Agronomy Tip: Consider Environmental Factors
Taylor Purucker, Crop Nutrition Lead at The Mosaic Company, says it’s important to consider soil conditions when evaluating crop nutrition.
“Soil conditions can dictate some of the symptoms that we see in plants,” he says.
A corn plant with purple leaves could indicate phosphorus deficiency, but you might question if that’s the case if you did apply phosphorous. In this instance, Purucker recommends doing a little more digging.
“Take a shovel and dig up a plant to look at the root system. Maybe the roots were compromised by insect damage or something else and are having a difficult time taking up nutrients,” he says. “This is a comprehensive approach to find what went well or what can be improved.”