P Fertilizer Situation Goes From Bad to Worse

Seasonal Factors Compound with P Fertilizer Shortage; Double the Plant Stress

Written on 06/11/14

There are numerous phosphorus related issues facing growers this season, threatening crop development and ultimately - yield. Growers need to be aware of the challenges facing them this growing season:

  1. Already Depleted Soil Nutrient Levels; Last year’s record harvest has completely stripped the soils of nutrient content.

  2. Unseasonable Temperature; Cooler than normal nighttime temperatures that have plagued Western Canada have negatively affected phosphorus uptake.

  3. Phosphorus Fertilizer Shortage; Phosphorus is a finite resource, the Earth is running out. Phosphate Fertilizer in particular is running a shortage this season.

These three issues compounded pose massive threats to this years’ growing season and ensuing yields. Phosphorus is essential for allowing plants to convert the sun’s energy into food, feed, and fiber. Phosphorus promotes early root formation and growth, as well as early shoot growth. Plants deficient in phosphorus can become stunted in growth ultimately affecting growers’ yield. In order to determine if your plants are deficient in phosphorus, look for purplish colouration of foliage, delayed maturity, and poor grain, fruit and seed development. These symptoms alone or together may be signs that your plants are deficient in phosphorus. See Figure 1 for phosphorus deficiency in Wheat.

Designed to negate the effects of phosphorus deficiency, ReLeaf is a complete crop-specific, NPK formulation to meet the early season nutritional demands of the crop. Applied with your herbicide, ReLeaf is your crop’s second opportunity for a starter fertilizer. ReLeaf powers your crop to grow deeper, stronger roots and gives your seedling a second boost ultimately invigorating your crop to overcome phosphorus deficiency and preserve the yield potential.

See Figure 2.0 to see the positive effects of ReLeaf in Canola and Wheat, actively combating the effects of phosphorus deficiency and allowing the plant to reach its maximum yield potential.