When coming out of winter into spring, it is important to be prepared for cold temperatures that can affect the crop. Freeze damage occurs when water in the plant tissue form ice crystals and cause dehydration and cell destruction. Plant components that are most susceptible during freeze events are flowering and reproductive structures during bloom. These ice formations within the plant tissue itself can lead to severe yield loss and poor crop quality.
Besides good horticultural practices such as air movement and irrigation system utilization to minimize damage, plant nutrition and bio-active carbon compounds can greatly aid the plants ability to withstand serious freeze events.Redox Solution
diKaP uses Redox’s complexing and chelating technology to provide efficient phosphorus and potassium nutrition. During freeze events, it is the bio-active carbon compounds contained in diKaP, along with potassium nutrition that promote increased plant respiration and antioxidant production to decrease frost damage and yield loss.
- Apply 1-2 pounds per acre in lower volume sprays (less than 20 gpa) for annual crops 24-72 hours prior to the freeze event.
- Apply 2-4 pounds per acre in higher volume sprays (more than 20 gpa) for permanent crops 24-72 hours prior to the freeze event.