Potassium (K) and boron (B) are key components of a sugarcane nutrition program.
Deficiencies of both K and B are often observed in coarse, well-drained, sandy soils.
Boron is crucial for cell growth, reproductive development and increased yield.
Research has shown that K fertilizers containing micronutrients in a single granule provide improved nutrient distribution and increase crop nutrient uptake compared to conventional fertilizer blends.
Aspire® premium potash combines K and B in each granule to help achieve uniform nutrient distribution.
Locations and Crop Management:
Crop: Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum)
Years: 2013–2014; 2014–2015; 2015–2016
Locations: 6 crops (plant and ratoon) across 3 locations in FL
Data Source: Field study conducted by the University of Florida.
Experimental Design: Small-plot RCBD with 4 replications.
SOIL TYPE: Mineral (Sand) Soil
K Rate: 250 lbs K₂O/ac applied as MOP or Aspire®
B Rate: 2.1 lbs B/ac applied as Aspire®
Plant Cane: 1/4 of total at planting, 1/4 in each of 3 sidedress applications
Ratoon Cane: 1/4 in each of 4 sidedress applications
The trials were responsive to both K and B.
Cumulative cane yield with Aspire® was 4.1 tons/ac (4.5%) higher than MOP.
Cumulative sugar yield with Aspire® was 0.5 tons/ac (3.9%) higher than MOP.
Higher yields achieved using Aspire® demonstrate the benefits of B and uniform nutrient distribution.