Growing Crops in Below Average Moisture – part 2

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As we learned in part one of this series, using primers to encourage strong, deep roots is critical under periods of extended heat and low-moisture. However, it’s also important to continue providing the crop with a proactive nutrition plan, particularly during periods of stress.

To continue to support the root system, Dr. Abdel El Hadrami, CEO and R & D Director for OMEX Agriculture Inc. recommends applying liquid foliar fertilizer (foliars) throughout the growing season. This will supply the plant with enough energy to continue searching deeper into the soil for the moisture and minerals required to grow and thrive.

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Survive and Thrive with Stress Relievers

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Just as we find it hard to do our best work when we’re stressed out, crops can suffer from a range of stressful conditions, which can cause poor growth and development, stalling and yield loss.

To help crops better tolerate stresses caused by weather, soil conditions, insects, diseases and herbicide application, OMEX has developed Stress Reliever Technology™. All three products in our Stress Reliever family – C3, P3 and Nutri-Boost – contain vital macro- and micro-nutrients along with this beneficial technology to keep crops thriving, even under adverse conditions, and bounce back from damage. In addition, relieving the crop from stress allows it to go through its normal life-cycle without interruption, translating into earlier days to maturity at the end of the season.

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Primed for the Season

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So far, the only thing predictable about the weather of 2018 is its unpredictability. From a winter that brought us an unusually low snow cover in most parts of the Prairies, to a very snowy March and a cool/cold April, it’s anyone’s guess how May will play out. 

Even though it is not without its challenges, producers usually want to get a jump on seeding, knowing that early seeding usually translates to bigger yields and better quality at harvest. However, early seeding isn’t the only factor in maximizing yield potential and quality. 

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Start Strong, Finish Faster

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Starter fertilizers get crops off to a great start by providing nutrition that might not otherwise be available due to cold, wet spring seeding conditions. The result is vigorous plants that establish quickly and are better able to compete with weeds, tolerate early-season stresses, pests and diseases.

Starters contain a supply of nutrients, strategically placed as close to the seed as possible. As seeds sprout, seedlings can quickly access these nutrients in a readily available form. Monitored R&D trials using various crops (canola, wheat, flax) revealed that the roots with Starter P in-furrow were three to four days ahead in their growth and development than those without a starter.

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Know Your Nutrients: Why prime your seeds?

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At seeding time, there are several factors that can limit nutrient availability in the soil, such as soil temperature, moisture level and soil quality. 

One thing you can do to get your crop off to a strong start is to use a Primer. Primed seeds are not dependent on nutrient density in the seed or soil nutrients, so regardless of nutrient availability, they can germinate and emerge quickly, with strong, developed root systems.

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