Boron deficiency is a serious issue that can affect the yield and quality of commodity crops. Without adequate boron, plants are unable to complete their life cycle. But what does a deficiency look like and why is it so important for plant growth? Causes and effects of boron deficiency, and the best ways to address it, are different in every crop.
Boron deficiency can significantly affect crop yields. This is especially prevalent in South America, particularly agriculture-rich Brazil, where most soils test at low levels of boron.
Arsenic is a chemical element occurring in metals that can be found in soils and is harmful to healthy plant growth. That is why it is important for fertilizer applications to contain arsenic levels that are as low as possible.
In a significant mindset shift, the government of India’s focus is moving from increasing farm output to improving farmer incomes. What does this mean for Indian agriculture?
The United Nations created World Soil Day to raise awareness about the growing challenges in soil management and to encourage improved soil health.
The impact of micronutrients on crop production is growing in importance. Learn more in this article from Fertilizer Focus
Currently, around 45% of arable Indian soil is boron deficient including latent deficient. Many of India’s states have soil that is more than 80% zinc deficient.
This month, the last installment in our series on Dr. James White’s work focuses on boron and nutrient cycling.
This month, our series continues with the third installment, as we focus on the core component of Dr. James White’s work: The Rhizophagy Cycle