For wheat farmers seeking that extra increment of yield potential, Verdesian Life Sciences has developed an efficient and economical way to meet the wheat crop’s need for zinc. Verdesian now offers Tuxedo Cereals micronutrient seed treatment.
By Edited from an article by Guodong Liu, Edward Hanlon, and Yuncong Li, University of Florida
Plant nutrients are one of the environmental factors essential for crop growth and development. Nutrient management is crucial for optimal productivity in commercial crop production. Those nutrients in concentrations of ≤ 100 parts per million (ppm) in plant tissues are described as micronutrients and include iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu), boron (B), chlorine (Cl), molybdenum (Mo), and nickel (Ni). Micronutrients such as Fe, Mn, Zn, and Cu are easily oxidized or precipitated in soil, and their utilization is, therefore, not very efficient. Chelated fertilizers have been developed to increase micronutrient utilization efficiency.
By Edited from an article by Charles Wortmann, Richard Ferguson, Gary Hergert, Charles Shapiro, and Tim Shaver, Extension Soils Specialists, University of Nebraska
Of the 16 elements known to be essential for plant growth, seven are used in very small amounts and, with the exception of iron, have an uptake of less than 1 pound per acre per year. These are classified as micronutrients and include zinc (Zn), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu), boron (B), molybdenum (Mo), and chlorine (Cl). Interest in micronutrients has increased with increasing yield levels, increasing rates of nutrient removal in harvests, and availability of alternative micronutrient products.
One of the most important things you can do throughout the season to help increase yield potential is to ensure your crops have adequate nutrition. You can check nutrient levels by working with your agronomist to take multiple tissue samples throughout the season (often in concert with soil samples) to determine if critical nutrients are lacking.
Tissue testing is one tool in a farmer’s agronomy toolbox. It’s a tool that can help them decide if their crop is getting secondary and micronutrients, diagnose problem areas in fields, and evaluate nutrient uptake. But why is this important?
By Mark Goodwin, VP Agronomy and Product Development for Compass Minerals
If you are striving for high-yielding corn, now is the time to finalize plans for foliar feeding your crop. Have you considered including boron fertilizer products? According to a study conducted by Fred Below at the University of Illinois in 2013 looking at how boron fertilizer products contribute to corn yield, a foliar application of Wolf Trax Boron DDP at tasseling could be a smart investment.
Soybean is a crop that can remove significant amounts of nutrients per bushel of grain harvested. Because of this, soybeans can respond to starter fertilizer applications on low-testing soils, particularly phosphorus.