Brassica nutrition planning: the three R’s of plant stress management

Brassica nutrition planning: the three R’s of plant stress management

Managing cropping schedules and harvest quality in brassica crops is heavily dependent on the crop’s response to inputs under different growing conditions and stress factors. 

Crop nutrition has traditionally focused on the timely supply of fertiliser minerals to prevent nutritional stress but the relatively simple addition of foliar supplements to support the 3 R’s of plant stress management – rooting, resilience and recovery – can also give growers more options to counter less controllable factors such as weather, pests and disease and crucially, help achieve more uniform growth rates.

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Improving efficiency with advanced formulation Manganese

Improving efficiency with advanced formulation Manganese

With manganese being the most commonly deficient trace element in UK soils and potentially impacting on the development, health, quality and yield of arable and vegetable crops, countering deficiencies is a necessity for many farms. John Bird from F D Bird & Sons, tells us how switching to a lower volume product has brought efficiencies in both time and cost. 

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Bell Brothers – showcasing nutrient use efficiency

Bell Brothers – showcasing nutrient use efficiency

Glasshouse growing conditions are ideal for using natural biostimulants to increase the efficiency of fertiliser programmes. Neil Chambers, Technical Manager at Bell Brother Nurseries Ltd, has been talking to us about his use of seaweed extract Stimplex to help minimise growing times, produce healthier, more resilient plants and reduce chemical inputs.

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