niched with different agricultural crops for the optimal response.”
iGET Technology for corn, soybeans and wheat is available right now through agricultural chemical dealers, seed dealers or wheat seed companies. For more information on iGET and its availability, producers can contact their local seed or chemical company, call ABM at 877-617-2461 or visit abm1st.com.
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