360 Y-DROP®

Overview

HEADS YOU WIN. TALES YOU WIN.

Regardless of the season, with 360 Y-DROP, you win:

SOMETIMES, YOUR RETURN WILL BE AN INCREASE IN YIELD

In 2015, mother nature threw buckets of water over much of the corn growing regions of the US. That pushed nitrogen deep into the soil – making it unavailable to the corn plant. Mid-season nitrogen application through 360 Y-DROP fed the crop at the critical time and boosted yields by an average of 13.8 bushels per acre.

EXTEND THE APPLICATION WINDOW

Even in a year where nitrogen wasn’t the limiting factor for many of us, corn responded to mid-season application by adding over seven bushels. 360 Y-DROP gives you the flexibility to extend the midseason application window from V6 to VT — more than 30 days — for more control over when and how your nitrogen is applied.

PRECISION PLACEMENT FOR INCREASED UPTAKE

Moving N application closer to the root mass improves effectiveness – and adds about five bushels. With 360 Y-DROP, you can apply nitrogen within 2 to 3 inches of the stalk base — that means nearly 80% of the root mass is in the application zone. The funneling effect of corn leaves then pushes the nitrogen to the root mass for rapid uptake, even with modest precipitation or dew.

KEY FEATURES

  • New narrow-row design with four-position adjustable arms allows precision placement in 15-inch to 36-inch rows
  • Variable rate nozzles are available for customizing the rate, time and placement of nitrogen
  • New breakaway mounting brackets allow for easier navigation across hills and uneven terrain
  • Newly designed shield keeps leaves from wrapping around the riser or hoses

 


Testimonials

Find out what farmers are saying about 360 Y-DROP® and how it’s helping improve their yields.

“What really saved the year was putting that application, and without 360 Y-DROP you cannot do that.” See More

Jason Mauck
Gaston, Indiana

“With the improved placement, frankly it’s a game changer in terms of growing corn at a higher level in the neighborhood that we farm.” See More

Stan and Aaron Smith
Southern Michigan

“To be able to feed it like that — as it needed it — really made a big difference in our operation.” See More

JC Henrekin
Deer Grove, Illinois

With the improved placement, frankly it's a game changer in terms of growing corn at a higher level in the neighborhood that we farm.

Stan and Aaron Smith
Southern Michigan

The corn we Y-DROPPED was drastically greener, and I could tell it was intercepting more light and the stalk had a lot more girth. The corn that had the coulter application eventually got the nitrogen but took a little longer. See More

Jack Fombelle
Atwood, Illinois

In 2015, Y-DROPs gave us the ability to go in after V8 which was critical because it was so wet early in the season. So the timing was critical. And the response was big. In our dry season last year, we still saw a yield increase. See More

Justin Rufenacht
Archibold, Ohio

Great day making good corn better in CenLa #ydrop @360yieldcenter See More

Luke Sayes
Louisiana

Trial Data

LESS N, MORE YIELD
360 Y-DROP VS. ONE-AND-DONE
NITROGEN UPTAKE
360 Y-DROP VS. DROP

+ LESS N, MORE YIELD

Key Takeaways

  • 360 SOILSCAN allowed the grower to measure in season and adjust nitrogen rates.
  • 360 Y-DROP allowed the grower to make an additional application later in the growing season when the crop needed it most.
  • An additional application with 360 Y-DROP resulted in an average of an additional 15bu/A.

The grower ran a comparison of pre-plant followed by sidedress applications versus pre-plant, sidedress and an additional 360 Y-DROP application with less N applied overall.

METHODS

WEST:
  1. 60 LBS 32% W&F
  2. SIDEDRESS 195 LBS OF NH3 AT V5
CENTER:
  1. 60 LBS 32% W&F
  2. SIDEDRESS 125 LBS OF NH3 AT V5
  3. 360 Y-DROP 55 LBS 32% AT V10-V12
EAST:
  1. 60 LBS 32% W&F
  2. SIDEDRESS 195 LBS OF NH3 AT V5
WEST:
  1. 60 LBS 32% W&F
  2. SIDEDRESS 195 LBS OF NH3 AT V5
CENTER:
  1. 60 LBS 32% W&F
  2. SIDEDRESS 125 LBS OF NH3 AT V5
  3. 360 Y-DROP 55 LBS 32% AT V10-V12
EAST:
  1. 60 LBS 32% W&F
  2. SIDEDRESS 195 LBS OF NH3 AT V5
Strip LBS 32% W&F LBS NH3 AT V5 LBS 32% AT V10-V12 TOTAL N Yield bu/A
WEST 60 LBS 195 LBS 0 225 LBS 223
CENTER 60 LBS 125 LBS 55 LBS 240 LBS 236
EAST 60 LBS 195 LBS 0 255 LBS 219
Results 1
LBS 32% W&F
60 LBS
LBS NH3 AT V5
195 LBS
LBS 32% AT V10-V12
0
TOTAL N
255 LBS
YIELD BU/A
223
LBS 32% W&F
60 LBS
LBS NH3 AT V5
125 LBS
LBS 32% AT V10-V12
55 LBS
TOTAL N
240 LBS
YIELD BU/A
236
LBS 32% W&F
60 LBS
LBS NH3 AT V5
195 LBS
LBS 32% AT V10-V12
0
TOTAL N
255 LBS
YIELD BU/A
219

+360 Y-DROP VS. ONE-AND-DONE

Key Takeaways

  • Even in a year with high mineralization, a late-season application with 360 Y-DROP still lead to increased yields.
  • Split application of N using a base plus approach resulted in more yield than the traditional one-and-done approach.
  • Measuring nitrate levels in season is important to improve profitability.

