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What is Vermiculation? How does the Mustang Opener Vermiculate the TAPPS.

Engineers and Chemical Engineers Agree.

Vermiculation pattern illustrated in architecture.

More Net Dollars Result….Crops are bigger and better with Exactrix Mustang TAPPS and TAPPKTS.

How is Vermiculation accomplished with the Mustang Opener and TAPPS and TAPPKTS with Zinc? 

Vermiculation is a term used to describe overlays of products that are chemically bonded and or are mechanically folded and weaved into a new combined product.  

A simple review would be a layer cake with frosting being vermiculated with a spatula in a series of patterns or layers on the outside of the cake.

Banding of TAPPS forms a vermiculated vertical band in layers over 80% of the vertcial length of the 7 inch band depth.

NH3, APP/ATS/KTS injection is elevated 5 inches above the bottom of the slot. This allows a vertical mixing and crystallization. 

The layers are fomed in a vacuum where the NH3 intertwinds in the vacuum of a soil born reaction with the Ammonium poly phosphate, Ammonium Thio-sulfate.  

A chemical reaction at: 14 pH combining with 6.8 pH in an acid base reaction results in heat and crystallization.  

Thus the crystal vermiculated TAPPS band is layered in a reaction from the soil injection depth of 2 inches to the depth of 7 inches with P-51C to 8.5 inches with P-51CUE forming a vertical root targeting band.  

Roots find the TAPPS in a vertical zone that is dilute. The roots bloom or proliferate in a rich and stimulating environment.  A nutrient intersection is discovered by corn seminal roots that at are progressing at 45 degree angles and also vertically.  

Nutrient efficiency increases significantly. The economic result is Less is More.

Don Tilton, Quinter, KS, Aug 10 to 22, 16, banding TAPPS into moist soil with P-51CUE Mustang openers. Banding to 7.5 inch depth for winter wheat production. 

The P-51C and CUE vacuum is a definite part of the mystery of vermiculation and how the chemistry is streteched over the 5 inch length of the vertical band with overall band depth at 7 inches to 8 inches.  

Vermiculation requires the very narrow soil slot and band created by the Mustang single disc opener and the vacuum seal is created by the injector foot at a forward travel speed 11.7 feet per second at 8 mph.  

The forward speed (11.7 fps) and the foot helps to create the vacuum and allows for the NH3, APP/ATS/KTS to combine physically and chemically.  

The diluted bands become highly crop available with high rates of NH3.  Thus the crop roots find the 5 inch vertical column more easily and it is a good feeding site for the roots to colonize for the full band length.  

Things have changed: Current and popular approaches to banding deposit all the nutrients at the bottom of the slot.  This is not vermiculation.  This old approach is referred to as concentrated bands. 

The concentrated band approach is not vermiculated. The nutrient release or injection is at the bottom of the slot.   

Concentrated bands have a large open area or volume of the slot with no negative pressure.  

A significant vacuum cannot be created by the shank or fixed angle single disc opener.  

The fixed angle, single disc openers cannot go deep in No-tillage designs. Fixed angle openers are not designed to create a vacuum and vermiculate the nutrient inputs .

Corn, Cotton, Canola and Wheat considered.


Uniform, Vermiculated  Tri-Ammonium Poly Phosphate Sulfate with Zinc at Amarillo, TX. Pioneer 1197 50 up and 22 around with indexed vermiculated TAPPS banding at Hugoton, KS.

Vermiculated and Crystallized at 1% CV of application. The real story is the crop and the yield and performance, it seems to work well for better crops and high nutrient efficiency.  

Vermiculation is accomplished with P-51C, and the result is good to the very best crops with TAPPS and TAPPKTS vermiculated.  

The physical and chemical achievement is explained in the enclosed drawing.

March, 2016  Joel McClure, Hugoton, KS, Banding 7 inch depths with Mustang P-51C openers on 20 inch centers and planting with 20 inch rows directly on top of the bands.

Mustang Openers produce vertical band depths of 7 to 8 inches with virtually no soil movement.  

Highly crop available nutrients. The Tri-ammonium poly phosphate sulfate or TAPPS bands are sealed in a vacuum soil slot. The bands are dilute over a 5 inch length.  

The dilute bands are said to be vermiculated with highly uniform, balanced and crop available nutrients.  

The corn plant is able to colonize roots in a vertical progression in the band without burning corn roots with the passage of the planter.  

Vertical vermiculated bands illustrated in cotton.  

Unique rooting patterns of 40 inch row cotton. Dual bands per row, vertical vermiculated bands of TAPPS improves nutrient efficiency.

Illustration of cotton root patterns at 45 to 60 days moving towards reproductive stage.

Dedicated seed row band of TAPPS and adjoining side dress band of TAPPS.

Band depth is 8.5 inches.  Horizontal interception of cotton roots is improved with multiple feeding sites in dilute bands.

Each 40 inch cotton row receives two bands of TAPPS and TAPPKTS with Zinc.

Zinc deficiency in Corn

Need a Zinc response for now and the future…Rotational Band Loading works to solve Zinc problems in all crops.

Using 10-34-0 and Zinc at low cost, the problem is simple to solve with TAPPS and TAPPKTS. Ammoniated Zinc is 16-0-0-20Zn. The lowest cost form of Zinc.

About 1 lb of Ammoniated Zinc in TAPPS and TAPPKTS at $1.50 per lb is better than Chelated Zinc at 4 times the expense.

Chelated Zinc is normally promoted by the fertilizer dealer. You have to ask for Ammoniated Zinc. You may need to demand Ammoniated Zinc.

Save $5.00 per acre with Low Cost 16-0-0-20Zn.

Ammonium Poly Phosphate 10-34-0 is purposely designed as a chain link carrier for ammoniated metals such as Ammoniated Zinc.

The 10-34-0 is 70% chain linked poly and 30% Ortho. The ideal material to deliver a homogenous blend of Zinc blended in the chain link polymer to stimulate the plant and produce full, uniform green, photosynthetic leaves.

The most economical and effective way to get a Zinc response is Exactrix TAPPS and TAPPKTS.

Training Videos are available at www.exactrix.com/EOYT.htm

More news about Relay Intercropping at www.exactrix.com/RI.htm

Nitrogen Stabilization,
Thio-Sul® is as good or better than N-Serve®. http://www.exactrix.com/Broadcast_03_11_16.htm

Mustard and Fumigation at WSU, U of I subject web page at www.exactrix.com/FM.htm

Terminate your Cover Crop Early.

TAPPS and TAPPKTS at www.exactrix.com/TF.htm

For a good overview of banding deeper go to Center Pivot Corn Production

Need more historical reference of Exactrix Global Systems? Go to www.exactrix.com/EWAC.htm

Banding Deeper in No-till without tillage with Rotational Band Loading. www.exactrix.com/mustang.htm

Need more information about STEEP test plots and how Exactrix performs? Go to www.exactrix.com/mcclure.htm

See Video  How TAPPS and TAPPKTS Changed a Kansas Farm. A  KSU Ag Economist gives a good review.    

Meeting your formulation needs. www.exactrix.com/TF.htm  

Picking your metering systems. www.exactrix.com/EPM.htm

Need more information on advanced crop production? Go to www.exactrix.com/EWAC.htm


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