Making Your Nitrogen and Phosphorus Count

by Jared Sannar

Efficiency is always a key to getting a good return on your crops, but it’s even more vital during this current volatility in agriculture.

When looking at getting the most from your inputs, nitrogen and phosphorus efficiency quickly rise to the top of the list. They cover a significant part of a grower’s budget and are major factors into strong, productive plants.

While nitrogen is important all season long, I always suggest getting nitrogen into the plant during this time of the year in your trees and vines. Whether foliar or soil-applied, the goal is to help plants produce and store carbohydrates, so you have good energy and push when spring arrives. I suggest H-85™ to make sure you’re maximizing your carbon to balance out the nitrogen. H-85™ has a proven track record with a minimum 30 percent nitrogen efficiency gain when you apply it with your liquid nitrogen products. Quite simply, it’s money well spent.

Phosphorus is an important energy source for your plant season long. It’s vital particularly as you think about early crop development for next year. You want to store it, so it’s ready to use as an energy source when plants start to make their growth push next year. For this reason, it should be a post-harvest tree and vine staple. 

For winter vegetables, phosphorus (through Rootex™ and Rootex™ Flowable) can be applied at planting or early establishment.  If you’re putting it on with nitrogen, I suggest a blend of H-85™ and Rootex™. That combination can drive immediate phosphorus availability, as well as additional root growth during late season root flush. These Redox Bio-Nutrients products add additional key carbon components that induce lateral root branching. Phosphorus efficiency gains through the above products are amazing – in the 90 percent range.

diKaP™ is also used this time of the year, because you want potassium, you also want phosphorus. It’s a 0-31-50, so you get a great load of both of those nutrients, plus abiotic stress reduction. This helps facilitate nutrient movement throughout the plant. We’ve also seen additional carbohydrate storage benefit when diKaP™ is used, compared to other phosphorus sources or potassium by itself. 

Using the right products at the right time is a great hedge against the volatility that may be a defining factor for a long time to come.

Jared Sannar
Jared grew up in Gridley, California and learned a lot from working with family in different farming aspects involving prune and peach production. He learned at a young age that he wanted to remain in agriculture and help farmers make sound business decisions. He has a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Brigham Young University. Jared and his wife, Bethany, have four children. He loves family outings, including fly fishing, beach trips and many other outdoor activities. Jared enjoys playing football, baseball, basketball and golf, and is a big college sports fan.
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