How to Help Row Crops Shake Off a Sluggish Spring

By: Jeff Yoder

Weather patterns can make or break crop yields. A cool, wet spring here in the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest has prompted slow early season development for several crops, including potatoes, corn, alfalfa, as well as seed and vegetable crops.

Growth for many crops in our region has been lagging about 2-3 weeks behind normal. Less sunlight and heat units mean plant growth can stagnate. Cold, water-logged soils lead to root disease concerns and reduced phosphorus availability. One way to help plant development in these conditions is by applying Rootex™, a high phosphorus fertilizer reacted with soluble carbon and 8 L-amino acids. The complexing technology it contains helps reduce soil tie-up and significantly improves phosphorus efficiency.

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To help get crop development back to a normal pattern, OXYCOM® Calcium provides efficient potassium, calcium, phosphorus and sulfur nutrition. It improves antioxidant production and accelerates photosynthetic activity, which, in turn, bolster Abiotic Stress Defense.

As summer unfolds, the return to more normal weather is welcome. There’s still a lot of the growing season left, and additional crops to be planted, but the forecasted weather gives us the opportunity to push crops and try and gain back some ground.

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My philosophy is the most important pass you’ll ever make across the field is when you’re dragging your planter and putting that seed in the right conditions with the right fertility package. Getting a good foundation of roots with good soluble nutrition sets you up for success for the rest of the season. To this end, RootRx™ improves antioxidant production and stimulates root growth and metabolism. It’s a great addition to starter programs, as well as a fantastic product to give an in-season boost to root growth and development.

Taking action to strengthen roots, jump-start maturity and ensuring the strongest possible plants enable you to be better positioned for success come harvest time.

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