There’s finally an all-purpose, easy-to-use, economical inoculant for cover crop legumes. LINK® is a simple and effective cover crop inoculant designed to maximize the benefit of your cover crop legumes, and improve your soil health.
- Easy to Apply: LINK® is a dry, peat based product that can be applied to the seed dry or in a slurry
- Effective: Applied to the entire mix, non-legume seeds carry LINK® into the soil for greater nodulation and nitrogen fixation of the legumes in the mix
- Economical: LINK® includes all rhizobia strains needed to inoculate most legume cover crop mixes in one package
- Multi-Dimensional: LINK® can be used effectively on over 50 legumes making it an option for forages as well
- Convenient: Each package treats 500 pounds of seed, convenient for both 50-pound and 2,000-pound bulk bags
Importance of Inoculating Legumes
Rhizobia bacteria inoculants are crucial to allowing a legume to properly fix large amounts of nitrogen. Legume cover crops increase nitrogen in the soil, which in turn benefits the following corn or grass crop.
Without the correct rhizobia present, your cover crop legume will not maximize nitrogen production and maximum benefit for corn the following year will not be achieved. If the proper background population does not exist in the soil, inoculation will help you achieve greater profitability and ROI.
LINK® Makes It Easy
While inoculating legume cover crops is crucial, cost and convenience are a challenge as multiple products are often needed. LINK® is the solution to these challenges. LINK® is included with Soil First® cover crop legume mix orders of 500 pounds or more and can also be purchased as a standalone product.
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Treatment Sizes & Packaging Specifications:
- Unit Treatment Size: 500 lbs. (29.5 kg)
- Case Treatment Size: 2,000 lbs.
- 60 ounces per package; 4 packages/case; 54 cases/pallet
- Beans: Adzuki, Faba, Jackbean, Mung, Tepary, Velvet, Winged
- Clovers: Alsike, Alyce, Ball, Berseen, Bigflower, Carolina, Cluster, Crimson, Hop, Hungarian, Ladina Red, Large hop, Persian, Puff, Rabbitfoot, Red, Seaside, Slender bushclover, Small hop, White, Zig-zag
- Peas: Black eyed, Clay, Cowpea, Field, Flat, Garden, Iron, Partridge, Pigeon, Pink eyed purple hull, Rough, Specter, Sweet, Tangier, Trapper
- Vetches: Common, Hairy, Joint, Manantha, Narrow leaf, Purple
- Misc: Acadia, Centrosema, Crotolaria, Desmodium, False blue indigo, Hairy indigo, Kangaroo thorn, Korean, lespedeza, Kudzo, Lentil, Lespedeza, Sericea lespedeza, Siratro, Striped crotolaria, Sunn crotolaria, Sunn hemp, Wild indigo, Winged crotolaria
Slurry Application Method:
- Dampen the seed with non-chlorinated, clean, cool water at a rate of 17 fl. oz. (500 ml) of water per 100 lbs. (45.4 kg) of seed
- Add appropriate amount of inoculant, 12.0 oz. (340 g) per 100 lbs. (45.7 kg) of seed, then mix water, seed, and inoculant thoroughly until the seed is uniformly coated
- This method should be done in a container outside the planter box
- Allow 1-3 minutes for mixture to dry and then plant as soon as possible
Dry Application Method:
- This product can also be applied directly onto the seed. Mix seed and inoculant thoroughly until seed is uniformly coated. Layering seed and inoculant will aid in this process.
- Applying the inoculant dry is also recommended for seed that is pre-treated with fungicide. However, maximum seed adhesion will not be obtained by applying this product dry.