The Role of Phosphorus in Crops
Phosphorus (P) is an essential nutrient for plant growth and development, playing a critical role in various metabolic processes, including photosynthesis, energy transfer, and DNA synthesis.
Phosphorus is a component of several key plant structural compounds and is a catalyst in numerous vital biochemical reactions in plants, especially in capturing and converting the sun’s energy into useful plant compounds.
Phosphorus and DNA
Phosphorus is a vital component of DNA, the genetic code of all living things. It is also a component of RNA, the compound that reads the DNA genetic code to build proteins and other compounds essential to create plants’ structure, seed production, and genetic transfer.
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the ‘energy unit’ of all living things, including plants. In plants, ATP is formed during photosynthesis, with phosphorus in its structure, and participates in processes from the beginning of seedling growth through to seed formation and maturity.
Phosphorus is essential for the general health and vigor of all plants. Some specific growth factors that are associated with adding phosphorus to the crop are:
- stimulated root development,
- increased strength of stalks and stems,
- improved flower formation and seed production,
- more uniform and earlier crop maturity,
- increased nitrogen-fixing capacity in legumes,
- improvements in crop quality, and
- increased resistance to plant diseases.
Symptoms of Phosphorus Deficiency
A crop deficient in phosphorus will show slow growth, appear stunted, and be weak. Older leaves will have a dark green color and purple pigmentation. Since phosphorus is mobile in the plant, the bottom leaves are always affected first and show the earliest signs of deficiency.
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Agroblen Total 12-22-12 High P is a controlled-release fertilizer with high phosphorous ratio for the ultimate in precision crop nutrition
Agroblen Total 18-11-11 (3-4M) with micros offers dependable precision nutrition for up to 3-4 months. Coated with ICLs patented Resin Release Technology, it provides a balanced supply of essential NPK with an added boost of 6% sulfur and a full micronutrient package.
A controlled-release fertilizer that provides a balanced supply of NPK plus S to deliver precision crop nutrition for up to six months using ICL Growing Solutions’ Agrocote® coating technology.
Agroblen Total High PK 8-21-21 (5-6M) with 9.7% sulfur is designed to boost establishment and fruiting. The high PK:N ratio supplies essential nutrients while providing flexibility for nitrogen sources. With every single granule coated with ICLs patented Resin Release Technology, it offers dependable precision nutrition for up to 6 months.
A water-soluble fertigation solution with a high dose of phosphorous plus micronutrients. Delivers nutrients plus manages pH. Ideal as a transition feed for fruits and vegetables
A high PK fertigation solution with micronutrients, especially designed for early season application. Solve nutrient and water quality challenges with just one product.
Water-soluble fertilizer with increased availability of phosphorous and potassium as well as micronutrients that addresses high pH in water and soil
Nova MagPhos is a nitrogen-free, free-flowing, fully soluble white crystalline fertigation fertilizer with high concentrations of pure magnesium, potassium and phosphorus to increase chlorophyll levels and boost plants in early growing stages.
Nova MAP is a chloride and sodium-free whitish crystalline powder that increases the availability of soil phosphorus.
Nova PeaK is a high-purity, fully soluble and low-sodium solution for use on all crop types and fertigation systems or as a monopotassium phosphate foliar spray.
Nova PeKacid is a water-soluble, chloride-free, low-sodium PK fertilizer for open-field and soilless crops.
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