Improve Crop Nutrition and Yield With DUST Seed Lubricant

Today, business is conducted on a margin-driven landscape, and the farming industry is no exception. Innovation drives progress in every sector, as new developments are making it possible to completely optimize daily efficiencies.

For growers specifically, DUST seed lubricant is emerging as a safe and effective alternative to graphite/talc based products. In this blog, we’ll dive into a few key benefits of DUST seed lubricant, exploring how it’s the missing puzzle piece to a perfect planting season and bountiful harvest.

Three Critical Benefits of DUST Seed Lubricant

Across the country, corn, wheat, and soybean planters trust DUST seed lubricant to improve their chances of germination. While boosting seedling emergence is a crucial concern for every farmer, it can’t take sole responsibility for DUST’s rise in popularity. So, let’s take a look at three additional reasons why growers are switching to this new lubricant.

1. Sourced Entirely From U.S.-Based Soybeans, It’s a Sanitary, Safe Solution

Sourced entirely domestically grown soybeans, DUST seed lubricant is a safe choice for all your seed coating needs. Soy-based talc is like having a “green thumb,” with how easy it is to optimize seed flow. Moreover, it helps you make green, eco-conscious decisions about the products used on your crops.

Simply put, growers across the country prefer soy protein products because it’s a healthier replacement compared to traditional seed lubricants. Essentially, it does everything graphite and talc-based products do, while delivering a few extra advantages:

  • Better for Crops: For planters, graphite is notoriously coarse. When coated on seeds it can scratch and damage the shell, which ultimately affects your overall yield. Luckily, the soy used in DUST seed lubricants is a much more forgiving substance, testing nearly 20 times less abrasive compared to other talc and graphite products on the market.
  • Less Dusty: Contrary to what its name suggests, DUST isn’t subject to static electricity, and won’t take to the air like graphite and talc do. Naturally formulated from soybeans, it’s designed to be less “dusty,” meaning you get talc that coats the seed—not your overalls.
  • Nutrition for the Seed: Since it is made from soy protein, DUST provides extra nutrition for your seeds. On top of that, it disappears from the furrow in less than 28 days, which contributes to early plant viability and more “green-up”.

2. DUST Seed Talc Is Budget-Friendly and More Effective Than Standard Lubricant

DUST has been scientifically proven to enhance seed flow through planter boxes, which equates to fewer hassles, greater efficiency and higher profits. Made of Soy Protein, Dust is designed to lubricate planter equipment with additional benefits of both biological and nutritional component. This high quality seed lubricant has been proven and tested to outperform and increase yields, as demonstrated in Beck’s 2021 Talc Replacement Study.

These trials isolated four of the most popular seed talc products—Graphite, PMZ Dry, GroPak, and DUST—and evaluated their effect on yield and profitability. Each product was used to coat its own group of corn seeds, which were subsequently planted into four separate acres of farmland. The experiment aimed to assess the overall effectiveness of each lubricant, as they pertained to the following metrics: Bushels-per-acre (BU.A), BU.A difference, Moisture Percentage, and Return on investment.

After intensive testing, they released the following findings:

Talc Type BU.A BU.A Difference Percent Moisture ROI
DUST Seed Lubricant
SEED+ Graphite

For Corn, DUST had a +$16.70 per acre return on investment.

For Soybeans, Dust has a +$32.20 per acre return on investment.

There’s a Better Approach to Seed Coating, and It’s Just a Click Away

For growers, efficiency is a key component of success. Every day, more and more farms begin to adopt seed talc alternatives, with the hope of improving efficiencies in plant viability, seed nutrition, and overall yield. Soy-based talc lays the groundwork for a harvest you can be proud of, and RangeLine is a proud vendor of DUST seed lubricant.

3. DUST Seed Lubricant a Surefire Way to Achieve Proper Seed Flow

The United Soybean Board (USB) and Agricultural Engineering Department at Kansas State University partnered to conduct a joint study to evaluate the fluency of DUST. Here’s four key findings you need to know:

  • In regards to seed flowability, soy-based lubricants are as equally good as talc and graphite, if not better.
  • During the clinical trials, DUST achieved the same degree of corn seed singulation as other commercial products in accordance with the different seed metering mechanisms.
  • Final results showed DUST gave 98-99% singulation, which is industry-standard for most crop types.
  • Out of the crops sampled, there was one outlier: soybeans. When measured against standard lubricants, DUST had higher levels of singulation, upwards of 99%.

While DUST seed lubricant is still establishing itself in the market, it’s only a matter of time before it takes over the industry. In a margin-driven business like farming, every penny counts. That’s why soy-based talc is poised to revolutionize how growers approach seed coating, as it’s an easy and effective way to improve profitability.

Improve Inefficiencies and Boost Crop Production With the Help of RangeLine Group

As new developments in both science and technology hit the market, one thing is for certain: tillage concepts and best practices are subject to change. One thing that won’t, however, is RangeLine’s dedication to our craft.

With our background in farming, we prioritize efficiency, hands-on performance, and cost-effective products. Essentially, we’re committed to providing reliable ag solutions for growers across the globe—including you. Start a conversation with our experts to discover why RangeLine is North America’s top choice for fertilizer applications, ag hardware, combine parts, and more.