4 R's and Crop Fertility

Published in the February 2012 Issue Published online: Feb 13, 2012

The Mosaic Company encourages growers to keep in mind the fertilizer fundamentals while considering innovative agronomic technology.

The 4 R's of Crop Fertility are keys to profitability and sustainable nutrient stewardship in the coming year.

The 4 R's stand for fertilizer from the right source, applied at the right rate, applied in the right time, at the right place. Fertilizer from the right source will deliver balanced crop nutrition. Farmers must carefully consider the ratio of nutrient elements applied to their soil.

Innovative products from Mosaic, such as MicroEssentials SZ, were designed with these characteristics in mind. MicroEssentials applies a consistent balance of nutrients that enhance plant uptake, allowing plants to use nutrients more efficiently and achieve higher yields.

Smart stewardship practices impact a grower's bottom line. According to the International Plant Nutrient Institute (IPNI), best management practices suggest that at least 40 percent of yield can be attributed to the 4 R's.

For more information on the 4 R's and crop fertility, visit www.Back-to-Basics.net.