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Managing Leachable Nutrients

June 16, 2014 by CropNutrition

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Managing Leachable Nutrients

While rain is usually a welcome sight in the spring, too much rain is always a concern. Not only does it delay planting, but it can cause severe damage to winter crops like wheat.

In areas around the country that have had a wet spring, some wheat fields are yellowing, an indication of nutrient deficiency. The culprit may be leachable nutrients – such as nitrogen or sulfur – made worse by the intense rainfall. Signs of specific nutrient deficiencies in wheat, and other crops, can be found here: www.cropnutrition.com/nutrient-knowledge.

While the natural response for farmers is to correct nutrient deficiencies immediately, timing may not be on their side. Late-season fertilizer applications are less likely to have an impact on yield and the best management practice is to prevent the deficiency by applying fertilizers that are less prone to leaching.

In the case of sulfur, farmers may want to consider using. MicroEssentials®, because it offers two forms of sulfur, delivering season long availability of the nutrient by combining both plant-available sulfate and elemental sulfur that does not leach and becomes available later in the season. It also provides nitrogen, phosphorus and zinc, all delivered to the plants uniformly, and offers balanced crop nutrition that can push fields to higher yields.


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