Cold weather never stops you. Don't let it stop nutrients either.



The impact of cold soil on early crop development.


Planting crops into cold soil can lead to delayed germination, inconsistent stand development and reduced crop vigor. This is primarily because essential nutrients become unavailable and root development is diminished. This reduction in nutrient availability occurs because soil-microbial activity and nutrient mobility are significantly lowered in cold soil.


Root development is also severely impacted due to reduced water absorption and slowed metabolic activity. As a result, roots become shorter and thicker, and lateral root formation (branching) decreases. Poor root development restricts uptake of key micronutrients from the soil, exacerbating the detrimental effects of cold soils on early crop establishment, ultimately leading to yield reductions.


Spotlight on zinc.


Zinc deficiency is a common side effect of planting in cold-spring soil. Low soil temperatures decrease zinc solubility, leading to insufficient levels of available zinc. Zinc is involved in the maintenance of auxin levels. Auxin is the primary plant-growth promoting hormone involved in root development. This limited auxin production results in stunted plants and reduced yields.


Benefits of applying zinc.

- Reverses zinc deficiencies that occur in cold soil

- Improves germination

- Maintains the synthesis of the key plant hormone, auxin

- Enhances root development and crop establishment


Recommend Products


VigorMax® seed treatment

Rate: 400-500 ml/100 kg seed

Analysis

Zinc (Zn).......10.2%

Boron (B).......0.5%


TerraDrive™ in furrow with a liquid starter or side dress

Rate: 1 L/ac

Analysis

Boron (B)..................0.25%

Copper (Cu).............1.3%

Manganese (Mn).......2.9%

Molybdenum (Mo)......0.25%

Zinc (Zn)...................1.5%

IBA...........................0.057%

*Includes 2.38% Sulfur (S)


ManZinPhos Max Plus™ at herbicide timing

Rate: 1 L/ac

Analysis

Nitrogen (N)...........6%

Phosphorus (P2O5)...20%

Potassium (K2O).......5%

Manganese (Mn)......3%

Zinc (Zn)..................1.0%



11 views

Challenging the Status Quo

  • Twitter - White Circle
  • Facebook Clean
  • LinkedIn Clean