In both plots the grower applied 150 lbs. of fall NH3. Check strips were left and compared to a 360 Y-DROP rate of 60 lbs. at V10.

Both farms saw a phenomenal amount of mineralization, but 360 Y-DROP still showed a yield response in both applications. (Tests conducted by Agrivision)

METHODS

  1. Usually Fall applied one-and-done NH3 150 lbs
  2. 60 lbs. applied with 360 Y-Drop

ACHESON

RX YIELD BU/A BOI FOR N DIFFERENCE
360 Y-DROP 229.93 $710.26 $11.64
Check 225.54 $721.89

CRAIG

RX YIELD BU/A BOI FOR N DIFFERENCE
360 Y-DROP 225.37 $694.30 $31.00
Check 208.8 $663.30
Results 2
ACHESON RX
360 Y-DROP
YIELD BU/A
229.93
BOI FOR N
$710.26
DIFFERENCE
$11.64
ACHESON RX
Check
YIELD BU/A
229.93
BOI FOR N
$710.26
DIFFERENCE
$11.64
CRAIG RX
360 Y-DROP
YIELD BU/A
225.37
BOI FOR N
$694.30
DIFFERENCE
$31.00
CRAIG RX
Check
YIELD BU/A
208.8
BOI FOR N
$663.30
DIFFERENCE
$31.00

+NITROGEN UPTAKE

Key Takeaways

  • Placing N closer to the root (system) ball increases N efficiency.
  • Based on efficiencies the 360 Y-DROP (every row) was 25% more efficient at getting N into the plant than coulter.

360 Yield Center partnered with the University of Illinois using a tracer ion in a nitrogen solution called 15N to compare uptake efficiencies from various in season nitrogen applications. In this particular study an application of 100 lbs. was broadcast applied prior to planting. When the crop approached V8 all applications of 100 lbs. were made with the 15N ion tracer incorporated in the UAN solution.

METHODS

  1. 100 lbs N broadcast pre-plant
  2. 100 lbs 15N at V8 via one of the three application methods:
    1. Treatment 1: 360 Y-DROP every row
    2. Treatment 2: 360 Y-DROP every other row
    3. Treatment 3: Coulter
This protocol was replicated three times within the plot to verify the results.
TREATMENT METHOD TOTAL LBS GRAIN STOVER TOTAL LOSS
360 Y-DROP (every row) 100 25 15 40
360 Y-DROP Single Hose (every other row) 100 22 13 36 -11%
Coulter (center row) 100 19 13 32 -25%
Results 3
TREATMENT METHOD
360 Y-DROP (every row)
TOTAL LBS
100
GRAIN
25
STOVER
15
TOTAL
40
LOSS
TREATMENT METHOD
360 Y-DROP Single Hose (every other row)
TOTAL LBS
100
GRAIN
22
STOVER
13
TOTAL
36
LOSS
-11%
TREATMENT METHOD
Coulter (center row)
TOTAL LBS
100
GRAIN
19
STOVER
13
TOTAL
32
LOSS
-25%

+360 Y-DROP VS DROP

Key Takeaways

  • Placing N closer to the root (system) ball increases N efficiency.
  • N volatilization is reduced when stem water and canopy closure is utilized.
  • Placement of nitrogen with 360 Y-DROP resulted in a 5-6 bu/A advantage over placement in the center of the row.

In this trial the grower, Stan Smith, compared applications right by the corn row to apps that were made 15” from the plant at V9. 360 Y-DROP was used to place nitrogen within 1” of the base of the plant. The 360 Y-DROP hoses were then tied together to place nitrogen 15” away, in the middle of the row, to imitate a regular drop.

METHODS

  • 65 lbs N at planting 28% W&F broadcast
  • 105 lbs N at V9 28% and ATS
REP METHOD TOTAL N YIELD BU/A
REP 1 DROP 170 LBS 213.1
360 Y-DROP 170 LBS 219.6
REP 2 DROP 170 LBS 212.1
360 Y-DROP 175 LBS 217.5
Results 4
REP
REP 1
METHOD
Drop
TOTAL N
170 LBS
YIELD BU/A
213.1
REP
REP 1
METHOD
360 Y-Drop
TOTAL N
170 LBS
YIELD BU/A
219.6
REP
REP 2
METHOD
Drop
TOTAL N
170 LBS
YIELD BU/A
212.1
REP
REP 2
METHOD
360 Y-Drop
TOTAL N
175 LBS
YIELD BU/A
217.5
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