Bret Gygi, Technology Development Lead for Monsanto BioAg, shares his knowledge on nutrient uptake.
WHY NUTRIENTS ARE IMPORTANT
There are a number of inputs your 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 you the grower.
Nitrogen, potassium and phosphate are three nutrients familiar to almost any grower. They’re fundamental to your crop’s health and vigor, as they impact the growth of your crop’s leaves, stalks, stems and root system. When your soil is lacking in any of these key nutrients, they need to be added manually as fertilizer.
WHY UPTAKE IS IMPORTANT
Your investment in nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphate into your field are key elements to your crop’s yield potential. And getting the most out of those investments is vital to your bottom line.
Microbes can play an important role in making these nutrients available to your crop – helping you make more efficient use of your fertilizer. There are 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 you maximize your fertilizer efficiency, the improved nutrient uptake and availability these beneficial microbes provide to your crops helps them emerge earlier and stronger, build a more robust root system, and develop strong stalks to support grain. Which, by the end of the season, help improve your yield potential.