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Cold Soil = Low Phosphorus Availability

Phosphorus (P) availability is reduced in cold soils, and as you know, P is important for early root growth! 1

XiteBio Yield+ may help your dilemma with low P availability in cold soil by solubilizing soil-bound phosphate, converting it into a plant-usable form. XiteBio Yield+ can be applied infurrow with your starter fertilizer or with your early post herbicide spray.

The active ingredient is a unique patented strain of Bacillus firmus. This PGPR is a vigorous colonizer of plant roots with distinct phosphorus (P) solubilizing characteristics that work throughout the growing season to help plants maximize growth and cope with stress conditions.

Effect of XiteBio® Yield+ on Corn

Contact our Crop Inputs Account Manager, Dean Shantz at 519-662-2877 X.246 or complete the form below to schedule your delivery or for additional information.

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(1) Phosphorus Fertilization: Understanding Soil Chemistry and Crop
March 14, 2012, Dr. Don Flaten, University of Manitoba

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XiteBio® Yield+ Liquid Biologicals Powered by PGPR

XiteBio® Yield+ is an early post-emergent biological that can be tank-mixed with the herbicide application for the first pass at the 0-6 leaf stage or applied in-furrow. XiteBio® Yield+ products are based on a naturally occurring PGPR (Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria) platform, allowing for easy use and higher yields. XiteBio® Yield+ contains a unique strain of Bacillus firmus that utilizes three distinct modes of action to improve phosphorus availability and increase yields.

Please contact our Crop Inputs Account Manager, Dean Shantz at 519-662-2877 X.246 with any questions or for additional information.

Products currently available include:

  • XiteBio® Yield+ for Canola
  • XiteBio® Yield+ for Legumes
  • XiteBio® Yield+ for Corn, Wheat & Barley

Field Trials

The advantages of PGPR include

  • Ready to use liquid, no mixing with other liquids or powders required
  • Tank-mixable with most post-emergent herbicides and many liquid fertilizers
  • Convenient post emergent or in-furrow application options
  • Phosphorus solubilization that increases soil P availability and uptake
  • Production of plant growth phytohormones “e.g. IAA”
  • Siderophore production that chelates iron and increases availability
  • Improves early stage plant growth and nutrition
  • Reduces plant stress under poor environmental conditions
  • Increases root mass and development
  • Improves plant vigor and health
  • Earlier maturity and longer flowering
  • Increases yields and ROI

The science behind Yield+ technology

The mode of action is the way the a.i. (active ingredient) of the product affects the plant and its surrounding environment. XiteBio® Yield+ utilizes the following modes of action to help crops develop stronger root systems and better yields.

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DOWNLOAD | Bird Feeder Cleaning Guide

Prevent feed from spoiling and development of diseases

Did you know feeders should be cleaned a minimum once per month?! Popular feeders may need to be cleaned more frequently. We’ve created a quick guide to walk you through the process.

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Beet Pulp FAQ

Beet Pulp FAQ

What is Beet Pulp?

Beet pulp is the fibrous portion of the sugar beet, left after the sugar and liquid has been removed. This by-product is supplied as either shreds or pellet form.

Does your Beet Pulp Pellets Plain contain molasses?

Although we do sell Beet Pulp Pellets with Molasses, our Beet Pulp Pellets Plain does not contain molasses. Please note that Beet Pulp Pellets with Molasses is a more expensive product.

What is the sugar levels of your Beet Pulp Pellets?

Our Beet Pulp Pellets Plain has a max sucrose level of 8% vs our Beet Pulp Pellets with Molasses has a max sucrose level of 12%.

Do you ever package Beet Pulp Pellets with Molasses in Beet Pulp Pellets Plain packaging?

No! Pestell Minerals & Ingredients is proudly HACCP, SQF and Safe Feed/Safe Food certified. To learn more about our quality assurance certificates, please visit our website.

