Nourish Crops Through Foliar Feeding

Nourish Crops Through Foliar Feeding

Now that you have achieved the basic conditions for your plant to grow, it is time to explore more ways to increase potential yield. Aside from the abundant nutrients from the soil, there is another way to boost propagation: by ‘feeding’ nutrients directly on leaves. This method is commonly known as foliar feeding or foliar spraying.

What Is Foliar Feeding?

Foliar feeding is a fertilizing technique where plants directly absorb essential elements through their leaves. Through this method, the fertilizer is either sprayed or applied directly to the leaves of plants instead of the soil. Foliar feeding is a good way to supplement nutrients to your plant needs, similar to how some medicines are absorbed through different parts of the human body.

These products are less concentrated than soil fertilizers and made of organic matter that can be made in your own backyard. Foliar fertilizer products are also available commercially and there is a range of products depending on your plants’ needs.

Advantages of Foliar Feeding

Foliar sprays are perfect short-term solutions for plants that look nutrient-deficient, or if you want to speed up root growth of plants. Foliar feeding makes plants take up more water far more efficiently, as most of the fertilizer goes into the plant instead of the soil. It will only take a few days to notice the difference, assuming that the foliar spray was applied in the right conditions.

Precautions Before Applying Foliar Fertilizer

The best time to apply foliar fertilizers is when climate temperatures are cool, such as in the evening or early morning. The dews on leaves indicate that the stoma of the leaves is open and can absorb nutrients. Doing this in the middle of a hot day can do more damage than benefit for your plant. You may also add crop protection products as you go on your fertilizing routine.

Lastly, know the different nutrient requirements of your plants as not one fertilizer may fit all nutrient needs. Some crops may require more or less doses than others.

 

How To Check For Calcium Deficiency In Rice Crops

How To Check For Calcium Deficiency In Rice Crops

Although considered a secondary nutrient, calcium is very important in keeping crops healthy. With rice crops, in particular, growing in consistently wet conditions, it is not always easy to ensure that they’re getting sufficient calcium support through conventional organic foliar fertilizers that other crops can easily benefit from.

Fortunately, there are plenty of specialized calcium fertilizer products available on the market today to makeup for such deficiencies. Which leaves crop growers with one important concern today: How can you tell if your rice crops are lacking in calcium?

Check the Tips of the Plants

Because of the cruciality of calcium in various growth stages, their lack thereof in the growth of budding rice plants makes calcium deficiency easier to spot in younger leaves. The tip of these young leaves might be pale or almost white, curling or even splitting at the ends as opposed to being straight as healthy crops are.

Inspect the Lateral Margin of the Leaves

Another part of the plant to look at are the margins, or the edges, of the leaves. A common tell-tale sign is when these leaf margins turn brown. This is because calcium is necessary in combining with pectin to form calcium pectate, which is essential in the formation of the cell-wall. Without sufficient calcium being distributed throughout the plant, plant disintegration, which begins with the browning of the leaves, is inevitable.

Roots Look Withered

Whether for rice plants or other types of crops, root health is extremely important, and calcium plays a crucial role in maintaining these healthy roots. Instead of light-colored, long, healthy roots, calcium-deficient plants tend to be much shorter and dark brown in color. Not only does this mean that there is a lack in calcium, but this also makes the rice plant vulnerable to iron deficiency in the long run.

Calcium deficiency, although seemingly less harmful than deficiencies in primary nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, makes a significant impact on the health and growth of rice crops, and the lack of it can cause great loss in crop yield if not taken care of.

EPI Phil.’s FOLIFLO Ca is a highly concentrated calcium fertilizer in suspension form that is specially formulated to fix impaired levels of calcium on the cell wall level, increasing plant assimilation uptake in the cell. It is the perfect organic foliar fertilizer to improve the health of your crops and crop yield.

 

The Various Factors That You Need to Protect your Crops From

The Various Factors That You Need to Protect your Crops From

Crop production is one of the most important industries in the world. As a contributor to about 25% of the GDP of some countries, agriculture has a large effect on the economy and general well-being of various nations around the world. Even if the country producing the crops isn’t directly consuming the products that the farmers produce, the nation’s economy still benefits by a certain amount due to its export.

Envireau Pacific Inc. is a company that provides products that enhance and protect the agricultural produce of Filipino farmers, especially when there are many detrimental effects that can ruin a harvest. Here’s a few of them.

Crop-Eating Pests

There are varieties of potentially destructive organisms that can wreak havoc on your crops. Insects are one of the more common problems that a farmer might face. Grasshoppers, beetles, snails, aphids and scale insects are just a few of the possible pests that might plague your crops. Rats are also a common form of pest that can gnaw through your harvest.

Crop Diseases

Crop diseases are also a regular problem that farmers face when trying to maintain the health and sustainability of their harvest. Aside from fungi, nematodes and other general plant-based diseases, crops in the Philippines for example, bananas, can fall prey to Black Sigatoka and Moko diseases, among other more specific forms of plant-destabilizing issues.

What can you do to combat such issues?

Because of the various pests and diseases that the agricultural industry has to face, good crop protection products are always in demand. EPI’s agricultural sector provides a variety of such products, such as Ionic Copper Concentrate (ICC), an environmentally-friendly antimicrobial liquid concentrate with excellent pathogen control, PURESPRAY™ GREEN (PSG), a biodegradable spray oil for various pests without the chemical residue of typical sprays, and other such eco-sensitive products. If you’re looking for a way to protect your crops without harming the environment, check out Envireau Pacific Incorporated’s selection of crop protection products.

 

Four Things You Should Remember When Branching Out for Your Agri Supplies

Four Things You Should Remember When Branching Out for Your Agri Supplies

With too many products lining our shelves everyday, it’s no wonder that we tend to stick to one specific brand that we’ve been using for years or, that was suggested by a trusted friend of ours. This also rings true to agri suppliers and dealers, because sometimes, it’s not a matter of loyalty so much as their product’s resistance to changes.

However, this practice shouldn’t be something we should tolerate, especially since a lot of studies and improvements are being done in order to improve the agricultural sector of our country. That is why it is always important to branch out. Here are some things you need to consider when adding a new product to your stores.

It’s all about Quality

When it comes to agriculture, especially on crop protection products, quality is a deciding factor. But it’s not just about the product, as the quality of the supplier should also be considered. You don’t want something on your store that isn’t effective, and you certainly won’t want a partnership that doesn’t have a good relationship with their dealers and doesn’t provide support that a store needs.

Pricing Vs. Best Competitors

Products that are distributed should be fairly and competitively priced with regards to its performance and function, and against other products. It isn’t necessary for it to be cheap. It just has to deliver its functions effectively and efficiently at an acceptable price.

Exclusivity

In order to gain better traction, it is best to sell products where you can get a large enough exclusive area. That’s because lesser competition is always equal to higher sales.

It’s not only territory that needs exclusivity, it’s very much preferred to have an exclusive saleable feature that sets it apart from other brands. Take crop nutrition products for example, a specific quality that would not only enhance, but also protect foliar nutrition is something that would attract a lot of customers.

Ability to Provide

How fast the supplier can get new products should also be considered, since a lot of manufacturers sell their products with no plans for follow up sales, and you don’t want your business to be empty.

Additionally, getting a company that can provide a wide array of products is a trait you should look for. This saves you time to fill in the holes in your store. EPI Phil is an example for this company, it has a total of nine products that have different functions for crop protection and nutrition, depending on what you need.