Phosphorus is a critical consideration of any agricultural company’s nutrient management plan. Phosphorus (P) commands the middle spot of the “N-P-K” levels of every bag of fertilizer for a good reason- phosphorus is the second most limiting nutrient to plant growth, making up about 0.2% of a plant’s dry weight.
As one of a plant’s primary macronutrient needs, phosphorus directly influences photosynthetic and respiratory processes. Without adequate soil phosphorus levels, crops struggle to grow, establish and reach yield potential. Phosphorus-deficient corn is stunted, limiting production and increasing stress vulnerability. Soybeans without adequate phosphorus show symptoms of stunted growth, dark green coloration of leaves and often necrotic spots on leaves.
But phosphorus mainly exists as an immobile nutrient in the soil, meaning only a small portion of plant-available phosphorus is in the soil at any one time for plants to utilize. To make matters worse, plant-available phosphorus, whether released naturally into the soil or from applied fertilizer in a plant-available form, moves through the soil quickly, dissipating rapidly with the effects of immobilization, adsorption, precipitation, runoff and erosion.
In intensive cropping systems, even in high-fertility situations, phosphorus can quickly become a yield-limiting factor, especially in cold and wet springs or if soil pH is not at optimal levels to encourage phosphorus availability. More recently, rising fertilizer costs have made the phosphorous issue even more precarious as growers balance high input costs against potential yield benefits.
But what if growers could maximize phosphorus availability? And in the process, improve the efficiency, availability, and uptake of liquid phosphate fertilizers and manures to glean better results from their input budget?
Getting the Most Out of Your Nutrient Management Plan
As a leading agriculture company, AgXplore has multiple products formatted to help agricultural companies maximize the impact of their plant-available phosphorus.
MicroCoat Ultra is a dry fertilizer additive engineered to improve the absorption and efficiency of applied fertilizers. MicroCoat Ultra uses AgXplore’s proprietary NET, nCeption and NTake technologies to improve soil phosphorus levels, increase the plant’s availability to absorb critical nutrients and maximize phloem mobility, a plant’s long-distance transport system moving water and nutrients to a plant’s internal storage areas for future growth.
In a 2019 field trial, corn grown with dry P treated with MicroCoat Ultra outperformed corn grown with untreated P by 9.76 bu/ac.
MicroCoat Ultra is approved for use with dry fertilizers in corn, cotton, soybean, wheat, and other crops.
Prevent NXT is designed to help growers using dry and liquid fertilizers and manure get the most out of their phosphorus. Prevent NXT uses NET technology to protect orthophosphate (plant-available phosphate) in the soil solution, maximizing phosphorus availability. In addition, including NCeption technology helps Prevent NXT to encourage plant uptake of phosphorus.
With a clear formulation, Prevent NXT is ideal for visibility when flow monitoring is required.
Prevent NXT is approved for use in corn, cotton, rice, soybean, wheat and other crops.
PremierePak Advanced is an easy-to-use liquid formulation of essential nutrients and micronutrients critical for chlorophyll production and photosynthesis, resulting in optimum plant efficiency important to phosphorus uptake. PremierePak uses nCeption, NTake, and NET technologies to improve plant nutrient absorption during crucial growth stages, rapidly disperse nutrients in products exactly where they need to go, and improve the availability of nutrients existing and applied to the soil.
PremierePak Advanced is application-friendly and can be used as a liquid or foliar additive.
PremierePak is approved for use in corn, soybean, wheat, and other crops.
AgXplore Products Tailored to Your Agricultural Company’s Nutrient Management Plan
For more information on profitable ways to manage phosphorus specific to your crop production, soil type, and region, reach out to AgXplore’s agronomy team.