May 8, 2024

Advancing Soil Health Through Advanced Crop Nutrition

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Achieving optimal crop yields goes beyond simply providing basic nutrients. It requires a holistic approach that considers the intricate connection points between soil health, nutrient availability, and plant biology – a methodology we refer to as Advanced Crop Nutrition.

In recent years, Advanced Crop Nutrition increasingly influences how Western Canadian growers build out their annual fertility and nutrient management plans.

Balanced vs Advanced: What’s the Difference?

Historically, a favoured approach to crop nutrition was Balanced Crop Nutrition, a method centered around supplying crops with the base required amounts of essential nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. This method typically relies on conventional fertilizers – like MAP or ammonium sulfates – and micronutrient supplements.

While proven effective, the Balanced Crop Nutrition approach doesn’t leverage the inherent synergies available between soil fertility and biological components. Advanced Crop Nutrition, however, integrates both aspects, establishing a multi-tiered strategy for maintaining soil health, aiding in nutrient absorption, and maximizing plant growth.

Advanced Crop Nutrition:

  • Promotes environmental stewardship by maximizing soil potential while minimizing adverse soil impacts.
  • Enhances plant vitality through optimized nutrient use, thereby extracting maximum potential from every acre while conserving resources.
  • Improves soil health for long-term productivity.
  • Presents a significant ROI opportunity.

Consider These Products

While traditional fertilizers and micronutrient supplements have been the standard, the transition to Advanced Crop Nutrition introduces innovative new product solutions like
MicroEssentials® and PowerCoat™ from Mosaic Biosciences.

Fertilizer is one of the largest input costs for producers in Western Canada. Using MicroEssentials and applying PowerCoat are cost-effective ways to ensure plants have the nutrients they need during critical uptake periods.

PowerCoat offers a unique blend of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) to improve the soil environment — that is, the solubilization of nutrients and overall condition of the soil for faster root and plant growth. Meanwhile, MicroEssentials maximizes nutrient delivery through its Fusion Technology, ensuring uniform distribution and sustained availability throughout the growing season.

From an economic, operations, and environmental stewardship perspective, Advanced Crop Nutrition is a worthwhile nutrient management strategy to explore. Talk to your local Richardson Pioneer representative to learn more.