Monsanto BioAg introduces granular inoculant to enhance faba bean production

March 09, 2015

Monsanto BioAg is set to introduce TagTeamĀ® faba bean granular inoculant to growers this spring.

Monsanto BioAg is set to introduce TagTeam® faba bean granular inoculant to growers this spring after receiving regulatory approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) last fall.

TagTeam® faba bean is a new dual action inoculant that provides balanced phosphate and nitrogen nutrition to the crop.

“TagTeam® faba bean is the only granular inoculant registered for use in faba beans in Canada and was developed with a specially-selected rhizobia strain to provide increased nitrogen fixation to the growing crop,” said Darrell Wolkowski, Canadian business lead with Monsanto BioAg business based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “The rhizobia are combined with Penicillium bilaii, the active ingredient in JumpStart® inoculant, to help provide good phosphate nutrition which can result in more nodules being formed and more active nitrogen fixation.”
Faba bean has a high nitrogen requirement and is an excellent nitrogen fixing pulse crop. When properly inoculated, faba bean can meet its entire nitrogen requirement through nitrogen fixation.

The granular formulation of TagTeam® faba bean provides ease of handling and application for growers. It is applied directly with the seed in the seed row using a granular applicator – eliminating the need for inoculating prior to seeding. TagTeam® faba bean also provides enhanced nutrient capability to support root and shoot growth.

“The synergy of the rhizobia bacteria and the P. Bilaii working together creates more fixed nitrogen for optimum yield potential and the best value in an inoculant,” said Wolkowski.

Growers can order the new TagTeam® faba bean granular inoculant from their local retailer.

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