Plants need access to certain nutrients in order to be completely healthy and capable of contributing benefits to whoever consumes them
In order to grow a verdant, healthy crop, a suitable contribution of micronutrients must reach the plants. For indeed, micronutrients provide plants with what they require in order to develop appropriately, attain a degree of immunity to fight off bacteria and pests, and weather the elements.
What are Micronutrients?
All plants need to obtain 13 mineral elements from the soil. These 13 elements are divided into 2 groups: Micronutrients and Macronutrients. Micronutrients are elements required in small quantities, and are essential in order for plants to complete their life cycle. They are:
- Iron (Fe)
- Zinc (Zn)
- Manganese (Mn)
- Boron (B)
- Copper (Cu)
- Molybdenum (Mo)
- Chlorine (Cl)
A problem that farmers might face nowadays is that crop-growing soils are completely neglected. Some farmlands mainly consist of soils with more than a 75% deficiency in their natural components. Often, this is only discovered after having squandered a great deal of seeds.
The idea, prior to planting any seeds, is to properly study the soil’s quality. Healthy soil is vital for top quality production. It is important to study the state of the soil in which the crop is sought to be grown, and also strive to use high quality seeds.
Moreover, the richness of nutrients in a given soil can be determined based on factors such as manure or organic matter; the greater their amount, the greater the benefits they will bring to anything you try to grow, starting with the fact that they will generate an unquestionable absorption of nitrogen, one of the principal macronutrients.
As mentioned above, a proper contribution of micronutrients to plants must be ensured. These elements are what nourish crops to a large extent and, above all, promote a crop’s well-being, health, and good development. Unlike products on which a high percentage of chemicals are used, products on which organic matter is used act differently, since, with very small quantities of materials, all types of nutrients are provided.
This foments a gradual strengthening of the seeds or plants and is also reflected in the results of the productive area. After all, what is most important is for the crop to be at its peak when it is distributed in the market, and for it to meet quality needs.
How can you know that plants are really being well nourished?
One of the most perfect aspects of agricultural nutrition is that nature speaks for herself. It suffices to observe the greenness of the leaves and the vibrant colors of each fruit or root vegetable to see if it is teeming with the vitamins and minerals necessary for its optimal development. Without a need for measurements or studies, a producer can see a crop’s health status by simply observing its appearance.
Adequate crop nutrition is indispensable. Nutritional deficiencies amount to a waste of time, effort, and dedication, fail to take full advantage of the field’s capacity, and, of course, result in monetary losses. Taking this into account, prior to growing it is essential to closely study the crop one seeks to bring to life, understand the goodness of the space where it will be grown and, above all, make use of the best compounds to strengthen the positive features of that space. Once this is done, it will be no problem to obtain the best harvest, with foods that are 100% optimal for consumption, local sale, and exportation.
In conclusion, micronutrients in plants are vital for their development, despite being solely required in small quantities.
Crop Nutritional Monitoring
At AGQ Labs we have been working for more than 25 years in the continual monitoring of plant needs at any given time. In a practical and dynamic manner, throughout the growing season, we monitor the crop’s needs for water and nutrients, in order to adjust the irrigation and fertilizer regime to that demand.
Moreover, with such monitoring we achieve a sustainable agricultural practice, because there is no leaching that contaminates the aquifers or harm the soil structure. The result is:
- Minimization of environmental impacts
- Optimization of nutritive irrigation
- Better quality product
- Important savings in fertilizer costs
- Greater productivity and larger yields
To accomplish this, we have developed an internal Crop Nutritional Monitoring procedure, based on analyzing soil solutions extracted using our patented suction probes.
At all times, our guarantee is based on the know-how gained by AGQ Labs over the course of our history. Through our continual efforts, we have reached optimal reference values for the major crops. Our agronomists from around the world are experts in the interpretation of all this information, thus contributing the greatest value in matters of irrigation and nutrition.
Feel free to contact our Agronomist department for more information.