Phosphorus sources go through constant price fluctuations in the market, and it is important to provide price stability to the grower. With the demand for production increasing, and prices increasing on phosphorus sources, it is more important than ever to choose the right phosphorus sources. In order to understand the best plant available form, we need to understand plant chemistry, soil chemistry, and product chemistryKey Facts
Phosphorus is the main component of ATP, the energy molecule of the plant. During photosynthesis, phosphorus helps transfer light energy into chemical energy, and promotes energy transfer, such as ATP. The plant available form of phosphorus is phosphate (PO4=).
Phosphate (PO4=) carries a negative charge and is highly reactive. This can lead to undesirable reactions in the soil, reducing availability of phosphate (PO4=) to the plant. Calcium (Ca++) has a net positive charge and creates an undesirable reaction in the soil with phosphate (PO4=), forming calcium-phosphate (CaPO4=), an insoluble molecule. This reaction is not seen because it is happening in the soil, but it is occurring, and the vast majority of phosphorus applied in the soil is “tied-up” with calcium.
Why is phosphate being applied at such high rates? If phosphate is reacting with calcium in the soil, more phosphate has to be applied in order to meet the plant’s phosphorus demands. However, if we can protect the phosphate molecule from reacting in the soil, less phosphate needs to be applied.
In order to achieve the desired result of a protected phosphate molecule, phosphate needs to be complexed with soluble carbon. Complexing is the utilization of an organic molecule that carries both a positive and a negative charge. The negative charge of phosphate needs to be reacted with a positively charged soluble carbon. This will protect the phosphate source from reacting in the soil with calcium, or even in the tank.Redox Solution
Redox provides the best complexed phosphorus technology in
the industry. Rootex Flowable uses proprietary complexing technology to
react phosphorus with soluble carbon to protect the phosphorus molecule from
undesired reactions in the soil or in the tank. Redox’s phosphorus technology
can increase phosphorus efficiency by over 16x. The added benefit to Rootex
Flowable are the 6 specific L-amino acids that promote lateral root
branching and increase overall root density.
Note: dry version also available!
Apply Soil application at a rate of 0.25-1.5 gallons/acre
Dry Rootex - 1-6 lbs/acre
Apply foliar application at a rate of 0.25-0.5 gallons/acre
Dry Rootex – 0.5-2 lbs/acre
A synergistic product with
Rootex Flowable, is RootRx. RootRx is a botanical extract the promotes
root metabolism and enhances root mass. RootRx contains proprietary
bio-active carbon compounds that promote antioxidant production within the root
system. Antioxidant production reduces the damage of reactive oxygen species
(ROS) caused by abiotic stress events. If ROS is left uncheck, ROS will cause structural
damage to proteins, cell walls, and other critical plant functions. Applying RootRx will promote antioxidant
production, promote abiotic stress defense, and increase the overall quality
and quantity of the roots.
Apply soil applications at
a rate of 0.25-1.5 gallons/acre