How do you ensure that the product with Molasses doesn’t end up in the Plain bag?

We source our Beet Pulp Pellets Plain from separate suppliers than our Beet Pulp Pellets with Molasses. Additionally, these pellets are packaged in separate facilities which further eliminates any concern about product mix up or molasses contamination. Our Beet Pulp Shred products arrive bagged from our supplier.

Why is there colour variance from my last order?

How the pulp is processed can cause colour variance. Since we pull our product from multiple locations throughout the year, the different drying methods from each location can cause variation to the colour, odour and soak time (up to 24hrs).

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Negative DCAD Balancing with BIO-CHLOR

Negative DCAD Balancing with BIO-CHLOR

Less disease, smoother calving.

BIO-CHLOR™ is the only consistently formulated, palatable anion source that drives bacterial growth to support rumen function and produce metabolizable protein (MP). BIO-CHLOR delivers the negative DCAD required to consistently acidify cows and help prevent metabolic disorders.

Monitor urine pH to help prevent metabolic disorders.

  • Measuring urine pH is a tool to verify that cows are consistently consuming the negative DCAD diet that was formulated and delivered to the bunk
  • The lower the ration DCAD the lower the urine pH

NOTE: See our How-To Sheet on monitoring urine pH.

The BIO-CHLOR advantage:

  1. Supports dry matter intake (DMI) prepartum leading to less time diagnosing off-feed issues postpartum
  2. Smoother calvings with fewer metabolic disorders
  3. Fewer resources needed to diagnose and treat subclinical/clinical issues

BIO-CHLOR helps stop milk fever before it starts.

DCAD balancing: proven.

The close-up ration helps set the stage for optimal performance in the upcoming lactation. One proven nutritional tool during transition is dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) balancing.

Spend less time dealing with disorders.

A healthier herd with BIO-CHLOR.

Cows fed BIO-CHLOR at least 21 days prepartum experienced:1

  • 84.6% fewer cases of milk fever
  • 65.9% reduction in retained placentas
  • 71.0% fewer uterine infections

MP: the healthy way to achieve efficiency.

Deliver more MP with the ideal amino acid profile.

MP is the form of protein that’s digested postruminally and supplies essential amino acids which are vital to dairy cow maintenance and productivity.

Improved Protein Status

  • Reduce metabolic disease
  • Improved immune function
  • Greater start-up milks

Boost milk yield.

In two different studies, cows fed BIO-CHLOR 21 days prepartum showed improved milk production compared to the control diet.3,4

Recommended feeding rates.

Feeding rates will vary and are approximately 1.5 to 2.0 lbs. per cow per day.

  • Obtain DCAD forage analysis by wet chemistry and test water supply to determine chloride, potassium, sodium and sulfur levels which can vary by water source and could affect DCAD levels
  • Optimum DCAD range for prepartum cows is -8 to -12 meq/100g dry matter
  • Feed BIO-CHLOR™ as a primary MP source in prepartum cow diets


NOTE: For more details on formulating ration DCAD, ask your Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition representative about our How-To Sheets for balancing negative and positive DCAD diets.

Who Doesn't Want To

Prevent Metabolic Disorders?

Great Minds Think Alike.

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We use scientific research to unlock the power of nature to create products that focus on your Animals First. Productivity Always. To learn more about MEGALAC contact your nutritionist, veterinarian or Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition representative or visit

1. Robert Corbett. ARM & HAMMER™ Animal Nutrition, 2001. Data on file.
2. Weich W, Block E, Litherland, NB. Extended negative dietary cation-anion difference feeding does not negatively affect postpartum performance of multiparous dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 2013;96:5780-5792.
3. Hoover, Webster. Difference in feed intake pre- and postpartum, urine pH prepartum, and difference in production parameters postpartum for cows fed a control diet vs. a BIO-CHLOR containing diet (DCAD -10 meq/100 g DM) for 21 days pre-partum. ADSA Abstract, 1998.
4. DeGroot MA, Block E, French PD. Effect of prepartum anionic supplementation on periparturient feed intake, health, and milk production. J Dairy Sci 2010:93:5268–5279.
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Bird Food Ingredients – New Crop 2018

Bird Food Ingredients – New Crop 2018

The New Crop season is here! Have you considered your needs for this Fall and Winter season? Please contact your Account Manager for pricing on direct shipments of New Crop Bird Food.

