THE 4R’S OF FERTILIZER APPLICATION
Adoption of the 4 R’s on your operation will go a long way to improve the efficiency of your nutrient applications, letting you grow maximum yields while not impacting the environment. Are you aware of the 4 R’s of effective and efficient use of fertilizer products ? Here are the 4 R’s, as explained below;
- Right source. Match your fertilizer type to crop needs. There are many types of fertilizer, including commercial and noncommercial manure. You need to ensure a balanced supply of essential nutrients considering both naturally available sources, and the characteristics of specific products in plant-available forms.
- Right time.Make nutrients available when crops need them. Make decisions based on the dynamics of crop uptake, soil supply, nutrient loss risks and field operation logistics. When does the crop need the nutrients, and when are they available for uptake? What are the chances for loss prior to uptake? Typically, split applications are more efficient than one application.
- Right rate. Match the amount of nutrient to crop needs and make decisions based on soil nutrient supply and plant demand. Balance the crop’s needs without running short or putting on too much that may be lost to the environment.
- Right place. Keep nutrients where crops can use them, and address root-soil dynamics and nutrient movement. Manage the differences and variability within each field to meet the site-specific needs of your crop and limit potential losses from the field.
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