May31TueMay 31, 2016
Producers, consultants, agronomists, company reps, and retail reps are transitioning to “summer crop” mode, now that planting is winding down. In field after field across America, we will all be out there scratching, digging, pulling, and nurturing what we have sown. We often get asked what exactly we should be looking for throughout the summer.
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Seedling disease
- Early root development
- Insect damage
- Herbicide injury
- Stalk and leaf disease
- Plant color
Much of the country has experienced cooler than normal air and soil temps and wetter than normal soil environments in recent weeks. This has caused much anxiety and abnormal plant stress in establishing a hearty and healthy stand. Forecasts indicate warmer days are ahead and many of us will wish for relief in just a few weeks.
Other than warmer days and nights, a small shot of nutrients will most often help “restart” a slow and lethargic crop. Any NACHURS NPK is an ideal foliar means to help feed a plant early in the plant’s life cycle. Later on, as the crop nears its transition to reproductive stage, potassium is often the most overlooked nutrient.
NACHURS topKicK, NACHURS K-fuel, NACHURS K-flex each offer the best source of foliar applied K available. NACHURS Bio-K moves into the plant faster than any other form. Bio-K promotes better soil health and soil chemistry due to its microbial benefits and non-aggressive characteristics. Bio-K can be applied through any irrigation system.
Incorporate a foliar strategy of multiple, low rate applications. To obtain the maximum benefits, begin just prior to flower by applying 1 gallon/ac in plenty of water for coverage. Continue the application throughout flowering, targeting a maximum of 3 gallons/ac total for the season. The goal here is to prevent deficiencies rather than cure deficiencies. A proactive plant nutrient program will very often improve fruiting, hold fruit on the plant, and increase yield potential.
-Keith Flaniken, Southern US Sales Agronomist