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Why nutrients are important ?

There are a number of inputs crops rely on for adequate growth. These include sunlight for photosynthesis and chlorophyll production, water for assisting in nutrient uptake and the nutrients themselves. Some nutrients are found naturally in the soil, but many are introduced by the grower.

Nitrogen, potassium and phosphate are three nutrients familiar to almost any grower. They’re fundamental to crop’s health and vigor, as they impact the growth of crop’s leaves, stalks, stems and root systems. When the soil is lacking in any of these key nutrients, they need to be added manually as fertilizer.

Why uptake is important ?

Investment in nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphate into the field are key elements to crop’s yield potential. And getting the most out of those investments is vital to the grower’s bottom line.

Microbes can play an important role in making these nutrients available to crops – helping to make more efficient use of fertilizers. There is a range of microbial products available that can help in two crucial ways:

  • Breaking down organic matter where essential nutrients are tied up.
  • Help roots explore more soil to access nutrients that would have been out of reach

These benefits not only help maximize your fertilizer efficiency, the improved nutrient uptake and availability these beneficial microbes provide to crops help them emerge earlier and stronger, build a more robust root system, and develop strong stalks to support grain. These elements, by the end of the season, help improve yield potential.

​​Bret Gygi, Technology Development Lead for Monsanto BioAg, shares his knowledge on nutrient uptake.​
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