According to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, starter fertilizer, or pop-up fertilizer, is small amounts of plant nutrients including nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) placed in close proximity to the seed during the planting process. Starter fertilizers can also be applied in-furrow with the seed, which involves placing the best products in the best place at the best time for early plant development.
Starter fertilizers are beneficial because they enhance the development of emerging seedlings by supplying nutrients near the earliest crop roots. Other benefits include:
- Slightly earlier flowering and crop maturity providing for increased harvest options
- Studies show that corn that has received a starter fertilizer may also be harvested earlier so that it can be sold when prices tend to be higher
- Improved insect and weed control
- Less fertilizer [PDF] is applied per acre through the planter compared to standard starter fertilizer programs providing benefits to the environment as well as producer pocketbooks
Redline™ Starter Fertilizer – A Complete Mix Of Micro & Macronutrients
Redline starter fertilizer from West Central has a complete mix of the non-mobile soil nutrients that crops cannot fully access unless placed intimately with the seed in-furrow. The micro and macronutrients supplied by Redline are essential to enhance early development of corn, sugar beets and other food or fiber crops.
This segment of the in-furrow education module for retailers explains why Redline fertilizer has unmatched chelation and how effective it can be as a part of an in-furrow system: