Ruffin-Tuff®

Nutrition
  • Timing:
    Soil
  • Nutrient Type:
    Micronutrient
  • Formulation:
    Granular

Ruffin-Tuff products are patented, lignosulfonated (LS) soil-applied granular micronutrients. The Ruffin-Tuff line is designed specifically to increase nutrient use efficiency and proactively address specific micronutrient deficiencies in the soil. 

Why a Soil Micronutrient?

The word Micro can leave an impression that these nutrients are not as important to maximize crop production. However, even though the amount required by the crop is small relative to a macronutrient (N, P and K) the implications of limiting one or more of these essential nutrients can have a dramatic impact on the yield of the crop.

Over the previous number of decades stewardship to micronutrient management has not been a top priority giving rise that our soils being depleted with nutrient removal exceeding application rates.  However, over the last decade there has been a significant increase in micronutrient management as we need to drive the genetic yield potential of the crop.

One of the challenges is most of the micronutrients (Zn, Mn, Cu and Fe) (with the exception being Boron) have limited mobility in the soil meaning deficiencies can show up immediately in the young seedlings.  

To ensure the plant does not ever become micronutrient deficiency it is critical to do a soil application using the proper form and placement to optimize nutrient uptake and efficiency by the plant.

The 8 key micronutrients include Zinc (Zn), Boron (B), Manganese (Mn), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Chloride (Cl) Molybdenum (Mo), and Nickel (Ni).

There are a number of benefits of using a soil micronutrient that include (but not limited to);

  • Optimize multiple enzymatic processes to maximize photosynthesis.
  • Maximize rooting by the crop.
  • Ensure proper cell wall and membrane formation in both the roots and leaves of the plant.
  • Compliment N, P, K and S nutrition to keep all essential nutrients in balance.
  • Important for abiotic stress tolerance
  • Maintain optimum plant health to help the young plants ward off invasion by pathogen and insects (biotic stress).
  • In most situations, the micronutrient can be blended with a soil macronutrient program.

To confirm if a micronutrient application is required, it is recommended to do a complete soil analysis for each field. Be sure to include the crop being grown when performing the soil sample as each crop is unique in their micronutrient requirements.

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Why Ruffin-Tuff?

Ruffin-Tuff™ products are patented, lignosulfonated (LS) soil-applied granular micronutrients. The Ruffin-Tuff line is designed specifically to increase nutrient use efficiency and proactively address specific micronutrient deficiencies in the soil. 

Proven Agronomic Performance

INCREASED YIELD (GROWTH CHAMBER RESULTS) 

Growth chamber data showed that Ruffin-Tuff increased overall wheat yield by an average 46%, due to 100% solubility and increased availability. By Improving the early season root development, Ruffin-Tuff increased yield.

Technical Info

PRODUCTANALYSISRATETIMINGFORMPRODUCT SIZE

Ruffin-Tuff Zinc 10%

10Zn-7S2-4 lbs/acSoilGranular22.7 Kg, 907Kg

Ruffin-Tuff Copper 5%

5Cu-6S4-8 lbs/acSoilGranular22.7 Kg, 907Kg

Ruffin-Tuff Manganese 8%

8Mn-6S2.5-5 lbs/acSoilGranular22.7 Kg, 907Kg

Ruffin-Tuff Iron 10%

10Fe-8S2-4 lbs/acSoilGranular22.7 Kg, 907Kg

Ruffin-Tuff Crop Mix II

6Zn-3Mn-1.5Cu-1.5B-8S3.5-7 lbs/acSoilGranular22.7 Kg, 907Kg

Ruffin-Tuff Canola and Pulse

6Zn-3B-3Mn3.5-7.0 lbs/acSoilGranular907Kg

Ruffin-Tuff Cereal

4Zn-4Cu-1Mn5.0-10.0 L/acSoilGranular907Kg

Product Recommendations

  • Using the agronomically approved efficiency factor (5:1), Ruffin- Tuff offers a low rate of product per acre, while still delivering more feeding sites for the plant roots to take up the nutrients. 

  • Please conduct a soil sample to determine if your soil will be responsive to a granular micronutrient application.