Fine-Tune Fertility Program for Optimal Performance
The holiday season is rich with traditions, many of which center around food. This food is usually carefully prepared by the skillful hands of moms, grandmas or other family members. Have you ever noticed that the tastiest dishes always begin with best, freshest ingredients?
Thinking about Grandma carefully prepares dishes from salads and breads to meat and vegetables, I can’t help but make the connection to how farmers design a nutrient-rich diet for their crops and livestock. The best raw materials make the best feedstuffs.
Today, more than ever, we’re encouraged to look closely at fertility programs as we develop crop plans for 2014. Redefining plant diets can help you achieve new yield thresholds. Research shows fertility programs influence plant performance and yield by as much as a 60%.
A plant nutritionist once related plant nutrition to our car’s tires. A car can run on a low tire, but it doesn’t not run efficiently. Low tire pressure, or a flat tire, restricts performance. Let’s take another look at our plans for 2014 to ensure we don’t have a proverbial flat tire in our nutrient program. Most growers already are on a great pathway to production, but with a little fine tuning, we can help them continue to refine the process.
Not only will good plant nutrition maximize plant performance, it also creates better forage and food for animals. There are 16 essential nutrients for plant development; each one is important in various amounts. Based on their differences, these 16 nutrients have been grouped into three categories: (1) primary, or macronutrients; (2) secondary nutrients; and (3) micronutrients. Under “Pathway to Production” on Latham’s website, we explain the basic function of each nutrient.
Latham’s hallmark Seed-2-Soil® program has a level of involvement that measures micronutrients and recommends adjustments to your fertility program. Contact your Latham RSM for more information about this program.