Winter Wheat Growth Starts With Fall Zinc
Several years of tissue testing have revealed a common occurrence in winter wheat fields come spring: crops are often deficient in zinc. This micronutrient is the engine that can help drive
A proactive approach can help ensure sufficient zinc levels in the spring. The solution actually starts in the fall. Zinc can positively influence root development and early growth, which can improve hardiness and winter survival rates. A stronger wheat crop going into winter has improved chances of breaking dormancy to take advantage of spring rains, thus developing at a faster rate.
Micronutrient applications can be easy to overlook, but they show their value in incremental increases to crop productivity. Considering the cost of seed and potential winter kill, there are potential benefits for a zinc application in the fall. And premium products, such as MAX-IN® Zinc, provide additional value in flexibility and efficacy. MAX-IN Zinc can be tank mixed with many wheat herbicides to help limit application costs, and it contains patented CornSorb® technology, which was shown to improve uptake of the zinc in the 2014 Answer Plot trials.
The reality of wheat production is that margins are tight, particularly when crop prices are low. But the earlier you assess and correct your winter wheat crop’s nutrient needs, the earlier you can set your crops up for valuable gains in spring. Work with your local agronomist to determine the best plan for fall nutrient applications.
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