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Irrigation Injection Surfactants

Crops that are stressed out by the lack of moisture have poor germination and plant establishment. Whether you grow corn and soybeans or fruit and nuts, using an injected surfactant in your irrigation system helps water flow through the soil into the root zone and keeps it uniformly moist. Studies show surfactants can increase yields using less water, reduce energy use to power the irrigation system, and crop inputs are more efficient.

Don Spier is the product manager of irrigation injection surfactants at Precision Laboratories. He says there are several options.

"The premise is, is that we can build these molecules so that depending on the soil type that the grower is raising the crops on, we can either move water more readily into and throughout the soil and that helps to reduce runoff and loss of nutrients in water runoff," says Spier. "We can also build these molecules to be able to retain water in sandy soils, and thereby avoids periods of stress."

Surfactants help water get through tight, dry, water-repellant soils.

"We have two that are in a category where they reduce surface tension, and these help to move the water into and throughout the soil," he says. "And when we have two what we call block copolymers, one reverse, one standard. What they do is retain moisture available for the plant and one of them is designed to reduce or to resist breakdown by soil microbes so you get better longevity in the soil."

The product is injected using drip, sprinkler, or micro emitter applications.

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