The Importance of Nutrients
Nitrogen is one of the primary plant nutrients that plays a major role in achieving the maximum economic yields from your production acres. Management of Nitrogen, and other essential nutrients, is part of a balanced fertility program. This can lead to increased efficiency and profitability for you.
Phosphorus is an essential element classified as a macro-nutrient because of the relatively large amounts required by plants. Phosphorus is one of the four macro-nutrients that plants require to thrive: Phosphorus (P), Nitrogen (N), Potassium (K) and Calcium (Ca). It functions as one of the major players in the process of photosynthesis, nutrient transport, and energy transfer.
Potassium is vital to many plant processes. Potassium determines fruit size, leaf thickness, and stem strength. Potassium also plays a major role as a catalyst in the plant sap and transports carbohydrates from leaves to other parts of the plant, including the fruit. Crops which produce large amounts of sugars have an especially high requirement for potassium.
Calcium is widely recognized for its important function in plants to increase nutrient uptake, build strong cell walls for sturdier plants, and increase vitality. Maintaining high levels of 'bio-available calcium' in your soil is critical in achieving adequate levels of calcium uptake. Calcium plays a very important role in plant growth and nutrition, as well as in cell wall deposition. The primary roles of Calcium as a soil amendment are to help maintain chemical balance in the soil, reduce soil salinity, and improve water penetration. Calcium also plays a critical metabolic role in carbohydrate removal and neutralizing cell acids. Every plant needs Calcium to grow. However, once fixed, Calcium is not mobile in the plant. It is an important constituent of cell walls and can only be supplied in the xylem sap. Thus, if the plant's supply of Calcium is diminished, it cannot remobilize Calcium from its older tissues. If transpiration is reduced for any reason, the Calcium supply to growing tissues will rapidly become inadequate.
Conventional agriculture focuses on the macro-nutrients of Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K). Plants require a lot of N, P, and K. However, they cannot reach full potential without the major micro-nutrients. There are many more mineral compounds that are required for plants to function other than N, P, and K. No matter how small the quantity required, these micro-nutrient elements are still crucial for optimal plant function.
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