It’s important to understand essential crop nutrient activities and how that knowledge can assist ag retailers and growers in understanding management activities. With that, it’s equally as important to understand that not all nutrients are created equal — in terms of the roles they perform and the quantities of each that are required by the plant for healthy development.
Crop nutrients are categorized by primary and secondary macronutrients and micronutrients. The three primary macronutrients that are crucial to plant growth are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Each of these are taken up by the plant in larger quantities relating to the other nutrients, but at specific rates and timeframes to ensure optimal plant growth and development.
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Nitrogen is a vital component of amino acids and proteins for plant growth.
Phosphorus is essential in the conversion of light energy to a source that crops can store, transfer, and utilize.
Potassium is essential for reactions relating to enzyme activation, water use, sugar transport, disease resistance and many more. It’s also a team player and assists or regulates the role of many other nutrients and processes.
It is crucial that crops receive the appropriate amount and the correct form of each essential nutrient. Whether it is a primary macronutrient such as nitrogen, phosphorus or potassium; a secondary macronutrient including calcium, magnesium or sulfur; or one of the micronutrients including iron, manganese, copper, boron, zinc, molybdenum, chloride or cobalt. They each have an important role to play in the plants’ life and are all an essential part of creating a healthy, high yielding crop.
Steve Roehl further explains the vital role these different nutrients play in the plant’s development in the newest LIFT Agriculture Academy course on Essential Nutrients, available starting in April 2017.
West Central Distribution developed the LIFT Agriculture Academy to provide a free training and educational agronomic and product resource for its ag retail customers. To learn more visit LIFTagacademy.com.