Phosphorus is a key essential nutrient necessary to optimize healthy plant growth and yields. However, industry research shows that over 50 percent of production acres are phosphorus deficient. Research also shows 83 percent of growers are concerned about phosphorus getting tied up in the soil.
When crops are able to access the appropriate amounts of phosphorus, along with the other macro and micronutrients, it positively benefits the crop and protects the crop’s yield potential.
We Can Make Phosphorus More Available
Phosphorus is relatively immobile and known for getting tied up in the soil. When this occurs, plants are unable to reach their full yield potential because they do not get the optimum level of nutrients required for healthy development. Phosphorus tie-up occurs because the crops are in competition with other nutrients in the soil that are also attracted to phosphorus. When these other nutrients bind with phosphorus, it lowers phosphorus’ availability to the developing crop.
West Central Distribution and The Climate Corporation are challenging ag retailers and their growers to maximize yields by developing more efficient phosphorus management solutions for their fields. They launched the P Project to provide education and resources to help make phosphorus more available for healthy crop development.
In 2017, they implemented field tests including nutrient efficiency products and used digital agriculture tools within Climate FieldView™ to provide results from a variety of crops for multiple field locations. The following case study shows an example of the P Project at work.
P Project Case Study Featuring Soybean Fertility (Lamoure, ND)
- Included a 20-acre fertility plot where they targeted two-acre treatments, including:
- Used Climate FieldView to track the test results from start to finish, including details about fertility treatment applications, rainfall and other factors impacting the crop.
- Field had been zone sampled which provided soil profile characteristics about the field.
Retailer Benefits from the P Project
- Combining West Central’s Levesol family products increases phosphorus efficiency and improves fertility with the crop.
- Combining these fertility products with a strong digital agriculture tool such as Climate FieldView is a way for retailers to provide proof data for the products and services they offer their growers.
- Creates a powerful tool that helps the retailer share results from their local geography with their customers.
- Allows growers to quantify the results and their return on investment for the products are using.
Increasing a Grower’s Return on their Investment
As seen in the results below, all the product trials showed increased in ROI vs. untreated check:
Because Every Field Has Nutrient Availability Issues
This year, West Central is challenging ag retailers and growers to take the P Challenge in their own fields. The P Challenge – part of the P Project will use cutting-edge digital ag tools to identify phosphorus availability issues. Once problem areas are identified, retailers will be able to work with their growers to use proven crop fertility solutions to create a crop management plan to help them achieve their yield goals.
As part of the P Challenge, growers will upload their grid soil data onto Climate FieldView™ so they can work with their retailer to make fertility decisions and track their success throughout the season.
Growers will be able to monitor their progress throughout the season with Climate In-Season imagery and have access to instant yield analysis tools that allow growers to analyze product performance come harvest.
To take part in the P Challenge, retailers can register their growers online through February 28, 2018. Complete protocols and requirements are available online. Following their registration, growers will receive a welcome kit with additional resources.
As part of the P Challenge, participants must be currently using, or open to using one or more of the following nutrient efficiency products:
Join the P Challenge
Learn how you can maximize your phosphorus efficiency and produce healthy high-yielding crops in 2018.