Below you’ll find market information on various Bird Food Ingredients and a downloadable Wild Bird Food and Feeder Preference Chart.

Crop Update

Sunflower Black Oil

Sunflower Black Oil – Overall yield is adequate for this year’s feeding season. New crop pricing has settled in slightly softer than old crop and is expected to remain flat into the winter months.


Millet – The millet harvest is complete with the yields being near the historical average. Prices are expected to remain high due to strong demand with the U.S. blenders and due to farmers reluctance to sell. White millet stores well and many farmers are willing to hold out for higher prices. We recommend buying ahead on your millet requirement.


Milo – Milo harvest is underway. Yields look decent and pricing is expected to remain steady.

Flax Seed

Flax Seed – Acreage was down for the third year in a row. Canada faces increased challenges in the export market with strong competition from Eastern Europe who benefits heavily from shorter freight distances. We expect this market to remain steady.


Peas – Decreased export demand has resulted in lower production. This market will remain stable to soft.

Wild Bird Food and Feeder Preference Chart

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Are you ready for Ice Melt season?

Industry prepares for a salt shortage for winter 18/19

Winter is on its way and it’s no secret that the industry is concerned with a salt shortage for this coming ice and snow season. We are advising our customers to place their Ice melt orders early to avoid the rush and potential shortage.  

The supply speculation started this past summer so how can the industry really be short on salt? The problem is caused by a few key issues:

  • The largest underground salt mine located in Goderich, Ont. experienced a 12-week labour strike this year. Production has since resumed but they are still not back to pre-strike production rates. 
  • Last year’s tough winter, ending with a bad ice storm in April, left salt reserves depleted. Normally 30% of salt is held in reserve for the next year.
  • Most provinces, regions, and municipalities have ordered 10 to 20% more salt, based on last years’ experience. Governments and those who maintain infrastructure (airports, roads etc.) are given priority with supplies from the mines. This has left private contractors looking for alternative suppliers this winter.

Now is the time to find the best Ice Melt to suit your needs and optimize your salt consumption. Below you’ll find an Ice Melt Comparison Chart to match your needs to a product.  


Winter rock salt in serious short supply
October 9, 2018 Press release from Landscape Ontario

Spare some salt? The rock salt shortage of 2018
October 9, 2018 Article by Jordan Whitehouse from Landscape Ontario

North America is facing a road salt shortage
October 10, 2018 Article from Equipment Journal

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Video | Golden Flake – Palm Fat Supplement (C16:0 C18:0 Bypass Fat)

Golden Flake is a palm oil based by-product, which is high in C16:0 & C18:0 content, extremely high in energy and a very palatable protected fat. Golden Flake can be incorporated into a total mixed ration, top-dressed onto forage or included in a blend. Pestell Minerals & Ingredients is the exclusive distributor of Golden Flake in Canada & USA.

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Ice Melters with Calcium Magnesium Acetate

Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) is an environmentally benign de-icer. It was developed to resolve the concern for damage to the environment and metal corrosion caused by the use of chloride de-icers.

Where surface damage and metal corrosion is a concern, Stealth Blue™ & Avalanche®’s special formula creates a bond between the surface area and the elements to protect against concrete, wood and corrosion damage.

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Ice Melt Product Comparison

The Winter season is almost upon us and now is a great time to consider ordering your Ice Melters. Book today to avoid possible delays in product availability.

For your convenience, we’ve created an Ice Melt Comparison Chart to help evaluate which product best suits your needs.

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