We’ve touched on how nutrients can get bound up in the soil and are consequently rendered unavailable to the crop without the help of a proper chelate or chelating agent, but what does that actually mean?
The Importance Of Chelates
Chelated fertilizer chemically bonds with micronutrients, such as zinc, copper and iron, to prevent them from reacting with ions in the soil. Addressing the issue of micronutrient absorption is important because even though they are needed in much smaller amounts than macronutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, they are still very important to the crop’s growth and health.
Applying chelated fertilizer or a chelating agent in-furrow allows the plant to obtain essential soluble nutrients and benefit from them during its early growth stages, resulting in better emergence and plant health throughout the entire season.
The Benefit Of A Universal Chelating Agent
Different soils contain varying pH ranges. This requires growers in different geographic locations to develop individual fertility plans to fit their specific soil type. One grower’s plan is likely very different than another’s sometimes in close vicinity and other times a few states away. So how does this affect a grower’s choice of chelates?
The good news is that even though growers may have to change their fertility plans for different soil types. There is a stable and versatile ortho-ortho EDDHA chelating agent that will work across all soil types and geographies. The industry’s purest ortho-ortho EDDHA chelating agent is called Levesol™, and it is the only chelating agent that can be mixed with liquid fertilizer and applied in-furrow.
Levesol works inside the plant, in the soil and along with the fertilizer to allow the solubility and availability of the macronutrient phosphorous, as well as the micronutrients copper, zinc and iron. The reason Levesol works is because it chelates the micronutrients to prevent them from bonding with phosphorus, keeping both the phosphorus and the micronutrients available for the plant from the beginning.
Growers know their plants need phosphorus, but they have always had to add a large amount to their fields to be able to get enough that would be available to the plant. Now with Levesol, there is an option for making more of the phosphorus that is already present in the soil and the phosphorus that a grower adds to their field more available to the plant. This is a win-win for both the grower and their crops.
Balanced crop nutrition is not simply a good management strategy; it’s also a necessary condition that all biological organisms must abide by to maintain health and survival. The availability of macro and micronutrients allow the nutrient ion balance to be obtained to its fullest potential, which contributes to increasing the overall crop health and yield potential.
Stay tuned for our next post to learn more about the importance of nutrients early in a plant’s growth stage and how certain fertility methods can increase plant root mass and your ROI. Be sure to subscribe to our free newsletter below so you don’t miss a post: