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New strain of rhizobia enters the soybean inoculant game

New strain of rhizobia enters the soybean inoculant game

Lallemand Plant Care recently discovered Bradyrhizobium elkanii

Until recently, Bradyrhizobium japonicum has been the primary nitrogen-fixing bacteria in commercial soybean inoculants, but Lallemand Plant Care recently discovered a new strain called Bradyrhizobium elkanii that it has incorporated into its new liquid inoculant product, LALFIX DUO SL PROYIELD. “In laboratory testing under artificial conditions, we found that Bradyrhizobium elkanii is about 50 per […] Read more

Developing an inoculant strategy

Developing an inoculant strategy

If you’re growing soybeans, you should have a plan to get them inoculated

Soybeans can biologically fix 50 to 60 per cent of their nitrogen, with the rest coming from soil reserves. Bradyrhizobium japonicum is a bacteria specific to soybeans that causes nodule development on plant roots, working symbiotically with the soybean plant to fix nitrogen. Because this rhizobium is not native to Canadian Prairie soils, soybean growers […] Read more


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BASF to boost inoculant production at Saskatoon

The Canadian crop protection arm of Germany’s BASF plans to step up its game in the crop inoculant business with a $10 million expansion at its Saskatoon plant. The facility, set up in 1988, handles production and research and development for BASF’s seed- and soil-applied rhizobium/bacillus inoculants, exported and sold worldwide under the Nodulator brand […] Read more

Can you skip inoculant?

Can you skip inoculant?

Pulse type and field conditions determine how 
much inoculant your pulse crop needs

Inoculating, or even double inoculating, is routine for pulse growers. But is it always necessary, or are their situations where farmers can save a few bucks without affecting yields? The answer, it seems, comes down to crop type and field history. Peas, fababeans and lentils all form symbiotic relationships with the same rhizobium species, and […] Read more


Fababeans. (TamayoProduce.com)

Monsanto rolls out fababean inoculant

Fababean growers in Canada in the market for a granular inoculant now have their first-ever option. Monsanto BioAg, the joint microbial marketing arm for Novozymes and Monsanto, announced Friday it will now launch TagTeam fababean granular inoculant, which picked up Canadian Food Inspection Agency approval last fall. The product’s CFIA registration covers its dual-action use […] Read more