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Many growers are not asking why would they use ALPINE G22 but instead our customers are asking why are more guys not using ALPINE G22?
For the most part the answer to why are more guys not using ALPINE G22 would be logistics and equipment. Most growers can relate to the precise placement of the product and the increased efficiencies that come along with it but the biggest question is how do I make it work on my farm? There is no short answer to that question but what I do know is that every situation varies from the next. While many growers believe that ALPINE G22 is a better fit for someone who is already using another form of liquid fertilizer in the form of UAN that is not always the case. In my area I would suggest that upwards of 65-70% of the Alpine customers are still primarily using granular fertilizer as their source of N, K, and S. So if that is the case how are these granular fertilizer users adapting to use ALPINE G22? Well in most cases it is as easy as mounting a 500-600 Gallon tank somewhere on your existing piece of seeding equipment for your ALPINE G22.
With this size of tank you can seed 160–200 acres in a single Alpine fill. This also can pull 10lbs of Phos out of your granular blend and essentially increase your seeding efficiency.
So what other flexibility does this 500–600 Gallon Alpine tank offer? Well it can offer the flexibility of adding other products into the seed row by using the Alpine system and ALPINE G22 as a carrier for these other products. This would include micronutrients such as Zinc, Copper, Boron, Manganese, and so on. So why is this important? Well when we talk about placing immobile micronutrients in an efficient manner there is no better way than to have them in a liquid form and placed in a constant stream within the seed row. This application method offers superior placement to that of a granular Micronutrient product and the liquid also allows much higher use efficiency of the nutrients placed in the liquid band.
What about other products? Recently we have begun to work on using the ALPINE G22 system and product to inoculate pulse crops such as peas and lentils. By injecting the inoculant into the ALPINE G22 we get a nice consistent band of Inoculant placed right with the seed where it needs to be.
This also increases seeding efficiency by allowing the grower to free up a tank that they may have been using for granular inoculant or it offers the convenience of not having to treat the seed with a peat inoculant that can be difficult to accurately apply. In our trials the method of injecting the liquid inoculant into the ALPINE G22 has yielded as good as or better than Granular inoculant applications when compared in side by side trials. These are just a few reasons why more farmers in Western Canada will be adding the Alpine system to their seeding equipment. When you really look at the many benefits of having the Alpine system on your drill it defiantly outweighs the obstacles such as logistics.