We know that growers are always looking for ideas that could boost yield potential and strengthen their bottom lines. Here are some ideas that most farmers can incorporate with little adjustments to their current management practices.
Some considerations from our Agronomists
Side Dressing more than Nitrogen may provide benefit
Side dress treatments can do more than provide additional nitrogen. Growers today, particularly those looking to improve upon yields, mitigate stress or capitalize on opportunity have the ability to apply other nutrients in their side dress application.
Due to the advanced compatibility and flexible application methods of AgroLiquid products, growers are adding phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium and micronutrients along with High NRG-N at side dress. Tank mix partners such as Pro-Germ, Kalibrate, eNhance, accesS, S-Calate and Micro 500 have become profitable additions to any side dress application.
Foliar Treatments Crops may benefit from added nutrients
Mid season foliar treatments can add new life to stalled or struggling crops and support heavy fruit loads. Often we consider N, K and micros in foliar treatments but do not forget P. N may be the fuel for growth but P is the engine; ATP combines the product of photosynthesis with low energy phosphorus to create the energy that promotes growth and supports plant health. ACLF Phosphorus products allow P to be applied as a foliar with little risk to the crop and great benefit to the yield and quality.
Vegetable, Fruit, and Tree Crop Production
Producers utilizing fertigation techniques to supply nutrient along with water can enjoy the freedom to combine complete crop nutrition without the fear of antagonism, staging treatments or precipitant causing problems with emitters or injection systems.
The environments where blueberries are typically grown force a number of limitations on conventional fertilizer products. Much of the P becomes almost unavailable, calcium is often deficient, Iron and Manganese is generally limited, and many conventional products contain chlorine and salts that are limiting to good crop production and restrict application methods. AgroLiquid products are less affected by the environmental conditions and provide application flexibility matched by none. Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers matched with advanced nutrient management generally promote superior yields and better crop quality. For two years running, Agro-Liquid has helped growers achieve top production awards.
pH effects everything – don’t let it rob your yield potential.
Amending soils is an important aspect of crop production. It is best to do this in the fall in order to allow the process to begin to work prior to planting. Nutrients don’t have the luxury of sitting in sterile surroundings in the soil. Every nutrient is being influenced by something in the soil environment. Proper pH management helps limit the reactions that can cause nutrients to be unavailable to your crop. It is rare to find a field that is perfectly balanced, so take steps to manage your fertilizer to maximize the crop response.
Here are a few simple tips:
- Place your nutrients near the root zone where more root mass can absorb the nutrients.
- pH imbalances may require more nutrient management, such as multiple applications of some nutrients.
- pH imbalances can induce some deficiencies that may need addressed.
The versatility of Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer’s full line of crop nutrition can give you the tools you need to maximize production in less than ideal pH conditions, as well as in the ideal soil. If you have known pH issues, don’t ignore them. Contact an agronomist to explore your options and improve your yield potential.
Micro nutrients produce big results.
Micronutrients are critical to achieving optimum crop production. However, many growers neglect to include them in their fertility program. Micronutrients generally cost more per pound than nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, and deficiencies aren’t as obvious. This leads growers to feel they don’t benefit from including them in their fertilizer program. In addition, there are often issues with application. There have been many inferior micronutrient products that haven’t stayed mixed with N-P-K and the producer couldn’t be sure he was getting even distribution, much less a positive response. So the cost and difficulty in application has caused growers to omit them entirely. Micronutrients are an important part of a balanced fertilizer program and they improve the performance of other applied nutrients. Maximize your production potential with options provided in the microLink family from Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers.
Don’t Let Sulfur be Secondary.
Since sulfur is categorized as a secondary nutrient, it is easy to let it slip down our fertilizer priority list. While it may be considered a secondary nutrient, when it is needed, you can consider it a primary nutrient. Many times, the exclusion of sulfur will greatly reduce the uptake of primary nutrients. This makes proper use of sulfur an important part of any fertilizer program. Agro-Culture Liquid has the sulfur products to meet your crop’s sulfur needs.
Side-dress more than just nitrogen.
We are conditioned to think only of nitrogen when side-dressing corn. However, side-dressing allows us an opportunity to add other nutrients. In sandy soils, or very K deficient soils, adding potassium to the nitrogen can boost K movement into the plant at a critical time. Needed secondary elements or micro-nutrients could be added. With concerns over reduced sulfur levels and manganese deficiency in Roundup ready crops, adding some Mn with a side-dress can effectively supply this nutrient to the crop at a time when Roundup applications are being made. Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers manufactures the full spectrum of plant nutrients and can combine them in the proper quantities to maximize your side-dress trip.
Supplemental nutrition with post emerge crop protection application.
If post emerge crop protection is part of your management plan then you may want to consider adding supplemental plant nutrition to the program. In most cases it is simply a matter of insuring compatibility with your crop protectant then replacing a few gallons of water in your tank mix with a few gallons of fertilizer that is safe for foliar application. The growth stage of your crop, proper timing of your application, the pH of your water source, and the formulation of the supplemental nutrients are all important in seeing an economically beneficial yield response. By design, many of Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers products produce positive nutrient response when foliar applied. Most fertilizers do not- so be careful what you use. To discuss if this is a good option for you contact an agronomist.
Give your corn crop a foliar nitrogen boost.
Circumstances might call for giving your crop a ‘booster’ shot of fertility through a foliar application. Maybe you find yourself short on nitrogen, or maybe you just think you can reach beyond your original yield goal. Whatever the reason, foliar applications can be effective at supplementing a crop’s nutritional needs. This is a great time to add some supplemental nitrogen. Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers N-Response is an excellent foliar nitrogen product with superior compatibility and proven results. If you are going to foliar feed, following a few guidelines can maximize your return:
Tips for Foliar Nutrient Applications
- Plants are best able to absorb nutrients through leaf tissue if applied before temperatures exceed 86 degrees.
- Pay attention to salt-index, or the potential for a product to cause injury to plant tissue. You don’t want to cause more injury than benefit, and some products just aren’t suitable for direct application to plant foliage. AgroLiquid has proprietary processes that lowers our salt index in order to minimize the risk of plant injury.
- Crops can absorb nutrients on the underside of their leaves. The challenge is getting nutrients on the bottom of the leaves. Using smaller nozzles and high pressure can increase the odds that some of the solution will swirl around and end up on the bottom of the leaves. Smaller droplets also increase coverage on the leaves and expose the nutrients to more entry points on the plant.
- In the case of foliar applications, if a little is good, then a little is still good. Plants will only utilize a small amount of foliar nutrition. Applying large doses will increase the chance of burning the crop and there isn’t a linear increase in production from high application rates. Keep rates realistic.
Manage potential Manganese Flash.
There has been research evidence suggesting that applications of Roundup can induce a manganese deficiency in the plant. ACLF has researched the combination of manganese with Roundup and has seen consistent yield increases without jeopardizing weed control. Just another solution provided through the microLink family of Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers.
Manage the Economics
Today’s gene-stacked hybrids carry a premium price. It is important to maximize production from the seed investment. A grower may get a flattening yield curve from high application rates of any one nutrient. Balance is critical. As one input is increased, some capital may need to be invested in the next limiting nutrient. The experienced staff at Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers is trained to recognize potentially limiting nutrients. We feel it is incumbent on us to help you invest your crop nutrition dollar responsibly. So give us the opportunity to prove our value to your operation.