Fertility Facts

As much as 60 percent of crop yields are dependent on soil fertility. And with breakthroughs in science and technology, growers can achieve more of that 60 percent than ever before. 

Through a balanced crop nutrition plan, informed by experts in soil fertility, growers are positioned to achieve career-best yields. But it takes the right information. The videos and audio clips below provide a quick, high-level overview on specific soil fertility topics and trends that can impact as much as 60 percent of yield.


The Right Place

South Australia’s University of Adelaide crop nutrition researcher, Dr. Mike McLaughlin, discusses the importance of uniform nutrient distribution with The Mosaic Company.

Weather’s Nutrient Impact

Mother Nature can definitely have an impact on a crop’s ability to find proper crop nutrition. Make sure to keep an eye on the forecast, temperature and moisture to make sure applied nutrients are available to support higher yields.

Fertilizers of the Future

South Australia’s University of Adelaide crop nutrition researcher, Dr. Mike McLaughlin, discusses his current research and thoughts on the future of fertilizers with The Mosaic Company.

Think Small with a Focus on Zinc

Zinc’s primary role is an important one, yet it’s the most common micronutrient deficiency in the world. Learn how correcting a deficiency in this nutrient can make a big difference in yield.

Soybean Fertility

Ron Olson, Senior Agronomist at The Mosaic Company, discusses soybean fertility live on AgPhD Rural Radio.

Importance of Micronutrients

Ron Olson, Senior Agronomist at The Mosaic Company, discusses the importance of micronutrients live on AgPhD Rural Radio.

4R Management Practices

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) explains how farmers make 4R decisions (applying the Right source at the Right rate, Right time, and Right place) to minimize greenhouse gas emissions resulting from their nitrogen fertilizer applications.

Root Pit Observations

Ron Olson, Senior Agronomist at The Mosaic Company, discusses Root Pit examination live on AgPhD Rural Radio.

Identifying Nutrient Deficiencies

Curt Woolfolk, Senior Agronomist at The Mosaic Company, discusses identifying nutrient deficiencies live on Rural Radio.

The Nutrient Cliff

As a result of advanced farming systems, today’s cropland is nearing what we call the Nutrient cliff— the point where harvest increases can no longer be sustained. Protect yourself from falling off the nutrient cliff by employing a properly managed nutrient buildup program every three to four years.

The Availability of P

There are two form of phosphorus, the labile form and the non-labile form. How much of either one you end up with depends on the amount of moisture in the soil at the time of application.

Root Pit Soil Profile Examination

Agronomists from The Mosaic Company dig a little to learn a lot at Hudson Family Farms in Indiana.

Soybeans and Soil Fertility

Unlike corn, soybeans have need for Potassium (K) all season long. They also remove more K from the soil due to the ability to remobilize it more efficiently than corn.

4R Nutrient Stewardship

The 4Rs of nutrient stewardship (right fertilizer source at the right rate, at the right time, in the right place) provides a foundation for increased yield, increased profitability and improved sustainability.

Fertilizing High-Yield Corn

Mosaic Sr. Manager of New Product Development Dr. Kyle Freeman talks with AgPhD radio about high population corn production and how increasing population goes hand-in-hand with a balanced crop nutrition plan.

Wheat Fertility Timing

Mosaic New Product Development Specialist Curt Woolfolk discusses the importance of having a balanced approach to wheat fertility with AgPhD radio.

Potassium in Plant Health

In order to optimize plant health and yield potential, understanding the value and function of potassium is vital.

A Deeper Need for Phosphorus

Early in the growing season, roots take phosphorus from the top layer of the soil. But, a large amount of total P comes later on from the subsoil later, requiring season-long availability.

Fertilizing High-Yield Soybeans

Mosaic Senior Agronomist Ron Olson discusses nutrient requirements and fertilizer applications for high-yield soybeans with Ag PhD radio.

When To Soil Test A Field

Soil testing can help you understand how your field is doing, but it's important to know when to take your samples.

The Benefits of Boron

While the amount of Boron required for optimal fertility is much lower than the macronutrients N, P, and K it can be every bit as important to yield.

The Importance of Potassium

In terms of the amount of nutrients a plant needs for growth, Potassium is second only to nitrogen. In 60 seconds get some Fertility Facts on K, and K uptake.

Problem Areas In The Field

The early growing season is a good time for farmers to identify nutrient deficiencies in their fields, because it allows plenty of time to develop a comprehensive plan for the future.

The Greater Need For Sulfur

It’s important to understand there are two kinds of sulfur – sulfate, and elemental. Learn how both kinds play an essential role in balanced crop nutrition.

Fertilizing For High Yields

Up to 60 percent of your yield depends on proper crop nutrition. With today's genetics, special attention must be paid to fertilizing for high yields.

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