Zinc (Zn) controls the intake of carbohydrates and is essential for sustainable growth and development of plants, a positive effect on the chlorophyll synthesis. Zinc is one of the components of many enzymes.
“Zinc can also be described as a trace element with reduced mobility in the soil,” said Roller. “The presence of zinc in the soil directly related to the pH. The BASF Agriculture higher the pH, the lower availability of zinc “, he added. “In addition to the high pH, zinc deficiency in plants in the early stages of growth can be caused by prolonged cold, wet and cloudy weather.”
The high content of phosphorus in the soil indicates zinc deficiency in plants and, therefore, the absence of a balanced diet. Today, many fertilizer manufacturers have their own range of complex fertilizers. Among the products Mosaic especially popular granular complex fertilizer MicroEssentials SZ, which combines N, P, S and Zn (12-40-10S-1Zn). Such a formulation provides uniform distribution of nutrients throughout the field and improves absorption of nutrients in general.
“Do not forget that a year with high yield from / crops means that it was a year with a high removal of nutrients from the soil”
When farmers are expected to yield close to the previous year, or want to achieve the best results for increasing the profitability of farms, it should start with changing soil conditions, and, accordingly, a program supply / crop.
“In times of decline in the commodities market prices, farmers have to think about expenditures per unit area and the profitability of their investments as a whole, rather than the cost per tonne,” said Roller. “Sulfur, zinc and boron are important elements, especially in the initial growth stage c / s plants. These elements directly affect the development of the plants in the next growing season. Of course, such things as early tillering and strong-growing root system can help prevent the occurrence of diseases, moreover only with healthy plants, you can count on high yield “.
“Up to 60% of the crop depends on the fertility of the soil, so the right investment in balanced plant nutrition is critical for the farmer,” adds Kurt Woolfolk.
Soil analysis every two years
Soil analysis to evaluate soil fertility, as well as to take steps towards its improvement.
“The analysis allows to define the current content of nutrients in the soil for the further adaptation of farming cultivation of various crops,” says Kurt. “Because each nutrient has its own characteristics, it is very important to work with a group of agronomists and consultants to determine the exact application of macro and micronutrients. It is important to know for what purpose, with what speed and what better way to make them. “