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Increase Yield Potential with Biostimulants

Understanding Biostimulants Biostimulant is an unregulated umbrella term for products that stimulate natural processes to enhance/benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to stress, crop quality and ultimately increase yield potential. The ultimate goal is always yield. Biostimulants can increase yield by keeping the crop at a “steady state” allowing photosynthesis and respiration to be performed […]

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Northern Corn Leaf Blight

The Disease Triangle

Understanding When Diseases Occur Corn diseases, such as, Gray Leaf Spot and Northern Corn Leaf Blight, will began to appear late in the season. Diseases will occur when a pathogen comes in to contact with the right host crop under favorable environment conditions. The pathogen, host, and environment conditions make up the disease triangle; all […]

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The 4 R’s of Potassium

Potassium (K) is an essential plant macronutrient taken up in large quantities, like nitrogen. In plants, K does not become part of complex organic molecules. It moves as a free ion and performs many functions. Plants that are supplied with adequate K are better able to withstand stress, insect damage, and many plant diseases compared […]

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Spotting Phosphorous Deficiency

Almost every season we see fields of young purple corn in the springs, this purpling can often an early season Phosphorus (P) deficiency caused by cool weather. However, it is always a good reminder of P management. Managing Phosphorus can be difficult due to its high affinity for fixation with soil particles. 80 to 90% […]

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Understanding Nitrification Inhibitors

Nitrification is a natural process in soils that converts ammonium to nitrite and then to nitrate. Nitrate is the dominant form of plant available N in soil and unless taken up by roots, it can be transferred to either water or the atmosphere. Nitrate can leach below the root zone with the potential to be […]

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