The environment has a direct influence on the productivity of crops
In fact, an increase in cases where biotic and abiotic factors determine the growth and productivity of plants is increasingly common. Also common is crop loss due to climate fluctuations to which crops are subjected as the seasons change and due to stress on account of high temperatures.
Plants, just like all living beings, receive external stimuli that unleash chemical and physiological responses in their behavior. All plants are affected to a greater or lesser degree by those stimuli, which serve as triggers for physiological responses of the organisms.
Changes in climate factors, as well as phenological and populational changes, can impose severe restrictions upon the growth and development of plants. These conditions are called stress situations. The concept of “stress” in plants implies the presence of an external factor, provoked by the changing environment, which adversely influences their growth and optimal development and thus negatively impacts agricultural production.
Stress is considered to consist of any environmental factor that acts on the plant, thus affecting its biochemical and physiological response, which can provoke damage or, occasionally, injuries. A change of the climate, transplanting, pruning, fertilization, fertigation, the soil itself, and tillage, are stress factors for crops, since they represent a change in their external system that produces changes in their organic development. A clear example of this is the commonly seen curvature of crops in response to high temperatures.
Temperature, either too high or too low, is the principal abiotic factor that generates stress in plants. When the source of stress is temperature that is too high, a plant can even undergo morphological, physiological, and biochemical changes. When the temperature rises above 104ºF, it can occasion burns in young shoots and leaves, leaf senescence, and abscission, damage to the fruits, and other harm both to the shoots and the root system.
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.