New Online Crop Nutrition Guide Helps Growers Plan for 2011

The "2011 Balanced Crop Nutrition Guide" helps growers make fertilizer input decisions needed to increase yields and feed a growing global population.

PLYMOUTH, Minn. — With crops in the bin and fall work nearly completed, growers are beginning to think seriously about 2011 crop input decisions. The ever-increasing world demand for feed, food, fuel and fiber will bring even greater challenges to increase yields.

To help growers make well-informed decisions on fertilizer inputs, The Mosaic Company has created a one-stop resource to provide the latest crop fertility research findings as well as a review of crop nutrition fundamentals. The “2011 Balanced Crop Nutrition Guide” is an easy-to-use online resource providing growers with science-based management information to use in planning for next season.

“Providing plants with adequate and properly balanced nutrition is fundamental to optimizing crop production and ultimately increasing yields,” says Dr. Dan Froehlich, agronomist with The Mosaic Company. “Many factors have influenced growers’ approach to crop nutrition in recent years. We believe information in the Guide will help growers better understand crop nutrition and make informed decisions as they plan their fertility programs for 2011.

“By better understanding crop needs and nutrient interactions, we hope growers will be better prepared to balance optimizing production, managing costs and practicing sound stewardship,” Froehlich adds.

The Guide also provides an up-to-date snapshot of soil fertility levels around the country, and what the potential impact of these levels is on crop yields. In addition, it includes new thinking from university researchers, crop nutrition best management practices from innovative growers, and facts about the latest advancements in fertilizer technology.

Research points out new hybrids require greater nutrition

One recent research project highlighted in the Guide involves the popular corn rootworm–resistant technology found in many corn hybrids. In 2010, 47 percent of U.S. corn acres were planted to stacked-trait, insect-resistant hybrids. Preliminary research results at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign show the nutrient uptake of hybrids resistant to corn rootworm is significantly greater than their non-resistant counterparts.

“This research shows that plants with this new technology just won’t perform to their fullest potential if we’re not fertilizing them properly,” says Froehlich. “Growers need this type of information so they can get the most from their investment in seed technology.”

The Guide can be found on Back-to-Basics.net, where site visitors can view the digital publication, download or print articles, or order printed copies of the full Guide from The Mosaic Company. The Mosaic Company is committed to being a resource to the industry and helping growers achieve higher yields through balanced crop fertility.

Back-to-Basics.net was launched more than 10 years ago as an education effort to foster awareness and best practices in soil fertility management. To this day, The Mosaic Company regularly updates and maintains the content of the Back-to-Basics Web site with the latest agronomic information and research data, keeping it a relevant tool for growers looking to achieve profitable crop production through optimized soil fertility levels.

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