HOW DOES YELLOW JACKET WORK?
Yellow Jacket is like having a sponge around each and every seed. Once water is applied, the coating holds that moisture and other nutrients around the seed – making them available as needed for germination and establishment. Without coating, the water simply passes the seed allowing it to dry out, resulting in more frequent watering and increased expense.
This spongy layer has additional benefits as well. Yellow Jacket coating increases the density of very light and fluffy bentgrass seed. This makes seeding easier, more accurate and also allows for a more uniform distribution pattern when applied with a seed spreader. Seed stays where it falls due to the extra weight and size. When overseeded, the coated seed will move down in the turf faster and easier. Another tremendous benefi t is that Yellow Jacket coated bentgrass is not as prone to disease as uncoated seed.
All these benefits are due in large part to a key component of Yellow Jacket – Zeba®, a super absorbent technology that can hold 600 times its own weight in water. University trials show that Zeba can absorb and hold fungicides and protect seedlings up to three weeks after seeding. Fungicide on uncoated seed washes off quickly limiting their benefit.
The Yellow Jacket formulation also contains Apron® (metalaxyl), a fungicide to prevent Pythium infestation in newly seeded areas.
Research trials at the University of New Mexico show that seed coated with Yellow Jacket establishes faster and requires less water. Yellow Jacket simultaneously helps the seed thrive while conserving water.
This photo shows how much faster seed coated with Yellow Jacket (right) grows compared to uncoated seed (right).
HOW MUCH BETTER IS SUPERCHARGED BENTGRASS?
Independent trials conducted at the University of New Mexico and Ohio State University both conclude that bentgrass coated with Yellow Jacket consistently out-performs uncoated bentgrass in all turf categories. At the University of New Mexico, Barenbrug compared Yellow Jacket coated seed with uncoated seed under high moisture (96% of evapotranspiration) and low moisture (56% of evapotranspiration) conditions. Supercharged Bentgrass with Yellow Jacket coating germinated and established far better – with less water.